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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(…)


Stop Saying That! Expressions You Need to Stop Getting Wrong

I am a stickler for correct grammar. I recognize the evolving nature of language and that everyone has their own dialects, slang words, and vernaculars, but if I have to spend five minutes longer than usual deciphering something you’ve written because you refuse to use commas, you will suffer my wrath. As much as I(…)


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(…)


Japanese slang terms used in daily life (Part I)

The Japanese language can seem very rigid and formal. It is steeped in tradition and strict rules of acknowledgment of social status. These aspects of speaking Japanese can be lost on native English speakers who are not used to these seemingly rigid and unbending codes of linguistic conduct. But one would be very surprised to(…)


5 Untranslatable Korean Idioms and Proverbs

If there was a computer translation application that had the ability to enter in and adjust language for its cultural differences, it would be much easier to properly translate the Korean idiom of, “A dog with feces scolds a dog with husks of grain“ (똥묻은개가겨묻은개나무란다). If this were the case, the well-known Korean idiom would(…)


9 Surprising Facts About the Korean Language

South Korea isn’t huge: it’s the 109th-largest country in the world. But despite its small physical size, it’s made quite an impact internationally. Its automobiles such as Hyundai and Kia are sold all over the world; its catchy K-Pop tunes are gaining traction worldwide; and its delicious cuisine can be found in restaurants throughout the(…)


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,(…)


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(…)


These are the 3 most popular sports in the United Arab Emirates

If you are visiting the United Arab Emirates this year, why not consider taking in a little sport while you are there? In between sightseeing the incredible urban sprawl of the city of Dubai and touring the dunes on a camel safari, a little time on the side of a court or pitch might just(…)