Google WiFi Mesh System Review (Retested Two Years Later)

  • February 27, 2019

The Google WiFi is the most popular dual-band WiFi system (to date) which has allowed the multinational technology corporation to gain more ground in the incredibly competitive networking market. As you may know, besides being the creator of the most used search engine on the planet, Google also dominates a large portion of the mobile world with its Android OS and it has tried its hands at building some physical products, such as the Nexus series and the latest Google Pixel (creating a very troublesome relationship with its partners), but also some new type of laptops, the Chromebooks.

Its first attempt at creating a networking product, took the form of the Google OnHub (two separate devices, one built by partnering up with TP-Link, the other with Asus), but, despite carrying a big name, these devices did not really manage to outshine their competitors.

Google WiFi Check Product

Things have definitely changed for the better after Google entered the wireless mesh system market with its Google WiFi, a device which directly challenged the other mesh systems from Ubiquiti, Luma or Eero in both design and functionality. At the same time, Linksys and Netgear ‘intervened’ with their own wireless systems (at the prospect of losing influence) and gave us the Velop and the Orbi, both tri-band WiFi systems that managed to deliver a spectacular wireless performance (there’s also the recently released tri-band Eero second generation).


The big advantages that Google had (and still has) was that it’s a high-level company that could easily outperform its competitors in terms of marketing, but also by using aggressive price tags. At the same time, Google also faces a big disadvantage that some other manufacturers do not: simply put, people fear that Google may have no restraint on collecting and using their personal data. Similarly to Microsoft and Facebook, Google has become too big and has a history of pushing the boundaries of user privacy, so it does not comes as a surprise that people were a bit skeptical when dealing with any products that come from these big companies.

Update: Considering that about two years have already passed since its release, I decided to retest the Google WiFi system and see if its popularity is still justified in 2019 and if there aren’t any other better alternatives available on the market.



The Google WiFi comes as a single unit or as a three-units kit, all three devices being identical (this is something common with all the other wireless mesh systems). While the Linksys Velop and the Netgear Orbi featured some relatively large, but simple units with a minimalistic approach, the Google WiFi took the same route as Eero and Luma and created smaller devices which can be easily placed anywhere in the house. A single Google WiFi router (also called Point) features a small white cylindrical case, covered by a white matte finish and with a narrow canal halving the body horizontally in two pieces to make way for the LED indicator.

Every Google WiFi point is well built and feels sturdy, but, surprisingly there aren’t many elements to reveal that we’re dealing with a networking device. That’s right, the Google WiFi isn’t much larger than a face cream recipient (and you could easily mistake it for one), measuring no more than 4.17 x 2.70 inches and weighing about 12 ounces. Usually, such a lightweight device would raise some concerns about the stability, but, unlike the Linksys Velop and Netgear Orbi, you don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting any unit off the table, simply because they’re not tall enough, so the weight is more distributed.


There are some elements (or better said, lack of) that could draw some criticism: I could not find any relevant cut-out or vent holes to indicate a proper airflow, therefore making the Google WiFi routers prone to overheating. Since these type of devices often rely on passive cooling, it is very important to allow the heat to dissipate (usually, through vent grills or holes) and so far, I have noticed that the units get slightly warm while plugged in, but they didn’t overheated so far (that could change with age).

Because of the nature of the Google WiFi, you can neither mount it on the wall, nor on the ceiling, but, you do get the advantage (that many router do not offer) of being able to position any WiFi point anywhere in your home without worrying about space or if it will fit with the furniture without affecting the overall look of the room (since these devices are unobtrusive). I won’t under-evaluate the aesthetic value of the Eero, Luma, Linksys Velop or Netgear Orbi but, from my point of view, the Google WiFi is the better looking and the most elegant wireless mesh system on the market at this moment (and this remains true even in 2019).


As I mentioned before, cutting through the middle of the case, there’s a single narrow LED indicator which shows the status of the network using different colours: if the LED light is solid greenish-blue, then the WiFi unit is registered and everything works properly, otherwise, if the LED flashes a blue colour, then the point is either downloading an update or is ready for setup; if the LED is solid blue, then the system is returning to factory default settings (the process can take up to 5 minutes).

Lastly, if the LED is flashing an amber colour, the WiFi point isn’t connected to the Internet, otherwise, if the LED is flashing a red colour, then the WiFi point is experiencing an error (if the problem persists, you should contact the manufacturer). One of the first routers to have adopted the single LED approach was also created by Google (the OnHub) and, while it definitely adds some aesthetic value to the device, I see no real advantage over the traditional array of LEDS, since it’s not an intuitive system and you may need a note with what the colours mean in order to actually understand the current system status.


