Category Archives: babble

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

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

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

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?(…)


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,(…)


10 Must-Know Arabic Idioms & Proverbs

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

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.(…)


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(…)


24 hours of New Year

New Year celebrations fill our screens every year with fireworks displays from around the world. Though have you ever wondered which places get to set foot in the New Year first, and who stays stuck in the past until last? Here’s a glimpse at 24 hours of the New Year; let’s chase those celebrations!  (…)