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Language Learners

Learning languages opens new perspectives, makes travelling easier and tourism more interesting, can allow learners to reconnect with their ethnic heritage or build bridges to recently arrived migrant communities. In our increasingly interconnected world, language skills can be an important competitive advantage in the job market.

The more languages one knows, the easier it usually is to start learning a new one. This applies of course to languages from the same family: even an elementary knowledge of Spanish will make learning Portuguese or Italian easier; speakers of German can usually learn basic Dutch with little effort.

However, learning how to learn is in itself a precious skill. School Latin will not help you with Mandarin vocabulary; it will however help understand how language works and how you learn a new language, including which aspects in it – whether its phonetics, its grammar or vocabulary – represent a major hurdle for you. helps language learners by:

  • Showcasing research in best learning methods and the factors that enable multilingualism;
  • Creating a catalogue of on-line resources for language learning.


European Forum of Vocational Education and Training EUNIC in Brussels European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI)
Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste European Council of Artists (ECA) European Federation of National Institutions for Language
European Theatre Convention RECIT Europa Esperanto Unio - EEU
Culturelink European Association for Terminology European Publishers Council
Mercator European Network of Language Diversity Centres European Federation for Intercultural Learning Club de Madrid
Eurolang CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe) European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
Literature Across frontiers Federation of European Publishers European Council of Literary Translators' Associations
Federal Union of European Nationalities ALTE EUROCLIO
EEE-YFU Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE)

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Not only is it a basic courtesy to endeavour to speak the language of the country where you're living, it's also very useful in business - if you want to be successful, communication is key.

Richard Barnes United Kingdom