The LED indicator doesn’t really go all around the device, the continuity being broken by a simple white button which has the role of resetting the WiFi point to factory default settings (first, you need to unplug the unit from power, press and hold the button and, while pressing, reconnect the WiFi point to the power source and keep the button pressed for about 10 seconds until the LED flashes blue).

If you turn any WiFi point upside-down, you’ll notice the two circular feet that keep the device from budging and a large carved-in area which gives you access to a couple of Gigabit Ethernet ports (the main WiFi spot will use one of the ports to connect to the Internet and the other as a LAN port; the secondary Google WiFi units will use the two ports as LAN ports) and a USB-C port (for powering up the unit). Also, on the bottom of the device, you can find written the Setup network, Setup code, Serial Number and MAC address.


Note: Inside the package (for the three pack system), you can find the three WiFi points, three power adapters, a Quick Start Guide and a 16.5 feet Ethernet cable.

From the internal hardware point of view, nothing has changed, so, inside every WiFi point, you can find a Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4019 chipset (quad-core ARM Cortex-M0 processor), an Infineon Trusted Platform Module STM9615 controller, a Qualcomm Atheros QCA8075 Gigabit Switch, 512MB of RAM and 4GB eMMC flash memory / 4MB Winbond 25Q64FV. Furthermore, the 2.4GHz radio uses the Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4019 chip, along with the Skyworks SKY8530 front end module, while the 5GHz radio band also uses the Qualcomm Atheros IPQ4019 chipset, along with a Skyworks SKY85717-11 highly integrated front-end module. The Google WiFi is also equipped with the ZigBee technology (Silicon Labs EM3581 Thread SoC) and with the Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology standard (part of the CSR102x family).


Source: FCC ID

A single Google WiFi unit is advertised as being part of the AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi class routers, so, using the 2.4GHz radio band, the maximum theoretical data transfer is 300 Mbps and, using the 5GHz radio band, the maximum theoretical data transfer is 867 Mbps (the most honest advertisement so far, since the other manufacturers usually inflate the number a lot higher even though most other high-end wireless systems will also behave as AC1200 class routers using the usual devices available on the market).

Features and Performance

In terms of used technologies, the Google WiFi is less equipped than the Linksys Velop (it lacks some of the latest second wave 802.11ac features), but it does use the wireless mesh capabilities which, similarly to Eero and Luma, should easily cover a larger home with WiFi. Some may wonder what is a wireless mesh system and in what way is it better than a traditional wireless router + extender/s to cover up those annoying WiFi dead spots. First of all, understand that in order for a system to be called mesh it needs to have more than two units (in this case, Google WiFi points) with one device connected to the Internet (through a cable modem) and the other units spread across a larger area, each connected to the main network and each expanding it further.


The advantage of using a mesh system is that it has some unique properties that a traditional system lacks (don’t forget that we are still dealing with a proprietary implementation of this tech). First of all, depending on the signal strength, the used channels, the number of connected clients and distance, each node can connect to any other node in order to search for the best route for the data and to reduce any possible latency. Secondly, one of the most interesting properties is the ability to heal the network in case a mesh node (router) goes offline by re-scanning any nearby nodes and re-routing the data through the best possible path so you won’t experience any downtime or disconnects.

Furthermore, with every added node, the system expands the network and it changes the current routes into better ones for the sent and received data (the non-proprietary technology could also add more than one Internet sources to a single network). All these are the main advantages, but there are also some disadvantages and the most important of all are the latency and the backhaul traffic handling. This problem gets a lot clearer when we’re dealing with one-radio systems, where, as you add an extender, you get less bandwidth for data transfer because a large portion has to be kept for the backhaul traffic.


The Google WiFi has the advantage of using two radio bands for both the mesh-backhaul traffic and the clients, but it does suffer from the same issue as you add more clients and more nodes. Of course, a tri-band approach with a dedicated radio is the best solution so far. The Linksys Velop is a tri-band wireless system, so it will handle things a lot better, but it has not dedicated a radio for the backhaul traffic and the best tri-band WiFi systems to use a dedicated radio for backhaul are Netgear Orbi and the Zyxel Multy X, the former being able to outperform most, if not all other systems. Unfortunately, the Netgear Orbi will not provide the advantages of a mesh system, since it uses a main router unit + satellite extenders setup instead (but it is a good alternative to keep in mind).

