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French cooking class in Toronto: the perfect recipe for French learners

Peeling oranges

Ikuen cooking classes offer chance to master new recipes or rediscover old ones. Perfect for French learners at an advanced or intermediate level

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The Beauty of German

Don’t judge a language by its cover For many, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention German, is that it is not at all a sexy language. I was one of those people who had always held

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Au secours – I’m learning French!

French is easier with a button

Parlez-vous français? “Oui” might be the answer that all Canadians should respond with. But outside of Quebec, French fluency is not the case for most in Canada. Non-francophone Canadians start learning French in school at a young age. Several school

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Does someone have the magic formula to learn English?

My reaction when I can no longer remember an English idiom or phrasal verb that I've just learnt

Struggling with the language, not be able to answer or even to understand what people say, that is the reality experienced by newcomers and pvtistes. Daily life becomes an obstacle course: find a place to live, find a job, browse the web in English, talk with native speakers etc.

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European Day of Languages in Toronto

Khady and her European Day of Languages Passport

I decided to challenge myself with Portuguese, Hungarian, Italian and Estonian: four languages in two hours! That and a lot more.

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Does watching telenovelas help to improve Spanish? YES!

Rubí is considered one of the top telenovela of all time.

A high point in my life was 2008 when I travelled to Mexico, where all my favorite telenovelas were filmed. Every night at 6pm my host family and I would watch ‘Las tontas no van al cielo’ (Dumb Girls Don’t Go to Heaven), obsessed by the drama.

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An entire Chinese family at Mandarin Corner

Kaiping (at right) and her family come from Nanjing City (close to Shanghai). Kaiping is a visiting scholar at U of T.

When you tell someone that you speak Mandarin (and you aren’t from China), they might say something like, “Huh? What!? Why? Are you serious?” or “Chinese is so hard to learn! How did you do it?”

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A surprise visit from Washington DC at Diskuto French Corner

Khady and Jamal at Diskuto French Corner

Toronto is the perfect place to learn and practice languages. With hundreds of ethnic groups and more than a hundred spoken languages you do not need to travel; the world comes to you!

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My Bastille Day in Toronto with the Diskutizens: La Marseillaise and a Croissant

Marseillaise cartoon lyrics and music

We organized a singing contest called Revolutionary Idol: the best singer won a croissant and the Certificate of Singing Excellence aka the Diskuto prix de chant!

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