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Cenotaph of Vir Singh Deo in India
Learn Punjabi With a Teacher
Undisputedly, learning Punjabi, like learning any language, is made far simpler with the help of a teacher. Punjabi, although it is a current language, is not widely spoken worldwide. This narrows down the number of language schools or colleges with Punjabi courses, but it only enhances the potential to find available tutors for Punjabi. Choosing an excellent Punjabi teacher will greatly impact your study, as the guidance of a well-versed teacher combined with your determination to learn will provide a strong jumping off point into the language.

Also known as Gurumukhi, Punjabi is mostly spoken in Pakistan and parts of India. It is not the national language of either republic, so it is only commonly spoken in the certain regions of India and Pakistan where it is a primary dialect. This is where Punjabi tutors would be easiest to find.

This doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck if you don’t happen to live in those regions. Although there are tutors for Punjabi that live in the Western hemisphere, many tutors for Punjabi also simply advertise their services online, and since they live a distance from their pupils, they teach via online lesson plans, live chat, email and messaging. So even though there may be quite a distance between you and your teacher, you will still be able to stay connected and work together easily.

Though finding Punjabi tutors in your area may prove to be a bit of a challenge, you should seek them out, you never know who you may stumble upon. Look at your city’s classified ads, phone directories and online listings to see if anyone is reaching out their services.

The tutors for Punjabi you will choose from should come highly recommended, and when possible be a certified or licensed teacher of Punjabi as a second language. It is helpful to have regular face time with your teacher, where you can direct your questions, receive answers, have classes from individualized lesson plans, have the complexities of Punjabi grammar explained to you, and practice your vocabulary, accent, and conversation skills, so be sure to make time in your schedule to work with them regularly.

Working with a tutor or teacher cannot be where your study ends. If you are serious about learning Punjabi, it is important to work with the language on your own as well as with a teacher. Read books or watch movies in Punjabi, watch YouTube learning videos, and check out Punjabi learning websites in your free time to make sure that you are getting plenty of exposure to the language.

Above all, succeed in learning Punjabi by being consistent. With or without the use of tutors for Punjabi learning, be persistent, dedicated, and determined and you will come to master Punjabi!


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9th St Bridge, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Looking for a Spanish Tutor in Pittsburg
I will get right down to it. You are interested in finding a Spanish tutor in Pittsburg. Maybe you have been searching for a tutor for a while, maybe you are just perusing the web. Regardless, here are a few tips and a few websites to check out to put you on the right track.

I also included a few sites that will connect you with local community colleges; In addition to the majority of these schools being able to recommend Spanish tutors, they also offer a variety of Spanish classes for you to choose from if you are interested. Traditional Language learning in a schoolroom gets a lot of flak, but the rigidity and monotony of going to class works really well for a few people.

General Tips

  • You should realize that finding a local tutor is not the only option that is available to you. You can also consider finding an online tutor. Now, I see two potential concerns you probably immediately have with the idea of online tutoring. The first concern is that you are not able to form as close of a personal connection with your tutor. The second is that online tutoring is simply not as effective as face-to-face tutoring. Obviously, they are interrelated concerns, and both of them are legitimate. I see it as all a matter of getting used to the video chatting format. There are a ton of software applications you can use to help you establish that vital personal relationship. For example, there is an application called Scribblar that allows you and your tutor to both edit a digital whiteboard in real-time. For more information on online tutoring, head to https://education.skype.com/resources/577-21-things-you-absolutely-need-to-know-before-you-hire-an-online-tutor. It is really quite a stellar article.

  • Don’t be afraid to change tutors if you realize the one you are currently trying is not suiting your needs. Trust me when I say that five minutes of awkwardness is infinitely preferable to being stuck with a poor tutor.

  • Please, please ask your friends for tutoring recommendations. This saves so much time and energy. Yes, I know this was probably the first thing that you did. But you would be surprised by how many people neglect this simple step.

