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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(…)


Uniquely Canadian French Idioms

Maybe you’ve heard that Canada officially has two languages: English and French. Maybe you’ve heard that Canada is a bilingual country. Maybe you’ve heard that the majority of its residents are able to speak both English and French fluently. While the French language in Canada and Francophone culture does have quite a bit of depth to(…)


What’s In A [Phrase]?

Having a way with words is not a skill we’re all lucky to have. But think about it: there are so many hidden meanings, and such downright silliness in our idiomatic language, that technically we all have a way with words. Even if we don’t know it. We’re betting you might not know the origins(…)


4 Incredible Russian Idioms

A penny for your thoughts? In English we have a ton of different idioms that sound a little ridiculous. The same is true for other languages, especially if you’re approaching them as a language learner.  Listening to native speakers use proverbs and idioms in natural speech can throw you off, like when they say something that(…)


Language Through Idioms: from the Mundane to the Obscure

Idioms are fun! Whether translatable or not, rich in imagery and meaning, idioms are an essential part of our day to day language. Apologies in advance… Let’s not get off on the wrong foot about idioms. As funny and senseless as they might come across, they are not merely just small cogs in large wheels:(…)


9 Russian Idioms: Throwing Peas and Milking Chickens

Taking on the task of learning Russian is no easy feat. Not only do you need to get your head around tenses, grammar and the accent, but you need to learn a whole new alphabet too. It’s certainly not one of the easiest languages to learn if your first language is English, but don’t be(…)


Eggs and Donkeys: 7 Portuguese Idioms

Portuguese is, along with Spanish, the fastest growing language after English! You would do well to get some local sayings in your language repertoire – and what better to learn than some typical Portuguese idioms? You can puzzle over the individual words until the cows come home, but you’re not likely to work out their(…)


10 Wunderbar German Idioms and Expressions

If your aim is to be able to speak German like a native, then you’ll need a firm grasp on colloquial and everyday speech. Often these things are learned later on in the language learning process, once you know your grammar and comprehension. But it’s always handy to have a few sayings and expressions under(…)