Learn Fluent Spanish By Making Mistakes

images (24)Perfectionism can slow down your learning process more than anything else.

Think about when you were a baby, how you learned to walk and talk. You made tons of mistakes, and learned through feedback from your environment and caregivers how to do better next time.

You didn’t stop trying until you finally got it right.

Statistically, a baby falls down 1,000 times before he really learns to walk, but he never loses the positive expectation that if he keeps on trying, he’ll eventually get it.

How does an automatic pilot on a plane work to get to its destination?

Does it guide the plane in a perfectly straight line from point A to point B?

I don’t think so.

It does it through a process of trial, error, and feedback, correcting itself constantly. In this way, the plane zig-zags its way to its final destination.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that very often, the most successful people are also the ones that have failed more than anyone else.

Remember these words from Michael Jordan in a classic commercial?

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot, and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”.

In sales training, you’re often told that you get paid for every “no” that you receive from a prospective sale.


Because in a way, the more no’s you receive, the closer you are to a Yes.

We can apply this same thinking to learning Spanish. Simply learn from your mistakes, and even celebrate a little every time you make one, because it means you are improving.

If you are studying Spanish with a partner or friend try this game.

For example let’s say you are in Panama City and walk into a store in order to buy some sandals.

You open your phrasebook, look for the sentence “Can I see some sandals?” – “Puedo ver algunas sandalias?” – say it to the attendant and then wait for her reply. From there you MUST keep on talking in Spanish until you are completely stuck.

You can use your phrasebook.

You can use gesture and body language.

See which one of you can hold a “Spanish only” conversation longer.

What happens is that you are having fun and will look the whole “making mistakes is bad / being perfect before starting” under a different light.

And as a result your trial / error period will be constant and your results will skyrocket.


How Learning A Foreign Language Will Improve Your English

download (53)You’ve probably read several articles about foreign language and the benefits it can have in one’s life. But did you know that learning a foreign language may actually improve your English skills as well? This article will highlight two reasons why your English can benefit greatly from learning a new language.

#1: Learning A Foreign Language Forces You To Pay Attention To Grammar And Sentence Structure

Every language is different, but all languages have one thing in common: they all adhere to a certain set of rules as far as grammar and sentence structure are concerned. For example, in Spanish, a negative statement would come before a verb such as “no hablo ingles” which means “I do not speak English”, but in German, a negative statement comes after the verb such as “ich spreche kein Englisch” which literally means “I speak no English”.

As you spend time learning each language and its set of grammar and sentence structure, it helps you understand English grammar and sentence structure much better. You begin to understand the importance of putting an adverb or adjective in the right place. Thus, your English can benefit if you are learning a foreign language.

#2: Many English Words Take Their Origins From A Foreign Language

If you’ve read through a list of vocabulary words, you might have taken time to look at what language the word originated from. For example, Kindergarten is a German word that literally means “yard of children”. Even the word “ketchup” had its origins in Chinese. English is a language that borrowed many of its words from foreign languages.

The best way to take advantage of this is to pay attention to the smaller words in each language and pay attention to their translation. Often times, the smaller words will be words that are used as prefixes in English such as “anim” which is a prefix in latin which means full of life, or can also mean anger. The important takeaway is that no matter what language you learn, it will always contain a set of words that are used in English, thus, learning a language can help improve your English vocabulary.


Allied Interplay of a Film Poster and a Trailer for Language Instructions

download (52)The current age abounds with varied mass media forms. In the field of film-making alone, trailers, posters, acts or scenes, still pictures, opening and closing credits, musical scoring, screenplays, cinematography, scripts, live advertisements or promotions, songs and music video are conventional authentic materials that can be employed in the teaching process by resourceful teachers who design creative tasks aligned with learning objectives.

This perception of using contemporary inputs specifically attempts to encourage language educators to employ varied practical activities in the classrooms. With the use of film posters and trailers as inputs, interactive and collaborative lessons are developed.

Furthermore, these two inputs are viable authentic materials for language teaching based on Richards (2001)’s concept which he discloses in his book, Curriculum Development in Language Teaching. In his book, he articulates that authentic materials aid students to understand the connection between the language taught in the classroom and the language that are used in the real world. Similar to other appropriate authentic materials, the film poster and trailer motivate learner’s interests. Both materials contain applicable social and educational information that can be explored in the classrooms. They too deliver learners acquaintance to English medium being taught.

Additionally, there are significant interplays between these two materials since the initial manipulation of the film poster highlights the content of the film trailer with interactive activities. Interactive activities refer to the collaborative tasks that require learners to employ their skills such as viewing, reading, listening, reading, and writing alongside with language contents and language functions.

The method of employing these two materials will start with the film poster as a way of scaffolding knowledge. Some possible activities on film posters in conjunction with macro skills, language use, and expressions used as target languages are individually exemplified.

Film Poster Activities

Initially, the students will classify the genre of these movie posters into animation action, science fiction, adventure, action adventure, documentary, comedy or drama through the posters presented. One film poster will be chosen by the teacher to be used for activities in film poster and in film trailer activities. The teacher will introduce a speaking exercise through predicting or guessing using expressions of doubts with modals.

Secondly, writing and speaking through visualization, word clustering, word formation and enumeration of ideas will follow. The teacher is going to introduce enumeration expressions such as the following are, the words are namely and such as. In here, students are going to create noun clusters base from their perceptions of the posters.

Thirdly, the teacher will introduce speaking skill through derivation of conclusions by expressions of assurance or certainty and conjunctions of reasons such as because, since and for.

Fourthly, a writing activity through creating conclusions with the use of the expressions of assurance will be performed using appropriate modal, articles and vocabularies. The students will be asked to study the clusters that they have earlier made by groups as bases in assimilating ideas in written forms after creating possible titles based from the cluster of words.

