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The Sacred Bee

The sacred bee is an impressive collaborator and brings vital nourishment into our lives.
 
Much like our linguistic abilities & aptitudes, bees exhibit hard work with incredible focus and cannot survive without their community and hive. This symbolizes how the alchemical result of working together is a powerful process that transmutes something ordinary into something extraordinary.
 
Collaboration is a supportive and necessary energy for you to connect with while learning a new language.

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What we know about language acquisition...

The Neuroscience of Psycholinguistics

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There are two types of language learning; naturalistic language learning and formal language learning. Naturalistic language learning is learning a language naturally, consciously, and unintentionally. This usually occurs in bilingual or multilingual society, or by the age of 5 years. Otherwise, formal language learning takes place in the classroom with teachers, materials and learning aids.

Many theories have attested that no English be used while teaching a second language learner. This is based on the belief that adults should learn new languages in the same way they learned their first one as very young children. Yet, contemporary linguistics research suggests that adults learn languages differently than children. While children learn languages instinctively, as if they are hard-wired to acquire them, they lose this ability upon reaching puberty.

Around the age of 12 or 13, the brain essentially solidifies, radically changing how we learn languages. This is likely the reason it’s so difficult for adults—unlike children—to learn new languages without an accent. And it is the reason why adults shouldn’t expect to learn a new language in the same way they learned their mother tongue.

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Adult Language Learners

A Unique Approach to Learning Language.

Adults have a major advantage over children when it comes to learning a new language: they already know an entire system of grammar and vocabulary—that of their own mother tongue.

This is why adults can't learn new languages instinctively like children because their brains have changed, but with the right approach they can still learn very quickly. The key is to use one’s knowledge of English as leverage for learning the new language.

If English and Mandarin share a similar way of creating the simple future, doesn't it make sense to draw this out? If the English words for "automobile" and "cell phone" share the same roots with several Romance languages, wouldn't it help to emphasize the association? 

Leveraging your strengths and curating custom curriculum designed to maximize your success is exactly what we do at BLA!

Perception

By approaching the new language from the point of view of English, what seems unintelligible is made clear. 

comprehension

By leveraging shared origins of our native language with the new language learned, we can learn to recognize similarities such as patterns, cognates & Romantic roots to improve comprehension.

writing

Adult language learners can learn new languages much more quickly by relating the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the language they already know to the one they are trying to learn.

speech

As a second language learner, one must produce speech in order to maintain fluency. What you don't use you will lose. 

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