If you decide to study or do your homework in the airport lobby, in the doctor’s waiting room or during your train ride to work, our English exercises and reading materials are at your fingertips
In today’s world, learning English online proves to be one of the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective ways to study the language. Advanced speaking and writing skills will give you a head start in the business world, where English is considered to be a modern-day lingua franca.
In our online English courses, we combine the best of both worlds.
Thanks to the webcam, you will have your personal English tutor in your home or office at the time of your convenience. Thanks to our e-learning platforms www.languagesandmore.com/go and www.ohyes.ch, your lessons will be interesting, interactive and available to you – any time, any place.
If you decide to study or do your homework in the airport lobby, in the doctor’s waiting room or during your train ride to work, our English exercises and reading materials are at your fingertips.
We live in a busy world and often struggle to find enough time for our personal and professional development. This is why many people, who try to learn English or other languages independently, simply give up. No one is there to motivate them, gently push them through when both time and energy for learning seem to be lacking and help them through difficult times. Our trainers are highly skilled and experienced professionals and they will be there for you, every step of the way.
We offer you the following online courses:
– International Communication Course – for professionals, students, and globetrotters! Improve your English language skills and learn about different cultures around the world. Level B1-C1.
– Elementary English Course, level A1
– Beginner English Course, level A2
– English Basics Course, level A2-B1
– Young Learners English, for children and teenagers from 4 to 17 years old, from zero beginners to native speakers
– Exam preparation for adults and children (YLE Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE)
– BookWaves Conversational Course and English Book Club, level B1-C2
– On-demand English training and tutoring for all levels
– Holiday workshops
In all of our courses, we combine interactive online content (videos, reading materials, exercises, games) with live, small-group lessons led by our teachers. This approach to online learning is proven to provide you with language and learning interaction and feedback and help you with discipline, motivation and focus. You will be practicing your new English skills while interacting with your teachers and peers. During the free trial-lesson, your teacher will discuss your needs and goals with you, will check your level of English and together you will find the best way to build your English language skills and confidence.
To book one or more of our online courses, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll show you that learning English has never been more convenient.
Speaking English at a workable level is very important, while speaking it at native or near-native level makes a true difference
In our globalized world, English has become a “bridge language” or “lingua franca” that has connected the people of the world through trade, culture, and diplomacy. Although Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are two of the most spoken languages in the world in terms of the number of native speakers – 960 and 570 million respectively, compared to an estimated 360 million native speakers of English, a total of 1,6 billion speak English as a first, second (ESL) or third language.
So, one could say that if you want the world to listen—you need to say it in English.
What is the future of English?
“Native speakers may feel the language ‘belongs’ to them, but it will be those who speak English as a second or foreign language who will determine its world future”, predicts David Graddol, a British linguist, who has worked in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and history of linguistics, in his research “The Future of English”.
But with one in four learners already speaking it at a “useful” level, is learning English still as good of a time-and-money investment? What if other languages provide a better chance to distinguish oneself in the competitive business field?
It all comes down to mastery. Although speaking English at a workable level is very important, speaking it at native or near-native level—perfecting pronunciation, idioms, and even a local slang—makes a true difference that can distinguish you as a professional in the ever-changing world of today.
Learn English for business and education
Furthermore, near-native level of English could give you access to a better education, whether it be at world-famous universities such as Oxford or MIT, or through one of many free online courses that can teach you anything from computer science to the science of the Solar System.
English has been referred to as “the language of business”, and if you have ambitions to grow your business and become an international businessperson, it is essential that you not only speak English fluently but to read it and write it as well. We highly recommend you take a look at our course “Writing professional and private emails and leaving voice messages” at www.languagesandmore.com/go
Learn English for pleasure and entertainment
Also, you’ll be able to enjoy works by some of the world’s most famous writers in their language. “The original is unfaithful to the translation”, said a world-renowned Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges and although there are some amazing translators out there, translation rarely does a writer true justice. If you master the English language, you can look forward to enjoying anything from the classical works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austin, and George Orwell, to modern-day classics such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”. If you like reading in English and meeting interesting people from all over the world, our online BookWaves Club—where a book club meets an advanced conversational course—might be the right choice for you. Learn more about the course here.
