Learning Languages

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I’ve always considered the acquisition of another language to be one of the most valuable and rewarding ways to spend our free time, yet simultaneously one of the most time-consuming, not to mention incredibly difficult, things to learn about. I think it was Goethe who once mentioned that ‘Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own,’ and I can’t help but believe in how extraordinarily accurate this aphorism is. Continue reading “Learning Languages”

Learning Languages

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I’ve never had a particular fondness for languages so the fact that I chose French as one of my GCSE options was quite the unwise decision really! At the school I went to, those in the high English sets had the chance to learn French, German and Italian; the idea being that there would be at least one language that we would be good enough at to take for GCSE. This was a good opportunity, though we weren’t forced to take any languages if we didn’t want to. Continue reading “Learning Languages”

Translation

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My role for this task was to translate a ‘Manual of Mentoring’. I had to use my Spanish knowledge to adapt the English manual for use by Spanish teachers. The manual consisted of various activities that assist in the development of a mentor within a college environment. I feel it would be useful in teaching an individual the importance of key skills such as: team work, understanding yourself, positive reinforcement and goal-setting for the future. Continue reading “Translation”

Languages

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In high school I started to learn Spanish and French which I liked because they were new languages and if I ever got the chance to go to those countries then I would know parts of the language because I learnt it at school. As the year progressed, I started to dislike Spanish because it was a difficult language to understand and to write and I lost motivation.  Later when it was time to pick our options (advanced subjects) I didn’t pick French or Spanish because I didn’t want to learn them further. I wasn’t 100% sure if I was ever going to either country so there didn’t seem a point in learning them personally. Continue reading “Languages”

Learning Languages

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At the beginning of high school it was mandatory for us to take either German or French depending on what side of the year you were in, on my side of the year we had to take French. I didn’t mind this as I was lucky enough to go to a primary school that started teaching us different languages (in my case French). Just the basics such as colours, simple objects around the house and regular conversation starters i.e. “Hello, how are you?”  Continue reading “Learning Languages”

Translating

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For the next task I was asked to translate a document from English to Italian as I’m an Italian native speaker that moved to England over a year ago. The transcript is a guidance tool for mentoring students. It was titled ‘Mentoring Programme’ and it aims to help boost the confidence of mentors and provide them with the necessary information to carry out lessons. The document has 14 pages and is a mix of text, templates and pictures. It contains activities to do in class, explains what makes an outstanding employee and the effectiveness of communication.  Continue reading “Translating”

Learning Languages

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At primary and secondary school we had to learn the French language. Learning a language was compulsory and we had no choice to learn a different language. I didn’t really like learning French as I thought I would never go to France and it was hard for me to concentrate in that lesson. The teacher I had didn’t seem to like teaching the language and I found it hard to understand as all of the words seemed to sound the same to me. Continue reading “Learning Languages”