Similarly to the Velop, the Google WiFi radio’s bandwidth is being shared by the backhaul traffic and by the clients, but since it’s not a tri-band system, the wireless performance can suffer a bit. One approach that can be used by both the Google WiFi and by the Velop to maintain a more stable and high performing system is the Ethernet backhaul. Of course that this pretty much negates the purpose of this product, but, if you aren’t bothered by cables running in your home, you will get more bandwidth for your clients and it allows more Google WiFi points to be added to the network.

The features that set apart some of the newer wireless systems are the tri-band and the MU-MIMO technologies. As we saw before, the Google WiFi is a dual-band wireless system and it does not seem to have implemented the MU-MIMO technology. The main advantage that this tech can give to the other systems is the ability to serve multiple clients at the same time, instead of letting them compete for the bandwidth (the one-at-a-time approach). The MU-MIMO is used on both the Velop and Orbi as a way to connect the nodes (and satellites) to each other (or to the main router) and at the same time it allowed devices with compatible wireless adapters to take advantage of this feature. Unfortunately, there aren’t many MU-MIMO compatible devices on the market, so right now, it can not be used by a large majority of the population (the feature still being more exotic than useful).


On the plus side, the Google WiFi uses automatic band steering, so devices are automatically moved between the 2.4 and the 5GHz networks (based on the signal strength, bandwidth available and other filters) and it also uses client steering, which means that devices are automatically assigned to the best nearby node (this ensures for a seamless transition when moving around the house). For these two features to function properly, Google has made it mandatory that the two radio bands can’t be separated (you will have only one network).

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Why is it important to learn English?

  • October 23, 2018

There are many, many reasons why learning a new language is a good idea. It allows you to communicate with new people. It helps you to see things from a different perspective, or get a deeper understanding of another culture. It helps you to become a better listener. It even has health benefits, as studies have shown that people who speak two or more languages have more active minds later in life!

Those are all reasons to learn any language – but did you know that there are 6,500 languages still spoken in the world today? With such an enormous number to choose from, why pick English?

Here are five big reasons that learning English can improve your life.

  • It’s the Official Language of 53 Countries

400 million people around the world speak English as their first language. Not only that, but English is listed as one of the official languages in more than a quarter of the countries in the world. That’s a lot of new people you can communicate with just by improving one language!

  • It’s the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World

What’s more, English is the rest of the world’s “second language”. While Chinese Mandarin and Spanish are the mother tongues of more people overall, most people in the world choose to learn some English after their native language. In fact, one in five people on the planet speak or understand at least a little bit of English.

This makes English one of the most useful languages you can learn. After all, you can’t learn all 6,500 languages in the world, but at least you will be able to communicate with people from all different countries using English.

  • It Can Help You Get a Better Job

Companies are becoming more international, and English is listed as an essential skill for more and more jobs. There are some organisations that now conduct all their business in English, no matter where in the world they are based. If you want the best paid opportunities, learning English is a great idea.

  • It Makes It Easier to Travel

As I said before, English is the world’s second language. This means that learning English makes it much easier to travel anywhere you want. For example, aeroplane announcements, train timetables, emergency information and street signs are often translated into English, particularly in countries that use a different type of alphabet. Plus, even if you don’t find other travellers or local people that speak your mother tongue, you are practically guaranteed to find someone who understands some English.

  • It’s the Language of the Media

Most of the content on the internet is written in English. Many of the world’s biggest news outlets, including TV, newspapers, magazines and radio, are produced in English. Some of your favourite films, TV shows and pop music are probably English-language. Go to any international film festival in the world and you will see that all films are either in English or have English subtitles.

English is the international language of media and arts and so, if you want to access as much as possible for yourself, without relying on translations, it’s the most powerful language you can learn today!

How to Speak English With Confidence in 3 Easy Steps

  • October 19, 2018

Do you still feel nervous about speaking English to others even though you’ve spent a long time studying English? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Just like you, many people who are learning English don’t practice speaking as often as they want to because they’re afraid they will make a mistake or be laughed at.

Don’t worry – even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes, and nobody will laugh at you.

If you want to improve your English, you need to be confident in your abilities. Here are 3 easy ways to gain confidence in your ability to speak English. You’ll be on your way to speaking fluently if you follow these steps regularly.

1. Join Online Forums That Use English

Joining an online forum means you can interact with native English speakers. It also gives you a chance to practice your English outside the classroom without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Some tips:

If you are nervous about people finding out, make an anonymous profile.

