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Does President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration Have Anything To Do With Spanish?

by Jake Beus January 22nd, 2013 6 comments More

(PRWEB) January 20, 2013

Some believe that part of President Obama’s win came after wooing the Spanish vote. Back in 2008, President Obama began to reach out to Hispanics as he said, campaigning to English speakers, “You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish,” and that, “we should have every child speaking more than one language.”

Next, in 2012, President Obama not only outspent Mitt Romney reaching out to Hispanic voters, he had more widely accepted policies on immigration. He also took the time to practice Spanish, and with a surprisingly good Spanish accent, campaigned directly to Hispanics.

It comes as no surprise that President Obama did so well among Hispanic voters and won a second term.

“We’re honored to have a President who puts such an emphasis on language learning and strives to bridge communication gaps among the citizens of our country and our world,” remarked Dave Clark, CEO of LearnALanguage.com.

In honor of President Obama’s 2nd inauguration and his commitment to learning languages, LearnALanguage.com is releasing completely free language courses online the day after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration on Monday, January 21st.

The website aims not only to get users started, but to keep them motivated to learn a language. Fun review games, contests, social engagement and competitions encourage learners to return to the site frequently and to reach their goals. The new learning system is based on the award-winning Visual Link® methodology that gets learners speaking from the beginning. These free lessons are supported by advertising, and, much like Pandora®, users will have the option to upgrade to a version without advertising.

To start fulfilling your civic duty to learn a second language (or just for fun) visit LearnALanguage.com.

Note: There will be media availability with Dave Clark, Founder of LearnALanguage.com. Please contact Marketing Director, Jake Beus, at 801-475-4441 Ext. 101 or at jake(at)learnalanguage(dot)com for more information or for interview requests.

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LearnALanguage.com Will Disrupt the Language-Learning Industry

by Jake Beus January 22nd, 2013 6 comments More

(PRWEB) January 21, 2013

On Monday, January 21st, LearnALanguage.com plans to release the beta version of its language-learning courses. These courses, which have been taught in over 130 countries, at schools and major corporations are now entirely free. The company believes that people are paying far too much to learn a new language.

“The reality is, with the evolution of the internet, things that used to cost money are now completely free. If people can get encyclopedias, dictionaries, personalized music, children’s learning games and video games free on the internet, there is no reason that language learning shouldn’t be free as well,” remarked Dave Clark, CEO of LearnALanguage.com.

The new learning system is offered in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. The company aims to help individuals stay motivated with their courses through competitions, social engagement and contests. Rewards like virtual coins and genius points are given for lessons completed and for consecutive daily logins. These can be exchanged for learning enhancements such as downloadable audio and printable lessons.

The lessons are based on the award-winning Visual Link(R) methodology and has learners speaking from the beginning. These free lessons are supported by advertising, and much like Pandora(R), users will have the option to upgrade to a version without advertising.

To start learning a language without putting a hole in your pocketbook, visit LearnALanguage.com.

Note: There will be media availability with Dave Clark, Founder of LearnALanguage.com. Please contact Marketing Director, Jake Beus, at 801-475-4441 Ext. 101 or at jake(at)learnalanguage(dot)com for more information or for interview requests.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10337019.htm

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 – Tips

by Jake Beus December 31st, 2012 2 comments More

I resolve to...What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?  A resolution is a resolve or determination to do something. To me, that means if I’m not going to take it seriously, it’s better to not call it a resolution (call it a wish or a dream).  Do you take your resolutions seriously? I believe that people are inherently good and that they want to improve their own lives and the lives of others. I want you to be resolved to achieve your goals in 2013, just like I want the same for myself.

I am a firm believer that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Many of you will find that the greatest joys you will find come from spending time with those you love, learning, growing and serving others. The fact that you are reading this means that you want to improve your life. You have goals and perhaps you are resolved to achieve them. I’d like to provide a few tips to help you achieve your goals and find joy and happiness along the way.

  • Think about what you truly desire. What is it that you want to become? What do you really want to do?
  • Write it down.
  • Set goals based on what you find in your writings.
  • Be very specific in your goals. Don’t say ‘I want to learn a lot of money’. Don’t say ‘I want to spend more time with my kids’. Instead, say that you will earn x amount of money and that you will spend x amount of time with your kids each day/week.
  • If appropriate, set a date by which you will achieve your goal. (I will earn $10 by January 31st.)
  • Write down what you will sacrifice or give up in order to achieve your goal(s).
  • Determine how you are going to achieve your goal. Put it in writing.
  • When you have completed the above steps, write down your goal(s), the date by which you will achieve it, what you will give up to achieve it and how you will achieve it in paragraph form.
  • Read aloud your new ‘goal statement’ each morning and night. As you read it, see it and believe it as if it has already happened.

