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Language Learning Trends

Here are two predictions:

1. The number of languages spoken by Canadians will increase as immigration trends continue to rise.2. English and French will continue to dominate as the primary languages in Canada, but in certain sections of the country, Asian and Arabic languages will become prominent as population density from immigration rises.

Language Learning Trends in 2016 and beyond

out site English will become one of the top five non-native languages being learned by new Canadians in 2020.  Chinese/Mandarin will join Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Spanish  as one of the five most popular non-native languages for Canadians to learn and there will be a double-digit increase in K-12 classrooms using language learning technology.   A confirmation for this trend comes from Rosetta Stone rival Duolingo.

Rosetta Stone also predicts that this year people will use more mobile devices than desktops or laptops to learn a language, which is a trend we can already see in Asia and among learners who use competing services like Adapt2me.

Which Languages will be left in 2115

What will the global language space look like 100 years from now?

Dr. McWhorter, who teaches linguistics, American Studies, philosophy and music at Columbia University, wrote a commendable essay last week.

readme He predicts that in 2115 the landscape will have radically changed but that English will remain lingua franca. From the 6000 languages that are currently spoken only, 600 will survive. A lot of those remaining languages will be dialects of more widely spoken languages like English.

The remaining languages will also be simplified with less complicated grammar and less vocabulary.  The latter will be driven by third wave of language “streamlining” that takes place among immigrant communities in cities around the globe.

Today language learning technology is once again on the upswing, powered by mobile devices as well as better broadband and mobile coverage. This leads to the following five key trends in language learning we see for the coming years.

Mobile

Mobile is the rocket fuel for the new wave of language learning products. Smartphones and mobile Internet made it possible to add bite-sized lessons and learning sprints to the daily routine of commuters. From serious approaches based on curated web content, mobile is THE learning environment to conquer in the language space.

Personalised and Adaptive

One-size-fits-all educational content for language learning will become a thing of the past. Learners today want content tailored to their interest and needs.

Another important factor is adaptiveness when it comes to the learning path. Language learners are not alike; they have different levels at the start and will continue to learn differently throughout the program. Therefore, language learning products need to adapt to the progress of each individual learner, from reinforcing and strengthening weak points to accelerating through topics that are known already or mastered quickly.

Constant Feedback

Learners want to know where they are on their learning path at any moment, not at the end of the month or after they have completed a test or exam.

Language learning startups, like us, Adapt2me for instance, that implement a learning path into their products early on make it easy for learners to visualise their current level.

Faster Results

Based on personalised learning content, an adaptive learning path and constant feedback, language learners will expect faster results. Overall, our society is being constantly trained for instant gratification thanks to Google, Amazon and other web services that get us answers, solutions, or services right away.

At Adapt2me, we are working on language learning content that will lead users through their learning path the most efficient way.

Live and On-Demand

Yes, live lessons will also make a comeback in the language learning space. The difference today is that both technology and infrastructure can handle video and audio connections between tutors and students with ease. And with more and more tutors coming online and searching for ways to earn money teaching languages, the problem of scaling a 24/7 live lesson service will find resolution down the line, as well.

These impromptu sessions will most likely last 30 minutes. I doubt that learners will schedule an entire tutoring session spontaneously, as such a setting requires preparation from both sides. On-demand sessions work well for Q&A and quick help on a specific problem, which could be an interesting service or additional feature for test and exam prep.

If you want to be with the language learning trends, register for your free trial at adapt2me.com today.

No Comments | 08 June, 2016

Tips to Efficiently Learn French

Learning French, like learning any other language, involves a lot of memorization that is daunting for adults who no longer have the flexible minds of youth.  

However, here are a few tips that can help you accomplish your language learning goals a little faster.

Keep Away from Translating

As much as possible stay away from translating words unless you are completely stuck.  There are a number of reasons for this.  One, of course, is the sheer memorization acrobatics you will have to do to retain all that information.  But there are terms that are just not translatable.  For example, “I am” and “I have” when presented in this form are straightforward, but if you add an adjective at the end, it isn’t directly translatable.  

