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What's the Toughest Thing About Learning a Language

Sonia Gil | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Sonia Gil

You need to feel the culture: the music, the people, the food, the place. This can't be a chore, a mathematical problem or a silly game in an App. It's an amazing challenge and the reward will be very beautiful so you need to be all in.

What Does it Mean to Be Fluent in a Language?

Sonia Gil | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Sonia Gil

Picture yourself being fluent in a particular situation instead of on being fluent in the entire language. Once you conquer one situation, then you can move on to the next one.

Why Having a Horrible Accent Isn't So Bad

Sonia Gil | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

How many language purists don't post on my blogs criticizing this or that minor accent point? The result is that we hear way too much about accent and way too little about what really matters; communication.

Chinese Teachers On An American Mission

Los Angeles Times | Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

The large ballroom in UCLA's Covel Commons resembled a bustling day-care center one recent day, as laughter rang out across the room. A boisterous ...