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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(…)


Christmas songs

Christmas is pretty ubiquitous in the Western world, with Christmas songs being especially difficult to avoid. Having spent the last few Christmases overseas, I’ve been interested to hear songs in different languages. For example, in New Zealand there are Maori versions of many traditional carols, such as Märie te pö (Silent Night). Another popular favourite(…)


Canada’s languages

The results of the 2011 Canadian census have been released, and they make interesting reading for language lovers. New data shows that Canada is becoming a nation of many languages because of waves of immigration. Canada is officially bilingual (English and French) but the survey reveals more than 200 languages are spoken in the country.(…)


Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had happy holidays and you all are ready to get started with language learning again! I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions because, let’s be honest, they normally fail by the end of January (if not earlier). This year though, I’ve made a couple of resolutions that I hope are honest and(…)