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How to stay motivated when learning a language

Have you ever asked yourself, how to stay motivated when learning a language? Maintaining motivation during language learning can be both fulfilling and challenging. Below are some strategies to help you stay motivated:

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How has Greek influenced European languages?

Did you know that the idiom ‘crocodile tears’ (i.e. a hypocrite crying fake tears of grief) is thought to come from the Greek antiquity and popular belief that crocodiles weep while eating their victims? 



Jean Michel’s Greek learning journey has been illuminating and he’s discovered the influence of one of the oldest Indo-European languages in Western culture. The Ancient Greeks were the first to use a ‘true’ alphabet with both vowels and consonants. Many words of Greek origin are usually related to philosophy, science, culture and the arts. In this article, we will focus on English and French.

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Consistency: The best way to learn a language

What’s the best way to learn a language? In today’s fast-paced world, juggling responsibilities while trying to learn a new language can seem like a challenge. Between work commitments and family obligations, it can be an impossible task to find the time and energy for language learning. This is why we want you to know about these three tricks to achieve consistency in language learning, even with a busy lifestyle.

We’ll explore three strategies that can help busy adults stay consistent in their language-learning journey whether they learn a language for travel or for business: regular classes, note-taking during lessons, and homework practice.consistency for language learning

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Jean Michel’s experience of learning Greek with duolingo

Learning a new language can be challenging and time-consuming, but the experience can also be rewarding!

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Christmas Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

This year, support a local business and gift your friends and family a language-learning experience. Our Christmas Gift Vouchers are available for both private and group classes online or at our centre in the heart of Marlow.



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Learn a New Language at The MLC!



Are you looking into learning a Foreign Language this Autumn? Look no more! Come and learn a new language at the Marlow Language Centre!

Our Autumn Groups are now live on our website! Give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll sign you up for the trial session!



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France Tips and Advice

What You Must Know If You Are Travelling to France

As one of the most visited countries in the world, France is a great choice of place to visit (and to retire in). It’s known for its amazing wines, food, and great sense of fashion but there is so much more to explore and learn about France. Whether you’re planning your next trip to France or buying a property, there are many things that you must bear in mind when travelling to the country of love or wine, depending on who you’re asking. We asked one of our native French-speaking teachers for advice on what you must know if you’re planning a trip to France. Here are their tips:


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Language learning

Is Language Learning Only for Children?

There is a common belief that language learning becomes impossible with age due to brain plasticity decreasing in the later years. In other words, adults learn slower.

However, if you look further into the subject you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Some of our students learning in our French classes.

Adult learners have strong advantages over children that put them in an excellent position to speak another language

Advantage: You already speak one language fluently 

Firstly, you already speak your mother tongue well in comparison to a child. In your adult life, you have encountered complex texts and have had to express yourself to a much higher standard. You have a better understanding of reading, speaking and understanding. This would serve as a foundation on which you can compare a foreign language to. When you learn a new word you would already know the English equivalent and when and where to use it. This prior knowledge means you are building your language rather than a first-time discovery.

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To Speak or Not To Speak a Foreign Language – It’s Up to You!

If you want to learn how to drive, you need to have an instructor. The same applies to learning a foreign language.


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). To speak or not to speak a foreign language? It is entirely up to you!

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. 

The MLC Method
Portuguese Lesson at the Marlow Language Centre
Unlike language learning app, the MLC specialists will make you speak as much as you possibly can and advise you of the best ways to make progress.


During your free of charge 30 minutes’ introduction lesson, you will have the opportunity to tell your trainer why you wish to learn your target language. Unlike language learning apps the MLC specialists will advise you of the best ways to study and make progress whilst following their effective technique that encourages motivation and enables you to develop your linguistic skills through personalised training and interaction.

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Interview with Jean Michel


Both Jean Michel and Brook are participating in Networking groups and events such as Reccobiz. This is an interesting interview between Jean Michel and Camilla, the co-founder of Reccobiz: 

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Language learning Tips and Advice

Daily habits to improve language learning

The Marlow Language Centre has collected tips from students and teachers and compiled these into a guide that will hopefully serve as a tool for you to implement some daily habits that can help you improve your language studies, which can be long and sometimes frustrating.

Most students often get discouraged and give up. We all know that practising our languages every day is essential and beneficial to all levels of language learners. In reality, we often fall into a routine of doing the same thing every day without even thinking about improving our language abilities. We are all busy but also have gaps in our schedules.
How to improve your language learning?


