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Language Training for Syrian Refugees

The government of Canada plans the resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year, in response to the on-going conflict in Syria. As thousands of Syrians continue to arrive in communities across Canada, NGO’s, government offices and businesses are preparing for their arrival and resettlement process.

Canadians have been greeting them with warm clothing, housing, food, personal and household items. Eventually, they will transition from newly arrivals to settled residents. They will require more than the basic necessities of life, such as jobs, cultural integration and language training. Actually, language training is most likely the first need they will require after food, shelter and clothing.

The only way for our new Syrian residents to have successful and fulfilling lives, here in Canada, is through proper language training. Not all, but the majority of them will need to learn or improve their English and those in Quebec will need to learn or improve French.

Surely, the government has FREE language training programs designed specifically for newcomers Canada. However, with the overwhelming number of newly arriving residents many government-sponsored language schools are full with hundreds on the waiting lists.

This is not a good situation for either the government or the new resident. Many of our new residents have professional degrees and have the desire to start working again, soon. In order to fast track their professional careers in Canada, they will need the ability to speak the language, communicate effectively and with confidence.

In addition to limited spaces,  language schools are not suitable for everyone. Many of our new residents have young families and will be spending a lot of time with their families and opting out of daycare (with one parent staying at home). A language school does not provide the right environment for individuals in this situation.

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As other companies are doing their part to welcome Syrian refugees to make them feel warm and at home, Adapt2me is also ensuring that we provide a neighboring experience for our new residents. We understand the need for language training for newcomers to Canada. Therefore, we are offering FREE access to our online language learning platform to arriving Syrian refugees in Canada.

We are partnering with local and national organizations across Canada to identify potential students to use our platform. We are doing our part as Canadians and as a business. Just like everything in life- we cannot do it alone. So, we are asking our fellow Canadians to demonstrate how generous we are known to be by purchasing tutoring hours for a new Syrian resident of

So, we are asking our fellow Canadians to demonstrate how generous Canadians are known to be- by purchasing tutoring hours for a new Syrian resident of Canada. For every Adapt2me Cares tutor package purchase, Adapt2me will provide access to our online language learning platform FOR FREE, for 3 months!

Adapt2Me Cares Language Package Prices

$25   $60   $100   $150

Help our new residents properly resettle and build a new life in Canada. With your contribution of a language learning package, you will directly be impacting someone’s life by providing them with linguistic skills, to build a successful future in Canada.

We are nothing without our communication skills. Contribute today to invest in the future of Canada!

Contribute Now!    https://www.adapt2me.com/website/cares

 

No Comments | 27 January, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

The new year is here. It’s been 2016 for a few days now. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?!

After the new year, many people reflect on highlights of their previous year. Generally, these are joyous moments of pride, happiness, and accomplishments. Some also reflect on the bad choices they made, missed opportunities and wasted time.

Regardless of what your Facebook “year in review” story looks like- it’s time to look to 2016. Now is the time to set plans for the new year. These plans tend to come in the form of goals, objectives and ultimately “resolutions”. The reasoning behind setting goals and resolutions for the new year is to accomplish what you did not achieve in the previous year and overall to grow as a person. Everyone wants to be better, richer, happier, and healthier. These goals and resolutions are how people plan to progress in the coming year.

As many articles will state- the majority of us do not stick with our resolutions. It seems there is more hype into setting goals and resolutions rather than providing a foundation and structure to foster these “goals” and resolutions. Perhaps, having the commitment and motivation to accomplish resolutions, and goals before setting them should be as important. This could be considered as goal and resolutions insurance.

Regardless of the goals and resolutions, you set for yourself, the objective of setting goals is a good thing. Planning for your year, your future and pushing yourself to be better is something we all need to do. If you plan on setting goals and resolutions this year, why not work on a new language. Since, “trying something new” is always on a someone’s resolution list. So make learning a new language, your “something new”.With Adapt2me, we can facilitate this goal of learning a new language.

Learn French or improve your English with Adapt2Me. Our adaptive technology will personalize a learning path -just for you! Our tutors will motivate you through the learning process and practice your pronunciation and oral skills with you.

