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Toronto: A Microcosm of the World

It’s well-known that Canada is an incredibly diverse country. In fact, one Canadian city rates No. 5 in the world for cultural diversity. That would be Toronto, according to Worldatlas.com.

Hand signals: different meanings in different cultures

A previous Berlitz blog discussed the importance of nonverbal communications and how meanings differ significantly from culture to culture. Of special importance, however, is how you use your hands. Hand movements often have a huge impact on how you are perceived in different regions, from very polite to very rude and, sometimes, even hostile and vulgar.

Global CEO: Language Learning Good for Business and Good for the Brain

Paul Melhus is an international traveler who wanted to learn a new language, and for good reason. Melhus is CEO and founder of ToursByLocals, a Vancouver-based company that arranges tours for world travelers in 156 countries, using more than 3,000 guides who actually live in the cities being visited.

Check Out These Celebrity Polyglots

Some people have a stereotype of celebrities: beautiful, rich, and perhaps not too intellectual. That’s incorrect, of course. Some celebrities are very accomplished, including being polyglots, people who can speak or read in several languages. Many of these well-known people speak five or six languages.

Things to Know About Canada and French Canadians

Canada is one of the most diversified countries in the world. Many cultures and regions have their own opinions and history. Here are some things to know about Canada and French Canadians.

Effective Communications Varies by Cultures

Much has been written about the etiquette of dealing with people of other cultures. Less well documented is the best way to communicate with others electronically.

A Simple, Step-Wise Approach To Understanding Other Cultures

Here’s a simple process to begin preparing to work, live or visit areas with different cultures than your own.

Language Translation Apps: No Replacement for Learning

There’s no doubt that foreign language translation apps are growing in popularity. In fact, some people believe they will replace formal language learning.

Truths and Myths About Language Learning for Infants and Young Children

A wide variety of research from many different studies shows that young children raised in bilingual households are not at a disadvantage, compared with others. In fact, there are definite advantages. This is particularly true in Canada which is not only bilingual officially, but is becoming home to a growing of immigrants, creating more bilingual environments.

Tips to Stay Motivated Learning a New Language

Even the most committed language learner sometimes reaches a point when motivation lags. It’s just natural. But, really learning a new language takes persistence.

The Need for Cultural Learning Goes Two Ways

There’s almost no debate that the Canadian workforce is becoming increasingly diversified, and so are local communities. There’s also little debate about the growing importance of understanding other cultures, both in the workplace and at home.

Making Language Learning Fun

Language learning doesn’t have to be drudgery, spending monotonous hours studying verb tables and memorizing vocabulary.

In Canada, Individuals Need Cultural Knowledge Also

It’s almost universally accepted that in today’s global business and economic environment understanding other cultures is a must. However, the increase in immigration is also making it more important that individuals understand the habits and cultures of other people.

Language Learning; Talk, Don’t Repeat

Are grinding over verb tables and repeating individual words from a recorder the most effective way to learn a new language?

Understanding Canadian Slang and Key Words

Every language has slang or key words you should understand to be a fluent speaker or help make yourself understood when you travel. English and French-Canadian are no exceptions.

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