Author: Ken Slack

Spring into New Horizons: How Language Learning Can Spark Creativity and Renewal

As spring arrives with its longer, brighter days, it brings blossoming flowers and a sense of transformative change. This season, which mirrors nature’s constant renewal, reminds us of our potential for growth and rejuvenation. In this spirit, our blog explores the parallel journey of language learning and the renewing essence of spring. Learning a new…
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Exploring Spanish Dialects and Their Unique Vocabularies

Spanish is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, connecting millions of people across different cultures and regions. And this popularity has led to the development of a variety of Spanish dialects, each with its own unique history and cultural influences. The history of “modern” Spanish began with Castilian Spanish in Spain, becoming…
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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Set Goals and Achieve Them

As we approach the new year, it’s time to think about what we want to achieve and how to make it happen. New Year’s resolutions and goal setting are a chance to start fresh, but let’s face it—many of us struggle to stick with our personal goals beyond February. The initial burst of enthusiasm often…
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Global Winter Traditions: A look at December Celebrations Around the World

Beyond the hustle and bustle of Christmas festivities, December is a month packed with diverse cultural and religious celebrations worldwide. From the jolly vibes of Saint Nicholas Day to the vibrant traditions of Kwanzaa, this month is a global celebration of joyous events that bring people from all walks of life together. Let’s explore some…
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Harvest Festivals Around the Globe: A Celebration of Abundance

Spanning continents and generations, these celebrations remind us of our planet’s abundant blessings. From the vibrant streets of Kolkata during India’s Pongal Festival to the serene rice fields of South Korea ready for Chuseok, each festival has unique customs and cultural traditions. And harvest festivals are more than just ceremonies; they capture the very spirit…
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Overcoming Foreign Language Anxiety: A Guide to Speaking Confidently in a New Language

Learning a new language can open doors to numerous opportunities. But for many, the fear of speaking a foreign language out loud can be a significant barrier. If you’re suffering from foreign language anxiety, you’re not alone. Known as Xenoglossophobia, or foreign language anxiety, this fear affects individuals across various sectors. From students in language…
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Re-Establishing Your Routine: Embrace Change And Unlock Your Potential

Life is a journey filled with twists and turns, and we all encounter moments that disrupt our daily routines. Getting back on track with our routines can be tough after disruptions caused by vacations, busy work periods, or other unexpected events. As the dust settles and the initial excitement fades, we often yearn for the…
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Embracing Cultural Diversity: Celebrating Independence Days Around The World

A country’s culture is like a colorful tapestry woven by its people, their behaviors, and the various elements that define their way of life. It’s a vibrant mix of delicious cuisine, captivating music, exciting events, and deeply-held values. But at the core of it all, language plays a crucial role in shaping cultures. Through language,…
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Quebec-NY Corridor News

SPECIAL EDITION JUNE 26, 2023 EDITORIAL “GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS AT OUR BORDER” We have very good news to share! Our Canadian friends are back enjoying the North Country in large numbers, with estimates that Canadian visitation in our area is now as high as 90% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels! The resumption of visitation levels…
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Discover The Celebrations Of July Independence Day Around The World

July is a month filled with joy and pride in numerous countries across the globe. It’s a significant period dedicated to the celebration of independence, and July freedom holidays involve various activities. These mid-summer festivities allow people worldwide to embrace their distinctive national heritage and commemorate the importance of their nation’s freedom. Let’s explore a…
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What Our Students Are Saying

“My daughter has been receiving private French lessons at the Language Learning Institute for about a year. Under the tutelage of director, Nancy Scarselletta, her listening, speaking, and writing skills have flourished and her confidence has grown immensely.”

— Michele Marie

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