We may be ‘speaking’ the same language, but are we ‘looking’ the same language?
Chat is the most common way that the 7.442 billion of us in the world communicate and it can be a handy way of improving our speaking and listening skills in our target language.
How many people speak English?
As a first language: 350 billion people
As a second language: 430 million people
Skating onto your Spotify with dancing queens, young and sweet only seventeen, the one and only ABBA are a fine and prime specimen of the most popular karaoke artists of all time. Amongst their lively lyrics that are worthy of a table dance or two, or your own resounding rendition at the top of your lungs*, are a whole bunch of idioms in our target language. From the release of their very first single back in 1974, the Swedish pop band are STLL selling a gobsmacking one million songs a year – (MmmmHMMM! My jaw dropped too.
Father’s Day was this weekend. The day when Dad can put his feet up, blast music from his stereo and crack as many head-in-your-hands types of jokes as possible… and not have anyone complain about it. Sounding familiar?
In our family, we’ve succumbed to withstanding the same joke uttered on repeat from my Dad. His favourite being: ‘I used to be a werewolf… but I’m alright *nOOoOwwww* – screeched in some sort of demented howl.
Us earthlings are social beings. And a bounteous bunch - a whopping 65% of us to be exact - are visual learners. That means yep. You guessed it. We learn best from seeing. While we’re all ears when it comes to getting to know new, modernistic methods for learning a foreign language, the relationship between you and earphones can be pretty one-sided. And for that matter, there isn’t a great deal of improvement on the relationship between you and your revision cards either.