Museum of Knowledge, Speak English without speaking to natives blog, 29092017

Is it possible to speak English without speaking to natives every day?

There are many ways students can learn a language including embracing English courses. The Museum of Knowledge has numerous English online language courses at its disposal that can assist students who seek new, innovative ways to learn English without speaking to English natives in the home country on a daily basis.

One of the most productive ways to learn a language is to adopt the immersion technique. Equally important is breaking down English language learning modules into structured content and well-defined competency tests. The Museum of Knowledge encourages English language students to perfect one of four areas of competency; English reading, English writing, English speaking and English listening. Depending on whether the English language learner is at an advanced level or an intermediate level, the Museum of Knowledge also recommends structure content for industry led content for business learning and topical content for intermediate social language learning.

Learning English takes time, dedication persistence. The Museum of Knowledge enables students to learn English through various techniques including those of immersion.


Museum of Knowledge, Using vous and tu blog, 22092017

Museum of Knowledge guide: When to use vous and tu in French

English is one of the few languages where communication is not separated into the polite and the less formal form. In most Latin languages however there is a clear differentiation between the two. Museum of Knowledge French courses clearly show examples of dialogue using these different formats.

The Museum of Knowledge team is often asked, when French language learners should use “vous” and when they should use “tu.” In more simpler terms “vous” is used in formal conversations with people unknown to the speaker. It may also be used in situations whereby the user knows the person to whom they are addressing but perhaps in business scenarios addressing colleagues with the “vous” address will always be employed. In other situations the person addressed may be an adult who is being spoken to by a child and in the case of an adult he/she may be addressed by an employee or subordinate.

“Tu” in French is typically used in instances whereby the individuals involved in the dialogue know each other very well and are undertaking informal discussions, perhaps between friends or family members for example. The “tu” format may also be used between employees of equal ranking who know each other very well.


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Museum of Knowledge tips: How to speak French with a good accent

The key to speaking French like a native is accentuation. The Museum of Knowledge modules are specifically designed to facilitate competency in French speaking skills for intermediate (social) and advanced (business) language learners.

French pronunciation and accentuation may be one of the most challenging areas language learners will embark on when learning how to speak French.

French is an emphatic language so it does require a certain amount of confidence more than anything else. To speak French with fluidity, French language learners need to consider that the movement of the mouth and clarity is key, This is why many language learners may feel embarrassed speaking French because there is nowhere to hide if you get it wrong. There are also other considerations such as the great emphasis on accentuation making it difficult to sound French if you do not master skills of precision.

For example the word régularisation (regulation) and the verb retrouver (to find, to discover) have a strong emphasis on the letter “r”. French speakers should roll the “r” and the expression of the letter “r” comes from the throat. As the word régularisation has an accent aigu French speakers must pronounce the letter “r” with the throat and the action of the mouth is wide, similar to the action of the mouth when saying the word “ears” in English. For the verb retrouver, French speakers should also roll the letter “r” but more gently, the action of the mouth is hollow and similar to the mouth action when saying the word “hoot” in English, because there is no aigu accent on the letter “e” for the verb retrouver.

Therefore you can see in these two French examples that the letter “r” is not pronounced in any way similar to the letter “r” in Spanish nor the letter “r” in English. French language learners have to pay very close attention to the placement of accents in French that will guide them in advance on the best ways to pronounce words correctly and this is the reason why written and spoken French are so different. This alone is what will stand French language learners apart when speaking French like a native. The correct and impactful roll of the letter “r” and usage.



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Museum of Knowledge guide: Can I learn German within 3 months?

Museum of Knowledge students are typically ambitious professionals and students who seek to learn a language as quickly as possible. Can students learn German within three months? On a basic level, taking intensive classes to learn German is possible however it is important to note the difficulty of the German language for those who have not learnt another language other than their native tongue.

Within three months, the Museum of Knowledge would say that students will be able to learn German on a basic level. Students will learn various German words and phrases and some grammar if students follow the Museum of Knowledge German course modules.

During the first three months German language learners will become more conscious of their vocabulary, grammar and sentence constructions however it is most likely that three months may not be sufficient time to really get to grips with the German language especially in terms of grammar. In order to accelerate learning, German language learners may need to take some very intensive courses in order to reach any substantial level of competence in just three months. This may mean taking lessons up to five times a week for three hours each day. That is a total of 15 hours of language learning each week.

Writing skills for German language learners are much more difficult to attain within this timeframe. Good writing skills will most likely be attained at a basic level if students adhere to writing texts that relate to structured content.

Online language learning platforms such as the Museum of Knowledge give German language learners the added benefit of being able to access content on the go, anywhere and at any time. This in turn facilitates their immersion into the German language and the development of the student’s linguistic skills.