62nd Edition of Eurovision: ‘Celebrate Diversity’

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Established in the aftermath of the War in order to bring together and strengthen the links between European countries, the Eurovision Song Contest divides people today more than ever! Some are passionate about this event, others… far less so.

Strengthen links, you said?!

Interesting Facts

  •  Number of participating countries in 1956: 7
  •  Number of participating countries in 2017: 43
  •  Watched by millions of viewers across 5 continents (Asia, America, Africa, Europe and Oceania)
  •  One of the oldest televised programmes in the world
  •  One of the most important musical competitions ever organised

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International Francophonie Day

International Francophonie Day

On 20th March, International Francophonie Day is celebrated across the four corners of the globe.

This is an excellent occasion for the millions of French-speakers, living in all five continents, to celebrate their language and the diversity that is Francophonie. Word-play competitions, shows, cinema festivals, literature readings, gastronomic get-togethers, exhibitions… So many moments to share all the different facets of the language. Continue reading

International Mother Language Day

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Why learn a new language?

International Mother Language Day: and what if you learnt a foreign language?

Mother tongue, mother language, first language or native language – whatever you like to call it, it has been celebrated on 21st February since 2000 in order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.

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Black Friday

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A tradition that comes from the United States of America, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is the last Friday of November. Since the beginning of the 1970s, the day is synonymous with big sales and marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Every year, the special offers and bargain prices bring floods of crowds to the shops and customers rushing to the shopping centres. This is also where the expression ‘Black Friday’ comes from; it was coined by police who associate this day with traffic jams and unruly customers, the most difficult day of the year on the job!

For the occasion, Altissia is setting its clock to American time and making you a special offer:

30% discount on all our online language courses!

To take advantage of this offer, use the promo code BF30.

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Saint Valentine: Where Comes the Day of Love

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A lot of people identify Valentine’s Day as a day of love, romance, candy, flowers and red hearts. But, others raise important questions like, why was it named Valentine’s Day? Who is Valentine? Is this day just about love? Well, let’s try to unravel this mysterious day.

The man behind all this is Saint Valentine, a Roman Priest during the time of Emperor Claudius.

Claudius was against the church and even prohibited young men and women from getting married. He believed that married men were not good fighters as they were afraid of what would happen to their wives if they died in battle. This is where Valentine and Claudius differed as Valentine was a strong believer in sacred marriage. St. Valentines encouraged young people to get married and even married them in secret.

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How to make learning of a New Language a part of your Daily Life

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Learning a new language is not a walk in the park, it is a very tough task for everyone that takes time and effort. 

This is why we have decided to post a few steps of making a new language a part of your daily life.

There are many ways you can use to learn a new language.  

 

For example; a movie can be a great way of learning a new language.

You can also take advantage of podcasts, audio books, graphic novels, comics and TV series and even sports.

To make it easier for the learner, we have developed an integrated daily language learning platform where users can read articles, watch videos on mobile devices or a computer and take tests to check their progress.

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