Monthly Archives: September, 2015

The Most Difficult Things about Learning Hebrew

Opinions are divided on the difficulty level of learning Hebrew, although generally speaking, the language tends to place pretty high up on the list of the toughest. Don’t be intimidated though; it certainly is not the most brutal of learning curves. However, there are certain quirks that may prove a challenge to new speakers. This,(…)

Common Mistakes Students of Dutch Make

Dutch is one of the easier languages to learn, especially for native English speakers. As a part of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages, it shares some similarities with English. Still, all languages have their learning curves and it’s easy to make common errors. Some mistakes are more easily made than others, and getting(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Hebrew Language

How much do you know about Hebrew? If you’re like most English speakers, not much. Indeed, the Hebrew language has found its way into our collective lexicon with certain phrases like “shalom” and “mazel tov”, but unless you’ve studied it, chances are your knowledge of Hebrew ends there. For instance, did you know that the(…)

5 Untranslatable Korean Idioms and Proverbs

If there was a computer translation application that had the ability to enter in, and adjust language for its cultural differences, it would be much easier to properly translate the Korean idiom of, “A dog with feces scolds a dog with husks of grain“ (똥묻은개가겨묻은개나무란다). If this was the case, the well-known Korean idiom would(…)

Top Dialects of the Korean Language

South Korea is a small country: at 100,000 square kilometers (around 39,000 square miles), it’s about the size of the US state Indiana. Because of this, you might expect that the Korean language would be fairly consistent throughout the country. However, this turns out not to be the case: Korean features several markedly different regional(…)

4 Cozy Bed and Breakfasts in Argentina

A trip to Argentina can be anything you dream of. Late nights partying on the beach, daylong treks through the rain forest, boozy afternoons spent exploring wine country…let’s be honest, they all sound pretty fabulous. No matter what kind of vacation you’re planning, there’s a sweet, locally owned and managed bed & breakfast waiting to(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Arabic Language

With over 200 million native speakers, Arabic is the sixth most-spoken language worldwide. It’s also the official language of 22 different countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Yet despite its prevalence, Arabic isn’t commonly taught as a foreign language, and most English speakers know quite little about it. For example, did you know(…)

Top French Food and Drink

Think about French food and you’ll probably be thinking about croissants, crêpes, cheese and some quality wine to wash it down. If you’re more gastronomically curious, French food is likely to be solidly on your radar as the epitome of classic cooking and fine dining. Any well respecting cook has at least one French cookbook(…)

Top Dialects of the Danish Language

With a population of less than 6 million, Denmark is one of the more sparsely populated countries in the world. Because of this, you might expect that the Danish language — the sole official language of Denmark — would be relatively uniform across such a small population. However, you’d be mistaken: Danish has a number(…)