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Chinese Family Tree

I still remember the first time I was invited in a Chinese family party. Everybody started to tell me to who are related. Of course, I did not understand anything. Firstly, because my Chinese was not that good at that time and secondly because a Chinese Family Tree gives you a headache. Surely, remembering 爸爸(baba/father) […]

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Posted on November 15, 2017 by

I want the best teacher ever

Reading around the web, I realize several students struggle to find a suitable teacher for their needs. I stress this point: suitable does not mean good. Compromising is vital. I summarize here the most important factors to choose (or not) a teacher: 1)The teacher has to know the subject what he/she is teaching. If a […]

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Posted on October 30, 2017 by

YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

Warning: contains coarse language I knew it! You read “coarse” and you are curious about this article. So, pardon my French and keep reading it. From the back cover: After centuries of war we Europeans are trying to get along together, but we keep treading on each other’s toes. Tread on an English toe and […]

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Posted on October 15, 2017 by

British English vs. American English: Key Differences to Learn

English is often considered one of the most practical foreign languages someone can learn, but when you decide to learn it, you also have to decide which English variant you’ll speak. The English language has several variants that have developed and evolved over the years, through domination and colonization. The most commonly used, and most commonly […]

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Posted on May 30, 2017 by

Spanish Cognates: Learn Spanish Fast With Words You Already Know

Think learning vocab is hard? If you’re learning one of the Romance languages like Spanish or French, lucky you, because odds are you already know hundreds of words in your target language. English words have been adopted into many languages over time, and it’s been happening more and more lately. This is called anglicism, which […]

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Posted on May 15, 2017 by

How to improve your language communication skills

What do London, Melbourne and New York have in common? All of them are big cities with thousands  people  who live an  unrestrainable life.  The incredible variety of culture, people and ideas contributes to their beauty and charm. Nonetheless, It often looks like a “huge fast food , even in social relationships: you can meet […]

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Posted on February 15, 2017 by

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

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

Portuguese vs. Spanish

Some students, who are learning two languages at the same time, can really struggle. It is even worse when either they are either learning 2 two “similar” languages or their native language is very close to the studied one they are studying. For example, a lot of doubts can rise between Spanish and Portuguese. Here […]

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Posted on May 30, 2016 by

Differences between Mandarin and Taiwanese

Many people think Chinese people speak the same languages all around China, or even among Overseas Chinese community. Apart from the huge and substantial differences found in several dialects and variants in China, there is also a well-known recurrent question: Do Taiwanese people speak Chinese? First of all, Chinese language does not exist. The most […]

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Posted on April 27, 2016 by