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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.(…)


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(…)


The Spookiest Ghosts That Will Haunt Your Dreams This Halloween

The spookiest time of the year is upon us once again, and what better way to celebrate Halloween than by telling some ghost stories? While this macabre date has its roots in Celtic and Pagan festivities, today most countries have some kind of celebration on October 31. Different countries and regions have their own folk(…)


Brazilian vs. European Portuguese: Which One Should I Learn?

The Portuguese language originated, as its name indicates, in Portugal. However, after several years of colonialism, it spread to almost every corner of the world, from Macau to Brazil. With the passing of time, the language started to develop differently in each place in nearly every aspect, like phonology, spelling, and vocabulary. Although there are(…)


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!(…)


Stonewall riots: everything you need to know about this event that has changed the LGBT community’s public perception

June 28 is Pride Day in the United States, as well as many other parts of the world. This date remembers the Stonewall riots, which have come to symbolize resistance against the violence and discrimination suffered by vulnerable communities. The protests inspired empathy, solidarity, and activism, and have continued to do so in the decades(…)


Join in Pride Month: some ideas to commemorate this date

Since 1994, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June in the USA (and in many other parts of the world). Typically, there are events and parades all throughout the country to promote this annual festivity and the community it celebrates. This year’s ceremonies might be a bit different due to the pandemic and the current(…)


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(…)