5 Reasons Why Learning a Language is Good for You

With most of the world locked indoors for the foreseeable future, now is the best time to settle down with the books and your computer and learn a language, or practice the one you’re learning now. Here’s why…

It improves your memory

The fact is that the brain is like a muscle, because just like a muscle, the more it is used the better and stronger it becomes. Learning a language means you need to remember and memorise a lot of different grammatical rules, vocabulary and mistakes to avoid. This means every time you settle down to study you are giving your mind a workout and improving its ability to memorise and remember things. Multi-lingual people can recall facts, numbers and dates better than others!

Your first language will improve too

Learning grammar from another language means you become more aware of the rules for your own language. It makes you question why things are the way they are in your own language and means you can understand it better. Improving your listening skills in your new language will naturally make you a better listener in your own, as well as improving your clarity of speech when you practice pronouncing those difficult new words!

It will improve your overall academic performance

The benefits from sharpening your mind, improving your memory and easing stress will make it easier to study any subject. If you have exams in other subjects, for school or university for example, you will find studying a new language as well will aid your studying. Research has shown multi-lingual students consistently perform better than students with only one language. Your problem-solving skills will be improved and that can help you in countless ways!

It opens your horizons to new people and cultures

Imagine being able to communicate in another country fluently, understanding the people and their culture, and being able to read literature that was before inaccessible to you. Now you can really see the world through someone else’s eyes and open up new worlds and cultures for yourself. You can make new friends your new language with people that you may never have met before. Learning a new language is a chance to be involved in a new international community.

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It’s good for your career

Having a second or even third language on your CV is a sure-fire way to get that dream job you’ve always wanted. Perhaps you will be able to apply for that promotion in your company, where the job involves international travel or maybe you can apply for a job in new country and start to use and perfect your new language in a really immersive way. Some of the most successful people in the world are multi-lingual and that can be no coincidence. Learning a new language can benefit your mind, quality of life and career.

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Before you go to book your next English lesson with Scrambled Eggs, try the definitions quiz below!

5 Reasons to Learn a Language Definitions Quiz

Now you’ve read the article, try to find the definitions of the words in bold in this quiz. Good luck!

Esame Cambridge vs IELTS: quali sono le differenze e quale fa per te?

Scrambled Eggs è la migliore scuola a Milano per la tua preparazione a un esame d’inglese, che sia l’ IELTS o il Cambridge. Decidere di fare un un corso di preparazione a un esame inglese con noi è un gioco da ragazzi, ma la vera domanda che hai bisogno di porti è la seguente: quale esame di inglese è quello giusto per me?

Conosciamo tutti l’importanza degli esami d’inglese. Se vuoi entrare in una buona università, se ti ci vuoi laureare, se vuoi mostrare al tuo futuro impiego che puoi cavartela anche con la lingua inglese! Qualsiasi sia la ragione, sei arrivato a questo bivio e adesso la cosa non è più se hai bisogno di fare un esame, ma piuttosto quale sostenere. Quindi quali sono le differenze tra gli esami d’inglese IELTS e Cambridge? Prima di tutto, cosa stanno a significare queste lettere?

  • PET = Preliminary English Test (aka Cambridge PET)
  • FCE= First Certificate in English, (aka Cambridge English: First)
  • CAE= Certificate in Advanced English (aka Cambridge English: Advanced)
  • CPE= Certificate of Proficiency in English (aka Cambridge English Proficiency)
  • IELTS= International English Language Testing System.

Una cosa sicura è che entrambi, sia gli esami Cambridge che l’IELTS, testano le quattro principali abilità della lingua inglese – reading, writing, listening e speaking. In cima a questo, comunque, ci sono alcune differenze tra loro.

La differenza più evidente tra i test Cambridge e l’esame IELTS è per prima cosa il fatto che c’è un solo esame IELTS per ogni livello laddove invece i test Cambridge hanno più livelli orientati. Questo significa che le persone dai livelli A, B e C svolgeranno tutti un singolo esame IELTS nello stesso giorno, quando invece il PET è per un livello intermedio B1, l’FCE è per una qualificazione di livello B2 medio-avanzata, il CAE è invece un esame di livello C1 e pertanto molto alto, e infine il CPE riguarda un livello C2, che rappresenta il massimo.

Adesso che sei pieno d’informazioni, diamo un’occhiata ai modi con cui l’esame IELTS e gli esami Cambridge vengono valutati:

Tempo:
IELTS – 2 ore e 45 minuti
Cambridge – 4 ore

Sezioni:
IELTS – Listening, Reading, Writing e Speaking
Cambridge – Reading & Use of English, Writing, Listening, Speaking

Sezione speaking:
IELTS – a tu per tu con l’esaminatore
Cambridge – con un partner che puoi scegliere o che può essere assegnato casualmente

Sezione listening:
IELTS: la registrazione viene riprodotta solo una volta
Cambridge: la registrazione viene riprodotta due volte

Valutazione:
IELTS: una scala progressiva dove il livello (A, B, C) è dato basandosi sulla tua performance
Cambridge: In relazione al livello che scegli (per esempio, FCE = B2), puoi raggiungere un livello sotto l’obiettivo, conquistare l’obiettivo o anche raggiungere il livello ancora più in alto rispetto al tuo obiettivo.

Validità:
IELTS: valido per 2 anni
Cambridge: nessuna data di scadenza

Motivi per sostenere l’esame:
IELTS: versione accademica per le università, versione generale per il lavoro o per finalità d’immigrazione
Cambridge: per un generale vantaggio personale, come può essere potenziare il proprio curriculum vitae o per fini scolastici.

E questo è quanto! Sebbene entrambi i test possono farti ottenere una certificazione di livello in inglese, solo uno sarà l’esame giusto per te! E naturalmente, se hai qualsiasi dubbio o se sei pronto per frequentare il corso di preparazione all’esame, Scrambled Eggs English School qui a Milano, con i suoi insegnanti madrelingua inglese qualificati, è al tuo servizio!

English Level Test – Take the test and learn your English level

Curious to know what your grammar level is in English? Take our English level test, part multiple choice and part fill in the blank, to find out which level you are in English.

The test is based on a points system, and the harder questions (the ones towards the end) are worth more points than the ones at the beginning of the quiz.

Out of 33 questions, there is a total 121 points possible. Here is the scale for English levels:

A1: 0-12 points. You have a very basic, elementary level of English and you definitely have a lot to learn!
A2: 13-37 points. You have a moderate understanding of the basics, such as the simplest grammar forms and some of the most essential vocabulary, but you struggle a lot in actual conversation.
B1: 38-78 points. You are an intermediate speaker. You have a solid foundation, but have difficulty with complex words, constructions and topics.
B2: 79-102 points. You are a lower advanced speaker. You have mastered the basics and essentials, and have no difficulty expressing yourself. Occasionally, with more complex discussions, you have difficulty, but can generally get by with basic constructions and simple language.
C1: 103-115 points. You can maintain conversations with native speakers, not always knowing the best way to say something and with some gaps in lexicon. For the most part, you are perfect in grammar.
C2: 116-121 points. You are an expert, able to use idiomatic expressions, proverbs and complex grammar constructions.

Time to take the quiz!

English Level Test

Take the following quiz to test your English skills!

 

Naturally, this is just a small level in terms of what your actual level is. At Scrambled Eggs, before we start a new course, we ask the students to take an oral test with one of our teachers to understand the real level of each student before starting their English course.

If you’re interested in learning more English, be sure to check out our English language blog. We’ve got lots of different English exercises to help you learn and improve English, from classic grammar exercises to interesting Ted Talks held by some of the most influential speakers in the world!