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About The Open Centre for Languages and Cultures

Welcome to the OpenLearn Hub of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures, a collection of free taster courses in a range of languages and communication-related subjects.

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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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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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Getting started with Italian 3

In this free course, Getting started with Italian 3, you will learn and practise how to make enquiries about travel times using the 12-hour and 24-hour clock. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Tuscan Archipelago and about ferry services in Italy. The course also explores the Italian rail network and you'll learn vocabulary for talking about different types of train. The course offers interactive activities which will allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills, and there are quizzes so that you can test your learning.

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8 hrs
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Getting started with Italian 2

In the free course, Getting started with Italian 2, you will learn and practise how to ask and say the time in Italian. This will include learning and practising how to ask and say the time using the 24-hour clock, which is commonly used for arrival and departure times and for the opening and closing of shops and services. The course offers interactive activities which will allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills, and there are quizzes so that you can test your learning.

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8 hrs
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Emotional intelligence for translators

Find out more about this asynchronous short course on emotional intelligence for translators at all stages of their careers who wish to learn more about maintaining their psychological health.

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Getting started with Spanish 3

This free course will take you some steps further in your journey toward learning Spanish. You should have some previous knowledge of Spanish, whether you have studied Getting Started with Spanish 1 and Getting Started with Spanish 2, or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere. This free course will allow you to practise some very useful skills, such as how to greet people in different contexts, how to invite friends to go out with you, and how to accept or decline their invitations.  This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course LXS003 Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning. 

Free course
8 hrs
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Getting started with Spanish 2

This free course is your next step to continue your journey learning Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. You should have some knowledge of Spanish, either because you have studied Getting started with Spanish 1 or because you have learned Spanish elsewhere. In this free course you will work with audio and interactive activities to practise the skills you need to talk about everyday activities you do, including how to tell the time. You will also learn the present tense form of some common verbs and how to pronounce the ‘r’ sound. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course LXS002: Beginners Spanish 2: ¡En marcha! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning.

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6 hrs
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Getting started with German 3

  You'll start this course by building your vocabulary with language to use whilst shopping, such as items of clothing, colours, and how to ask for help. Then, in Week 2, you'll learn how to talk about television programmes and statistics. The course will give you opportunity to practise expressing preferences, asking for and giving permission and apologising. You'll also learn how to use separable verbs. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXG003 Beginners German 3: richtig so! 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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Getting started with Chinese business culture essentials

Business dealings with China are on the increase. As a result, more and more organisations and business people are realising the need of doing more than just adhering to the rules of Chinese etiquette (such as presenting business cards with both hands) or the ‘dos and don'ts’ (such not opening gifts in front of your hosts) to have successful business meetings. What is needed is the understanding of the much broader context of Chinese culture and values that permeate Chinese business contexts so as to engage in enduring business relationships.  This short course is designed to introduce some core Chinese cultural beliefs and values, highlight some potential challenges and bring in stories and reflections from Westerners who have lived and worked in China. A perfect introduction to doing business with China. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC050 Chinese business culture essentials. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

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6 hrs
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Getting started with Chinese 2

Have you always wanted to speak Chinese? Have you even started learning a few basic words and expressions? If so, this course will give you more essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of online activities. A perfect online short course to develop further the skills needed to speak and understand simple Chinese in everyday contexts! This OpenLearn course is an extract from the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXC002 Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

Free course
8 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.

Free course
8 hrs
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