Don’t put it off. Do it today! Register for an account on our web-based language learning platform for only $5.99/ month! Just because we want you to check off “trying something new” or “learn a foreign language” on your list of resolutions we’ll throw in a free 15-minute tutor session!

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One more thing – our mobile app is available for iOS on the Apple store. The app will allow you to continue learning on the go. That’s what’s great about Adapt2me, we provide flexible, efficient and effective language training! Do yourself a favor and create an account and start learning! Like any goal, you need to stick with it. It might be challenging at times but we are here to assist you! Just think of how cool you’ll be when you visit Montreal, Quebec, Belgium or even Paris and you can converse with the people there….and they say French is a very sexy language. There are so many benefits to learning French!

For those who want to improve their English being able to effectively communicate in your native language enhances your confidence and provides greater job opportunities for you. As for international students, Adapt2me can help you prepare for the TEFL exam and entrance into international universities.

Learning French and speaking English can only make your life better..isn’t that what goals and resolutions are about? Being a better person?

Let Adapt2me help you be a better person in 2016.

No Comments | 06 January, 2016

Basic French Part 1

French can be very difficult to learn and even master. Don’t get discouraged, we are here to assist you in the learning process.

First, it is important to understand the basics. Use these simple phrase when meeting someone for the first time, while out at dinner or having a conversation with a friend. You can show off a few words and phrases that you now know, en Francais.

Hello                                   Bonjour

Please                                 Oui, s’il vous plaît

No, thank you                    Non Merci

Good Bye                            Au revoir

Do you speak English?     Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?

I dont speak French          Je ne parle pas français.

What’s your name?          Comment vous appelezvous?

I don’t understand            Je ne comprends pas.

I don’t know                       Je ne sais pas.

Sorry                                   Désolé

 

 

 

No Comments | 02 December, 2015

Graphic Designer Wanted

Graphic Designer

Adapt2me is a Montreal based company that provides online language learning solution for French and English. We want to provide people with a fun and engaging online language tool that will help them improve their language skills, boost their confidence and get better job opportunities.

We’re looking for a freelance graphic designer who is able to fulfill the following tasks: create graphics (mainly for web, but occasionally for print), create any web-specific materials needed, improve the overall user experience of our product. Our ideal candidate is someone who is creative and likes to think outside the box, who works well in a team environment and autonomously, and who is motivated to help us to build a product that can change people’s lives.

If you are excited by the opportunity, we want to hear from you and see your portfolio!

What we need from you:

  • 2+ years of experience
  • College or Bachelor’s degree in Web design/Graphic Design or in a field related to the job
  • Experience with Responsive/Mobile Friendly designs
  • Website Wireframing
  • Agile and quick in Photoshop and Illustrator and solid Adobe Suite knowledge
  • Good knowledge of web design and HTML5, CSS an asset
  • Perfect mastery of User Experience Design
  • Experience with e-commerce considered a huge assetà
  • Balance of creativity, organization, efficiency and project multi-tasking

What we offer:

  • An excellent working atmosphere
  • Competitive salary
  • Premium downtown location

We thank all the applicants, but only the selected candidates will be contacted.

NOTE: Applicants must provide a link to an online portfolio of at least ten pieces of design work with application.

Please send you c.v. along with your work to [email protected]

No Comments | 26 November, 2015

An Exciting Day at La Grand Messe

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to showcase the Adapt2Me platform at La Grande Messe with other Montreal start-ups.

 

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The energy in the building was electrifying! The event included start-ups from multiple industries including design & fashion, tech, health & fitness and food. It was the largest event of its kind in Montreal.

 

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We enjoyed talking to other entrepreneurs and visitors about the Adapt2Me platform.

 

No Comments | 21 October, 2015

Why Adapt2Me? Pourquoi?

Over the past few years, it has become very popular to learn a second and/or third language.

It is now become a trend, globally, which is great. Having the ability to speak more than one language opens doors of opportunities, connects you to different cultures and overall, enhances your experiences in life.

With this increase in demand of people wanting to learn and improve their foreign language skills, there has been a drastic increase in the number of online platforms available, to achieve bilingual/trilingual & multilingual status. For someone wanting to learn a second or third language, they have many options. The big decision in learning a language is deciding on which platform/ method/company to use.

