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Everyday English 1

This free course, Everyday English 1, will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for work, study and everyday life.

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48 hrs
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How to learn a language

Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully. This free course, How to learn a language, introduces the skills and strategies for language learning, setting realistic goals when learning languages and keeping motivated, practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies. It will enable you to evaluate resources and create a virtual immersion environment.

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24 hrs
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Getting started with Spanish 1

If you want to learn a new language for work or for leisure, this free course will introduce you to one of the most widely spoken languages in the world – Spanish. Whether this is the first time that you are learning Spanish, or you have already picked up some words and phrases from travelling across the Spanish-speaking world, this course is for you.  This introduction offers the perfect opportunity to develop the skills needed to communicate effectively in Spanish in everyday contexts. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXS001 Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos!. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning.

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8 hrs
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Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course

This free course, Beginners’ Tamil: a taster course, provides a brief introduction to the Tamil language and its scripts and sounds. You will learn how to greet people and introduce yourself, as well as how to ----- from one to ten. You will also be introduced to Tamil society and culture and will learn about the food and music popular in Tamil-speaking societies. This introductory course offers you a chance to start an exciting new learning experience and learn a new language, with a range of activities.  

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4 hrs
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Emotion management for translators

Find out more about this training package on emotion management. The training is designed for translators working as employees in organisations who need to employ specific emotional skills in their working context.

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The history of Spanish in about six minutes

How old is Spanish? Where do words like siesta, cerveza or paella come from? What languages have influenced Spanish the most? 

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