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Slang 2016: Just Where Are We?

Ever get the feeling that the people around you are speaking an entirely different language to you? We don’t mean that you’ve taken an impromptu holiday and found yourself surrounded by people speaking in a foreign tongue, although that doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world really, now does it? No, what we’re(…)


7 Gestures to Avoid in China

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China holds a lot of mystique for many travellers, as an exotic Eastern land, with a completely different language, alphabet system, and culture. These differences can make it quite daunting, especially when it comes to communicating. Whether you speak Chinese or not, it is important to remember that non-verbal communication is just as important as(…)


What’s In A [Phrase]?

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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(…)


The 5 Hardest Things About Learning Italian

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Italian is one of the most-studied foreign languages in the world, with nearly 64 million native speakers. But as anyone who’s learned Italian can tell you, it’s no walk in the park. From complicated conjugations to tongue-twisting pronunciations, the Italian language is full of challenges that often give learners a headache. Here are some of(…)


The 5 Most Common Mistakes that Students of German Make

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Four cases, six verb tenses, three genders, four plural endings, and two ways of saying “you” — it’s no wonder that learners make a lot of mistakes when speaking German. And while making mistakes is an evitable part of learning any language, knowing the most common ones can help you fix them before they become(…)


Top Spanish Survival Phrases Everyone Should Know

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Spanish is a beautiful language, and learning it comes with many benefits. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we can often be found bragging about the incredible destinations and activities throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America that deserve a spot on your bucket list. And–as we’ve been quick to point out on(…)


Reading Translated Books: What You Might be Missing

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The rise of the translation industry has opened up a whole new world of literature. We’re able to enjoy more texts than ever in a multitude of languages. This has made world literature a far more inclusive place and has enriched the reading experiences of readers across the globe. However, as great as it is(…)