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Give the Gift of Knowledge this Holiday

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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Tue Oct 29, 2013.

(StatePoint) It’s easy to get into a gift-giving funk. But who wants to be predictable, especially at a time of year best served by surprise?

Instead of another sweater or picture frame to clutter the homes of friends and family, consider the thoughtful gift of helping someone learn a language.

While many people try to learn a foreign language in school, most graduate from high school or college not even close to achieving fluency. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Pimsleur Language Programs, 73 percent of Americans surveyed say that they are unable to hold a conversation in more than one language.

If your recipient loves to travel or has yearned to learn a new language, consider a gift that can help.

New Language

“The key to successful language learning is to get to the heart of the language, eliminating noise, confusion, and information overload in the process,” says Robert Riger, Vice President and Director of Pimsleur Language Programs.

Created by a foremost expert in applied linguistics, Pimsleur uses a learning method that’s scientifically proven to ensure fast comprehension. Grounded in auditory learning, the program uses the same skills you used as a child to learn your native language.

If you’re worried that your gift recipient is too busy to learn a new language, you’re not alone. In fact, nearly a third of adult respondents in the Pimsleur survey say their biggest concern about learning a new language is not having enough time. Yet, experts say that 30 minutes of daily practice is all that’s needed for proficiency. Therefore, opting for a learning program that’s portable will make finding the time for practice easier. 

Pimsleur programs are available in a variety of configurations from downloadable apps to MP3 audio downloads to traditional CDs. The gift-set, which is now being offered for the holidays at $98.50 (a 30 percent discount) features thirty, 30-minute audio lessons in any of 50 languages, plus a copy of the hardcover book, “How to Learn a Foreign Language.”

To purchase a gift-set, visit

Cultural Fun

Serve it up alone, or pair great language instruction with a tasty cooking class. Your loved one can test out those new French phrases alongside a delicious ratatouille, or carry on a conversation in Japanese while creating scrumptious sushi rolls.

Don’t let that language instruction go to waste. You may even think about starting to save now for next holiday season. How about a pair of tickets abroad to give your gift recipient some real world practice?

Don’t give the same old, same old this year. With a little creativity, you can offer something special, memorable and unique this holiday.


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