Monday, 2 December 2019

Should I learn a Foreign Language?

The first question that comes to mind is why should I learn a Foreign Language. What benefit will I get if I learn a language? There are lots of the benefits of learning a foreign language. If you know a foreign language it can help you in various aspects of your life. It can be professional or you can plan a vacation abroad for social or personal reasons or want to add variety to your resume. It is very very essential for someone to learn at least one foreign language for anyone to keep his or her head high up in the 21st century. 
Proliferation being at its highest level, many professions require the knowledge of at least one foreign language. It depends on the nature and requirement of the work. If you are not sure if you can acquire one of the top ten international languages or not so popular languages you can read which foreign language is in demand. You may like to know French vs Spanish Vs German, Mandarin Vs. Japanese Vs. Korean or Spanish or French.
There are lots of courses available in Kolkata that help you to learn Foreign Language. Courses offered by Universities like Kolkata, Rabindra Bharati or Jadavpur University is for the serious people who want to pursue a career in respective languages. Other institutes like A1 Palium Institute of Language offer short-term Certificate Courses in Language. They conduct classes in small groups which helps better assimilation and faster learning. Incase anyone is interested to appear in DELF, DELE or Goethe exams then they help in preparations. After all, a ready person is a successful person!

Some people have an eagerness to learn a new language. However, most do so because they feel it can be their path to prosperity and peace, it will get them to their fairyland of employment and wealth, which is cool.  Everyone wants to do well in life. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

What to know before visiting a foreign country?

Which country do you want to visit? The country that you have always wanted to visit. A country of
your dreams, a land that has been beckoning you since your childhood. But before you go there one
needs to prepare for the trip.  Preparation does not mean only shopping and luggage. It means reading
up on local customs and traditions, learning about the people, their food habits, their culture,
literature and language.

Language is particularly important as in some of the countries no foreign languages are understood.
Countries in Europe, South America, parts of Africa require knowledge of German, Spanish and
French. Infact in some of these countries it is very important to know the survival basics. One needs to know the custom, traditions and culture so one can better identify with the people else very often visitors end up making fools of themselves due to their ignorance or lack of efforts to learn about these vital aspects of any country.

Learn the language of the will help you to understand the country and its people in a better
way... You may have a different reason for going to a new country- for employment, for business, for higher studies or just as a tourist ...  whatever be the reason, make sure you know the local language.

It is not only important for survival but also for understanding the local culture and traditions

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Price of Quality

Quality cannot be cheap. Most people seek best quality products at cheap prices. Nothing can be 

further from the truth. Quality has a price - we need to pay the right price to get the appropriate 

quality. Remember it is a competitive world and if someone gives low quality at higher price then 

they will not survive in the market place. 

The best example is that of Apple products. Yes they are costly when compared to other Android 

phones but what we don't consider is that cheaper Android phones don't last as long as the Apple one

do. Often we end up spending more in the long run than what the Apple products cost! 

Similarly in education, quality of education matters which is dependent on quality of faculty, number 

of students in class, coverage of course etc. A class with 20 students can be done at fraction of the 

cost of delivering the same course with 5 students. 

Some of the stories heard by us are as follows -

Case No.1: A father described their ordeal when he got his daughter admitted in a institute by 

paying  half the fees. After 3 months, the class is yet to start and they do not have a date yet on when 

it will start. With so much money invested, they are unable to step back!

Case No. 2: A candidate took admission in a computer center to learn Advance Excel. He got an 

attractive offer which was almost one third of the charges at other popular institutes. He was excited 

but realised the truth when he went for his first class and found 19 other candidates in the class.  The 

instructor would demonstrate and expect all the participants to follow on their own. He managed to 

resolve/ answer queries of three to four candidates in every class as he did not have the time to attend 

to individual queries!

Case No. 3: A young professional enrolled at a institute to learn SQL. He took a total of 5 classes 

there before he stopped going. The reason being that in every class he had a new instructor who 

would start from the first chapter each class. Repeated complaints failed to resolve his issues leading 

to him dropping off from the class!

Such examples abound and we hear more and more of such cases everyday.

As one can see, paying the right price for the appropriate quality is very very important. So even if 

one pays a little more directly and gets better value, that is better than paying less and getting inferior 

quality deliverables. As one will agree, the quality of learning is much more in the latter case! So be 

careful about what you choose ....

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

What to learn in Spanish Beginners course?

Our Spanish Beginners Course is suitable for those wanting start learning one of the most popular languages in the world!

The faculty is aware that participants are new to the language and hence takes great care to get them gently into the subject. Each topic has lot of use of sound, image and hearing to ensure people are able to pick them up very fast.

For those wishing to appear for the coveted DELE exams, the faculty helps them prepare for the exams pertaining to the A1, A2, B1, B2 etc.  levels.

A brief description of the topics generally covered in our Beginners course includes the following

  • Greetings and introductions
  • The alphabet
  • Personal information: name, address, telephone number, email address, age, marital status
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Professions.
  • Numbers 0-100
  • The family
  • Describing people
  • Colours
  • Formal and informal ways of addressing people

  • Number and gender
  • Articles: definite and indefinite
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Personal pronouns
  • Interrogative pronouns
  • Noun-adjective agreement
  • Present tense of basic verbs like ser, estar, trabajar, vivir, tener, llevar
  • Quantifiers: muy, bastante

  • The differences in the use of tĂș/usted and vosotros/ustedes between Spain and Latin American countries.
  • Cultural differences when meeting people.
  • Spanish language in the world.
  • Lots of speaking
  • Lots of listening
  • Lots of pronunciation