Language learning Tips and Advice

Top 10 misconceptions about language learning

You may recall your school years when everyone would study the same subject in mixed-ability classes. Unfortunately, everybody learns in different ways and one particular method of learning will not suit every student. Our teachers realise these differences and alter their teaching accordingly. They aim to break away from the traditional classroom experience and to make your lessons as personalised, enjoyable and comfortable as possible.

The popular assumption about learning a new skill is that when you are younger it comes very naturally. Although age should not be a barrier, as we grow older our brain takes longer to absorb and retain new information. However, neuroscientists have shown that it is extremely healthy and beneficial to learn a language at any point in your life. The most important thing is to work out what the best study methods are for you as an individual.

This statement is so meaningless! We can all make time for the things we like doing or want to do. And being committed and motivated to learn a language is your choice after all. Our courses are flexible and our lessons can be booked according to your daily routine.

Indeed, English is widely spoken in the world but it is not the only international language. Over 400 million people speak Spanish, not just in Europe but also in Latin America. Spanish is considered to be one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers. It is also a language spoken widely on the internet and in business.

French is also an international language, being an official language of organisations such as UNESCO, the United Nations, NATO and more. It is spoken in many European countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland), in Canada and in many North-African countries.

Chinese is also an official language of the United Nations. It is spoken by over 1 billion people i.e. one-fifth of the world’s total population.

Language learning apps will not enable you to speak your target language. Their true value is to develop your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. If you want to learn how to drive, you need to have an instructor. The same applies to learning a foreign language. Ultimately, when you travel abroad on holiday or for business purposes you want to make yourself understood and most importantly understand what the locals say to you. 

Think about the money that you may spend on other non-essential activities to entertain yourself. It will certainly cost you more than a language learning app but you will progress far more quickly. We offer very small groups so you can spread the cost but still learn efficiently and effectively.

Regrettably, this is wrong. The more students there are in the class, the less you will be able to speak. In private classes, you will have the opportunity to converse in the language that you are learning with your teacher who is a native speaker. The sounds and phrases you will hear are authentic!

Your school days may have put you off speaking a foreign language in front of your classmates. As an adult now you have made the decision to learn a language and attend a course. If you feel embarrassed about making mistakes in a group, you can have one-to-one tuition! The most important thing to remember is that practice makes perfect! 

Revision is an important part of the learning process so homework should not be seen as a negative process of language learning. On the contrary, it gives you the opportunity to practise what you have covered in class. Homework should help you learn. 

It is true that we all began to speak our native language without studying grammar by the time we were about two or three years old. As we grow older, unfortunately, this does not quite apply to learning another language as a total beginner. Grammar is a set of structural rules composed of words. If you want to communicate in a foreign language effectively, you will need to memorise basic words. You may not necessarily want to learn the grammatical terms such as verbs, prepositions and pronouns, but you will need to memorise these words, to hear and reproduce the different sounds they make if you want to communicate effectively in a foreign language. Basic knowledge of grammar will help you develop your vocabulary.

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Summer offer 2021

This Summer, it seems unlikely that we will receive many postcards from abroad. Book your language course to experience a foreign culture and get that holiday feeling!

*A free lesson will be added to any private course (6 or more hours but this offer excludes group tuition)


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Start additional GCSE and A-level tuition now!

Exam preparation
at The Marlow Language Centre

The past two years have not been easy for students. Disruption to school life and an extended period of online learning has undoubtedly presented challenges for many students but we’re continuing to work hard reassuring and building the confidence of future GCSE and A-level candidates.

We offer bespoke coaching courses (1-to-1 or in groups) for students preparing for GCSE or A-level foreign language examinations in various languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian and others. 

Below you’ll find some useful info about the courses and options on offer. 

Language learning Tips and Advice

To speak or not to speak a foreign language – The choice is yours!

Learning a foreign language is a little like driving; you can study the grammar and vocabulary (or the highway code) telling you how to write (or understand road signs) for months, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing like communicating with native speakers (or getting behind the wheel).

At the MLC, we show you why language learning apps don’t work when it comes to expressing yourself effectively in your target language. Their true value is to reinforce your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. If you want to learn how to drive, you need to have an instructor. The same applies to learning a foreign language. Ultimately, when you travel abroad on holiday or for business you want to make yourself understood and most importantly understand what the locals say to you.


