Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Top 5 Mistakes Students Learning Japanese Make

Learning the Japanese language is no more, nor no less difficult, than learning any number of other different foreign languages. Now when it comes to learning a given method that works best for a certain language, the methodologies are as individual as the person(s) who are learning it. One prevailing fact, which is a reliable(…)

The 5 Easiest Things About Learning Dutch

  If you’re thinking about learning Dutch, you’ll be happy to hear that Dutch is a fairly easy language to learn for English speakers. This is because Dutch and English are both Germanic languages and thus have similar roots. Of course, if you’re travelling to or moving to the Netherlands, the majority of Dutch people(…)

Top Dialects of the Chinese Language

With well over a billion native speakers, Chinese is the most-spoken first language in the world. Geographically, too, China is an immense country. It should come as no surprise, then, that there are several important regional distinctions in the Chinese language. Indeed, there’s a lot more to Chinese than just Mandarin: there are many important(…)

Top Dialects of the Spanish Language

Spanish is the language with the second-most native speakers in the world, with a whopping 450 million who speak Spanish as their first language. In addition to that number, there are hundreds of millions more who speak Spanish as a non-native language. In addition to having a large population of native speakers, Spanish is widespread(…)

Top Dialects of the Turkish Language

Turkey has a thriving tourism scene and is one of the most visited destinations in the world. If you were one of Turkey’s 30 million annual tourists, you probably visited the country’s largest city, Istanbul. As the country’s economic, historical, and cultural center, it should come as no surprise that the language spoken in Istanbul(…)

Why Native English Speakers Don’t Speak Other Languages Abroad (and why they should)

To parler, or not to parler, is that the question? Or, in other words, how do you feel about using another language when you go on holiday? According to a British Council survey published in this BBC article, there are very mixed feelings amongst those from the UK when it comes to speaking a language(…)

Japanese slang terms used in daily life (Part II)

If you checked Part 1 of our list of Japanese slang terms and you are still eager for more Japanese expressions to say to your friends (and not so firneds, maybe) don’t miss the following surprising ways this strict language has bend! N Nani utten no? – 何売ってんの – This bit of slang is something you also(…)

Japanese slang terms used in daily life (Part I)

The Japanese language can seem very rigid and formal. It is steeped in tradition and strict rules of acknowledgment of social status. These aspects of speaking Japanese can be lost on native English speakers who are not used to these seemingly rigid and unbending codes of linguistic conduct. But one would be very surprised to(…)