Find forums that have topics you are interested in. If you are unsure, think of your hobbies and interests: perhaps photography, traveling, TV shows, movies, or cooking? The more you are interested in something, the more likely you will be motivated to participate in the forums.

Start off by reading on-going discussions. After 2 or 3 weeks try to answer some questions that other people post and contribute to the discussions. You can even post your own questions in the forums and respond to answers you get.

2. Read Texts Out Loud

Reading fluency is simply the ability to read a book or text clearly. You correct your pronunciation mistakes until you make no errors.

The more you practice fluency, the more confidence you will have because it gives you a safe environment to practise in, increase your reading speed, and to process words faster.

If you are nervous about speaking in front of others, start reading aloud by yourself at home. As you feel more confident, ask a teacher or a native English speaker to give you feedback on more advanced vocabulary.

3. Make Friends with English Speaking Expats

The more you practice, the more you will gain confidence in your English speaking abilities. An excellent way to practice English (and enjoy it!) is to make friends with people who only speak English.

You are then forced to speak with them in English, instead of relying on your native language. Friends are not there to judge you and your English skills. All they want is to meet new people in the local area.

Suggestions on how to make English speaking friends:

  • Join professional networking groups, or places that host international events such as international cinema nights, or clubs and bars. Many of these will have a mixture of local and expatriates.
  • Find expat websites in your area. To get you started, you can find some here and here. Many will post profiles and even offer language exchange sessions. You can teach them your native language and they will be happy to help you practice your English.
  • Post a profile on an expat website offering language exchange services, or why not post some useful advice for people who just arrived in your local area.

3. Work in Groups of Five or Smaller

Many people get very nervous if they have to speak in front of large audiences. Try speaking English to others in smaller groups to build up your confidence.

Share mistakes or stories of miscommunication with each other. The more you laugh off how funny these types of mistakes these are, the less you’ll feel scared.

How to find small groups to work with:

  • Find a school, a local community centre, college or library that offers conversation classes.
  • If you are already enrolled in a course, ask your teacher if he or she can arrange the participants to work in small groups.
  • Ask a few participants in your course if they want to practice outside of class. Some suggestions can include during lunch times, after work, or during the weekend.
  • You can start your own group by posting an ad on a notice board in your office or your local library,
  • Join existing conversation clubs in your local area

11 razloga zašto je veoma isplativo da naučite nemački

  • October 16, 2018

Po statistici iz 2015. godine u Nemačkoj živi 21% stranaca, odnosno nešto više 17,1 miliona građana. To znači da se svaka peta osoba u Nemačkoj doselila ili da je potomak doseljenika. Ipak većina stranaca uopšte ne priča nemački ili veoma loše ovladava istim. Neretko ćete naići na ljude koji žive duže od 10 godina u Nemačkoj, a da nisu u stanju da sami ispune neki formular. Ljudi navode različite razloge, opravdanja i izgovore. Učenjem jezika investirate u sebe, a u ovom tekstu izdvajamo 11 razloga zbog kojih je ta investicija isplativa.

1. Bolja integracija u društvo

Bez znanja jezika osuđeni ste da komunicirate samo sa ljudima koji govore vaš maternji jezik ili neki drugi jezik koji govorite. To znači da ste osuđeni da se krećete samo u određenim krugovima i paralelnim društvima unutar nemačkog društva. Bez znanja nemačkog veoma je teško sklopiti prijateljstva sa Nemcima ili nekim drugim strancima u Nemačkoj jer se ne možete sporazumeti. Ne možete čak ni da razmenite reč sa običnim prolaznicima, da postavite neko pitanje ili da odgovorite na isto. Znanjem nemačkog prestaćete da se osećate kao da se odsečeni od svakodnevnog života, moći ćete da komunicirate sa svakim i da upoznate divne ljude i sklopite još bolja prijateljstva sa ljudima van krugova iz kojih potičete.

2. Samostalno delovanje

Sa znanjem jezika niste osuđeni na tuđu pomoć kod svake sitnice. Možete samostalno da se informišete o dešavanjima u Vašoj okolini, možete da popunite obrasce i formulare bez da vučete za rukav bilo koga kad treba nešto da završite.

3. Više opcija za posao

Ako dobro ovladavate jezikom imate više mogućnosti da nađete novi posao. Niste osuđeni na trenutni posao i možete lakše da pređete na drugi ukoliko ste trenutnim nezadovoljni. Znanje jezika je za mnoge poslove jedan od glavnih uslova.

