East TN Chinese Assocation Spring Picnic and Tennis Tournament

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Confidence Learning Services was proud to sponsor the East Tennessee Chinese Association 2015 Tennis Tournament.

The East Tennessee Chinese Association is a great non-profit community organization that improves the lives of the Chinese community in East Tennessee. They encourage academic, professional, and cultural exchanges among members; promote activities related to Chinese arts and culture, and foster the recognition and integration of the Chinese community in the Knoxville area. ETCA is also actively involved in various charitable fund raising events, and plays an important role in community diversity and cultural programs.

They have sponsored the East Tennessee Chinese School, which is a great resource for Chinese language learning in the East Tennessee and Knoxville area. If you are interested in learning more about this organization, please visit the  East Tennessee Chinese Association website.

Confidence Learning Services appreciates community organizations like the East Tennessee Chinese Association, and so we have sponsored this organization in the past through newsletter and e-mail sponsorship.

The East Tennessee Chinese Association also co-hosts the annual Chinese New Year Performance in Knoxville, an event that Confidence Learning Services also sponsors.

This year, we had the opportunity to sponsor a Tennis Tournament, which turned out to be a great event. The games took place in the months of April and May, weather permitting, and were a good opportunity for some friendly competition within the community.

All of the players competed well, and the top three winners were:

Xin Tong

Jianwei Hu

Brandon Chu

At the East Tennessee Chinese Association picnic, Confidence Learning Services was proud to present awards and trophies to the winning players. We got the chance to congratulate the winners, meet several members of the community, enjoy a nice afternoon outdoors at a local park, and try some delicious new food.

We would like to again congratulate the winners, and thank the board of the ETCA for allowing us to continue to sponsor their organization.

Do you know of a non-profit organization that would be interested in Confidence Learning Services’ sponsorship? Contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 to find out what type of resources we can provide at little or no cost to local non-profit organizations.

Become fluent fast – 10 tips to help you become fluent

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6. Fluent fast – Local TV, movies, music

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Watch movies, listen to music, sing songs, and browse newspapers and magazines. It’s fun and helps improve your pronunciation and comprehension.

You may struggle when trying to read words in your new language, but watching the subtitles on music videos and trying to sing along will help you learn new words and pronounce them more accurately.

TV Shows, Movies and music are invaluable language learning tools.

7. Fluent fast – Non-verbal cues

Beyond words, observe locals when they talk. Body language is important, as well as appropriate and inappropriate hand gestures. Learning to understand the Indian head bobble while learning Hindi or bowing while studying Japanese, combining body language with a new tongue helps you communicate better.

Fluent fast – Get emotional!

Emotive experiences often etch impressions onto our memory. Make full use of embarrassing / funny / angry experiences by linking them to the new language.

As a child, when playing with friends and counting in Spanish for hide and seek, I mispronounced the number “veinte.” I don’t even remember how I mispronounced the word, but I remember all my friends laughing at me, and I know the correct pronunciation of all my Spanish numbers now. Make full use of embarrassing / funny / angry experiences by linking them to the new language.

Needless to say, the embarrassment helped correct my pronunciation for good! Similarly, negotiating with shady cab drivers or nasty vendors also helps you learn numbers rather quickly so you don’t get ripped off.

9. Fluent fast – Start with friends, then branch out.

While individual classes can be highly beneficial for unsurpassed attention, group classes with friends can greatly aid learning. Having a friend to practice with helps you get better, and you can also learn from the different mistakes different people make.

On the other hand, venturing out solo in a foreign country forces you to speak with local people–say the person riding next to you on the bus, or standing in line at the market. It also prevents you relying on a friend with stronger language skills to do the talking for you in key exchanges such as asking for directions or buying food.

10. Practice at every opportunity before and after you travel.

Ever felt really “rusty” and lacking confidence in a language despite having taken classes or used it (or even mastered it) at some other time in your life? Languages are alive and require exercise. Find avenues to practice wherever and whenever you can.

If you’re interested in getting some help along the way with your language learning journey, contact us today for your free consultation at 1-865-226-9477.

So, what’s the deal with alcohol and language learning?


Does alcohol make you a better language learner?

Over 40 years ago, a study in language learning was conducted, that concluded that consuming a mild to moderate amount of alcohol results in better oral production of a foreign language. Although most language schools don’t put this principle into practice in the classroom, people haven’t stopped talking about it since. So, what’s going on here?

Shouldn’t consuming alcohol reduce your ability to perform mental tasks? Won’t it make your language slurred or unintelligible?

The key here is the phrase “mild to moderate.” If you consume enough alcohol to become blackout drunk, chances are you won’t be able to have an in-depth conversation with a language partner. Aside from other health benefits noted from consuming moderate amounts of alcohol, the reduced inhibition should allow you to communicate more clearly.

So will I be able to speak Spanish fluently after a few margaritas at my favorite Knoxville Mexican restaurant?

Consuming alcohol won’t give you any special powers, and you won’t magically be able to communicate in a language you haven’t studied. (Consume enough, and you may believe that you are able to, though). It will simple help you relax enough to use the words and grammar that you recall, without your nervousness or doubts about your own language ability getting in the way.

So what’s the recommended amount?

According to research, 1.5 ounces/44 mL of 45% alcoholic liquor was the optimum amount, consumed on a mostly empty stomach. We’ll let you contemplate exactly what that translates to in your own life, but suffice it to say, a relatively mild-to-moderate amount is best. Overdo it, and your speech skills may deteriorate in any language.

But I don’t drink alcohol because of my religious beliefs or medical conditions.

Whether you are from Knoxville, Dubai or New Delhi, you may find yourself unable to consume alcohol for whatever reason. While that does exclude you from experiencing the benefits of this study, it does not mean you can’t be a successful language learner. The key benefit here results from relaxation and lowered inhibition. Trying other methods of relaxation, like meditation, yoga, or massage may also help to lower your inhibitions as well.

Here at Confidence Learning Services, our courses don’t typically involve a round of beer. But we do focus on giving you the skills and support you need to make you Confident, reduce your inhibitions, and communicate clearly. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today for more information or to start your first course. 1-865-226-9477.