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If you visit Burlington, Vermont, you'll see that many of the restaurants, cafés and boutiques make it clear that they happily welcome French Canadians with a little blue sticker which reads “Bienvenue Québécois.”

Learn more about this language initiative in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1Hc4NSJ

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If one lets go of the fear of failure and tries to acquire balance and self-security, speaking a new language really does become like riding a bicycle – once you learn how you never forget.

More in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1Gptsmn

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Albert Brisbane's story is an example of just how far meticulous and motivated study of foreign languages can take you.

Learn more in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1FUdwID

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Heinrich Ollendorff became famous for his language teaching method, but was it plagiarized from Jean Manesca?

Check out our latest blog to find out: http://bit.ly/1LxpbPr

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Manesca, perhaps the first modern foreign language teacher, influenced Don Cárlos Rabadan to write “Manesca’s Oral System of Teaching Living Languages; Illustrated by a Practical Course of Lessons in the Spanish Language, Through the Medium of the English" in 1846.

Rabadan wrote the book after he had already been using Manesca's method in his own lessons for 16 years.

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Learn about the teaching methods of Jean Manesca, quite possibly the first modern foreign language teacher: http://bit.ly/1xYGTE4

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The modern art of teaching foreign languages was first given form in “An Oral System of Teaching Living Languages Illustrated by a Practical Course of Lessons in the French through the Medium of the English”, registered in the Library of Congress in 1832 by language teacher Jean Manesca.

Learn more about Manesca's language teaching philosophy in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1x8cQcB

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Did you know? The truth is – even more so than in German than in the Romance languages – gender is a purely grammatical concept linked to the word and not to its meaning.

Learn more in our latest blog post. http://bit.ly/1D4LWa9

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To learn to speak Arabic and Italian correctly you not only have to learn your genders; you have to learn when to cross them!

See what we mean in our latest blog post: http://bit.ly/1CDMpQs

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When JFK made the famous statement “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” he was making use of the rhetorical device of chiasmus.

Learn about chiasmus in our latest blog post!
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