The Fifth integrates writing or speaking skills through word transformations for describing and categorizing. Nouns and adjectives play an important part in the transformation of nouns into adjectives or vice versa. For example, American film, horrible American film, American action film etc…

The sixth is a writing activity that involves classifying and defining ideas that are structured to determine the kinds of movies. The students are taught to follow the formula: title of the movie + Country (made into an adjective) + the film genre thus, American Beauty is an American action film.

The seventh task is writing involving a poster review. The poster review will be the chosen poster that was used in the film poster activities. The said activities will deal with the following parts such as theme of the movie, genre or kind of the movie, nationality of the movie, title of the movie and content words that represent themes and the film genre.

The eighth is a speaking task that provides students’ overview of the film as media forms. The students will describe the nature of the movie through its film genre, film outfit and movie theme.

The Film Trailer Activities

The students will continue performing the tasks revolving around its film trailer. The teacher will provide the students a transcription of the preview to read before watching. After seeing the film with notes in hand, the teacher will instruct them to reread the script to obtain more insight about the preview and to strengthen their previous knowledge obtained from the trailer’s poster. Below are some conceivable tasks with language functions, language focuses, macro skills use and some examples of expressions as main components.

Task one (1) is sequencing events. The students will divide the major events that they have witnessed into eight (8) parts to be arranged chronologically with the use of transitional expressions such as first, second, then, next, after that… finally. This task requires reading, listening and speaking.

Task two (2) is thematic representations by interconnecting common ideas through clustering. The learners are going to identify and list the themes of the film to be presented in noun forms. With a graphic organizer to guide, the teacher initiates the students to indicate their ideas in the cluster. Some possible answers such as training, rescue, raid, war, death, explosion, fight, pain, injuries, fire, attack, plan, screams, freedom, escape, hopes, prayer, among others may be written. The students’ perceptions shall be collaboratively deliberated in the class to arrive at common related themes. This task needs interactive reading, speaking and listening skills while the teacher moderates.

Task three (3) is a group interpretation or definition of themes and students are advised to review the previously constructed word clusters as the bases of group discussion. Students share ideas by defending their claims regarding the themes they have framed. They are expected to use expressions such as refers to, mean, means, is defined as, indicate, indicates, signify, signifies, is, denotes, denote and many more. The teacher should be aware that there would be varied answers based from different groups’ ideas. The clustered words are going to be interrelated to form responses as basis for comprehending the earlier clusters made by every group. In this portion, the students may disagree or agree with their corresponding justifications to establish mutual understanding.

Task four (4) is on writing and speaking to be done by creating predictions or assumptions that illustrate the events through a sketch revolving around the question, “What happens if war continuously takes place?” Other than this, the teacher initiates them to provide a caption of their sketches. The students are going to employ modals in speaking and in writing, such as will, can, may, might, going to, shall among other modals earlier discussed in class. The descriptive drawings done by the group will be presented in class to allow them to write the captions before deliberating. Some possible responses can be “There might be more deaths,” “It can create massive destruction of a country,” ” A country will be in chaos,” ” There will be extreme hunger or famine,” “It can cause widespread of disease,” and ” It may destroy the society’s hopes and aspirations.” There can be more activities to be designed out of movie trailers aligned with institutions’ learning objectives.

The poster activities and film trailer’s activities that intertwined here were based from the film, The Great Raid with its corresponding poster.

Films’ elements such as movie trailers and their corresponding posters are useful vehicles to derive varied tasks in formal and non-formal English language classroom. Movie- related materials for activities in the classroom are not time-consuming since they have been reduced into smaller units. With a film’s poster corresponding to a trailer, both materials will ideally connect with each other in the construction of lessons. Moreover, these materials are ideal for contemporary teachers to design creative communicative tasks that integrate macro skills, tasks to the levels of the learners, and include various language focuses to make learning significantly beneficial. It is suggested that a film poster and its corresponding film trailer be interlaced as materials in the structuring of English language lessons.


Top Languages That Can Expand Your Business Across the Globe

download (51)The current scenario is the age of technological evolution and an evident outcome of it is globalization. Various nations and their business alliance are in symbiotic association with each other. This is the vital ingredient of survival in the highly charged scenario of cutthroat competition. Moreover, communicating in the language of prospective client perks up profitability and there are high chances of business amalgamation.

Hence, firms irrespective of their sizes actively delve into strategies of opting top languages to be focus to expand business globally in ascending the ladder of growth. This is exactly the time to unravel the route to a prosperous business empire with translation services.

Myriad benefits of opting for translating services

While you opt for professional translation services for Japanese or any other language, you expose yourself toward a flurry of benefits. Here are a few of the prominent ones:

    • The multilingual trait drives the business into the realm of success by hiring trainees who are well educated and trained in the respective language. In this way, the linguistic barrier replaces the associated complexities.


    • Professional translation raises the level of work, as a bilingual candidate stays abreast with the latest updates and can correlate well with the native language. Moreover, companies appreciate those brands, which foster communication in their mother tongue and portray the potential to become part of their ethnicity.


  • These services are not much expensive and fall in the crater of cost effectiveness. The firms quote prices based on type and size of the project or on word per count basis.

A multitude of languages to translate

Foreign languages are vital for the business burgeoning in the international market. The top languages are becoming the locus of global industrialization, primarily – Mandarin, Japanese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, German etc. There is a vast scope in translation than just transliterating. The content should bear congruence with the changing trends and ethnicity of the target location.

It fosters the concept of the world being a global village and exotic languages solely the different tongues of expression. Professional Japanese Translation is effectively incorporating this idea for paving its stretch in the domain of technological evolution in every nook and corner of the globe.