Those steps are heavily influenced by the classic book, Think and Grow Rich. I highly recommend that book.

We wish you the very best in this upcoming year. May you achieve your goals and set out to accomplish what you truly desire. If you have a desire to learn a new language or improve your language skills, we ask that you please let us help you. Enjoy 2013!

“Through all of living, have much joy and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

 

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3 Tips on Gift-giving for the Holidays

by Jake Beus December 3rd, 2012 17 comments More

gift givingAs Christmas comes to town it is tradition in most parts of the world to give gifts to family and friends. For me, it can be a bit of a struggle to find the right gift for everyone. I have spent a considerable amount of time pondering about what the right gift might be for the people I’m close to. Here are a few tips that have helped me become a better gift-giver:

Give something meaningful. What is meaningful for one person may not be meaningful for the next person. What do they want? What do they need? I can’t be too specific because everyone is different; however, one gift that was meaningful to my father was giving him a subscription to lynda.com so that he could learn to use his iMac better.

Give an experience that creates a memory. If your daughter is in love with Taylor Swift, buy her some concert tickets. Consider purchasing a vacation package for you and your family. Plan a day trip somewhere nearby you’ve heard about but haven’t visited.  I particularly remember receiving tickets to a Utah Jazz basketball game, which I attended with my younger brother many years ago. I was 13 and my brother was 11. We were so excited and had so much fun at the game.

Give the gift of education. This may not be the most exciting gift the recipient receives, but he/she will thank you later for it. Think about something that person has wanted to learn, whether it be how to cook, how to use Photoshop or even Spanish, and help them overcome the obstacle of price. This will enrich their life and help them grow. Lasting memories will be made.

 

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Why I’m Thankful for Learning Spanish

by Jake Beus November 21st, 2012 3 comments More

Friends Thanksgiving episodeEvery year around Thanksgiving I take time to reflect about the things for which I am thankful. You can bet that I am grateful for the opportunity to learn Spanish. Learning Spanish has opened doors and provided me with opportunities I would not otherwise have.

I met a Guatemalan man in Boston, Massachusetts on a work visa. His name is Eric Quixaj, and he became one of my great friends. We were able to take part in some service activities together and he has a giant heart. He has since returned to Guatemala and I have been unable to contact him, but the memories remain.

I am certainly not the brightest star in the sky, but I do know that learning Spanish has sharpened my memory. I am under the opinion that, with regard to memory, if you don’t use it, you lose it. I believe that it’s important to continue learning no matter what age you are.

And how can I not take a moment to be thankful for all the Spanish-speaking people I’ve met in my life. I have had the privilege of meeting people from nearly every Spanish-speaking country in the world. I have also had many wonderful home-cooked meals with these wonderful individuals.

Those are a few reasons I’m thankful for learning Spanish. What language are you learning, and why are you thankful for it?

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Remember to Remember

by Jake Beus November 5th, 2012 2 comments More

spray bottleThe main reason that people give up on a goal is because they don’t remember it. I recall as a child writing down goals I wanted to accomplish for the upcoming year and sealing them in an envelope to be opened in 1 year. All I did was write down goals on a piece of paper and put them in an envelope. I forgot about the experience a few hours later and re-opened the envelope one year later. Do you think I did well on my goals? Nope, I really hadn’t done much to accomplish the goals I had written down one year earlier.

Recently I set a goal to wake up and stay up each morning when my alarm went off. It is especially difficult for me to wake up in the morning when it is cold outside and I am at a perfect temperature in my warm bed with blankets. In Utah, the best sleeping months of the year are upon us (November – February). To combat the comfort of my bed, I keep a spray bottle nearby and spray myself in the face each morning to wake up and stay up. The problem is that I usually don’t remember that the spray bottle is there. A friend told me that I should title the iPhone alarm as ‘spray yourself in the face’. I should set the alarm and place it underneath the spray bottle, which will force me to touch the bottle in order to stop the noise.

What does this have to do with learning a new language? Well, many of you have a goal to learn a new language. That is a great and noble goal. Many of you will get busy and forget that you made this goal. You won’t remember your goal. Plan time each day to work on your goals, and remember to remind yourself. If you can set up alarms and reminders on your cell phone, that is usually the best way to remind yourself. Remember to remember. Do you have any tips or ideas that have helped you remember?

