Learning a new language is “brain fitness”

 

Perhaps you are retired or dreaming about retiring soon to spend time with your family, partner, or simply on your own during unforgettable vacations. 

No matter your goals (and level of extrovertedness!) — whether in pursuit of sophisticated interests or plain socializing, or in the name of pure curiosity — communication might prove essential to your enjoying a vacation abroad… 

Our firm offers you a wealth of support to make your communication dreams possible: you may choose from personalized curricula, short courses, survival tips, and brief immersion programs into the culture and language of your choice, in advance of your European extravaganza.

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Our programs for retired and elderly students are personalized and paced to fit every client’s needs. And you’ll discover how much learning a foreign language is a sort of gymnastics of the mind that can go pretty well with your Pilates! 

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Recent articles posted in the media since 2010 rely on research and scientific studies showing that intellectually-stimulating activities like language learning will greatly benefit an aging person’s health.

“Speaking and learning a foreign language gives your brain a good workout, keeps your mind sharp, and defends your brain against aging. (…) The brain is often likened to a muscle, because it functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, and all of this “exercise” helps strengthen that mental “muscle.” While exercising your brain with language learning your overall memory is improved.>> (Huffington Post, “Brain Fitness — Learn a New Language”, 2017)

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What our clients say

“I’m a 59 year-old male. I started learning the French language with Gabrielle Anderson in April 2015. I’ve completed two-hour weekly sessions (once a week).  My motivation for taking lessons in a foreign language at that time was that I believe that learning new skills helps to keep the mind young. Gabrielle’s teaching methods have awakened further inspiration: Now,my wife and I are planning to travel to a French speaking country in the near future! Beyond her language teaching skill, her cultural knowledge of the entire world astounds and inspires me. That is the particular aspect of her talents that first inspired me to consider travelling abroad. Taking a class somewhere with other people didn’t appeal to me, and I’m glad that I picked a teacher who believes in one-on one instruction!”

Tom, French Immersion course 

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 “Very Knowledgeable and Patient! I enjoyed my tutoring with Gabriela for the first two hours! She is very patient, because I am quite a slow learner and wanted to learn at my own pace. She is very knowledgeable about European cultures and history, which is a part of my tutoring that I love. We are tutoring at my home and she was on time and ready to go. I will continue my tutoring with Gabriela as long as I need to, until I can hopefully speak Italian!”

Yvonne, Italian Immersion program

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“Once upon a time I got angry with myself and decided to put an end to my ignorance in English. I’ve already been settled in Dallas for five years and couldn’t string two words together in English. Both my husband and I went online and got absorbed in looking for a teacher. Our choice was Gabriela Anderson; we didn’t know why her ad attracted us. For six months I took English lessons with Gabriela. Initially, I must admit, I was so scared of English that I nearly fainted whenever I heard it. Now all that is in the past. I can express myself maybe not as well as I would like to but pretty well, thanks to what Gabriela has taught me. I’ve met not only a teacher but an intelligent responsible and good-natured person. Thanks to Gabriela my outlook was widened, and I learnt a lot about American culture, history, and people. Together we listened to TV news and read books, and I learnt much that was new to me about American movies, writers, famous singers, actors, etc.  And I have to say that my life became much more interesting because my English is now fairly good. Thank you once again, Gabriela!”

Natasha (Lithuania), English as a 2nd Language program

 

Event50plusEuropean Event with students of French, Italian, and English (Grapevine office)

 

 

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