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Language Lockdown

Yet again, the imperative is to stay at home to support the NHS. However, this does not mean that your resolutions, aims or desires to learn a new language or improve a foreign language have to be put on hold. We are here to enhance your lockdown experience and award you with a free lesson!

We offer private and group courses as well as vouchers. Our courses are flexible and designed to encourage the best possible progress. 

During lockdown, you’ll automatically receive an additional FREE 60 minute 1 to 1 lesson when booking your first course of 6, 12, 18 or 24 hours!

FREE 30 minute 1 to 1 online trial classes are available as well to get to know your teacher, familiarise yourself with the video conferencing platform and assess your level.


Christmas Gift Vouchers

Whether you are stuck for Christmas gift ideas, want to support a local small business or would like to give someone something a little different this year, our Christmas Gift Vouchers are the perfect choice. 

Vouchers are available for private and group tuition and can be taken face-to-face or online. 


Language Lockdown – Get your MLC voucher now!

Want to enhance your lockdown experience? Look no further than our November Lockdown Deal! Let’s face it there is a limit to how much you can binge-watch on Netflix. So, when you’re not watching your favourite foreign language shows why not learn a new language or develop existing language skills prior to your next trip abroad?

What voucher options are available?

Prices apply for online classes ( during & after lockdown) and face-to-face tuition (post-lockdown) here at the Centre in Marlow. 

During November you’ll automatically receive an additional FREE 60 minute 1 to 1 lesson when booking 6 or 12 hours!

FREE 30 minute 1 to 1 online trial classes available in November as well.

Private tuition
1 hour£40£48
3 hours£120£144
6 hours£240£288
12 hours
incl. 2.5% discount
18 hours
incl. 5% discount
24 hours
incl. 7.5% discount

Group tuitionHours***Costs*Available
Half term 9 hours in total
(6 sessions of 1,5 hrs)
Full term18 hours in total
(12 sessions of 1,5hrs)

All our foreign language courses are conducted by a native speaker which allow you to interact with a real person who is an expert of the language and culture!

*Prices inclusive of VAT
**Prices inclusive of fee for 2 people
***Dates depend on our timetables which you can find on our individual language pages

Learn SpanishGermanItalianSwedishRussianPolishFrenchJapaneseMandarinTurkishetc. 

Who is the voucher for?

anyone who is going to sit a GCSE or A Level foreign language exam

anyone looking to improve their job prospects 

anyone looking to enrich their travel experience

anyone looking to relocate abroad

just because it is fun to learn a language 

– “I just want to be able to speak in the correct tenses”

– “Excellent teachers, pushing us the right amount but always fun!”

– “I passed the exam! After this, I know I can improve to the next level. Thank you so much.”

How can one redeem the voucher?

Simply contact The Marlow Language Centre via email, over the phone and tell us what language/voucher option you’re interested in. 

Private tuition: Take private lessons at times to suit you, Monday to Friday 07:30-20:00, Saturday 09:00-14:00. You can cancel and reschedule at 24 hours’ notice. Classes don’t have to be taken on a fixed day and time.

Group tuition:
We run small groups of up to five people of similar ability, guaranteeing good progress. Generally, we run Foreign language group courses from beginner up to advanced levels. Our group language courses consist of a weekly 90-minute class that runs in conjunction with the school terms: September to December; January to March; April to July. Our general group courses follow a timetable. However, you also have the option to set up a private group with family and friends where you can set your own day and time. See the latest groups with available levels and days and times on the individual language page. 

Terms and Conditions
1. Gift Vouchers have to be redeemed by 31/12/2021
2. Gift Vouchers cannot be refunded
3. Gift vouchers are subject to The Marlow Language Centre’s terms and conditions
Language learning Online tuition

Online classes – how it all works

Tough times for us all and we’re counting on your support now more than ever!

Internal Language learning Online tuition

We are open for business!

Online tuition at The Marlow Language Centre

Communication is a key element of our lives, especially in these difficult times.

Why should I learn a language now?

Language learning Promotions

The Marlow Card

Here at The Marlow Language Centre  we’ve teamed up with The Marlow Card. The card itself will give you some amazing deals and offers at some of Marlow’s favourite independent businesses. If you’re a holder of The Marlow Card (or The Henley Card), we have good news for you. You’ll be able to receive an exclusive deal here at The Marlow Language Centre.