Sites to Check Out

www.lrngo.com – Of course, I recommend that you check out the rest of the LRNGO website. It offers a variety of tutoring options to check out and there is an option to sort the offers by zip code.

http://pittsburgh.universitytutor.com/ - a site that includes many, many comprehensive lists of tutors in the Pittsburg area. This site also includes tutoring for subjects that are not necessarily related to Spanish if you are interested.

https://www.care.com/tutors/pittsburgh-pa - Another list of tutors in the Pittsburg area.

http://www.studyspanish.com/destinations/spanish_in_pittsburgh_pennsylvania.htm- this provides a list of schools you can go to in order to sign up for classes. I would personally recommend the University of Pittsburg, which is included on the list.

http://www.ccac.edu/ - Community College of Allegheny County

http://www.pointpark.edu/ - Point Park University


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Learn Portuguese in Your Pajamas
Learn Portuguese in Your Pajamas
You’ve taken that dream vacation to Brazil…but you were absolutely lost during conversation with anyone but your fellow tourists. This is not the ideal way to travel, as without communication with locals you lose an important look at an unfamiliar culture and don’t get to forge the opportunity to make new friends across the world. You decided that the next time you visited you would come prepared—a crew of Portuguese translators would come along with you to bridge the language gap!

All joking aside, there is no time like the present to put some serious time and energy into learning Portuguese, and the best part is that you can do so without leaving your home.

Learning Portuguese is well worth the time spent when you weigh in the eight countries whose national language is Portuguese, the huge influence it has had on English and many other language, and the approximately 272 million Portuguese speakers worldwide! Thanks to this vast diversity, Portuguese tutors are available from many of the these countries, so that you can specialize, if need be, in the accents, language peculiarities, and manner of speaking peculiar to each of these individual countries. It is reportedly the 5th most widely spoken language in the world, so you’ll be able to use your newfound language skills to communicate with tons of new people.

Whether the scenario above resonates with you or you’re looking to learn Portuguese for another reason, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to by following this advice.

Hire a Tutor
Having face-to-face guidance from another human being who is familiar with the language is an important part of the learning process. You can’t learn everything from a textbook, and a native or fluent speaker is your best resource for making lesson plans, helping you practice, and helping you understand the nuances of the language and the culture surrounding it. If you’re looking to learn Portuguese from your home, hiring a tutor that can come to you is ideal. You can find such tutors by searching local classifieds or by using online tutoring sites like WyzAnt. You can also find tutors from anywhere in the world who you can connect with through Skype at sites like VerbalPlanet.

Connect with a Language Exchange Partner
Maybe the idea of having someone guide you sounds great, but you don’t want to spend the money on a tutor. You’re in luck! With language exchange becoming more and more common, you’ll be sure to find a partner who would be interested in teaching you Portuguese in exchange for lessons in one of your skills (you speak English, don’t you?). Sites like LRNGO offer a free platform where you can connect with a partner locally or even globally by making use of video chat, and the site expands to more than just languages so you can use any of your skills to teach in exchange for Portuguese lessons.

Utilize Online Resources
There are tons of websites that offer valuable Portuguese language study tools, so be sure to make use of them. Check out some general Portuguese learning sites like BBC Portuguese or Portuguese 101, YouTube sites like PortuguesePod101, podcasts like BrazilianPodClass, and online exercises like those found at Digital Dialects. Practicing outside of your time with a tutor or exchange partner is essential, and these are a perfect way to get your practice in without leaving your home.

Put on your comfiest pajamas, kick back, and start learning Portuguese so on your next dream vacation, you’ll be able to speak like a pro.


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The Sanskrit Plaque on the Old Indian Institute Building
Mastering the Sanskrit Language
It is possible, and you can do it. You can master the Sanskrit courses if you are willing to put sufficient time, energy and perseverance into it. If you have decided that Sanskrit is the language for you, then you will have to acknowledge the dedication and commitment needed to learn a language, and if you feel satisfied with your position on the topic, then there is nothing standing in your way from learning the language.