Try to say “I am hungry” which translated verbatim is je suis faim, instead of “J’ai faim.  The latter would translate to “I have hungry”.  We’ve all seen the nonsensical online translated texts.  The other reason, of course, is that using a dictionary instead will exponentially increase your vocabulary – chances are you will discover you already know another word that means the same thing.  Better to learn a word or phrase from within the structure of the language you are learning – especially when it comes to French.

Audio vs. Written

No doubt listening to a language spoken is very different from the written version, and there does seem to be a correlation between reading a text and simultaneously listening to the words spoken outloud that reinforces memory.  But the danger is that in French the conversational language sounds very different than the written version.  Take for instance the term “you’re welcome.”  When someone thanks you which in French, it is “il n’y a pas de quoi in the written vernacular; but this becomes “ya pad koa” in the spoken term.   In the case where the spoken and written forms are straightforward, seeing the words and listening to the enunciation of words, particularly where action, is involved, reinforces that word or sentence in your vocabulary.

Find your Learning Style

Everybody has a different learning style, some need to immerse themselves in the learning process by acting out and experimenting, while others can sit in front of a book and devour every syllable until they retain all the information they need.  Some have good auditory memory while others have good visual memory and some have active memory, where they need to do something related to the topic in order to retain new information.  Whatever your style, this is what you need to focus on to achieve desired success.

Sentences Rather Than Words

Try learning sentences rather than individual words.  This will increase the speed with which you learn because the majority of our communications happens at the sentence level.  A single word can seldom convey a message as well.  The sentence has context, associated with it that helps to form a visual or action image to help reinforce learning.  Naturally, it is the words within the sentence that your mind will focus upon and string a series of relatable or recognisable words into a sentence structure.

Immerse Yourself

Too often I see people who are trying to learn French or any other language fall back to their default language.  For instance, they will only make friends with people who speak the same language, watch TV in only their native tongue, shop only at stores they know will serve them in their native tongue, read books in their native language and so on.  French, in particular, is such a complex language that even Francophones who have been away from their language, need to immerse themselves back into the language to recapture all the spoken nuances that were lost while they were away from their native tongue.

Small Doses

We do not mean to imply in the previous paragraph for you to place all your available time into learning French.  Rather, small does everyday will produce better results than doing it all in one sitting.  Do try to read one article in a French newspaper; do try to listen to French radio on the drive to work or listen to the news in French on the television for one hour.  Try to engage in a French conversation with a sales clerk or cashier at your local market.  The more diverse the ways you use to integrate French into your daily activities, the easier this integration will get over the long run.

Find a Language Partner

Find someone who is a fluent Francophone and ask them to correct you everytime they hear you make a mistake. Make it a point to speak to that person as often as your schedule will allow.  Eventually, this person will ease the anxiety we all feel at looking foolish from the linguistic mistakes we are bound to make.  It is important that you see and hear a lot of material that demonstrates your level of learning, and this is where the feedback from your partner will pay dividends. Alternatively, sign up for the tutoring program at Adapt2me where you will be assigned a partner with whom you can schedule regular interactions in increments of 30 minutes each.

Don’t be Shy

Making mistakes will be part of the journey, and no one will fault you for getting things wrong –  even if you have been at this for years.  Timidity and fear will be your greatest adversaries. But if you persevere and keep at it, one day you will notice that you had a complete conversation that did not require fumbling for words or produce anxiety over whether you made yourself clear enough.

 

No Comments | 08 June, 2016

Technology in Learning Part II

Last week we examined the platforms one should consider in learning.  This week we take a look at collaboration tools that will allow you to engage with colleagues, instructors, or tutors to help you improve your language skills.

Unlike individual learning, collaborative learning capitalizes on the skills, experience, and resources of each participant.  Each person becomes accountable to the group for the attainment of a particular goal.  