Many users decide to purchase software and products from the few well-known companies that have been around for decades. These companies offer full PC and Mac software. The benefits of choosing a global brand are the global success attached to its product, recognition and reputation for effective language learning.

However, these global brands are very expensive and can demand a significant amount of time and energy. There are other platforms and mobile applications that are available that require less of a time commitment and provide basic content. Whether it is the most sophisticated platform or the easy-on-the-go mobile app -none of the platforms and services on the market uses proprietary adaptive technology. So which company uses proprietary technology?Adapt2Me does.

The Adapt2me learning method is based on an effective blended methodology that combines self-paced online learning and personalised 1-on-1 tutoring. This approach allows you to advance at your own pace while having the support of an expert tutor to help you practice your oral skills and also guide you and motivate you.

After taking a short placement test, it’s adaptive technology generates a personalised learning path for each learner based on their unique skills. This enables each learner to focus mainly on their weaknesses and vastly improves the speed and efficiency of their language learning. Start a truly adaptive learning journey with Adapt2Me.

No Comments | 18 September, 2015

5 Tips To Learning A New Language

Learning a new language is challenging and can be very frustrating at times. Here are some tips to assist you along the way.

#1 Goals

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Before you start any language courses or private tutoring sessions, it is essential to set your own personal goals.

Be honest with yourself, you don’t have to be realistic. You can be as ambitious as you please. Either way, the goals you set for yourself will determine your learning path. The goal could be, the ability to hold a conversation in the new language. Or it could be more advanced as to study and or work in the new language. Whatever your goals are, it is essential to establish benchmarks for yourself. These benchmarks will provide checkpoints to measure your progress based on the goals you set. For good measure – have more than one goal. As soon as you complete the first goal, you’ll already be working towards the second goal. Remember…you can never have too many goals.

#2 Behaviour

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Be excited, eager, daring, playful and fearless in your desire and attempt(s) in learning a new language.

A child is unaware of the mistakes they will make, yet, they forge ahead with their curiosity and make them anyway. This is the same for learning a new language. Understand you will make mistakes. The more mistakes you make the more you improve in the language. Ask as many questions, act like a child, as you know nothing. You are starting your learning process all over again. Start with simple concepts, master them eloquently then gradually move onto the following concepts and modules. Remember it should always be fun and exciting!

#3 Coach

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Staying motivated will get tricky, especially when “life” gets in the way.

You will most likely come across a difficult concept, activity, level or get stuck on a pronunciation. At this time, you will need someone to coach you through the challenges, the struggles and uphill climbs. The coach can either be a friend, paid tutor, professor or just anyone who is a native speaker of the language you are learning. This person must be aware of your language goals, strengths & weaknesses so they are better equipped to coach you to success. It is best to solely communicate with your coach in the language that you are learning. Remember: no one is an island.

#4 Lifestyle

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The best way to test your language progress is by making small to big lifestyle changes.

For example, change the settings on your phone/computer/tablet to the language you are learning. Your memory of the buttons and functions mixed with the new language will work as the perfect translation exercise. Other lifestyle changes can include speaking to friends online in your new language, watching movies in the language; listening to music, and attending cultural & entertainment centres. This method has proven to work in a language study conducted by Kaplan. They found that 82% of English foreign speakers learned English by watching American tv shows. 65% of people asked by Kaplan have travelled to English-speaking countries to learn English.

#5 Immersion

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If you ever have the opportunity to travel to the native country of the language you are learning, do so!

Not only will you gain a lifetime of personal experience from visiting another country, exchanging with people, and learning a new culture but it will intensify your language learning journey. Your linguistics abilities will be magnified! There are other solutions to foreign travel, especially for those who live in Canada- more specifically, Quebec. Quebec is a French-speaking province with many small towns where the use of English is limited or not spoken at all. Take a weekend or a week to immerse yourself in the local culture and your French will improve. Likewise, if you are learning English. Travel to an English area and immerse yourself in the local culture. Immersion can also take place by participating in cultural events and concerts. Either way, it is important to get out there and mix it up! As much as possible, surround yourself with as many native speakers of the language you are learning.

No Comments | 27 August, 2015