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5 Reasons Why Argentine Spanish is Like Speaking a Different Language

    Ah, Argentina: the land of juicy steak, Malbec wine, and unbridled passion for fútbol; the home of Evita Perón and the best dulce de leche you’ll ever taste. Before I set foot in Buenos Aires — itself an entirely different world; a mischievous lovechild of Paris and New Orleans, slathered in buena onda(…)


Achoo! A Cross-Linguistic Look at Reactions to Sneezing

“God bless you!” In English, we’re used to giving our blessings to people who have just sneezed. However, invoking God (or at least blessings) after sneezing is not common across all languages. When responding to sneezing, other languages often use other themes, such as health, the weather, or nothing at all. Here’s a cross-linguistic look(…)


How Knowing Multiple Languages Makes You More Efficient

  Knowing multiple languages confers a lot of benefits. It allows you to connect with an entirely new population of people. It opens up countless professional opportunities, both domestically and abroad. And it expands your horizons, allowing you to more deeply understand a different culture. But the benefits of bilingualism don’t end there. Did you(…)


How To Avoid Gringo Status: 5 Common Mistakes Spanish Learners Make

Spanish is the most commonly learned second language in the English-speaking world. Due to the international prevalence of Hispanic culture, most English speakers know a few words of Spanish, even if it’s just the remnants from their high school Spanish classes or listening to a few pop songs. Everyone learning Spanish, in high school or(…)


4 Common Mistakes Students of Portuguese Make

According to the British Council’s Languages for the Future report, Portuguese is considered to be the seventh most spoken language in the world. Brazil, regarded as the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) epicenter, is famous for its sunny landscapes, vibrant cities, and beautiful oceanside views. But Brazil isn’t just beaches and sunshine: if you want to master the(…)


6 Common Mistakes That English Language Learners Make

With about a billion English language learners from all over the globe, English is the most popular second language worldwide. Indeed, millions of native speakers of all languages have acquired proficient English skills for business, family, or personal reasons. But achieving fluency in English doesn’t come without its fair share of difficulties. Below, we’ve compiled(…)


The 5 Hardest Things About Learning Italian

Italian is one of the most-studied foreign languages in the world, with nearly 64 million native speakers. But as anyone who’s learned Italian can tell you, it’s no walk in the park. From complicated conjugations to tongue-twisting pronunciations, the Italian language is full of challenges that often give learners a headache. Here are some of(…)


4 Reasons Why Italian Isn’t So Hard To Learn

Learning a new language is no easy feat — it takes a lot of memorization, critical thinking, and good old-fashioned hard work. At first, learning Italian, with its numerous conjugations and complicated tense structure, might seem like a daunting task, but with a little determination and a good Italian language teacher, achieving fluency in Italian(…)


The 6 Hardest Things about Learning Spanish

  Rounding out to some 400 million people worldwide, Spanish is the second-largest language in the world in terms of native speakers (after Mandarin Chinese). Native Spanish speakers, who simply acquire the language effortlessly at a young age, have it easy. For the rest of us, however, learning Spanish involves a great deal of studying(…)


The 5 Most Common Mistakes that Students of German Make

Four cases, six verb tenses, three genders, four plural endings, and two ways of saying “you” — it’s no wonder that learners make a lot of mistakes when speaking German. And while making mistakes is an evitable part of learning any language, knowing the most common ones can help you fix them before they become(…)