The advantages to using this method of learning can be summed up in the following:

  • Collaborative learning can unite students in the group committed to each other’s success.
  • In certain cultures, where it is impolite to question authority, collaborative learning can offer the advantage of open discussion and discovery from one’s peers resulting in improved end results.
  • There is more flexibility in learning techniques as agreed upon by group consensus.

Collaboration tools

Learning anything new can result in frustration and even failure unless you get to put the new learning into practice immediately.  This is where collaboration can be a boon.  By pooling your resources with other individuals you can speed up the process of learning and application.  

For that, there are a number of resources available.  I mentioned Skype and Google Hangout in Part I of this series.  Both tools are used by Adapt2me.  With these tools, it is not only possible to do one-on-one meetings, but also group meetings.

 

These applications address geographical challenges, time differentials, and even language barriers.  In the latter case, enunciation and pronunciation can be dealt with easily by writing the mispronounced word or name and using the dictionary link, thus facilitating and expediting the learning process to a second language.

LiveBinder can be used to track and share lessons. Being able to organise resources in a digital binder will help track progression and achievement of targeted goals.

Voicethread is used to collaborate and employs several tools – text, drawings, multi-media, videos – to convey or enhance your communication.  

Or create a Google site to track progress, store and share information with a closed community.  Thus a community of like minded individuals can not only learn from each other but help each other to improve.

Facebook is also a great way to connect to others with the same interests. If you are interested in learning about a particular topic, chances are there is a group already created in Facebook where you can view, discuss, learn, and share more information about that topic.

 

Adapt2me has their custom application to connect you to tutors who can help you acquire the skill of a second language.  There are mobile applications to connect, practice, track, test your progress, and discuss your achievements on Discussion Boards.  It is self-paced, allowing you to advance at your own speed.  

Whatever platform you choose to help you learn, the goal should always be about the end result.  Choosing the right tool to get you to your learning goal is equally as important and should not be taken lightly.

No Comments | 03 June, 2016

LifeHacks

Philippe Adrien

Have you ever heard of Lifehacks?  Most people haven’t heard the term, but it has been around for at least a decade (2004).  

The term came from computer hacking, which denotes a quick and dirty trick to break into and take advantage of any vulnerabilities a computer system might have.  Lifehack came to mean an inelegant but effective solution to an everyday problem and was included in the Oxford Online Dictionary in June 2011 that describes Lifehack as:

“A strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.”

Lifehacks have become such a viral topic that there are websites, YouTube Channels, Facebook Pages, etc. all dedicated to bringing you the latest Lifehacks.  The term Lifehack is also interchangeable for MacGyverism.  MacGyver was a popular TV series that ran during the late 80s and early 90s in which the main character used his knowledge of chemistry, physics, and technology to resolve life or death crisis employing everyday object that he readily found in his environment.  The term “lifehacks” now means creating a solution with what is readily available.

 Let’s start with some of my favourites.

Baking Soda

One of the leaders in the lifehack pantheon, if I can be permitted this term.  This natural product also known as sodium bicarbonate does more than make your baked goods taste great and your fridge smell fresh.

This product has such versatile uses that most people will know at least a couple of them.  However, many people would be surprised at the many other uses for which Baking Soda is known.

Baking Soda can be used to clean and restore the white to your oven porcelain, dishes, tea and coffee mugs, teeth, countertops, and walls (although it works best on flat white walls).  It gives a boost to your laundry detergent as well as removing smells from your drawers, shoes, cat litter, bathrooms, and closets.  It will polish silver, and cut grease and grime.  

Baking Soda is used as a water softener for your bath.  It can also treat insect bites – simply make a paste out of Baking Soda and water and apply to the bite.  Mix it with equal parts of vinegar to unclog your sink.  Discourage weeds from growing in affected areas by sprinkling a generous dose in the area.  

I will be willing to wager that you didn’t know you can keep your flowers fresher, longer by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in a vase.

