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If you’re encouraged by what you’ve read on this page and would like to take up or develop your ability in French, German or English (for non-native speakers) please get in touch.   As well as immersion courses (for French and English) I offer flexible personalised online language lessons at very affordable prices. Please contact me for more information, Marjorie on +44 (0)14 13 32 85 07 or by email to mclifton@languagegateway.co.uk

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May 2017

Hello and welcome to this very first blog entry on various matters relating to language in general and foreign language learning in particular.

I'm Marjorie, language teacher and owner of "Language Gateway", provider of personalised language tuition through online lessons and homestays/immersion courses. Understandably, I'm very enthusiastic about the importance of languages and the benefits they have to offer, and not surprisingly I have lots of things I'd like to share with you, ranging from the "sublime" - thought-provoking reflections on research into languages and the many benefits they can bring (apart from the ability to order the correct beer or wine when on holiday!),  to the more "ridiculous" - personal anecdotes on language mistakes or misunderstandings I have personally encountered. I'd be delighted if fellow teachers, language professionals or keen students would like to contribute their own views, advice and hilarious stories as we go along. However, you don't need to be an enthusiast to have an opinion on language or languages -  we all have our own way of thinking, gained from years of speaking at least one mother tongue, and most of us have memories - good or otherwise - of learning another, so please do share your views and experiences as well. The wonderful, and in my view fascinating, thing about languages at the end of the day, which makes them stand apart from any other academic subject we study at school, is the fact that above all else, they are communication vehicles enabling us as humans to connect with others.  So, here's to meaningful communication! 


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