Category Archives: language guru

Drop your Old Textbook and Start Learning Languages Through Art!

Though it’s often said that the best time to learn a new language is when you’re a child, there are some advantages of being an adult learner that are often overlooked. Unlike children, who are usually forced to study languages by their schools or their parents, adults only take up new activities when they feel(…)


How Learning Sign Language Basics Can Change Your Life

A sign language is one that uses visually transmitted sign patterns instead of verbal sounds to convey meaning and expression. The benefits of learning to communicate non-verbally are numerous. On the one hand, studies show that practising sign language on a regular basis, just like playing an instrument, is the brain equivalent of a full-body(…)


How to Teach English With Harry Potter Movies

Harry Potter is one of the most well-known movie series of our time, entertaining children, adolescents, and adults alike. Its amazing actors, music, and plot make people watch these movies again and again. So, why not use these fantastic films to motivate your students to learn English? As a teacher, there are hundreds of things(…)


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(…)


2 Reasons Why Polish Is Difficult (And 3 Why It’s Not)

If you have tried learning the Polish language, you have probably realized that it is not an easy task. Its consonants feel harsh on an English speaker’s tongue and choosing the right word endings can give you headaches. But worry not! It may take you some more time to learn Polish than Spanish, for example.(…)


How to Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes Per Day

We live in a hectic world today, where it’s common to relegate activities because we are too busy. This is true when learning a language such as Mandarin Chinese. Although being bilingual brings about an array of professional, cultural, and social benefits, it is a long term investment some of us may not be able(…)


Stop Saying That! Expressions You Need to Stop Getting Wrong

I am a stickler for correct grammar. I recognize the evolving nature of language and that everyone has their own dialects, slang words, and vernaculars, but if I have to spend five minutes longer than usual deciphering something you’ve written because you refuse to use commas, you will suffer my wrath. As much as I(…)


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 inevitable part of learning any language, knowing the most common ones can help you fix them before they become(…)


The Enduring Appeal of the Arabic Language and Script

Sean Hopwood, MBA is founder and President of Day Translations, Inc., an online translation and localization services provider, dedicated to the improvement of global communications. You can visit their website if you need Arabic translation services. What is it that makes Arabic so special? Is it the way the cursive dashes and hooks beneath the(…)


How to Make Your English Sound More Natural

Learning English is incredibly difficult, which is something non-native speakers of English don’t always understand. The English language is insane, with rules that almost always have exceptions, homophones, homonyms, gerunds, and a ton of other things that make the language incredibly tricky to speak with native proficiency. So what’s an English language learner to do?(…)