4. Manje će vas potcenjivati

Koliko god to bilo pogrešno i nelogično, Nemci kada pričaju po prvi put sa ljudima koji kubure sa jezikom, nesvesno ih smatraju manje inteligentnim i time potcenjuju njihova ostala znanja, veštine i dostignuća. Ukoliko dobro pričate jezik stranci će vas manje osuđivati na osnovu jezika u svakodnevnom životu i zvučaćete verodostojnije.

5. Nećete biti naporni vašim sagovornicima

Kada komunicirate sa nekim ko konstantno pravi greške koje paraju uši, taj sagovornik postaje naporan za slušanje. U početku i povremeno to može biti u redu i simpatično, ali ako svakodnevno morate da komunicirate sa nekim ko non-stop pravi greške teške za uho i ne trudi se da se poboljša, vremenom takve ljude počnu da izbegavaju. Nisu samo Nemci ti koji počnu sa izbegavanjem, već i drugi stranci. Isto tako, u drugim državama ljudi nesvesno izbegavaju one koji veoma loše stoje sa jezikom jer je naporno slušati ih i komunicirati sa njima.

6. Svuda u svetu gde ima para, ima i Nemaca

Ako rešite da se preselite bilo gde drugde, sa znanjem nemačkog jezika imate više mogućnosti da nađete posao. Gotovo da nema države gde Nemci nemaju neku firmu. Znanjem jezika imate ogromnu prednost jer možete da komunicirate sa njima na njihovom maternjem. Takođe, imate veći prostor da napredujete i budete koordinator ili menadžer jer ćete biti onaj zaposleni koji će da komunicira.

7. Pristup informacijama i novim znanjima

Znanjem jezika otvara se prostor ka novim znanjima i informacijama. Možete čitati vesti i knjige kojih ima samo na nemačkom. Na internetu ima puno znanja i informacija na engleskom i nemačkom, a nova znanja na nemačkom se svakodnevno stvaraju. Na primer, tri najzastupljenija jezika na Vikipediji su engleski, švedski i nemački. Znanjem jezika otvarate sebi vrata ka novom svetu koji na maternjem jeziku ili još ne postoji ili ga nema na internetu.

Jezik nećete naučiti preko noći, ali ako imate strpljenja i svakodnevno radite vremenom ćete puno napredovati. Shodno tome, cilj je put na kojem svakodnevno učite jezik.

Top 10 jezika budućnosti

  • October 12, 2018

Svedoci smo važnosti učenja stranih jezika, kao i mesta koji oni zauzimaju u poslovnom svetu. Ne samo što nas obogaćuju i kulturno uzdižu, već i našu komunikaciju produbljuju u više smerova. Stručnjaci tvrde da se kao jedan od najvažnijih faktora za ustanovljavanje vodećih svetskih jezika, uzimaju razvijenost ekonomske, političke, ali brojne socio-ekonomske i biološke promene date zemlje. Pa, prema toj logici, zemlje poput Rusije, Indije, Nemačke, Francuske itd. će povećati trend učenja ovih jezika.

U nastavku vam predstavljamo 10 jezika budućnosti.

10. Bengalski jezik

U ovom trenutku, bengalski je na 4. mestu (5. ili 6. prema nekim drugim izvorima) u smislu veličine populacije, a ljudi iz više od 15 zemalja govore bengalski. Pokrenuta je inicijativa da bengalski jezik postane zvanični jezik UN. To ni ne čudi, jer je jedan od najvažnijih jezika, i govori ga preko 230 miliona ljudi. Govorno područje je Indija. Nacionalni je i službeni jezik Narodne Republike Bangladeš, po čemu je poznat i kao Bangla.

9. Hindski jezik (hindi)

Hindi je indo-arijevski jezik, sa oko 545 miliona govornika, od kojih 425 miliona ima ovaj jezik kao maternji. Govori se u većem delu severne i centralne Indije zajedno sa drugim jezicima, među kojima je bengalski. Hindi je rasprostranjen, pa je tako prisutan i u Južnoj Africi, Fidži, Gvajani, na Mauricijusu, Nepalu. Hindi je prvi put počeo da se koristi u pisanoj formi tokom 4. veka nove ere. Jedna zanimljivost: prva štampana knjiga na Hindi je objavljena 1796. godine.

8. Portugalski jezik

Portugalski je romanski jezik, koji govori oko 220 miliona ljudi, uglavnom u Portugalu i Brazilu, i takođe u Angoli, Mozambiku, Gvineji Bisao, Istočnom Timoru… Postoje i zajednice onih koji pričaju portugalski u Indiji i Maleziji. Zanimljivost: Najraniji zapisi na izrazito portugalskom jeziku se pojavljuju u upravnim dokumentima koji potiču iz 9. veka naše ere. Kralj Denis je 1290. naredio da portugalski, onda nazivan “prostačkim jezikom”, bude poznat kao portugalski i da se zvanično koristi.