Listen to podcasts
Instead of watching silly videos or scrolling on social media, listen to language learning podcasts. Listening to podcasts in and about the target language can help to improve your listening skills as well as give you a better insight into grammatical aspects. While eating breakfast or doing the dishes, allow yourself time to listen to language lessons. Podcasts are a great learning tool because they have been specifically designed to make the learning process easier for you.
BBC Sound Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Apple Podcasts

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Case study: German Business Language Course

A few words will take you a long way!

At the Marlow Language Centre, we often hear from prospective students about the difficulties they’ve encountered trying to learn a foreign language via self-study methods. Language learning apps have their use but limitations as well. If you want to learn how to drive, you need to have an instructor. The same applies to learning a foreign language, especially to Business Language Courses. A trainer can prepare you for the real thing like communicating with native speakers and portraying the business culture. 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.

It is so rewarding to have great feedback from our students and we would like to pay tribute to our German colleague Marion. Amar, one of her students, was particularly looking for an effective technique that enabled him to develop his linguistic skills through personalised training and interaction. He opted for 1:1 tuition and he has been coming to our centre for 6 months, twice a week to learn German. Marion, his teacher, splits each lesson by first teaching core grammatical concepts and then reinforcing these concepts with the use of the language in a business context.

Business German Language Course

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Refer a friend

The Marlow Language Centre
Referral Scheme

As an existing client, you can get free lessons! Recommend us to a friend, colleague, family member or someone interested in learning a foreign language or in need of English language training and get rewarded. 

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Christmas Gift Vouchers 2021

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 Gift Vouchers are the perfect choice this Christmas. 

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

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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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Start additional GCSE and A-level tuition now!

Exam preparation
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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. 

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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 learning Videos

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Learning a language like Italian can be a bit more complicated than just reading a book…

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Learning a language like French can be a bit more complicated than just reading a book…

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Post-lockdown procedures for on-site classes

Find our Health and Safety measures keeping you, the teachers and all other staff save when learning a language stated below. 

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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!


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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?

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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.
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Want to know how proficient you are in a language?

How proficient are you in a foreign language? The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) offers a handy measure.

The CEFR operates a scale of 1 to 6: proficiency levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

  • Level group A = basic user – divided into A1 (lower) and A2 (upper)
  • Level group B = independent user – divided into B1 (lower) and B2 (upper)
  • Level group C = proficient user – divided into C1 (lower) and C2 (upper)
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“I wish I’d paid more attention at school!”

Our advice for adult language learners

The popular assumption about learning a new skill is that when you are younger, is that it comes very naturally. This is attributed to the still developing, curious, creative and dynamic human brain – something neuroscientists refer to as ‘neuroplasticity’. However, this suggests that when you reach maturity you begin to lose the ability to learn new things, whether it is a new sport, a musical instrument. Yet, both contemporary sciences, and our own experience with over 30 years teaching foreign languages prove this to be largely false. Indeed, there is no better time to learn a language, than right now!
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‘Phoning it in’ – pros and cons of language learning apps

There is such a proliferation of language learning applications for your tablet, PC and phone in 2019 that it is often quite difficult to define what they actually can and can’t do. Indeed, when ads claim you can ‘learn a language in a month’ or ’spend 10 minutes a day to achieve fluency’, is this actually the case? As we know, language learning is a multifaceted exercise, so can we take advantage of technology to help make the process as enjoyable and efficient as possible? Today we will be taking a look at the pros and cons of different language learning apps in comparison to other learning methods.
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Top five foreign language movies for language learners

We all know immersion is the best thing for language learning. But outside of the classroom, going on holiday, and meeting people, how can we really engage with languages in an exciting and stimulating way? Movies! There are a huge variety of foreign language films available through a variety of sources, and watching with or without subtitles can make it less or more of a challenge! Movies are also fantastic for vocabulary building, by allowing you to associate language and words with a visual stimulus, helping your brain make the connection and remember it with greater ease. With this in mind, today we have decided to run through a few of our favourite foreign language movies for different languages!
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Italian at the MLC – interview with Paola

Today I have the chance to speak to one of our wonderful Italian teaching team, Paola, to discuss the Italian language and what it’s like to teach it here at the Marlow Language Centre!
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Comparing courses: 1-1 vs group tuition

One of the best parts of learning a language at The Marlow Language Centre is the variety of course options we have to suit every kind of language learner. We have recently been asked some questions about the differences between our two main kinds of course; 1-1 (private) classes, and group classes. Read on to find out more!
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Top ten frequently asked questions about language learning

Our primer on learning a language!

Learning a foreign language at the Marlow Language Centre is a fantastic opportunity. However, people often have many questions about the process, and it’s safe to say in our 30 years providing bespoke tuition, we have heard them all! Read on for our top 10 frequently asked questions about learning a language.