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You have probably read or heard of the benefits of learning a new language. Many doctors recommend their patients to learn a new language in order to prevent Alzheimer's while others recommend it to reduce stress: learning a new language can keep your brain healthy. This can be a challenging task, but it can also be fun and rewarding. If you are thinking about learning Arabic, Spanish, French, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin or any other foreign language, remember that it needs time and dedication. Have a plan and clear objective to stick to, so that you don't get frustrated when results are not immediate. Learning a new language doesn't happen overnight: it can take from six months to a year to acquire some proficiency. Think about learning a new language as you would exercise; you will increase your vocabulary as you learn and acquire fluency as you practice. In order to stay physically fit, you need to exercise regularly. Yes, it can be difficult, but not unattainable. And yes, your brain needs to stay fit just like your body, so what better way of keeping your brain fit than learning a new language.

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Cogito ergo sum.
Je pense, donc je suis.
I think, therefore I am.
Pienso, luego existo.
Penso, dunque sono.
#thinkingman #france #bordeaux
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Often times I have poeple coming to our center interested in or inquiring about studying two languages at the same time. In most cases it is about learning two languages coming from the same language family, like French and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, or Norwegian and Swedish. While it is relatively easy to learn common vocabulary, you have to consider the differences that make those languages unique.

For example, as we all know French and Spanish are two romance languages with similar grammar structures and vocabulary. Let's look at the verbs deber (in Spanish) and devoir (in French). They both come from the same Latin verb debere. They look similar in form and have similar usage, but the verb deber in Spanish has different nuances.

​The same verb devoir in French has different translations in Spanish.

1. Tener que + infinitive (obligation)
For example, the obligation to pay a sum of money:
El tiene que pagar el médico
Il doit payer le médicin.
(He has to pay the doctor.)

2. Deber+infinitive (an imposed obligation)
For example, an obligation imposed by the law or society or a moral obligation:
Tu debes trabajar.
Tu dois travailler.​
(You must work.)
3. Haber de+infinitive (intention)
For example:
He de trabajar mañana.
Je dois travailler demain.
(I should work tomorrow.)

4. Deber de+infinitive.
For example, a present probability or supposition:
Ellos deben de estar aquí ahora.
Ils doivent être ici maintenant.
​ (They should be here by now.)
This is just an example of how languages work. When studying two languages at the same time, you need to go beyond the literal translation and keep in mind the differences and nuances of each language. Not only will you learn these new languages faster finding many similar words, but also going the extra mile will take you further ahead.
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Often times I have poeple coming to our center interested in or inquiring about studying two languages at the same time. In most cases it is about learning two languages coming from the same language family, like French and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, or Norwegian and Swedish. While it is relatively easy to learn common vocabulary, you have to consider the differences that make those languages unique.

For example, as we all know French and Spanish are two romance languages with similar grammar structures and vocabulary. Let's look at the verbs deber (in Spanish) and devoir (in French). They both come from the same Latin verb debere. They look similar in form and have similar usage, but the verb deber in Spanish has different nuances.

​The same verb devoir in French has different translations in Spanish.

1. Tener que + infinitive (obligation)
For example, the obligation to pay a sum of money:
El tiene que pagar el médico
Il doit payer le médicin.
(He has to pay the doctor.)

2. Deber+infinitive (an imposed obligation)
For example, an obligation imposed by the law or society or a moral obligation:
Tu debes trabajar.
Tu dois travailler.​
(You must work.)
3. Haber de+infinitive (intention)
For example:
He de trabajar mañana.
Je dois travailler demain.
(I should work tomorrow.)

4. Deber de+infinitive.
For example, a present probability or supposition:
Ellos deben de estar aquí ahora.
Ils doivent être ici maintenant.
​ (They should be here by now.)
This is just an example of how languages work. When studying two languages at the same time, you need to go beyond the literal translation and keep in mind the differences and nuances of each language. Not only will you learn these new languages faster finding many similar words, but also going the extra mile will take you further ahead.
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Often times I have poeple coming to our center interested in or inquiring about studying two languages at the same time. In most cases it is about learning two languages coming from the same language family, like French and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, or Norwegian and Swedish. While it is relatively easy to learn common vocabulary, you have to consider the differences that make those languages unique.

For example, as we all know French and Spanish are two romance languages with similar grammar structures and vocabulary. Let's look at the verbs deber (in Spanish) and devoir (in French). They both come from the same Latin verb debere. They look similar in form and have similar usage, but the verb deber in Spanish has different nuances.

​The same verb devoir in French has different translations in Spanish.

