Category Archives: language guru

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!(…)


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(…)


What Spanish Variety Should You Be Learning?

Spanish is the native language of more than 20 countries, meaning that there are countless accents and varieties. And unfortunately for learners, there is no “neutral” Spanish: there is the Mexican standard, the Latin American standard, the Peninsular standard, the Rioplatense standard… the possibilities are many. But we are here to help! If you would(…)


What is English Language Day?

Approximately 1.5 billion people speak English worldwide (as many as every 1 in 4 people, according to some estimates) and, in many places, it has become the lingua franca: the common language for communication between people who otherwise speak different mother tongues. This is one of the reasons why the United Nations has chosen it(…)


Celebrate Chinese Language Day in 2020!

Over 1.2 billion people speak some form of Chinese in the world, with the vast majority speaking Mandarin Chinese, making it the most-spoken native language today. Impressive, right? This ancient language has a reputation for being one of the most complex to learn, not only because of its characters and pronunciation, but also because there(…)


Pros of Taking Online Language Lessons

Learning a language can open up business, travel, leisure, and social opportunities, among others, in today’s globalized world. Learn Spanish, for example, and you’ll be able to connect with a community of more than 600 million people in almost 25 countries. Learn Mandarin Chinese and you’ll broaden your professional horizons, including being able to apply(…)


The 4 best places to visit in Ecuador

Ecuador is a beautiful South American country situated between Columbia and Peru, with a climate that varies wildly by altitude. Because of its position on the equator, Ecuador has very little variation in daylight hours throughout the year, meaning sunrise is always around six in the morning and sunset around six in the evening. So(…)


What volunteering opportunities exists in Brazil?

If you are learning Portuguese, what better way to pick up the language than by being in a place that speaks the language? Brazil is the perfect example; how wouldn’t you pick up Portuguese while exploring this beautiful country? Though exploring can be expensive! So how about doing a little volunteering in Brazil to help(…)