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“What Languages Are Spoken In Iceland?’’ More Like What Language Is Spoken in Iceland!

Unlike countries like India or Switzerland, where several national languages and dialects are spoken in different regions, Iceland is largely a monolingual country. This doesn’t mean, of course, that Icelanders are unfamiliar with foreign languages. In fact, most of them are very fluent in multiple languages such as English and Danish, but that’s only because(…)


11 Idioms to Add Color to Your French!

Like English (and many other languages), French is littered with idioms, many of them referring to animals, religion, and parts of the body. A lot of French expressions have English equivalents and a few can even be translated word for word, but others are a bit further away from the English and some appear to(…)


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(…)


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(…)


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?(…)


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!(…)