Are you just bilingual or are you a bilingual philosopher?

Most of us take language for granted.  It’s just something we learn when we are growing up. How often do you think about what it might be like to communicate without language? How often do you contemplate what it might be like to try and understand your surroundings and even yourself without language?

If you want to learn a foreign language or you speak more than one language, then you are in a privileged position. You have more opportunities in job sectors, you can travel more confidently and learn about different cultures by speaking to local people, and you can also consider how words work and change between different languages.

Walter Bejamin was a philosopher and intellectual who lived from 1892 to 1940 and he had some really amazing ideas about different languages and cultures.  In his essay of 1923, “The Task of the Translator” he discussed how translations of literature often underline aspects that are not so obvious in the original, and that some parts of the original just don’t translate into the target language.  This is one of the things a person learning a new language will discover; there are lots of phrases that don’t have an exact equivalent in another language.

You may be asking, ‘how does this make us philosophers like Walter Benjamin was?’

Well, when you find a phrase that doesn’t really translate word for word into another language you might think about why it doesn’t.  This could lead to a better understanding of what it is we are trying to express with words. Walter Benjamin believed that the difference between languages was the key to philosophical truth. Do you think learning another language can bring you closer to understanding the way your own language works within a specific culture?

dexway is UK bound for The Language Show 2010

October 15th – 17th, Earls Court in London, England will  host The Language Show 2010, an event widely regarded as the UK’s premiere exhibition for language learners, teachers and people with a passion for languages.

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The Language Show 2010 will provide attendees a chance to experience food, wine, dance and music from around the world while learning about emerging products, institutions and technology for language. This years show will  feature free seminars,  language taster classes in 20 different languages and 1,000′s of job opportunities for people with language skills.

At booth 416 of the event, dexway will be showcasing its revolutionary online language teaching system which features live language coach assistance and innovative tools for personalized learning such as voice recognition and native language support.  It’s technology merges the power of interactive multimedia with virtual classes taught by a tutor, creating the best way to learn a new language. With dexway, students don’t just study language , they learn to apply it in real life scenarios through various exercises and activities designed to make learning FUN.

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Incorporating situation simulation into the language learning process

Learning by means of simulation has become a  staple of training for a number of highly important jobs in a variety of industries. Simulation allows learners to interact and experience situations virtually, thoroughly preparing them for different scenarios and bridging the gap that exists between study and actual execution.

All things considered,  wouldn’t the incorporation of situational simulation provide a great benefit for language learners?


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The fact is, language is complex, and no matter how much knowledge you can attain through reading or assimilation, the real challenge exists in putting it to use in real life situations. Sure, you can learn foreign words and basic language concepts through fill in the blank exercises and connecting pictures to vocabulary, but how do these practices help learners when it comes to application? The truth is, these methods should be mere pieces to the constructs of a language teaching method rather than the foundation.

Think about learning a language in comparison to driving a car. You can learn how to read, write and comprehend a language, just like you can learn how to start, steer and mind traffic laws, but there is no substitute for actually driving on the highway. Situational simulation has the ability to place students in the driver’s seat and assure them that they not only understand language, but that they’ll know how to use it when the time comes.

Online language learning at its best

Have you noticed that some of the  most “POPULAR” language learning programs are suddenly getting on board the 21st century train and offering live online learning?

Learning a language online in the comfort of your own home with the assistance of a teacher is a truly genius concept. The only problem is, developing a curriculum, finding great teachers and integrating a fully functional eLearning program with progressive technological tools doesn’t happen overnight.

Don’t be their guinea pig!

If you look closely, many of these so called “new programs” are the same old content, placed online without any gadgets or innovation to create a truly note worthy experience. Sure, they give you their program and the assistance of, for lack of a better word, a “tutor,” but what kind of progressive learning is that?

Instead of concentrating on combining features like multimedia course content, integrating virtual classrooms with useful teaching tools and supplying you with the assistance of native speaking language coaches, most programs invest all of their time and effort into convincing you that they are bringing something truly novel to the table.Photobucket

With dexway, you get a language learning curriculum developed by expert linguist and the latest eLearning technology to help create the most innovative learning experience ever available.  The difference between dexway and the rest of the language methods currently available is that we’ve been in the elearning business for over 25 years, so we know what it takes to help students progress. Whether its multilingual assistance, charts filled with grammatical breakdowns or video simulation, dexway’s got it. And best of all, our online language coaches are true native speakers who have all the tools they need at their finger tips in order to provide you with an unparalleled learning experience.

What tools you ask?

dexway’s language learning technology includes a voice recognition component for uploading pronunciations, full whiteboard capabilities and live chat (voice & text) just to name a few. These features allow dexway’s users to  interact with fellow students and receive articulate explanations from course teachers.

So if you want to learn a new language, don’t let an unproven method experiment with your time and money. Learn the right way, with dexway!

