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Swinglish – English Words Interpreted by the Swiss


The Swiss have a very fluid attitude towards language, probably developed from having 4 national languages and (considered by some) an unofficial 5th… English.

Everyone here grew up not only with a knowledge of different languages, but also with a knowledge and acceptance of multiple dialects of the same language. They might have grown up with Zurich German but their mother speaks Basel German and their Grandfather might speak Bern ...

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Things You Don't Get in Classroom Based Language Teaching


One of the reasons UNUmondo was founded was to create a space for people to learn language that wasn’t stuck within the confines of classrooms and the traditional teaching structure.

Larissa found during her interviews and research at meetups that many people who really wanted to learn German or Swiss German were put off by their earlier learning experiences.

They found that the rigid, formal structure of lessons and ...

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Communicative Language Learning - The Quest For Fluency


One of the most amazing abilities our minds have developed since we first crawled out of the sea millions of years ago is our capacity for communication.

The modern expression of this ability is the use of language to express ourselves and connect with other people.

Language has developed over the years to improve our ability to convert thoughts into words that can accurately get our ideas across to others ...

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Why You Should Bother Learning Your Local Language


So, you decided to live in a new country. You your stuff has been packed up and shipped over here. You’ve found a great new apartment and have started your new job.


All the pieces are falling into place and it’s time to start living your life. So how do you do that exactly?


At first it’s very exciting. Everything is new and during all the experiences ...

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Flexible Goal Setting Can Keep You Driven Through Difficult Learning Patches


A paradox we all experience is that sometimes life just gets in the way of living.

Think about a time in your life when things got intense. Maybe you just moved house… and there’s a big new client at work… and your best friend’s birthday is in a couple of days. Every day seems just a bit too full and every thought is genuinely important.

What happens to ...

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