Let us take care of our brain

Speaking multiple languages is good for the brain
Knowing two or more languages would help delay cognitive decline due to aging. And if you are not bilingual, never fear: the protective effects appear to be valid even if the second language is learned by adults

A research made by The University of Edimburg

(foto: Tetra Images/Corbis)
(foto: Tetra Images/Corbis)

Learning as easy as A, B, free

From e-books to crowd sourcing information, education is seeing one of the biggest shake-ups since the advent of the printing press.
In a high tech world, what is more practical – buying a book, going to a library, or simply browsing online to get the information you need without paying a penny?libero apprendimento
So academics in Cambridge have launched Open Book to make the top academic texts available for free and since the economic crisis they’re finding huge success in Greece.
In Egypt some university students are taking part in the Wikipedia Education Program where they are learning how to use and contribute to the Arabic edition.
In the US with Eyewire, a crowd sourcing game created by scientists at MIT in Boston, gamers turn into neuroscientists.
Open sources of knowledge are opening doors to education all over the world.






2016: Promozione – promotion – offer

Prenotate un pacchetto di 5 o 10 lezioni via Skype: riceverete un omaggio. Per partecipare, compilare la scheda che segue. Risponderemo a tutti.

Réservez un forfait de 5 ou 10 leçons via Skype: vous receverez un cadeau. Pour participer, remplissez le formulaire ci-dessous. Nous répondrons à tous.

Book 5 or 10 lessons  package via Skype: you will receive a gift. To participate, fill out the form below. We’ll respond to all.


To become a conductor, a dream?

Elim Chan, a young woman, won in  conducting competition founded by Donatella Flick, in partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Elim Chan said : “Becoming a conductor – I just had this idea when I was really young, when I saw the conductor go on stage, working all these wonders, I [thought]: I want to be up there!”

“[While I was looking] at the musicians, and the music was happening, it was so unbelievable because it’s almost like it’s not me there and it’s not them there, it’s just the music, and once I looked in their eyes everything was connected…”

(be a conductor): “It’s like a lens, like a glass, [but] you cannot shine on your own, you need the light, something to shine through you… [and] that’s the music from the musicians, and the passion! Then it goes out there for the audience, and goes back to the musicians, too, and for myself!”



Donatella Flick founder of conducting competition is a 21st century patron of the arts, descendant of a noble Ossetian family:  “It’s very difficult to find female conductors. I don’t know why but this is an increasingly masculine job. Women do approach it, but the path is very long. I believe it’s a job where great mental and physical strength is required… the heart too… your brain and soul together, but above all you need physical energy.”

“It’s changed so much in the last five-ten years… I strongly believe patronage is a duty, especially today. It’s extremely important, and there’s not enough of it,”

After this interview, for the first time in this competition, a young woman emerged as the winner.


Vi auguro… We wish you… Nous vous souhaitons …

Dicembre e gennaio sono mesi densi di feste e tradizioni che variano da paese a paese:
si preparano e decorano alberi di Natale, ci si scambiano messaggi e biglietti di auguri, si fanno e/o si ricevono  regali; si rinnovano le narrazioni o le tradizioni legate a figure come il Bambino Gesù, San Nicola, Babbo Natale, Nonno Gelo o Santa Lucia e, in occasione dell’Epifania si evocano i doni della Befana
Ognuno ha quindi la possibilità di scegliere come celebrare queste festività e di decidere se partecipare o meno al rito dei regali; ma se si devono fare doni ad amici, familiari perché non regalare cultura?
E’ ciò che vi propone SPEAKWORLDS!

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Décembre et Janvier sont des mois pendant lesquels de nombreuses fêtes sont concentrées et les traditions changent d’un Pays à l’autre:

on installe et décore des arbres de Noël, on envoie des cartes, des messages et on échange des vœux, on donne et on reçoit des cadeaux; et les personnages de ces festivités sont  l’Enfant Jésus, Saint-Nicolas, le Père Noël,   Santa Lucia et ou la Befana, dans le folklore italien, lors de l’Epiphanie …

Chacun a la possibilité de choisir la façon de célébrer les Fêtes et si l’on doit échanger des cadeaux à des amis ou en famille, pourquoi ne pas offrir de la culture?

C’est ce que vous propose SPEAKWORLDS !