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Take a free placement test and begin learning a new language with dexway.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new language but just haven’t had the time, money or opportunity, your chance has finally arrived. dexway is the newest, most innovative and interactive way to learn a language online, and now its offering FREE placement tests in Spanish, French, English and British. By simply registering on dexway’s website and creating a user name, you can access our placement test which will assess your level of language competency and recommend a course regimen to begin your language training.

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By taking dexways placement test, you’ll get to experience a taste of the most technologically advanced language learning method on the market, which includes interactive multimedia, video situation simulation, voice recognition and live professor tutelage within dexway’s virtual classrooms.  After finishing your placement test, dexway will give you a detailed evaluation of your level of competency in various facets of the language that you wish to learn as well as a recommended level to begin dexway.

Go ahead and fulfill your curiosity with no obligation. Dexway is fully online and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so whenever you’re ready to learn a new language, dexway will be there.

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Amidst a market filled with empty promises, dexway’s language learning method delivers

There are many language learning methods currently available on the market, most promoting misconceptions and failing to deliver a truly effective product. Fancy wording, premium ad placement and misleading information are just a few of the tactics being used by marketers to command consumer attention and motivate potential users to purchase their language learning system. Yet, just as the ever popular sayings go, you can’t believe everything you read and you most certainly shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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An assortment of language learning methods and programs promise a “natural learning experience,” say they offer “the easiest way to learn language” and claim that they supply learners with live teachers to facilitate language acquisition, but the majority are really serving up empty promises. For instance, what good does a live teacher serve if a program is not equipped with the essential tools and technology to bring course work to life and facilitate the learning process? Beyond that, how can these facets of a learning program provide an effective experience if this lack of technology is combined with poor instruction?

Unfortunately, the methods that do have a little substance and muscle behind their claims come at a cringe worthy price. The saddest part is, it’s usually not because of years spent researching and perfecting the teaching method. More likely than not, that hefty price tag is there in light of all the money spent hyping and marketing the product to the public.

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With dexway, all of these worries, deficiencies and exaggerations are put to rest.  The dexway method of language learning is a process which has been procured by the foremost linguists and has proven its effectiveness for over two decades.  So trust us when we say, dexway offers users the most innovative and interactive language learning experience available on the market.

dexway features highly experienced native tutors via its virtual classroom technology, including whiteboard, webcam, voice and text chat, assuring you language learning like no other method can. Furthermore, dexway is fully online and offers assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – so when we say we’re always there, we mean it!

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Lastly, dexway doesn’t base its method around one limited concept like assimilation or learning language like when you were a kid. It understands the positive aspects of these techniques and combines them with other proven tactics and attributes like interactive multimedia, multilingual assistance, in-depth explanations and voice recognition technology.

After all, if you “learn language like a child,” isn’t it likely that you’ll use it like one too?

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Foreigners increase opportunity and employability by learning English

In the near future, bilingual individuals will become some of the most sought-after candidates when it comes to employment in the US and abroad. In America, the reasons for this are drastic shifts in population and a lack of emphasis placed on attaining knowledge of a second language by a majority of its citizens. Yet, this is merely a slice of the big picture.

With the development of the internet and the world trending toward becoming a tighter knit global community, it is evident that many business will be expanding their reach and encountering customers and partners of different cultures outside of their borders and within. This means that it will be more important than ever to have properly trained employees who are able to communicate in more than one tongue, especially Spanish within the US.

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On the flip side, this will create a great opportunity for immigrants who are already fluent in the language of Spanish to learn English as a second language. Doing so will not only increase opportunities for employment, but it will also open doors to higher pay and promotion.  Considering that nearly 50 percent of the US population is estimated to be comprised of people of Latin American decent by the year 2050, it is only logical that the demand to communicate with and manage relationships with that portion of the population will make a major impact on employment initiatives. These statistics, coupled with the results of a Simmons Research Study that concluded only 17 percent of the current Latino population in the US, speaks both Spanish and English fluently, creates an outlet of opportunity for immigrants and non-native speakers.

By learning English as a second language, doors will be opened in employment in a number of different regions of the job market, from sales and marketing to the manual labor force and beyond. Furthering the reason why non-native English speakers should strongly consider learning English is the ever-increasing number of countries who are adopting English as a second language. This translates into English becoming the universal language of business, and learning it, one of the smartest investments you can make.

The importance of culture when learning to speak a second language

Learning a language is much more than grammatical rules, vocabulary, pronunciation and phrases. In essence, it is the process of achieving the ability to communicate with people of other cultures, and to do that, you must be able to understand the complexities which exist beyond language itself. It is this priceless knowledge which helps second language learners to understand native speakers and the proper way to express themselves in certain situations while avoiding the possibility of conveying the wrong messages.

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Linguists have long recognized that the forms and uses of a given language reflect the cultural values of the society in which the language is spoken; this is why mere linguistic competency is not enough for learners to be competent in a particular language.  Second language learners need to be aware of culturally appropriate ways to address people, make requests, agree or disagree and express gratitude, especially since their own customary behavior and intonation may be perceived differently by members of differing cultures. It is essential to understand that in order to become a successful communicator; the language being used must parallel culturally appropriate behavior.

