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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(…)


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 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(…)


4 Ways to Know When and How to Learn a Third Language

man and woman talking in a foreign language

Language learning can be addictive. It is always exciting to learn to communicate in a foreign language, and there tends to be a point in the learning process where things sort of ‘click’ and you find you can suddenly use the language more naturally and effectively. Making such strides in your second language can leave(…)


Five blockbusters to help you learn English

Working hard learning English? Why not take a break that won’t leave you feeling guilty for not studying? Watching movies is a great way to learn a language! From hearing the perfect pronunciation to exposing yourself to a variety of accents, movies are an incredible learning tool. Pop the subtitles on, get your favorite snacks,(…)


What foreign language media is available in the USA?

If you are learning languages sometimes having access to realia can bring a real boost to your studies. The internet has given us much of that, but thanks to the beautiful rich diversity of our societies today, a lot of the material we might normally search for online could be available in our own neighborhoods!(…)


The Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in India

Last week we discovered that there is an astonishing wealth of languages spoken across India, ranging from widely spoken ones such as Hindi and English to the ones at threat of extinction, such as those of the Great Andamanese family. This week, we would like to give you a more realistic look at the most(…)


Why Language Matters For The BLM Movement

In the past few weeks, Americans have turned out by the thousands to protest racial inequality and support the Black Lives Matter movement. The scope of the movement is incredible, and it goes without saying that language, and the way we use it, is particularly vital to its success.    Let’s take a look at(…)