Not Quite Fluent

Guest Post: Lucia Leite

Usually on the blog, guest posts are written by teens. But Lucia Leite is the exception to the rule. She is Portuguese and has a degree in English and German. At the moment she is taking a Master’s degree in English as a second language for young learners. She is also improving her Spanish and…

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Happy birthday, NQF! This year in review

It’s officially been a whole year since I first bought this domain and dove into blogging! Woohoo! It’s been a long year with some inconsistent scheduling, but all in all I’ve had a lot more success than I ever anticipated. I gotten to do interviews and guest posts with some of my favorite polyglots and…

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In America, we speak English…or do we? (Caution: mind-blowing stats are within)

There are many things that drive me absolutely crazy. One of them is people who feel the need to turn on every light in the house at 11:00 AM. Another is people who fish for compliments. But in terms of language learning, my biggest pet peeve is when people say “Speak English, you’re in America”. (…)

Guest Post: Ana Fraser

Ana is an aspiring ninja and polyglot from Jamaica, and when’s she not doing either she’s probably in the middle of a book or doing some form of work. This candy-fueled free-spirit is as enthusiastic about traveling and meeting new people as she is about learning new languages (and playing videogames and eating candy). Low…

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Can you learn too many languages?

I find myself in a position that’s the complete opposite of how I usually feel. Normally I’m trying to scrape together disjointed reasons to learn a language, or just learning a new tongue because it interests me. But as of this summer, I have three languages on my plate. And I kind of really need…

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Borderless #2: Perspective Students

I talked to my friend Daisy, a Chinese student working on her application to study here. She gave me some great insights into what Chinese education looks like, and I filled in some of the gaps for us Americans. How is the American education system different from Chinese school? “America: a lot of group works,…

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Borderless #1: Day in the life of the program director

As promised, here’s the first interview for the “Borderless” series! First I talked to Todd Bacon, the director of the international program at my school, about what his job looks like on a day to day basis. In this interview he explains what exactly he does, and why and how he does it. Describe your…

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Curious about international study?

I’ve always had this fascination with education. Two of my dream jobs would be working in gifted education or college guidance. But what happens when this love of education mixes with a love of languages? Introducing: my first ever blog series, called “Borderless”. My school has a very vivid international program–a little less than 10%…

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You say potato, I say…freezer? Mastering Spanish accents

Here’s the thing about language: no one speaks it exactly the same way. In the case of all the countries in South and Central America, those differences in speech can result in dramatically different, sometimes offensive interpretations. Recently I got the chance to meet and talk with a few other Spanish speakers. One was a…

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GUEST: Gabriel Henrique

Today we have a very special guest, Mr. Gabriel Henrique! He’s a nineteen year old who’s fluent in both Portuguese and English. Plus, he runs the Facebook page Gabriel TIPS for people learning English from Portuguese. He’s a great guy, and I hope you enjoy his story! Over to you, Gabe. I thought I learned…

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