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Top Dialects of the Spanish Language

Spanish is the language with the second-most native speakers in the world, with a whopping 450 million who speak Spanish as their first language. In addition to that number, there are hundreds of millions more who speak Spanish as a non-native language. In addition to having a large population of native speakers, Spanish is widespread(…)


The pencil trick

In my last Spanish class, my teacher made us do something rather odd. We were practicing saying new words and sentences aloud, and she was not happy with our pronunciation. So we were told to put our pens or pencils in our mouths. Our teacher explained that having a pen in our mouths would make(…)


Languages of love

What do you call that special someone in your life? Many of us have pet names, terms of endearment, that we like to use to promote intimacy. In English we use words like babe, sweetheart, darling, honey.. and so on. But what about in other languages? This Japanese phrase catches my eye for being so(…)


Pinterest for language learning

In case you haven’t heard of it, Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website, where you can ‘pin’ images from around the web on boards that you’ve created. You can also use it to help with your language learning. For example, you could use it to pin prompt cards, visual reminders of words, or infographics(…)


Speak up!

I think it would be fair to say that speaking is the main problem area of my language learning attempts. Whilst I’ve had some success picking up individual words, and have decent reading skills in Spanish, speaking aloud is my big weakness. My biggest fear is getting words wrong – I dislike being incorrect. This(…)


Word talks

You’ve probably heard of the famous TED talks. Well, TED have created a playlist of talks that have been given on various aspects of language. I particularly like Patricia Ryan’s talk, titled ‘Don’t insist on English!’. It’s all about how the focus on English may halt the spread of ideas in other languages. As we(…)


Learning via television

A great way to supplement the language you’re learning in your Spanish class in Dallas is to watch TV in your target language. In good news for Spanish language learners, Univision is expanding its schedule beyond telenovelas and the long running programme Sábado Gigante. The show has been running for 50 years! If your Spanish(…)


How to laugh online

If you’re starting to understand humour in a different language, you’re likely making pretty good progress with that language. When you’re chatting online, how do you show you’re laughing? In English we might say ‘hahahaha’ or ‘hah’ or ‘LOL’. Perhaps we’d even include a smiley face 🙂 Using ‘hahahaha’ as a starting point, a Reddit(…)


New Year: Smart Goals

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013: It’s time to set yourself some new language learning goals. These goals don’t have to be your typical New Year’s resolutions – let’s face it, those never last anyway. That’s because New Year’s resolutions tend to be fairly general (“I’m going to join the gym” or “I’m going to(…)