Positive Vibes — June 15, 2016

Positive Vibes

People who watch funny videos online at work aren’t wasting time. They may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science—putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively.

Research shows that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.

Benefits of positive emotions don’t stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. As a matter of fact, the biggest benefit of positive emotions is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life. In turn, this allows us to learn things 3x faster than before;  i.e. a new language. With the right mindset, your study habits improve and you are able to retain the information you study.

How Do I Increase Positive Thinking?

There are several ways to increase your positive thoughts such as meditation, mindfulness and trying to see the good in everything. By learning your mind of negative thoughts, you open the door to a new lease on life. You are able to absorb new information such as learning a new language or skill without feeling like it’s hopeless.

 

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The Future is Yours — June 12, 2016

The Future is Yours

Improve their English skills and build their confidence.

Being confident in English can give your child an early advantage at school, helping them make the most of the education, qualifications and career opportunities that lie ahead.

Our courses are designed around the unique way children learn and are taught by highly experienced mother-tongue teachers who are passionate about the English language.

We encourage mutual interaction in a natural and enjoyable way, in a safe and secure environment, to help your child get the best possible start in life.

Teaching English, Supportive learning, Testing proficiency.

Course Levels

Beginner

This course is designed for students who are new to the language. We focus on helping students become familiar with the 4 English skills at a very easy level. Learn new words while playing simple games and having fun.

Outcomes

At the end of this course, your child will have learned how to:
  • Introduce himself/herself
  • Use simple vocabulary such as colors, numbers, food and shapes.
  • Write simple words and sentences
  • Recognize and understand simple grammar
  • Read and understand simple stories
Intermediate

This course is designed for students with above beginner knowledge regarding the English language.

Outcomes

At the end of this course, your child will have learned how to:

  • Talk about himself/herself to others.
  • Use intermediate vocabulary such as jobs, hobbies and sports
  • Write constructed sentences
  • Recognize and understand intermediate grammar
  • Read and understand intermediate stories
Advanced

This course is designed for students with upper intermediate English skills who want to master the English language.

Outcomes

At the end of this course your child will have learned how to:

  • Hold a conversation with a native speaker
  • Use complex vocabulary
  • Recognize and understand advance grammar
  • Read and understand any type of media

Living Language Institute has been helping children achieve their English-speaking goals for 17 years. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!!

 

 

Four Ways to Immerse Yourself in a New Language — June 11, 2016

Four Ways to Immerse Yourself in a New Language

Think about how you learned how to ride a bike, swim at the pool or play hoops in your backyard.

Nobody told you to look in a book when you learned to ride a bicycle.

You learned these things through immersion. In other words, you learned by jumping in and just doing that activity, and sure enough, this is the best way to learn.

This idea applies to almost everything we want to learn, from riding a bike to learning how to cook. The fundamental concept of immersion is obvious. Learning by immersion is something we do naturally without much thought. Most of learned how to speak our native language because grew up with people speaking all around us. We didn’t make an effort to sit and study grammar in a book.

Make it a NEED and not a WANT

There is a big difference between need and want. While “want” is something that is great  to have, a “need” is something you cannot live without.

“Want” is often confused for external needs, such as impressing those around you, sounding smart or feeling better about yourself. Meanwhile, a “need” comes from within and serves as motivation that is long-lasting.

This is important to immersion. Think about how it feels (or how it might feel, if you have not yet had this experience) to be in a foreign country, completely surrounded by a foreign language you do not know. You need to start learning quickly, or you will not be able to eat, find a bathroom, locate your hotel or direct a taxi driver to your destination. To get immersion at home, you need to simulate this level of urgency and importance.

Take in all information in your target language

Start by making a list of all the information you absorb throughout the day, from the moment you wake up to hitting the sheets for bed time.

Here’s what this might look like:

  • You wake up, turn off the alarm on your phone and quickly check up on messages.
  • You turn on your computer and read emails or open up your social media profiles to see what’s happening.
  • You read a printed (or digital) newspaper over breakfast, on your commute or at work.
  • You listen to radio in the car or a podcase while you walk around town.

Start a Journal

This may seem to be mainly beneficial for your writing skills, but improving your writing skills (in any language) will help you become a more effective communicator in both written and oral forms.

If you already have a daily or weekly journal you write in, continue to write with the same frequency, but do it in your target foreign language.

If you do not keep a journal, then buy a blank one and start writing. You can write about anything, including how you feel, what you are most excited about, what you plan to do today and what you have learned.

Language is learned with people and used with people. That is its main purpose. This means that immersion in language learning does not happen alone.

For most of us who are not living in a foreign country, this leaves us with two options:

  • Find someone who speaks the foreign language (and wants to learn your native language) and try to help each other out by spending half the time speaking one language and the other half speaking the other. This is known as a conversation exchange and it can be highly beneficial.

 

From Me to You: English with the Beatles — June 7, 2016

From Me to You: English with the Beatles

Join us for an enchanting evening of June 13, 2016 from 7:30-9:30 pm as we enjoy the music from the songstresses (vocalists) of Direzione Opposte as they pay homage to the Beatles. Seating is limited, so we ask that you reserve your place today. Immediately following the performance, we invite you to mix and mingle and enjoy a buffet of delightful dishes of Italian cuisine.
Una serata all’insegna della convivialità in compagnia del duo acustico “Direzioni Opposte” che cantano I Beatles. Musica e testi con un riarrangiamento tutto al femminile e alla fine stuzzichini e vino per fare quattro chiacchiere in amicizia e commentare il viaggio musicale appena concluso.