In this article, Bridge Languages teacher, Katya Kuhns, discusses how learners of Russian, or any language, can work to improve their skills outside of the classroom. Katya suggests several online forums and apps as ideal places to practice putting the language into use.
Practicing your listening skills is key to learning a foreign language, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Watching movies or listening to music in your language of choice is a fun way become accustomed to the sound of language, to learn new vocabulary (including slang) and to get a taste of the culture at the same time. Bridge Spanish teacher, Lily, shares favorite movies in Spanish.
There are many reasons to learn a new language, and this Valentine’s Day, we’re highlighting one of the best ones. Meet Max, from Colorado, who took Beginner German classes at BridgeLanguages with a few language goals in mind… not least of which was to communicate with a certain German au pair he met and wanted to know better. Read how, as Max describes it, “Learning a language opens doors.”
Do you have a goal in mind when it comes to learning a foreign language? Maybe you’d like to take a trip abroad, communicate with someone special, or broaden your job opportunities. Norman, a Japanese language student at Bridge in downtown Denver, has his own goal in mind. He shared with us about why he decided to challenge himself by re-learning the Japanese of his childhood in retirement, and what his goal is for the coming year.
One often-overlooked part of the translation process, from a client standpoint, is the stage in which the translator asks questions and requests feedback from the client. This stage of the process is called the “question and feedback cycle” and it’s more important than you think.
BridgeLanguages encourages students to keep learning outside the classroom with our regular conversation Social Clubs at locations throughout Denver. Open to everyone, these Meetup groups give you a chance to practice what you’re learning (with the guidance of a teacher), as well as make new friends and get to know new places in Denver.
Foreign language teachers at Bridge bring a variety of experiences to the classroom. Russian teacher, Ekaterina, is no exception. She herself has learned multiple foreign languages, including Korean, which she mastered while studying abroad in Seoul and earning her Master’s in East Asian Studies.
Katya Kuhns, Russian teacher at BridgeLanguages in Denver, understands what it takes to learn a foreign language. That’s because she is not only an instructor, but has also spent time on the other side of the desk, studying English, Korean, and now Spanish. She’s got answers for the most common excuses she’s heard about learning a foreign language.
Do you have an upcoming meeting or presentation with a foreign language audience involved? If so, interpreters are a key part of your planning process, since the interpreter will be the voice of your organization. Start your event planning early to make sure your upcoming event, with interpretation, is a seamless experience for you and your diverse attendees.
Jannette, who is a beginner taking Spanish classes at Bridge in downtown Denver, plans to use her new language skills for future travel to Latin America, including Panama, Chile and maybe Argentina. Her main goal is to become as fluent as she can, so she can communicate with the people she meets and immerse herself in an exciting new culture.