Italian gestures (?)

When you learn a language, even our body is involved in the learning process. Especially our hands and our heads. Gestures are a fundamental part of the language experience and they  are often difficult to understand and explain. So,  I asked myself: are you sure that gesture is Italian? The majority of people in the […]

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Posted on November 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: Italian, Other, Portuguese, Students, Teachers | 

German: Yes or No? More Reasons…

After  the last post, do you still have some doubts about learning German? Here other three good ( or bad?) reason: NO: 3. Because nouns have three genders  and very few rules explain why we should choose  der, die or das Not only are there three different genders (masculine, feminine and neuter), but in most […]

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Posted on November 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: German | 

German language : Yes or No?

Many students are scared of learning German. To be honest, some grammar rules are very difficult but, to some extent, it can be easier than English. Because of its nature, I decided to gather five negative reasons against learning German and five positive ones in favour of learning it. Five reasons why it is hard […]

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Posted on October 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: German | 

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 |