Category Archives: babble

Uniquely Canadian French Idioms

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Maybe you’ve heard that Canada officially has two languages: English and French, and that the majority of its residents are able to speak both fluently. While the French language in Canada and Francophone culture does have quite a bit of depth to it, English is still trumping French on the Canadian curling rink. Interestingly enough,(…)


Top 9 Phrases for Traveling in Italy

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Ciao, bella! Rome, Venice, Milan… You can find so many beautiful places and so much amazing food in Italy! If you want to make the most of your stay in this amazing country, brush up on some key Italian phrases here. →Sign Up Now: Free Trial Italian Lesson With a Native Speaker Teacher!←   1.(…)


5 Amazing TV and Radio Shows for Learning German

Learning German? Why not use TV and radio shows to help your studies? Click here to discover the best TV and radio shows to learn German!

Looking to learn German? Why not find some great TV and radio shows to help you pick up a little of the language! You can make notes on new vocabulary or just having something playing in the background to get your ear in. It’s a very convenient way of learning while doing house chores, working(…)


“Basta” with Formal Speech: Top 10 Italian Slang Terms

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Slang as a part of any language can be quite fascinating. Not only does it hold valuable cultural material, but it also preserves language in its most vulgar (raw) state. Slang is used in every language around the world and learning even just the very basics makes it an essential part of participating in any(…)


Your Survival Guide to Italian When in Italy

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Maybe you’re planning a trip to Italy or you’ve met an attractive Italian-speaking someone and you want to sweep them off their feet. Perhaps you have an amazing restaurant in Little Italy you want to visit or your Nona is visiting from the old country and you can’t speak a word to her. Regardless of(…)


How to Make Your English Sound More Natural

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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?(…)


5 English Blockbusters to Boost Your Listening Skills

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! You can enjoy your free time and relax after a long day of work while polishing your listening and pronunciation skills, as well as broadening your vocabulary.(…)


Are Some People Really Better at Accents Than Others?

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We all have that one friend who is capable of mimicking a wide array of accents with perfect ease. Being able to imitate Christopher Walken or Salma Hayek to perfection certainly makes for a cool party trick, but there’s also the subconscious side to being able to pick up accents with ease: you begin to(…)


10 Must-Know Arabic Idioms & Proverbs

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As a language that stretches back as far as the 6th century, Arabic is definitely one of the oldest, and most fascinating languages in the world. Proverbs were always an important part of Classical Arabic, Modern Arabic’s ancestor, and still hold sway in the language today. Furthermore, some of these proverbs and idioms have spread,(…)


The student loan crisis in the US and abroad

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Just the words student loan can make a person shudder, send them sinking into the despair of wondering when they will ever pay their student loan back. When we’re told repeatedly that going to college to get degrees, Masters, and PhDs is the only way to guarantee ourselves a good job, the pressure is on.(…)