European Day of Languages in Toronto

I needed more than a week to recover and digest what I had learned at the September 27 European Day of Languages. The European Day of Languages is an annual worldwide celebration, launched in 2001. This year the Toronto celebration

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LOL hits Apérochic

Polished Penny heels

A ‘to do’ for the chi-chi professional looking for bilingual contacts, or for the more laid back francophone looking to find a place that feels like home.

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LOL = Love of Languages at Diskuto’s French and Spanish corners

Diskuto lip balm and breath mints

Participants jostle for the opportunity to help you learn new words, improve spoken grammar, and listen to us stumbling, stuttering novices with an incredibly compassionate intensity, as though our next words hold the keys to the secret of immortality.

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What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate…

Sometimes your new languages can backfire on you. On the Diskuto Blog, Brendan relates a few mishaps and misadventures while out road testing his brand new languages Link.

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Ludicrous language analogy?

Over at the Diskuto Blog I’m comparing the life of a polyglot to the life of the polygamist on Sister Wives. Are you also on the lookout for new tongues to join an existing language harem?

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Meet a nice family from Nanjing City on St. George St.

Kaiping (at right) and her family come from Nanjing City (close to Shanghai). Kaiping is a visiting scholar at U of T.

Over at the Diskuto blog Khady explains why it’s much easier to keep up her Mandarin in Toronto than in Paris. Read full post.

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It’s just a language, you won’t drown…

Over on the Diskuto blog, Brendan writes about his technique for getting people to speak new languages: make them jump right in!

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Map of schools and locations offering French courses in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area

Please comment below with location details if any school you know of is missing. For those who have already taken French in school and seek to practise, Diskuto offers French Corners Thursday evenings in Philosopher’s Walk at the University of

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10 Places in Toronto to Practise Your Russian (or Ukrainian)

If you have taken on the challenge of learning Russian, or Ukrainian for that matter, it is important to interact with native speakers. Here are 10 places in Toronto where you can more easily meet people to practise with: 1.

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5 Tips for Being a Better Language Student

In a previous article I covered what to look for in a tutor, however what you bring to the table as a student is equally, if not more important. Finding a good tutor can make a big difference in learning

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Diskuto Celebrates Toronto’s Language Culture

“In a way, we are all language novices,” says Diskuto founder Pat Tanzola, and I could not agree more. In fact, one of the most exhilarating rewarding experiences is stepping outside of one’s linguistic comfort zone and exploring a new

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Intersection of Culture and Language (movie edition)

The other night I went to a movie with two friends. We watched La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi. Both my friends are fluent in French, English and Spanish, so it wasn’t odd that we were watching a film in

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Map of schools offering English/ESL in GTA

The picture below is not quite exhaustive, but a few dozen map points is an interesting start. Most on this map are private or institutional (university or college) schools. Some schools with multiple locations—such as the various school board adult

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Google Translate launches (Android-only) offline app

Ditch your iPhones, travelling polyglots.

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5 Quick Tips to Finding the Perfect Language Tutor for You

Learning a language can be a real test of one’s character. It requires motivation, inspiration, dedication, and of course patience. However, while consistency is something given to the chosen few by nature, most of us could use a little (or

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The Reach of Dari and Possibilities for Understanding

Brendan Scott inspired by a brief but welcoming encounter at the Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park

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Language Learning Etiquette

Is the streetcar a safe place to break the language barrier?

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Global News compiles census map of GTA by mother tongue

GTA languages by mother tongue in 2011 Canada Census

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