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SOAS University of London kick-started its summer by climbing into the Complete University Guide's Top 40 universities in the UK. Valerie Amos, director of SOAS University of London, said: "I am delighted that SOAS has improved its ranking for the second year in a row, to be recognised as one of the...

SOAS University of London kick-started its summer by climbing into the Complete University Guide’s Top 40 universities in the UK.

Valerie Amos, director of SOAS University of London, said: “I am delighted that SOAS has improved its ranking for the second year in a row, to be recognised as one of the top 40 universities in the UK.

“This is testament to the hard work of our academic and professional services staff who work hard to ensure we deliver a world-class education to students from all over the world. As the world seeks solutions to today’s pressing challenges, SOAS’s global perspective is needed more than ever.”

On the back of this accolade, SOAS has provided five unmissable tips for those spending the summer learning a foreign language.

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With lockdown affording all of us a little extra time to expand our horizons, there has never been a better time to become fluent in another tongue.

Make these your ‘Five-a-Day’ when learning a foreign language:

  1. Little and often. Learn something new about the language or the culture where it is spoken every day.
  2. Immerse yourself in the language by switching the language options on your smartphone, social media and TV.
  3. Less is more – it is better to study for 20 minutes each day than a bigger chunk of time less often.
  4. Stick up Post-It notes around your home or work place to help learn new vocabulary.
  5. Incorporate the language into your hobbies. If you like films or books, watch a movie or read a book in the original version; if you like music, listen to songs in the language; if you like cooking follow a recipe; or keep up-to-date with news from an online article.

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