Language blog

The cult of the hyperpolyglot

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 in Latest News

BBC News magazine published an article about hyperpolyglots on 12 February 2012. It contains an impressive video of Alex, who demonstrates he can speak eleven languages. I am certainly impressed by Alex’s abilities. Being a polyglot myself, I can appreciate his almost impeccable pronunciation and fluency in all of his languages. Although it does sound rehearsed, there is no question he has an extraordinary ear and is extremely talented. I can speak and understand about ten, maybe eleven languages out of which I would say only six are on a...

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London wants to learn Italian

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 in Greek, Italian, Latest News

Italian lessons in London have been in high demand since the beginning of the year. Unlike last January, when learning Greek was more popular, this year’s New Year resolution was definitely learning Italian.  More than 30% of all enquiries at the London Language Studio have been about arranging Italian courses. The demand for private Italian tutors was extraordinary. As a matter of fact, we have hired another three excellent Italian teachers and expanded our team, to cater for the variety of language classes in demand as well as the...

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My Slovak Teacher

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 in Feedback from our students, Latest News, Slovak

Hi Alena, Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Regarding the lessons with Zuzana, I’m really enjoying learning with her, and have found that compared to my previous Slovak course I get more time to speak, which is great. My primary aim is to speak Slovak, as my wife has a large extended family, and we both want our children to be able to speak Slovak when we visit grandparents, uncles and aunties, and cousins. Obviously it’s important I am able to help with this, and speaking a lot in lessons is very beneficial. In addition I’ve...

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Private Czech Classes – The best way to learn Czech

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in Czech, Language Articles

Finding a private Czech tutor is probably the only way to really learn to speak Czech. And of course, you have to find a good one! Most of the students who come to us to learn Czech have Czech partners. Some of them initially tried to exploit their partners, hoping to have some free Czech lessons at home, which, perhaps, one day, might lead to a fluent conversation in Czech.   But after a few frustrating attempts, they come to us, asking for a Czech tutor who could help. Why is it we can’t learn Czech from our partners?   The...

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I want to learn Slovak

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in Language Articles, Slovak

Learning Slovak has become a very popular language choice in London. Often, however, it is not a choice but a necessity. And getting there can be extremely frustrating. Most of the students who come to us and request private Slovak lessons have a Slovak partner or spouse. They often travel to Slovakia with them on a regular basis to visit friends and family and feel frustrated when unable to speak Slovak or even understand a few words. They experience the famous Slovak hospitality, fall in love with the country and come back determined to...

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Learning Slovak is not difficult!

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 in Latest News, Slovak

 You want to learn Slovak but don’t know how. Perhaps your wife/girlfriend is Slovak and she wants you to learn…. You might even have children who are half Slovak and suddenly realise you can’t communicate with them in their mother tongue.  So many students put off learning Slovak until very late, perhaps because they are frightened they will never manage it. But Slovak is not that difficult! All you need is a bit of courage to start, a good Slovak tutor and a supportive partner. This recent testimonial should inspire...

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Grants offered to students of Greek

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 in Greek, Latest News

We are happy to invite you to the programmes organized next spring and summer by AEOLIS-Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island and the Hellenic Culture Centre.   GRANTS offered!   AEOLIS offers 3 individual grants to students of Modern Greek and Classical Studies Programmes in Universities! The grants cover the participation fee for a one-week group course of Modern Greek in any level. Contact us for details on the application. Individual grants by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Union. Educators of...

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Intensive Greek lessons

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 in Greek, Latest News

Julie came recently to us wishing to learn Greek. She opted for the half day intensive Greek workshop, which is a 5hrs session of one to one tuition, something quite unique to London Language Studio. This is Julie’s email we have received after her session: Kalimera, Alena: First of all, enormous thanks for giving me such a great introduction to mastering the Greek language.  I am extremely fortunate to have found such an excellent teacher. After 7 years of wrestling with books and CDs (and not being able to progress...

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Mature Students: How easy is it to pick up a new language?

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 in Greek, Italian, Language Articles, Spanish

Many students come to us to learn Spanish, Italian or Greek after they have retired and when they finally find the time to pursue their hobbies. Some of them have properties abroad or just like to travel. They find being able to speak the language to the local people extremely important; it makes all the difference to their holidays abroad. In our experience, there is absolutely no difference in the capability for language acquisition between a retired student and a student in their twenties. On the contrary; most mature learners find learning...

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High demand for Czech Tutors

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in Czech, Latest News

Czech lessons are very popular at London Language Studio.  Learning Czech is not an easy task. Indeed, the Czech Language is possibly one of the most difficult and complex European languages. Despite this, an incredible number of British students come to us for private Czech lessons. Their reasons or motivations are usually very similar. They have a Czech partner and often even children whom they would like to be able to communicate with. Very many students have been married to their partners for many years, and so they are not...

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