Directional Words: 左 and 右

 Today is the the third post, the last one, about directional and position words in Chinese. Here are the first (下and 上) and the second (前 and后) ones. Left(左) and right(右) Traditional Chinese writing, writing goes from up to down and from right to left. The geographical Mindset East is left and west is right […]

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Posted on October 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: Chinese | 

Positional words: 前 and 后

In the previous article I introduced some useful positional and directional words, 下 and 上. Today we study 前 and 后 , front and back. Chinese look at time as a river’s flow. They always look back at their history, remembering all their traditions: 前天(qiantian) = the day before yesterday 后天(houtian) = the day after tomorrow […]

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Posted on September 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: Chinese | 

Positional and Directional Words : 下and 上

As all language learners know, studying a language is not only learning verbs and structures, but also learning about different mindsets and “thinking” in somebody else’s language. For those who study Chinese, for example, some additional words can be challenging. Today we see 上(shang) and下 (xia). In the next 2 articles we deal with other […]

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Posted on September 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: Chinese | 

Is Latin useless?

The Latin language is one of the mothers of modern languages. Romance languages (French, Spanish, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanish) were born from its vocabulary and structure and even English is full of latin words. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not bother to learn this charming language, underestimate its importance. Latin literature is wide. Our Western […]

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Posted on August 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: English, French, Spanish, Students | 

English For All: When Culture and Language Clash

On July 3rd the New York Times ran a rather short story about the addition of a new voting language on the ballots in Queens, New York for the September 10th primary elections. For the first time in New York history, South Asian voters in Queens who speak Bengali will find their heart language as […]

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Posted on August 20, 2016 by   Language Covered: English | 

Why reading is important

When you decide to start learning a new language, an efficient and reliable method to increase your foreign vocabulary and improve your pronunciation quickly, is reading. If you follow these 3 easy tips, it should not be a tiring and boring activity. 1. A very good dictionary is your best friend I bet you know which […]

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Posted on August 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: Other | 

The dictionary of untraslatables

Do you struggle to understand some concepts, words or even sentences in the foreign language you are learning? Maybe it is time to read the weirdest book the twenty-first century ever published so far: Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Written by a French philologist, Barbara Cassin, this fantastic and interesting book is also available […]

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Posted on July 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: English, French, German, Italian | 

Korean Food: The Flavors Of Community

My husband and I have been part of a Korean American faith community for the past seven and a half years. One aspect of religious life for Korean Americans is the idea of a shared meal. In honor of the many friends we have made (and the women who cook for more than 200 people […]

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Posted on July 20, 2016 by   Language Covered: Korean | 

Olympics words and sentences for Rio 2016

The 2016 Olympics Games are coming in Rio very soon. To help team supporters get ready for Brazil I have prepared a list of useful and fun Brazilian Portuguese phrases you may hear either in the stadiums, on the TV or walking around the streets! Let’s starts 1. Oi, tudo bem? = It means “how is […]

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Posted on July 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: Portuguese | 

Kyzyl, Russia: The Center of Asia

There are certain sights, sounds and smells that immediately take me back in time. When the smell of burning rubber permeates the air I think of Kenya. I am transported to sitting in Nairobi traffic, windows down and diesel fuel pouring in through the windows. It’s the smell of earth, dirt and sweat that drips […]

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Posted on July 8, 2016 by   Language Covered: Russian |