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December and January are months full of festivities and traditions that are different from country to country :
the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the sending cards, the exchange of greetings,  and the giving and receiving of presents; carols may be sung and stories told about such figures as the Baby Jesus, St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Grandfather Frost or Santa Lucia and the Befana, in Italian folklore on Epiphany Eve…
So, you have the opportunity to choose the best celebrations and if you have to offer  presents to your friends or your family, what about a cultural gift?
This is SPEAKWORLDS’s suggestion!

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The Education and Training Monitor 2014 is out now

Education and Training Monitor

What is it?

The Education and Training Monitor is an annual series that reports on the evolution of education and training systems across Europe, bringing together the latest quantitative and qualitative data, recent technical reports and studies, plus policy documents and developments.

While focused on empirical evidence, each section in the Monitor has clear policy messages for the Member States.

Why is it needed?
The Education and Training Monitor supports the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training(ET 2020) by strengthening the evidence-base and by linking it more closely to the broader Europe 2020 strategy and the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) adopted by the Council as part of the 2014 European Semester.

What has been done so far?
The Commission published the third annual edition of the Education and Training Monitor in November 2014. The full report, including key findings and policy relevance, can be downloaded here (1.96 Mb) .
The Education and Training Monitor 2014 is accompanied by twenty-eight country reports, as well as a visualisation tool to evaluate the performance and progress of the Member States in relation to the ET 2020 targets.

Finally, the website of the JRC’s Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning (CRELL) provides additional indicators that were used throughout the monitoring exercise. These additional indicators are part of the Joint Assessment Framework (JAF); a tool that enables a consistent and transparent monitoring for all the Member States.

What are the next steps?
In late 2015, the Commission will publish the next edition of the Education and Training Monitor.

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The tree of words

L’arbre à palabres (the tree of words) is a tree with a wide canopy, usually a baobab. In Africa it is the traditional place of meeting of the inhabitants of a village; here you talk and discuss problems of daily life and social life. It ‘also a place where children come to listen to the stories told by a village elder.



26th September – European Day of Languages



Language facts
Did you know that…

01There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world – spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states.

02There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe – roughly 3% of the world’s total.

03Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.
04At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.

05In their daily lives Europeans increasingly come across foreign languages. There is a need to generate a greater interest in languages among European citizens.

06Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.

07Languages are constantly in contact with each other and affect each other in many ways: English borrowed words and expressions from many other languages in the past, European languages are now borrowing many words from English.

08In its first year a baby utters a wide range of vocal sounds; at around one year the first understandable words are uttered; at around three years complex sentences are formed; at five years a child possesses several thousand words.

09The mother tongue is usually the language one knows best and uses most. But there can be “perfect bilinguals” who speak two languages equally well. Normally, however, bilinguals display no perfect balance between their two languages.

10Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures.

11Bilingualism and plurilingualism entail economic advantages, too: jobs are more easily available to those who speak several languages, and multilingual companies have a better competitive edge than monolingual ones.

12Languages are related to each other like the members of a family. Most European languages belong to the large Indo-European family.

13Most European languages belong to three broad groups: Germanic, Romance and Slavic.

14The Germanic family of languages includes Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish, among others.

15The Romance languages include Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, among others.

16The Slavic languages include Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and others.

17Most European languages use the Latin alphabet. Some Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet. Greek, Armenian, Georgian and Yiddish have their own alphabet.

18Most countries in Europe have a number of regional or minority languages – some of these have obtained official status.

19The non-European languages most widely used on European territory are Arabic, Chinese and Hindi, each with its own writing system.

20Russia (148 million inhabitants) has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory: from 130 to 200 depending on the criteria.

21Due to the influx of migrants and refugees, Europe has become largely multilingual. In London alone some 300 languages are spoken (Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Berber, Hindi, Punjabi, etc.).

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Back to school: teaching history with 100 objects

Teaching history with 100 objects is the result of a partnership between museums across the UK and the British Museum. The  aim is to bring the subject to life in classroom, and to agreeab teach history to schoolchildren

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster who is supporting the project said:  “The wealth of sources, images and links will enliven any lesson and foster a deeper understanding and love of the past in anyone who comes into contact with them,” he said.

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Primary and secondary school children, and their teachers, will now be able to access images of the artefacts online, in resources coordinated by experts at the museum.