Monthly Archives: July, 2015

9 Surprising Facts About the Chinese Language

China is the most populated country in the world, and as such, it’s a major player in international industry, economy, and politics. Although you’ve surely heard of (or even visited) Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai, do you know anything about the language that’s spoken there? For example, did you know that Chinese has no(…)

10 Must-Know Arabic Idioms & Proverbs

As a language which stretches back as far as the 6th century, Arabic is definitely one of the oldest, and most fascinating languages in the world. Proverbs were always an important part of Classical Arabic, Modern Arabic’s ancestor, and still hold sway in the language today. Furthermore, some of these proverbs and idioms have spread,(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Spanish Language

There’s no doubt that Spanish has made its mark in the English-speaking world. Spanish-speaking pop stars like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Pitbull are well-known internationally; Mexican food can be found all over the globe; and anyone who’s seen an episode of Dora the Explorer can speak at least a couple words of español. But how(…)

6 Must-Have Turkish Food and Drinks

The Republic of Turkey is a nation that has a colorful cultural heritage, with Asian, European, and Middle-Eastern influence helping to make this country the diverse place that it is. Turkey is well-known for bridging the gap between East and West, and this cultural conglomeration has long fascinated people from around the globe. This nation’s(…)

Top German Slang Words & Phrases

Familiarize yourself with slang and you’ll sound like a local! Let’s face it, not everyone goes around speaking Hochdeutch (high German) so the more slang you learn, the more you’ll understand and be understood! Incorporate these keys words and phrases into your repertoire to help you get started on the right path: This one essentially(…)

Top Hebrew Slang Words and Phrases

If you’re paying a visit to Israel, learning some slang and common phrases can make bonding with locals that much easier. Slang is great to pick up when learning a new language, as it shows off languages’ unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies. It also reveals location and cultural identities, as often slang springs from specific cities or(…)