As you embark on this journey you will find various Sanskrit courses and tutors available for you to use, and it can be difficult to figure out which of these paths is right for you. It is important to get involved with some sort of structured class, online course, or tutor in order to learn the language to its fullest extent, and working with a human being as opposed to a computer is beneficial. It is a good idea to utilize the help of a teacher to get you over those initial humps of comprehending a new language’s basic make up and patterns, and past the toughest part of the language learning process. It is also advisable to research your materials and purchase a Sanskrit courses that comes highly recommended and has a good success rate. You can often test out a course with a free trial, in which case you should try it out before committing to see if the learning style works well for you. Even if you choose an online course, try to devote some of your time to interacting with fluent speakers so that you get the most out of your language learning.

True, learning Sanskrit is no easy task! The fact that it is an ancient language and rarely used does not lend itself to ease of study or possibilities for emersion. But don’t despair; there are countless fluent Sanskrit speakers, many of whom are trained in teaching a second language, with numerous quality Sanskrit courses for you to choose from.

You can find some courses at American Sanskrit Institute , and find others through a simple online search, connect with a tutor using sites like Tutor India (keeping in mind that you can always ask about video chat options), and use the free site Learn Sanskrit as a tool to help you learn on your own. You could also connect with a language exchange partner through LRNGO and use your skills to teach in exchange for Sanskrit lessons.

It is important to work with the option that feels right to you. With the right guidance and some determination on your part, you will be on your way to knowing Sanskrit in no time.


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Bad Arolsen in Germany
How to Learn German Without the Fuss
Learning German, just like learning any other language, can be a big endeavor for any beginning student. Anyone can learn German, but it takes a certain amount of willpower and resolve to learn to speak fluently. Learning a new language is never easy, but by making a commitment, following through, and using a few tips on language learning, you can get a great start on your process to learn German and see it through to the end.

The best first step anyone can take to learn German is to find a high quality German tutor or language partner. A human being will give you much better input and feedback than any book, audio series, or online lesson will, and they can tailor their instruction to fill your exact needs so that the learning process much faster and more effective.

You can find German tutors on a variety of online websites or in the classifieds, but it is important to meet with the person face-to-face at least once before you make a commitment. It is important to ensure that your tutor is not only knowledgeable on the language, but also works well with you and your learning style.

You could also go the route of a learning exchange partner. Similar to a tutor with the personal support, a learning exchange partner is a free way to build your language skills. Instead of paying money, you exchange lesson for lesson so that you both grow in the skills that you wish to. Everyone has something to learn, and everyone has something to teach. Sites like LRNGO offers an easy platform for you to connect with a language exchange partner, or search for a hired tutor.

One of the first tips on learning any language is to not have your expectations set too high. A language can take a matter of years to learn fluently, and no one but a savant will learn German in less than a month. It takes time, determination, and a whole lot of mistakes before you get anywhere near fluency, so you can’t get discouraged and give up prematurely. Besides, mistakes help strengthen your understanding, so dive in, and don’t be afraid to mess up.

One detail to keep in mind that will help you as you learn vocabulary is that German words are very descriptive and that many Germans words are made up of smaller words; therefore, you can easily guess a word you have never heard before by breaking it down into its smaller parts. For instance, the German word for hospital is krankenhaus, which can be broken down into "sick person" and "house", so if you know the basics, learning the rest can prove relatively simple. However, descriptive words also mean that words that would be short in English might actually be long, and you can actually find German words that are made up of so many smaller words that they can be as long as 80 letters!

Remember that as soon as you start learning, you must start practicing. This is perhaps one of the most important tips you can follow in order to successfully learn German, because practice is what really makes the language stick. Seek out as many opportunities as you can to talk, read, listen, and even write in German, and try to find willing conversation partners who will help you with your grasp of the language. Don’t worry about sounding stupid or messing up, because those are all essential steps in your endeavors to learn German.

The web is full of online resources for you to practice German on your own, such as sites like Digital Dialects, BBC’s German Language, and Web German and podcasts like German-Podcaste.de or German Pod 101. You should also find a conversation partner (if you have a language exchange partner, they’re a perfect option) and pen pal so that you can practice your spoken and written German and get relevant, honest feedback from a native or fluent speaker.


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