As noted by the National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project, through the study of language, students gain a knowledge and understanding of the cultures that use that language. In fact, students cannot truly master a language until they have also mastered the cultural context in which the language occurs. Oddly enough, it is this essential facet of the language learning process that a majority of methods fail to realize and place proper importance upon.


From incorporating cultural concepts and native speaking tutors to clarifying formal and informal ways to reference people, dexway prepares its students not only to understand languages and their particularities, but how to articulate themselves properly in any situation. dexway takes its users from level   0 – 100% comprehension and fluency by teaching its students socio-cultural aspects of the language at hand and giving them a firm grasp of its intricacies, thoroughly preparing its students for official language examinations once their coursework is complete.  This focus paired with innovative teaching technology such as virtual classrooms, interactive multimedia and live tutor assistance makes dexway the most effective language learning method on the market.

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Infusing language learning technology with live tutelage

Learning a new language is no easy feat, even with modern day technology. Absorbing grammar, comprehending conversation and learning to conjugate foreign words requires the utmost focus and support, something that can’t always be facilitated solely by technological innovation. It is at this crossroad that automation, creative programming and design can leave learners sitting between a rock and a hard place. There are just some things; some questions… some aspects, that technology can’t account for without proper human intervention. The lack of this kind of human support within language methods, unfortunately, leads many individuals to give up the process of learning a second language.

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With dexway, these complications and inherent pitfalls are put to rest through the fusion of technology and the world’s most highly qualified language professors. Within the structure of the dexway method, not only do students learn by way of the markets most information-rich multimedia exercises and pedagogically perfect techniques, its students are constantly connected to knowledgeable professionals to assist them with their every question and concern. dexway’s learners are granted the ability to receive in-depth dissections pertaining to their performance in pronunciation and freelance speech as well as ask questions pertaining to rules, grammar or whatever else they might need. The reason the dexway method does this is because we know what it takes to teach language effectively, and the only way to assure students that they won’t find themselves scratching their heads in front of a computer screen is to provide them with the support of native language professionals that not only know the material, but also understand how to drive home concepts into the minds of students.

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dexway allows its users to utilize technology like voice recognition systems that physically chart vocal wave patterns, and combines these kinds of capabilities with professors that are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It’s tutors are always there, on-hand, to receive uploads of pronunciation, teach and mediate group discussions, and give students of the dexway method the flexibility to attend one on one classes via virtual classrooms which are fully equipped with whiteboards, webcams , text chat and VOIP (voice chat). These tools allow dexway’s world-class tutors to engage students in ways never imagined before, enabling them to teach and assess with fluid ease unlike any other method available on the market today.

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Interactivity’s effect on learner experience: maximizing language acquisition with the dexway method

The ultimate effect of interaction between a learner and a task at a cognitive level can, in many cases, be much richer and effective via online learning. It is at this juncture that computers and their capabilities can allow interaction within a virtual situation that is not always attainable in real life or through traditional methods of instruction. A number of features of interaction allow emphasis to be placed upon learner control and engagement, which involve making decisions and learning from consequences. Other attributes derived of interaction are learner control over pace and variation of experience, which have been identified as critical in many forms of learning.

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A dexway situational simulation exercise

It is widely recognized that the effectiveness of learning tasks depends on the way and form they generate interaction.  This learner involvement can occur at many different levels and in many different ways, but is at its peak effectiveness when social and cognitive interactions are integrated. This is the key to maximizing learner experience, retention and comprehension – especially with subjects such as second language acquisition. The reason for this is the nature of the subject and the challenge presented by a student’s ingrained native language knowledge. The obstacle of learning new rules, terms and structure which do not apply to a learner’s native tongue can create many problems with comprehension. This inhibitory effect, however, can be negated and in some cases be positively altered through the use of interactively structured online learning.

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The dexway method of language learning infuses tools and exercises that center around interactivity to assist learning and actively engage users at many social and cognitive levels. Furthermore, not only are dexway’s course contents developed around these ideals, but so are its supplemental help and assistance features. dexway takes an ingenious approach to teaching foreign language by providing its students with comprehensive drop down menus that include vocabulary playback within glossaries, multi-lingual translation within situational simulations, and live tutors for questions that an automated system or CD could not possibly provide a satisfactory answer to. It is within these constructs that dexway’s users truly benefit from the element of interactivity. By combining learning content that requires users to actively select, answer, type, respond and listen, with assistance that is engaging, dexway lessens the inherent learning curve and keeps students in tune. All of these features are anchored by learning via virtual classrooms with whiteboard capabilities, pronunciation assessment through advanced recording systems and the richest multimedia content available on the market supported by a personally assigned tutor – making dexway the most interactive and effective way to learn a language.

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