1. Tener que + infinitive (obligation)
For example, the obligation to pay a sum of money:
El tiene que pagar el médico
Il doit payer le médicin.
(He has to pay the doctor.)

2. Deber+infinitive (an imposed obligation)
For example, an obligation imposed by the law or society or a moral obligation:
Tu debes trabajar.
Tu dois travailler.​
(You must work.)
3. Haber de+infinitive (intention)
For example:
He de trabajar mañana.
Je dois travailler demain.
(I should work tomorrow.)

4. Deber de+infinitive.
For example, a present probability or supposition:
Ellos deben de estar aquí ahora.
Ils doivent être ici maintenant.
​ (They should be here by now.)
This is just an example of how languages work. When studying two languages at the same time, you need to go beyond the literal translation and keep in mind the differences and nuances of each language. Not only will you learn these new languages faster finding many similar words, but also going the extra mile will take you further ahead.
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Often times I have poeple coming to our center interested in or inquiring about studying two languages at the same time. In most cases it is about learning two languages coming from the same language family, like French and Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, or Norwegian and Swedish. While it is relatively easy to learn common vocabulary, you have to consider the differences that make those languages unique.

For example, as we all know French and Spanish are two romance languages with similar grammar structures and vocabulary. Let's look at the verbs deber (in Spanish) and devoir (in French). They both come from the same Latin verb debere. They look similar in form and have similar usage, but the verb deber in Spanish has different nuances.

​The same verb devoir in French has different translations in Spanish.

1. Tener que + infinitive (obligation)
For example, the obligation to pay a sum of money:
El tiene que pagar el médico
Il doit payer le médicin.
(He has to pay the doctor.)

2. Deber+infinitive (an imposed obligation)
For example, an obligation imposed by the law or society or a moral obligation:
Tu debes trabajar.
Tu dois travailler.​
(You must work.)
3. Haber de+infinitive (intention)
For example:
He de trabajar mañana.
Je dois travailler demain.
(I should work tomorrow.)

4. Deber de+infinitive.
For example, a present probability or supposition:
Ellos deben de estar aquí ahora.
Ils doivent être ici maintenant.
​ (They should be here by now.)
This is just an example of how languages work. When studying two languages at the same time, you need to go beyond the literal translation and keep in mind the differences and nuances of each language. Not only will you learn these new languages faster finding many similar words, but also going the extra mile will take you further ahead.
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WHAT IS SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD?
Well, subjunctive it's just expressing ideals or imaginary situations.
Example: I wish you were here.
The use of subjunctive in the Romance languages such as Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese is very common. People use it for wishes, requests, to express emotional states, doubtful and hypothetical situations.
- Me gustaría que estuvieras aquí (Spanish)
- Vorrei che tu fossi qui (Italian)
- J'aimerais que vous soyez ici (French)
_ Gostaria que você estivesse aqui (Portuguese)
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Summer is here! ¡El verano llegó! L'estate è qui! L'été est ici!
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We often ask ourselves this question, specially if it's difficult for us to learn a new language. The truth is that in order to learn either English, French, Italian, Spanish or Chinese one has to consider the following:

1. It's essential to study grammar. One requires knowing grammatical rules in order to speak properly the new language.
2. You need to practice day in and day out what you learn. Repetition is an efficient learning tool.
3. Write a dairy in the new language starting with basic ideas like your daily routine and later write full sentences about your plans and short term goals.
4. Listen to the language as much as possible, either by listening to the radio, watching television or listening to music, etc.
5. It's very important to read, You should read short stories, tales for kids, and move on with more complex reading gradually and constantly.



​¿Cómo aprender un nuevo Idioma?

​Muchos de nosotros nos hacemos esta pregunta a menudo, sobre todo si nos cuesta aprender un nuevo idioma. La verdad es que para aprender ya sea inglés, francés, italiano, español o chino hay que considerar lo siguiente:

1. Estudia grámatica ya que es esencial. Se requiere conocer las reglas gramaticales para hablar el idioma apropiadamente.
2. Necesitas practicar lo aprendido constantemente. La repetición es un método de aprendizaje muy eficaz.
3. Escribe un diario en el nuevo idioma comezando por ideas básicas sobre nuestros quehaceres diarios y siguiendo con oraciones completas sobre nuestros planes o metas a corto plazo.
4. Escucha el idioma lo más que se pueda, ya sea por el radio, la televisión, escuchar música, etc.
5. Es muy importante leer, hay que comenzar de manera simple con cuentos cortos, cuentos para niños y seguir con lecturas cada vez más avanzadas. Todo claro de manera gradual y constante.
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