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    L von den Driesch posted a link on 11 May 2009 - 5:37am.

    Does an active brain keep dementia away?

    This is the exact link to the program introduced below!

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    L von den Driesch posted a link on 11 May 2009 - 5:33am.

    Learn German and beat Alzheimer's!

    On 22 April Channel 9 (Australia) aired a program on "What's good for you!" about stopping dementia. One of the three case studies examined the effect of learning German on the mental fitness of an elderly person.
    The positive outcome is worth remembering: learning German can have a significant impact on keeping your mental fitness up-to-date.

    What could be a better reason to start learning German now?!

    Liebgard

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    Andy Gibson posted a Blog entry on 19 February 2009 - 2:23pm.

    Slang lessons

    Claire and I were in a charity shop by the office, buying suits for the next Formal Friday, and overheard the assistants giving the new Japanese assistant lessons in London slang. Here are a few terms, for those who aren't sufficiently 'street' to know them already:

    'peng' = good/hot
    'butters' = bad/ugly (As in "dem beats is butters man")
    'nang' = good
    'sick' = also good
    'sket' = a slut, a sexually promiscuous girl

    Also enjoyed their exchange with their six-year old sister:
    - 6yo: "Why can't I say 'sket'?"
    - Sister: "Um... because it's offensive"

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    Martin Cosgrove posted a link on 7 February 2009 - 11:16am.

    Michel Thomas Method

    If you are interested in learning Spanish using this method, but prefer LIVE interaction with a teacher, check out my profile: www.schoolofeverything.com/martincosgrove

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    Martin Cosgrove posted a note on 7 February 2009 - 11:13am.

    Give Me More of Your Lip

    This is an article I wrote for the Times Educational Supplement. It was published in their magazine on 7th September 2007. If you are interested in learning Spanish with me online using this revolutionary method, please visit my profile: www.schoolofeverything.com/martincosgrove

    Link to article on TES website: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=2431631

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    Rote learning and memorising lists of verbs are out fluent talking is in, with the Michel Thomas language method. It works by boosting pupils’ confidence, says Martin Cosgrove

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 7 February 2009 - 8:00am.

    How To Say 'I Love You' In 5 Languages

    Japanese - Aishiteru

    German - Ich liebe dich

    Italian - Ti amo

    Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia oi

    Hungarian - Szeretlek

    Learn more languages here

    All our love
    Team Everything x

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    [video]Hugo Rumens posted a video on 8 December 2008 - 5:42pm.
    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 8 December 2008 - 5:18pm.

    Friend or more than friends?

    I just got back from visiting some friends in Lyon and I asked them to explain how to talk about friends versus boyfriends/girlfriends in French; something I've never been sure about.

    In school I was taught that:

    un ami - a male friend
    une amie - a female friend
    un petit ami - a boyfriend
    une petite amie - a girlfriend

    then there is the more casual vocabulary:

    un copain - a male friend
    une copine - a female friend

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 5 December 2008 - 8:30am.

    Joyeux Noël!

    Merry Christmas in 7 languages

    French: Joyeux Noël

    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

    Russian: Счастливого Рождества! Schaslivovo Rozhdestva!

    Italian: Buon Natale

    Spanish: Feliz Navidad

    Polish: Wesołych Świąt

    Icelandic: Gleðileg Jól

    Visit the languages section to learn a whole lot more. Bien.

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    [video]Hugo Rumens posted a video on 24 November 2008 - 2:11pm.
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    Du rififi chez les hommes

    The cabaret scene and title music for rififi.

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    [video]Hugo Rumens posted a video on 24 November 2008 - 2:07pm.
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    Bob le Flambeur

    Trailer for Bob le Flambeur

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 24 November 2008 - 1:51pm.

    Some great French films

    I bought a few French films on DVD the other day, all from the fifties and sixties and all superb. I'd recommend them all:

    Le Trou - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054407/

    A prison break set in La Santé prison in Paris, most of the actors were not professionals.

    Bob le Flambeur - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047892/

    A casino heist. The main character Bob is a very suave, aging gambler.

    Du rififi chez les hommes - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048021/
    (also called just 'rififi')

    A gangster film and another heist movie.

    There is some great slang in these films too:

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    yu cap posted a note on 21 November 2008 - 6:11am.

    learn spanish

    hi,i m direct,a boy from china.i wanna learn spanish because i think it's very interesting and useful.i 'd like to make frieds you and open my eyes to the world,thank you!

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 31 October 2008 - 2:56pm.

    Language show in London

    If anyone is interested, there is a language show on at Olympia in London today, tomorrow and Sunday, called the "language show" (logically enough).

    It's free if you register in advance, else I think you can pay on the door on the day. I'm going to go and check it out.

    http://www.thelanguageshow.co.uk/

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 30 October 2008 - 11:10am.

    French meetup last night

    Last night I went along to a French meetup event near Charing Cross and it was great.
    There were at least 50 people there and a good mix of nationalities.
    Everyone was very friendly and after a few hours of speaking moderately badly in French, I was worn out(!)

    Definitely recommend this group if you want to practice your French over a glass of wine or two.

    http://french.meetup.com/32/

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 5:12pm.

    Watching French news online

    There are various sites that allow you to watch the news in French online and I try and watch a bit whenever I can. If you are trying to learn a language, you definitely want to get as much exposure to it as possible and I think the news is a great way of doing that, even if you don't understand everything.

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 20 October 2008 - 4:07pm.

    Beginning Spanish

    I am hoping to finish my beginners Spanish book before my trip to Madrid.
    I've never learned Spanish before although my French is reasonable.
    The thing is I don't like going abroad and being clueless about the language if I can help it, so even if I can just get the basics I'll be pleased.

    It's interesting that some things in Spanish are very familiar if you know French:

    By foot - à pied (French) - a pie (Spanish)
    Bread - pain (French) - pan (Spanish)
    Wednesday - mercredi (French) - miércoles (Spanish)

    but then at times Spanish is very different:

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 20 October 2008 - 3:43pm.

    French podcasts

    I've been learning French for many years now and one of the problems I have had is that there tend to be lots of resources available for beginners and conversely, if you are at an advanced level, you can watch French television online or buy French novels etc.

    But if you are at an intermediate level like me then it can be a little tricky. The beginner stuff you already know, but you're not quite ready for the advanced stuff.

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    Russell Blakeborough posted a note on 20 October 2008 - 1:46pm.

    Italian

    I've been having a go at Italian, great fun making it up from Catalan, Latin and Spanish.

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