And there’s more: When you’re fluent in English, you get more from popular culture. We all know that the most popular movies, called blockbusters, are made in Hollywood and needless to say, they are made in English. If you speak English proficiently, you won’t have to rely on fast-paced subtitles or often annoying movie synchronization. We’d all like to listen to an original George Clooney speak, right? Plus, say goodbye to humming your favorite pop-rock songs—now you’ll be able to sing along because you’ll understand the words!
And don’t forget that you’ll be able to attend international conferences and enjoy networking with delegates from different countries! You never know when or where you can meet your new client or business partner! If you add the fact that English is also the language of the Internet, being the number one language in terms of connected users (according to InternetWorldStats) and the top language for content (according to W3Techs), one could definitely say that this language is an absolute must for each competent Internet user.
“A man who knows two languages is worth two men”
Learning English is a challenge and it takes dedication and perseverance to reach a good level of fluency. But, as it goes with each challenge in life, the fruits we reap are well worth the effort. English will help you experience new cultures, meet new friends, improve your business, develop life skills and, most importantly, grow your confidence. As an old French proverb goes: “A man who knows two languages is worth two men”.
Languages and More is a language school and language advisory center based in Geneva, Switzerland. We offer a wide variety of online courses, such as English for Young Learners, Email Writing Course, and BookWaves Club—conversational course for advanced learners of English.
You can reach us at email@example.com and learn more about our courses at www.languagesandmore.com and www.languagesandmore.com/go. Follow us on Facebook, at Languages and More in Geneva, on Twitter @languagesgva and on Instagram @languagesandmore.
For a long time now, listening to popular songs and watching TV-shows in English has been a proven method to expand learners’ vocabulary
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a famous reindeer that first appeared in 1939 in the coloring book that was written by an American, Robert L.May, and published by the Chicago-based department store Montgomery Ward.
Rudolph is usually depicted as a young reindeer with a glowing red nose, the lead reindeer pulling Santa Clause’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Although his friends laugh at Rudolph’s luminous red nose, its brightness lights the team’s path through harsh winter weather.
The history of Rudolph
The first cartoon “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was broadcast in 1948. The famous song under the same title was written by Johnny Marks, May’s brother-in-law, and first broadcast the following year. Some of the legendary American singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin, sang this well-loved holiday song in the years to come.
It helps you learn
For a long time now, listening to popular songs and watching TV-shows in English has been a proven method to expand learners’ vocabulary.
So, this holiday season, you might decide to watch cartoons with your children or listen to this all-time favorite American holiday classic, all available on YouTube.
As always, parental guidance is advised on the Internet.
A bit of holiday grammar
We wouldn’t be teachers if we didn’t bring up a tiny bit of grammar into the holiday cheer: The plural form of the noun reindeer is the same as the singular form (and the same applies for deer). Rudolph is, therefore a red-nosed reindeer with lots of reindeer friends.
Also, the verb broadcast is commonly used as “broadcast” in the past form and past participle as well, therefore: This cartoon is broadcast every year in December. It broadcast for the first time in the 1940s. However, less often, the past form broadcasted is used as well.
We hope you’ll enjoy the story of Rudolph, an essential part of the American holiday season.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of us at Languages and More!
Languages and More School and Language Advisory Center offers you English and French courses for children and adults, from zero-beginners to native and native-like levels. Our team of seasoned teachers can help you learn English and French long-distance as well, using our custom-designed online learning platform and Skype.
Find our online platform at https://languagesandmore.com/go/ and sign up for English courses for children and adults. Our newest offer is the Email Writing Course, which will help you learn how to write perfect business and private emails. If you sign up by the end of the year, you will get a special price of only 50 CHF for a lifetime access! You can follow us on Twitter @languagesgva, on Facebook at Languages and More in Geneva and on Instagram at languagesandmore. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history“