7. Japanski jezik

Japanski spada u jedne od najznačajnih jezika sa preko 126 miliona onih koji ga koriste. Od toga ogromna većina, oko 124 miliona, živi u Japanu i na ostrvu Okinava. Više od dva miliona ljudi ga govori u SAD-a, Kanadi i Australiji, oblastima u kojima su Japanci emigrirali ili su se preselili privremeno u poslovne svrhe. On se koristi tečno i u Kini, Koreji i drugim delovima Azije. Mnogi od njih su naučili japanski tokom vojnih operacija u Japanu pre i posle Drugog svetskog rata. Tamo je bio veliki talas interesovanja za proučavanje japanskog kao drugog jezika, tokom proteklih 30 godina. Svakako, Japan predstavlja jedan od simbola svetske ekonomske moći, pa su veliki izgledi da japanski jezik postaje bitno popularniji.

6. Ruski jezik

Ruski je istočno-slovenski jezik koji se pretežno govori u Rusiji, ali i u mnogim drugim zemljama. Priča ga oko 260 miliona ljudi, od kojih 150 miliona kao maternji. Ruski je službeni jezik u Belorusiji, Kazahstanu i Kirgistanu, ali i velikom broju drugih država, tertorija i međunarodnih zajednica, uključujući Tadžikistan, Moldaviju, Gruziju. On je isto tako priznat kao manjinski jezik u Rumuniji, Finskoj, Norveškoj, Jermeniji, Poljskoj, Češkoj, Slovačkoj, Uzbekistanu.” Dakle, njegovo govorno područje je široko rasprostranjeno.

5. Nemački jezik

Nemački jezik se pretežno govori u Nemačkoj, Austriji, Švajcarskoj, Belgiji, Luksemburgu i Italiji. Takođe, poznat je kao manjinski jezik u Češkoj, Danskoj, Mađarskoj, Ukrajini, Poljskoj, Rumuniji, Rusiji, Slovačkoj, Srbiji i u mnogim drugim zemljama. Postoje značajne zajednice nemačkog govornog područja u SAD-u, Kanadi, Brazilu, Argentini, Meksiku, Australiji, na Novom Zelandu.. Nemački priča oko 90 miliona stanovnika kao maternji, ali tu je i preko 80 miliona onih koji ga upotrebljavaju kao drugi jezik.

S obzirom na to da Nemačka ima razvijenu privredu i ekonomiju, ali i dobre političke odnose sa drugim velikim silama, stručnjaci prognoziraju priliv stranih turista upravo zbog takvih mogućnosti koje pruža. Poznato je da se sve veći broj naših lekara odlučuje za život i rad u Nemačkoj, isključivo zbog boljeg životnog standarda. Lekari su samo jedan od mnogobrojnih primera, ali neizbežno, moramo reći da se poveća broj onih koji se odlučuju za učenje ovog jezika.

4. Francuski jezik

Francuski jezik se trenutno nalazi na šestom mestu među svetskim jezicima, ali zbog turizma, kao jedne od važne karakteristike Francuske, ali i kako mnogi kažu, lepote ovog jezika, sasvim je izvesno da će ga do 2050. godine upotrebljavati čak 750 miliona ljudi, što je otprilike za oko 200 miliona više nego što je to slučaj danas.. Svakako, još brojniji su razlozi za povećanje broja ljudi koji znaju francuski, a među njima još možemo izdvojiti životni standard, kao i geografski položaj same Francuske.

3. Kineski jezik

Iako se kineski jezik čak 3 puta više priča nego engleski, to ga i dalje ne dovodi u poziciju da bude popularniji. Studije pokazuju da glavni razlog ‘leži’ u tome što se retko koristi u nauci, a i teško se čita i piše. Međutim, “u poslednjih nekoliko godina sve je veći broj ljudi koji počinju da uče kineski jezik, a čak je i kod nas sve veći broj zainteresovanih za ovaj jezik, među kojima se nalaze u najvećem broju studenti. Iako je učenje kineskog jezika veliki izazov, kinesko tržište je sve veće, pa je isplativo ulaganje novca i vremena u učenje ovog jezika.”[9]

2. Engleski jezik

“Dobro je poznata važnost engleskog jezika za savremeni način života. U svetu je svakako najrasprostranjeniji jezik i donekle se već podrazumeva, jer je gotovo neophodan prilikom svakodnevnih aktivnosti, ukoliko one uključuju upotrebu računara ili pretragu interneta. Osim toga, često se podrazumeva i prilikom zapošljavanja.

