Deaf dogs can learn sign language…

… if given proper attention and teaching.

This dog, named Rosie, arrived in a dog shelter earlier this year, as she was about 4 years old. When the volunteers at the shelter discovered the reason why she didn’t interact like a normal dog, they started paying special attention to her and began teaching her basic sign language. And then, she became a happier dog, because she was able to understand what was expected of her.

Rosie was later adopted by a deaf woman, and they are now very happy together.

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How to master a second language ?

How do you master a new language ? According to the website WikiHow, what you can do is :

1) Listen to the radio, so you can get used to the pronunciation of words and the intonations of the language.

2) Phone a friend  who can speak this language, and talk everyday for an hour if possible.

3) Read, read, read, in order to widen your vocabulary and your knowledge of the language. 

4) Think, try and formulate things in the foreign language.

5) Watch a film or listen to a song, this can be both pleasant and really helpful.

6) Write it down, try and fill a whole page with your thoughts, notes, projects using the language you want to learn.

You can find lots of other tips on the website WikiHow. And you can even write your own guide on a subject you master.

WikiHow Homepage

WikiHow Homepage

The tips may not work for everyone, but still, the website’s quite an interesting resource.

Watching a movie in the original version

Did you know that watching movies in the original version is an excellent way to improve your listening skills, and your vocabulary ? You can choose the original version on a DVD for example, or on the internet. But you can also watch films in English at the cinema. At Cinépalmes and Cinécambaie, and sometimes at the Gaumont Lacaze, there are movies in English, with subtitles. For example, next Sunday, at 8:45 pm, you will be able to watch Divergent in English at the Cinépalmes theater.

Be careful though, this movie is intended for people older than 13 (it’s rated PG-13), because it is violent, the subject is complex and there are a few sensual scenes.