In short, few products make the Lifehack list as often as Baking Soda.

Vinegar

The next runner up in the list of products used for lifehacks is Vinegar, which is often used in many ways other than its intended purpose.  

Besides being used with Baking Soda to unclog drains, Vinegar can also be used as a household cleaner.  If you add vinegar to a spray bottle, it can clean and disinfect your stovetop, countertop, and cutting boards.  

It is a great natural non-toxic disinfectant that can be used safely around your food.  

Mix in a spray bottle, 1 part Vinegar with 2 parts water and a couple drops of dishwashing soap.  This combo it becomes a great versatile all-purpose cleaner.

If you mix equal parts Vinegar with salt, it will get rid of rust on any metal surface.  

Add Vinegar to a piece of bread or paper towel and drop it at the bottom of your garbage can and voila, all bad smell is gone.  

Get rid of fruit flies by adding apple cider vinegar to a bowl and covering the bowl with saran-wrap; poke a few holes in the saran-wrap where the flies can enter but will be unable to escape.  Similarly, fill a container with vinegar, sugar and salt to trap wasps.  

Try wiping your underarm with vinegar if you run out of deodorant – works like a charm.  Spray vinegar on your furniture to keep pets away.

Needless to say, this topic can go on forever, covering a variety of places and things –  home, office, car, kitchen, bathroom, cottage, cosmetics, health, heating, cooling, defrosting, yard-work, summer uses, winter uses, etc.  
I hope you have enjoyed reading about lifehacks and are well on your way to discovering other eye-opening ways in which you can solve everyday problems with simple items that you might have right under your nose.

No Comments | 27 May, 2016

Montréal living: on Island vs. off Island

 

There is one quirky thing to which any newcomer to Montréal will eventually be exposed:  The idea of living on or off the Island of Montréal.  Those that live on either side of the river always bemoan the idea of travelling to the other shore as if it were a massive undertaking even if they were literally going just to the opposite bank of the Saint Lawrence river – nearly less than 10 minutes by car!  The islanders would prefer to travel the entire length of the island than just cross the river.  And the off-islanders avoid going to the island at all cost.

To an outsider, it might appear odd but there are several valid reasons for this that we will list here.

The islander’s point-of-view

Crossing any of the bridges that give access on or off the island can present a challenge.  The bridges can be blocked for any number of reasons, accident, roadwork, or congestion.  Then, the 10-minute drive could become a 1- or worse a 2-hour drive depending on the severity of the problem.  No islander wants to be stuck trying to get back to the city.  Too often the choices of which bridge to take (or of taking the 1 tunnel) to take to avoid being stuck is limiting given the area’s population density.  

Montrealers like to stay on the island because everything they like and desire can be found on the island.  To the downtown dwellers, everything is accessible by walking or biking.  All the entertainment available can be found on the island.

The off-islander point-of-view

Crossing the river is equally daunting for an off-islander for the same reasons noted above.  In addition, there are the following different rationales.  Most off-islanders I’ve met are primarily upset with the idea of dealing with Montreal traffic jams and parking fees. To the off-islander, everything is accessible by short car ride and free parking.  The roads off the Island of Montreal are better maintained and there are not as many one-way streets that can be confusing if you don’t know your way around.  Not to mention that open space and open air are valuable assets to the off-islander, as is easier access to cottage country or ski hills.  Off-islanders also like the fact that the roads are smooth and devoid of pot-holes, unlike the island of Montreal.

Conclusion

So if you are visiting Montreal or are moving to Montreal choose carefully where your social and professional circles are most likely to be located because soon enough you will find yourself in full Montrealer mode, and groaning at the thought of crossing the bridge for whatever reason.  Even if you live near the river on either side, you will still come to understand why it is hard to get together with someone who lives on the other side of the river.  

No Comments | 03 May, 2016

Eat Well. Learn Faster

Whenever you’re studying online and working on your new language with Adapt2me, make sure your brain is fueled with vitamins and nutrients.