1. Španski jezik

Danas, španski jezik, možemo slobodno reći zauzima 1. mesto po želji onih koji žele da ga nauče. Takvu ulogu prethodno je imao engleski. Kako se ekonomija razvija, a samim tim i novčani tokovi, dolazi do stanja u kojoj je sve veći broj oni koji žele da znaju španski. Nalazi se na vrhu najprevođenijih jezika, a sve to ide u prilog njegove ogromne popularnosti.

Kako sam učila jezike: 10 saveta osobe koja govori 16 jezika

  • October 9, 2018

Kato Lomb, iako po obrazovanju hemičar, bila je jedan od prvih simultanih prevodilaca na svetu. Tečno je prevodila sa 8 jezika, mada je znala i služila se sa 16, uprkos tome što u njeno vreme nije bilo audio diskova, Skajpa, kao ni škola za učenje stranih jezika.

Ovo će biti zanimljivo svima koji uče neki strani jezik.

1. Morate svaki dan da se bavite jezikom. Isto je kao sa teretanom, ako želite jake mišiće, nema ništa bez redovnog vežbanja. Svakog dana izdvojite po 10-15 minuta za čitanje ili učenje novih rečenica.

2. Ako prebrzo gubite interes prema učenju jezika, nađite sopstveni sistem. Na primer, učite neko vreme pa onda slušate muziku ili krenete u šetnju.

3. Kontekst čini sve. Nemojte učiti odvojene reči, uvek ih pamtite u kontekstu. Na primer ako ste zapamtili izraz „strong wind“, jedna reč će uvek automatski podsećati na drugu.

4. Jako je korisno da pišete unapred spremne rečenice, a posle da ih maksimalno koristite u dijalozima.

5. Prevodite u mislima SVE što vidite – reklame, pesme, nazive novinskih članaka. Nije teško, a korisno je.

6. Učenje napamet je jako korisno, ali morate biti sigurni da učite 100% ispravne rečenice. Ako niste sigurni, konsultujte se sa profesorom.

7. Sve spremne za dijalog rečenice pišite i pamtite u prvom licu. Na primer, „I am only pulling your leg“ (Samo te zadirkujem).

8. Ni jedan strani jezik ne možete naučiti u izolaciji, slušajući profesora i pišući vežbe. Gledajte filmove, čitajte knjige i novine, družite se sa stranim prijateljima na internetu. Kato Lomb je i sama počela da uči ruski jezik uz Gogoljeve „Mrtve duše“ i jednog zaista velokog rečnika.

9. Nemojte se plašiti greški, ali se plašite neispravljenih greški. Uvek sve proveravajte.

10. Budite sigurni da ćete uprkos svemu naučiti jezik.

Kada je 86-godišnja Kato Lomb srela svojeg prijatelja Stiva, koji je tada imao 54 godine, srdačno ga je pozdravila: „Stive, koliko si mlad! Koliko još jezika možeš da naučiš!“.

Zašto je bitno učiti strane jezike?

Razvićete kreativnost

Maternjim jezikom se najčešće služimo prirodno i bez mnogo razmišljanja. Međutim, upotreba drugog jezika zahteva trud koji stimuliše tečnost, razradu, originalnost i fleksibilnost ili dosetljivost, što su četiri skale koje se mere u standardizovanim testovima kreativnosti.

Poboljšaćete svoje komunikacione veštine

Svesna upotreba jezika je u ovom slučaju ključna. Drugim rečima, dok retko razmišljamo o gramatičkim konstrukcijama u maternjem jeziku, to nije i slučaj sa upotrebom stranog. U pokušaju da pričamo ili pišemo na drugom jeziku, mi počinjemo da obraćamo pažnju na red reči u rečenici, glagolsko vreme i pojedinačne delove govora. Ovakav svestan pristup pomaže nam da “prečistimo” pisanje i govor, što dovodi do jasnije komunikacije.

Izoštrićete um

Učenje drugog jezika ojačava izvršni kontrolni centar vašeg mozga – delić koji pomaže upravljanje kognitivnim procesima. Pošto upotreba stranog jezika nalaže jak režim vežbe za ovaj centar, ona ga prirodno čini jačim i efikasnijim. Bilingvizam pomaže jačanju ovog centra čak i u poznim godinama. Naime, neke od studija sa ljudima širom sveta koji boluju od demencije, utvrđuju da se kod pacijenata koji govore dva ili više jezika Alchajmerova bolest javlja u proseku četiri godine kasnije od ostalih. Dakle, godine ne treba da vas spreče već motivišu.