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Language Learning Resources on LearnALanguage.com

by Jake Beus November 1st, 2012 2 comments More

I would like to take a moment of your time and inform you about the language-learning resources on LearnALanguage.com. This website is full of vocabulary and phrases that will help you improve your knowledge of the language you are learning. The site provides you with hundreds of lessons, games and activities in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French to English and Spanish to English.

A few of the pages I visit most often include:

Learning how to say different phrases in other languages is fun. You may want to put a time limit on how long you browse around because you could get lost for hours. You have been warned. What page do you spend the most time on? Login and comment below.

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Chinese Birth Year Signs

by Taylor Pebley October 31st, 2012 44 comments More

Have you ever wondered what your Chinese birth year sign is? Well first of all, what are these signs? You’ve probably seen these signs, also known as Chinese zodiac or astrology signs, when you go to a Chinese restaurant. A printed sheet of paper, used as a place mat, shows twelve animals and has a brief explanation of each. You are assigned an animal depending on which year you were born in. This is about the extent most of us look into these signs. Oh man, was I surprised when I looked into my own sign a little more…

My zodiac sign is the Tiger. I’m not convinced these signs are a real predictor, but I was blown away when I read a complete description of those born in the year of the tiger! Each sign comes with brief summaries in personality, health, career, relationships and some others depending on the source. It was almost spot-on for me in every area it described! How I am with people, at work, almost everything it said seemed to be describing me personally.

It’s fun to learn more about the culture of the language you are learning, but whether or not you’re learning Chinese, you should definitely check out your Chinese birth year sign. Is yours as accurate as mine? Let me know in the comment section!

 

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Why Can’t Learning Be Fun?

by Jake Beus October 29th, 2012 16 comments More

Why can’t learning be fun? When I look back at my K-12 and college days, I think about a lot of sleepy, boring classes. At the same time, I think about some of the great things that I have learned and creative ways in which they have been taught. There have been plenty of fun games that have reinforced lessons learned.

I’m not saying that education is going to be a party all the time. Sometimes it’s going to be boring and you have to power through and do the best you can. Here at LearnALanguage.com we aim to keep you awake, alert, having fun and learning as much as possible. We don’t want you to be saying ‘how boring’ in Italian out loud when you are learning Italian. The Learning Lounge, Memory Machine and Lingo Dingo are fun games (we hope you think so too) that reinforce vocabulary and phrases you are learning.

If you don’t have a fun game to help you review what you are learning, give yourself fun rewards for being awesome to help motivate you to power through the learning process. In our office, some of my co-workers and I set goals to arrive to work at certain times of the day. Whoever arrived late the most this week had to listen to the Hannah Montana Pandora station for 1 hour at work and share it on their personal Facebook and Twitter pages. That lucky person was me.

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Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language

by Jake Beus October 25th, 2012 40 comments More

The best way to learn a foreign language is to live where that language is spoken so that you are completely immersed in the language. That means that you speak and listen to your new language all day everyday. There is NO better way. When a language website or company tells you that they have the best way, understand that they’re saying that it’s the best way other than complete immersion.

Most people do not have the opportunity to be completely immersed in a new language by living in a foreign country. The good news is that there are other ways you can learn. Before I tell you about a few of those other ways, I’d like to tell you something important:  For MOST people, language acquisition does not come easy, it requires hard work and consistency. With that in mind, here are some other ways that you can learn a new language besides complete immersion:

  • Audio-based programs. There are a number of audio-based language programs out there and these can be convenient for an on-the-go lifestyle. Simply make sure that the foreign language you are listening to is from a native speaker. You want to avoid the ‘foreigner’ accent as much as possible.
  • Reading material. If you know how to read in the foreign language, it can be very helpful to read as much as possible to amplify your vocabulary. For me, reading aloud was very helpful in improving my pronunciation and flow.
  • Writing exercises. Reading and writing exercises will help you improve your grammar and flow.
  • Speaking. Speak in the foreign language as often as you can. Read aloud. Video chat with native speakers of the foreign language you are studying. As much as possible, have face-to-face conversations. Your efforts will be appreciated, and often you will be able to help the other person work on English.

I recommend adding all of these learning components into your language-learning method; however, focus on speaking. Involve as many senses as possible in the learning process. If you can hear it, say it, feel it and write it, then you will likely remember it. What’s your favorite way to learn a new language? Please answer by commenting below.

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