Using a balanced diet is crucial for productive learning as most of the time our diet might be deficient in essential nutrients. As this goes unnoticed until we start to experience lethargy . We value healthy eating habits and believe it leads to greater productivity and better results in everything we do. This article is about creating  healthy eating habits for optimal learning.

Using a balanced diet is crucial for productive learning as most of the time our diet might be deficient in essential nutrients. As this goes unnoticed until we start to experience lethargy . We value healthy eating habits and believe it leads to greater productivity and better results in everything we do. This article is about creating  healthy eating habits for optimal learning.

Balanced meals

Balancing meals is an important strategy, lunch and dinner’s plates should be filled half with fruits and veggies, fourth with proteins and ffth with carbohydrates. The high content fiber will prevent blood-sugar levels from spiking and thus can increase attention and decrease hyperactivity.

Protein

Protein is very important as it is the building block for our neurotransmitters. Protein also inhibits the surging of blood sugar levels which keeps our attention stable.

Vitamin-B

Recent studies had shown that supplements with vitamin-b increased IQ scores, and reduced aggression and antisocial behavior. Vitamin-B is found in fish, poultry, eggs, meat and dairy.

Zinc Iron and MAGNESIUM

Zinc is a mineral that is known to play an important role in the synthesis of dopamine which is considered an essential neurotransmitter that modulates both attention and concentration. Seafood are considered an important source of zinc, as well as lamb, beef and wheat.

Iron is a precursor of dopamine and is found in clams, liver, sunflower seeds, nuts, beef, lamb, beans, whole grains, dark leafy greens (spinach), dark chocolate, and tofu. Magnesium has amsoothing effect on the brain as it removes anxiety and clarifies the mind.

Omega3

Studies have shown that omeag3 is important for brain plasticity and cognitive functions. In children with ADD, a supplement with omega3 improved learning capacities, organizational skills and decreased compulsory behavior. Omega3 is found in fish, olive oil, and flaxseeds and walnuts.

In addition to changing one’s habits, sleep plays an important factor in concentration and attention. Many studies have shown that at least seven to eight hours of sleep are essential in order to keep the brain and its cognitive functions optimal.

Now you are fully equipped to create a healthy diet to develop healthy habits for a healthy brain. Have fun learning!

 

 

No Comments | 26 March, 2016

A Few Tips to Enrich Your Vocabulary

So you’ve decided to learn a new language,  you need to know that building a rich vocabulary is an essential part of your learning process.

A strong vocabulary allows you to enrich both your expressive and understanding capacities and makes your speech fluidity smoother. It takes time, work and a solid effort  to build a solid vocabulary. In learning a new language, especially English comes with retaining synonyms, homonyms and acronyms. You will need continuous practice. Follow these techniques to help you expand your vocabulary:

Never stop reading

So you probably heard this before at high school or university, read, read and read. We’re not advising you to read something that is boring, any type of reading that stimulates you such as internet articles, blogs, comics, and scientific journals can be beneficial and will contribute to building a great vocabulary.

Learn one new word a day

So you might be saying that I really have the capacity to learn more than one word a day, and we are sure that you do. With learning one word a day you can focus on learning the full dimension of the word by creatively finding  different uses for the word for various scenarios and situations. In addition, you can apply it to your personal conversations and create visual displays of the word. These techniques will modulate your long-term memory and will add some depth to your learning process.

Talk, talk, and talk, even if you talk nonsense

Practicing with relatives, friends or with an Adapt2me online tutor is a great way to improve your pronunciation, language skills, receive constructive feedback and know how to use the same words in different contexts.

Read subtitles

A great way to train your reading skills and endorse your vocabulary is by selecting the subtitles’ option whenever you are watching tv or a movie. This will force you to understand your new language in meaningful ways, help you learn new words and also improve your comprehension skills.

Decoding literature

Take a book from Shakespeare, Hemingway or any other classical authors, choose one paragraph and try navigate through all the words you don’t understand. Afterwards, try to translate the paragraph into your native language.

