Laura Ellis

9 Russian Idioms: Throwing Peas and Milking Chickens

Taking on the task of learning Russian is no easy feat. Not only do you need to get your head around tenses, grammar and the accent, but you need to learn a whole new alphabet too. It’s certainly not one of the easiest languages to learn if your first language is English, but don’t be(…)


Eggs and Donkeys: 7 Portuguese Idioms

Portuguese is, along with Spanish, the fastest growing language after English! You would do well to get some local sayings in your language repertoire – and what better to learn than some typical Portuguese idioms? You can puzzle over the individual words until the cows come home, but you’re not likely to work out their(…)


10 Wunderbar German Idioms and Expressions

If your aim is to be able to speak German like a native, then you’ll need a firm grasp on colloquial and everyday speech. Often these things are learned later on in the language learning process, once you know your grammar and comprehension. But it’s always handy to have a few sayings and expressions under(…)


9 Spanish Idioms: Express to Impress

Even within the same language idioms aren’t understood by everyone. This is especially true when the people who speak the language can be found all over the world. Spanish speakers are spread out far and wide and every country has their own way of doing things. Below are some Spanish idioms, but be aware that they(…)


11 Idioms to Add Color to Your French!

  Like English (and many other languages), French is littered with idioms, many of them referring to animals, religion and parts of the body. A lot of French expressions have English equivalents and a few can even be translated word for word, but others are a bit further away from the English and some appear(…)


Achtung! How Stay Safe on Your Trip to Germany

Like many countries in Europe, Germany may seem to have a rather more relaxed view towards child safety than other places. Germany is a very safe country, with low crime rates, so there isn’t too much to worry about. However, though children aren’t coddled, there are still health and safety laws to follow and dangers(…)


7 Russian Dishes Your Kids Will Say “Da!” To

When you think of Russia you may not immediately think of five-star restaurants or child-friendly cuisine. In fact, the restaurant style we have of eating, with one course after the other, comes from Russia. Before we used to eat French style, with everything laid out all at once as a buffet. So we have Russia(…)


8 Chinese Idioms to Impress Native Speakers

Every language has its own quirky sayings and expressions, but Mandarin has its own system of traditional idioms. They’re called chengyu and usually consist of four characters, which is why they’re often called four-character idioms. These chengyu aren’t the only idioms in Chinese, and while most come from ancient literature, they’re still common today. Although(…)