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Tutor profile: Sarah A.

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Sarah A.
Professional Reference Librarian and Archivist for 5 years
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Subject: Spanish

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What can I do to improve my Spanish outside of class?

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Answer:

The best thing you can do apart from quizzing yourself on your lessons, is to listen to native speakers, attempt to speak and allow yourself to be corrected, and try reading simple texts, such as children's books. Using what you've learned in class in a real-world situation such as watching a movie or having a quick conversation translates what you have been learning from an abstract idea, to a part of your life. Your brain will remember a word you use in a converastion without effort, unlike memoring a word from a flashcard. Even if you watch a movie and understand only 10 words, if you keep at it, you will start recognizing more, and remembering them without putting forth effort.

Subject: French

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Why is French so hard to learn?

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Answer:

I believe it is difficult for most english speakers to learn foreign languages for three reasons. First, it requires lots of memorization, and memorization is difficult for many people. Second, it is imperative to be willing to make mistakes and to be open to being corrected. And third, learning another language requires a certain level of understanding of one's own native language. Most people are not accustomed to thinking about their own language in terms of direct vs. indirect objects, or indicative vs subjunctive. The great thing about learning French, as an English speaker, is that you will become much more familiar and aware of the compenents of speech and grammar in English as you learn them in French, improving your knowledge of both languages.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is the difference between libraries and archives?

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Libraries are repositories for published works. While some libraries may also house unpublished works of a specific nature (such as thesis at a university library), generally libraries house works that are one of many identical copies. Libraries purchase works, circulate them by allowing users to borrow them, and periodically weed their collections of materials that are no longer relevant to their users. Archives house unique, unpublished works, and preserve them to ensure they will last as long as physically possible. Archives house materials created in the course of a person or an organization's life, that are deemed to have enduring value. For example, letters written by an author to her friend that dicsuss her inspiration for latest novel, or an origial charter for a university signed by it's founder. Archvial materials are typically donated to archival repositories, where they are processed as individual collections based on who created them. They are unique and not replaceable.

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