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The Importance of Bilingualism Tour

BRAND AMBASSADOR GEORGES LARAQUE LAUNCHES CANADA WIDE BILINGUALISM TOUR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montreal, QC, Tuesday, May 2, 2017-  Adapt2me brand ambassador, former NHL player, vegan, and philanthropist Georges Laraque is selecting 10 high schools across Canada to visit between May and June 30th to speak about the importance of learning both of Canada’s official languages. He wants students and teachers to decide the schools he will visit. To be selected as 1 of the 10 schools contact Adapt2me to secure a date.

Georges will speak about his personal experience of learning English as a Francophone and the success he experienced from being a bilingual hockey player in the NHL. His motivational talk will also focus on overcoming adversity, setting and achieving goals.

This tour is to coincide with Canada’s 150th celebration. Georges wants to speak to young people in Canada to take advantage of the opportunity to learn both English and French while living in a bilingual country. He understands having the ability to effectively communicate in both English and French is an asset that he wants our youth to have. Our youth have multiple digital apps available to them in enhancing their social lives and learning experience.

Georges Laraque believes in investing in education technology by providing our young people with digital learning tool to better personalised their learning experience and achieve better results. Through Adapt2me schools can use an innovative, interactive web-based platform and mobile app in delivering English As A Second Language and French As A Second Language training with individualised tutoring. The mobile app allows students to continue their learning outside of the classroom.

Invite Georges Laraque to your school, as we celebrate Canadian bilingualism and Canada’s 150th. He is excited to meet the future generation of leaders, investors and creators!

Contact us now as spaces are filling up quickly. For further information check out website: https://www.adapt2me.com/website/schools

ABOUT ADAPT2ME

Adapt2me is a Montreal-based startup that provides an online language learning platform and mobile app that creates a personalised learning path based on your unique strengths and weaknesses. Our mission is to help people maximise their potential by customising their learning process through an interactive platform and personalised tutoring sessions.

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No Comments | 03 May, 2017

5 Tips To Learning French In Montreal

By Pamela Pierre

Canada is the second largest country in the world with coast to coast oceans, a diverse population with two official languages.

In addition to hundreds of lakes, national parks, poutines it is home to the vibrant city of Montreal. This year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, #Canada150 and the city of Montreal its 375th year. Now more than ever, is the ideal time visit the second best country in the world.

Head to your favourite cheap ticket site, book your ticket and join us for #Canada150 starting with the city of Montreal. The city of Montreal is situated in the distinct francophone province of Quebec. The cobblestones in Vieux Port and the busy fashion district of Saint Catherine are symbols of the cities diversity, guarantee to impress the most experienced traveler.   

While the cultural richness will impress you, it is the exquisite culinary experience that will leave you in love with the city. The mixture of French Canadian, European influenced and Latin American fusions will tickle your appetite and may even encourage you to parle le français! France isn’t the only place to learn how to say, “Je t’aime” and “J’adore”.

Allow Les Québécois to provide you with a French immersion experience. So whether you are just passing by to sip on a warm and full body merlot for the summer or planting new roots here are 5 easy tips on learning French in Montreal:

  1. Make French friends

One of the easiest ways to get started in learning french in the city is to hang around people who speak french. Not only will they be able to teach you some quick words and sentences to get around. They will also provide you with a support system in your french immersion experience.

2. Take a class

Enrolling in a language class or language program is the traditional and most common way to learn a language. Let’s be honest, it’s expensive, time-consuming and emotionally challenging.  It requires you to be in a room with many students with one instructor with little to no individual tutoring time. While some people prefer this method, many are discouraged by the time consumption and lack of personalized training. This is not the only solution but certainly a good option depending on your language goals and learning style. 

3. Binge watch your favourite shows en Française

For our Netflix fans and binge-watchers, this is actually an option. One of the best ways to learn French is to watch your favourite shows en Français. This way you can follow the content and understand the episode in French You’ll learn new words, phrases and maybe even jokes! What’s sexier than telling jokes in French? Not much! Continue #NetflixandChill while learning French! 

4. Go out and explore

Get out of the apartment, walk around in one of the several boroughs of Montreal and explore the city! Montreal is the perfect city to learn french while walking around and you know why? Because all the signs are written in French! From the second you walk out, you’ll be exposed to French and the dominant Francophone culture. Everything from street names and store fronts is written in French, so by immersing yourself and engaging in the French culture of Montreal is a good measure in living the French immersion experience.

5. Find your learning style

In the end, everyone has a different learning style. Find what works best for you. It might be one of the tips mentioned above, a combination of them or something completely different. Adapt2me offers an innovative online language learning platform and mobile app with individual tutoring. Book a session with one of our expert tutors to help you craft witty French jokes, land your dream job in Montreal or in Europe and add an additional skill to your LinkedIn account. 

No Comments | 14 April, 2017

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

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