Postaćete bolji slušaoci

Neka od nedavnih istraživanja i studija pokazuju da bilingvalni pojedinci imaju bolju sposobnost da razaznaju ton i njegovo značenje u glasu govornika. Dakle, vi koji govorite dva jezika bolje interpretirate namere i potrebe prijatelja, poslodavca, profesora, zaposlenih itd. Složićete se da je ovo jedna vrlo vredna veština u mnogim situacijama.

Pametnije ćete odlučivati

Još jednom, ispitivanja pokazuju da su ljudi koji razmišljaju na stranom jeziku skloni dubljem analitičkom razmišljanju kada odgovaraju na pitanje u odnosu na one koji se služe isključivo maternjim. Pretpostavlja se da je to zato što na maternjem jeziku često razmišljamo emotivno, instiktivno i uzimamo stvari zdravo za gotovo. Ali, u stranom jeziku je to malo drugačije jer iz opreza i predostrožnosti uključujemo centar za logiku, što može da dovede do boljih odluka.


  • September 3, 2018

Prvo i najvažnije – manja je mogućnost da ćete nešto postići ako se bojite. Engleski je zabavan, i trebali biste učenje takođe učiniti takvim. Igrajte se s rečima, i iskoristite svoje slobodno vreme za vežbanje.

Kada vežbate pričati engleski, prenaglašavajte izgovor i ne suzdržavajte se. Naravno, dobar izgovor je izrazito važan i treba ga izvežbati, ali ako od toga napravite svojevrsnu zabavu, bit će vam lakše. Kada se rešite pritiska, engleski će vam postati kao materinji jezik.

Takođe je važno da iskoristite svoje znanje kada pričate sa svojim prijateljima. Pronađite nekoga ko ima iste ciljeve kao vi ( želi poboljšati izgovor, dobiti povratnu informaciju od sugovornika) i izvorne govornike.

Pitate se gde ćete pronaći izvorne govornike? Iznenadili biste se koliko ljudi je spremno pomoći. Pridružite se grupama na internetu, sprijateljite se s njima i tako ćete pronaći nekoga ko će vas usmeravati i reći vam gde grešite. Putem tih grupa vi možete pomoći njima da nauče vaš jezik, i tako se naći u ulozi učitelja i prenositelja znanja.

Ako ste proveli godine učeći engleski, tada ste verojatno upoznati s osjećajem kada počnete razmišljati na engleskom. Svaki put kada razmišljate o nečemu na vašem materinjem jeziku, razmislite o tome ponovno samo na engleskom.  I tada to kažite na glas. Slušajte sebe kada to izgovarate. Snimite i poslušajte ponovno. 

Sve što je u vašem okruženju možete iskoristiti kao alat za vježbanje. Kada u kuhinji pripremate hranu,opišite taj proces na engleskom, na glas. Imenujte sve što vidite i radite, sporo i jasno. Nakon toga ćete videti koliko će vam novih reči doći na pamet kada ste opušteni i niste uopšte pod pritiskom kao što ste na nastavi ili na predavanju.

Ubrzo ćete moći komunicirati s ljudima s više samopouzdanja i sigurnosti u glasu.

Kada gledate film, postavite engleske ‘titlove’ (pokušajte pronaći što kvalitetnije) i fokusirajte se na ono što pričaju u filmu. Slušajte i pratite tekst. Tako ćete naučiti nove izraze i koncentrisati se na izgovor pojedinih reči.

Ukoliko želite poboljšati vaš izgovor, nemojte se fokusirati na gramatiku. Opširno učenje gramatike će vas usporiti i zbuniti. Takođe nemojte razmišljati o gramatičkim pravilima dok sastavljate rečenicu, nego ih pokušajte izgovarati što prirodnije. Naravno da je gramatika važna, ali ako se nađete u situaciji kada ćete brzo morati odgovoriti na neko pitanje nećete možda imati vremena razmisliti o gramatici.

Kada deca počinju učiti engleski jezik, ne počinju s gramatikom pa ne postoji razlog zašto biste morali i vi. Nađite si metodu koja vam odgovara, učinite učenje zabavnim i u svemu prepoznajte priliku da usavršite i poboljšate svoj govor.