And remember, we’re always here to help you overcome any learning struggle, so if you have any question please send us an email to: [email protected]

No Comments | 25 March, 2016

Because we care … 15 minutes free tutoring with a language expert

When we decided to create adapt2me achat cialis quebec.com we had two main concerns in mind: the first was to create a platform that adapts to the personal needs of each student, and second to support our students individually and addressing their concerns to make sure that they are on the right track.

Unlike other platforms or software that might feel too robotic, our state of the art technology combined with live tutoring sessions creates a unique learning experience.

Creates a support system

Our tutoring sessions allow students with their tutors to practice either English or French. Students can clarify foggy concepts with their tutors and receive real-life examples and applications of the concepts.  

Motivation

Many behavioral studies have shown that there is increased motivation when studying in a group or with a tutor. The ability to discuss what was learned to another person seems to offer a stimulating reward that encourages most students seriously pursuing any studies.

Pronunciation

The tutoring sessions are a great tool to correct common pronunciations problems that most foreign students encounter. The tutor will give the student important tools to avoid the traps of common mistakes.

Prepare for a test or a job

Our tutors will give recommendations for students who are preparing for specific language examinations. The tutors can also assist you by practicing job interviews questions in case you will be interviewed in either French or English

Additional tutoring sessions

If you enjoyed our free tutoring session that comes with our basic plan, you can purchase additional tutoring time by emailing us to:

[email protected]

No Comments | 17 March, 2016

Meet Cami, your language tutor!

Have you ever wondered why Cami, our brand ambassador is a chameleon?

Well here is his back story and the role he plays on the Adapt2me team.

Cami is the geekiest (in the coolest way possible) chameleon on the planet. He is also known as a  French and English language expert. But why did we pick a chameleon to be our brand ambassador? It could have been an another animal, perhaps a panda or a giraffe or even a Koala?

Final Blue Chameleon with suit

Chameleons are known to be the coolest reptiles ever. They can look in both directions (Yeah impressive), change from brown to green as quickly as they need to, and some are known to change to any colour and blend in with their surroundings.

For ages, the scientific community had thought that camouflaging is both important for hiding from predators and hunting, however, new studies have shown that chameleons also change colour in response to colour, light and temperature that makes them feel more comfortable.

Adapt2me, is exactly like Cami, it adapts to your language learning needs in order to keep you engaged while you’re learning. Whether you are a beginner in French or English or an advanced learner, our assessment test uses our own algorithms to develop for you a personalized learning path.

As you are advancing, our platform automatically determines your language level and adapts the content, to best suit your learning experience by tackling your weakest areas. Our adaptive language learning technology  has proven to be the most effective language tool, as it saves time and accelerates the learning process. It is also fun, as our platform offers different content for each level so that you’re not bored repeating the same exercises level after level.

Ok, now that you know Cami’s back story allow him to be your language coach to learning a new language. Sign-up for an account at adapt2me.com and start learning English or French.

Don’t forget to follow Cami and his adventures around the world on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/adapt2me

No Comments | 19 February, 2016

Romantic phrases to say in French !

According to multiple worldwide surveys French ranked number one as the most romantic language in the world.

Valentine’s day is today. Here is is a list of 10 Romantic phrases you can say in French to impress your date 😉

1. Je t’aime – I love you

2. Tu veux m’épouser ? – Do you want to marry me ?

3. Tu es la femme de mes rêves ! – You are the woman of my dreams !

4. Tu as de beaux yeux – You have beautiful eyes.

5. J’adore ton sourire – I love your smile.

6. Tu es l’amour de ma vie – You’re the love of my life.

7. Tu es très jolie – You’re gorgeous.

8. Tu es mignon – You’re cute.

9. Je veux être avec toi – I want to be with you.

10. J’ai envie de t’embrasser – I want to kiss you.

Don’t forget to practice your pronunciation.

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No Comments | 14 February, 2016