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Juan Nario

Albanian Explained: A Beginner’s Guide to the Albanian Language

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Albanian is a beautiful language that developed in Southern Europe. It has an official character in Albania and Kosovo, as well as being a lesser-used language in the Balkans. However, chances are you’ve only heard it once in Liam Neeson’s Taken (In case you don’t remember, Neeson’s daughter was kidnapped by a group of Albanians!). Here are the eight most interesting facts about this(…)


I Love You, Bebé: 15 Spanish Nicknames to Use With Lovers, Friends and Family

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Honey pot, buttercup, pumpkin—out of context, English nicknames can be corny or just plain weird. And the more you think about them (by the way, we suggest that you don’t) the weirder they get. If you think English is the language with the strangest inventory of nicknames, though, you are in for a surprise. Spanish, for(…)


Speak Like a Briton: 8 Idioms and Their Meaning to Boost Your Career

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Do British people realise you’re not a native speaker of English as soon as you start talking? Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you have a terrible level of English. Actually, it might mean you speak too well. One of the things that often give foreign people away is how formal they sound when they’re speaking in(…)


30+ Essential Portuguese Phrases to Get By in Portugal

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How would you fare if we transported you to Portugal right now? Would you have enough Portuguese phrases under your belt to survive for a week? Oh, you wouldn’t? That’s all right. Then you have clicked on the right page. Although Portuguese tends to be overshadowed by French and Spanish, it’s still the official language(…)


The Beautiful Sounds of Nigeria: 5 Must-Watch Yoruba Films to Enjoy and Learn

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Do you ever wonder why you’ve never met anyone who speaks “Nigerian”? Easy. Because the language spoken in Nigeria is actually called Yoruba. Spoken by nearly 50 million people, Yoruba is a pluricentric language, mainly spoken in a dialectal area spanning Nigeria, Benin and Togo. However, all you have to do to find interesting content in(…)


Arabic Writing Challenges: Our Guide to Help You Roll With the Punches

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Learning Arabic is not for the weak of heart. The Arabic writing system, in particular, with its alien curves and dots, might be a bit scary even for the geekiest language lovers. And yet, thousands of people take (and pass!) international Arabic proficiency tests every year! It would seem, then, that mastering those strange symbols is not impossible.(…)


Dutch versus Danish: Are They Really That Different?

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Have you just finished your online Dutch course? Are you ready to travel to Denmark to put everything you’ve learned into practice? Well, then you are up for a rude awakening. Though often confused, Dutch and Danish are two completely different languages. via GIPHY On the one hand, we have Dutch, the language of the(…)


Learn Greek While Having Fun: The Best Greek TV Series for Language Lovers

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If you are studying Greek and are wondering what you can do to learn faster, we’ve got the answer. Do you want to boost your listening and speaking skills in a fun and engaging way? Then, the best thing you can do is start watching TV. Greek dramas are the best companions for learners because, when(…)


Speak Like a Berliner! A Short Guide to The Hardest Letters in the German Alphabet

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People can be a bit harsh when someone gets their language wrong. It’s very common, for example, to hear English folk imitating German students ven zey get veir th’s vrong. However, anyone who knows a little German is aware that the German alphabet is even harder and that any English speaker who attempts to learn it(…)


Korean vs Japanese: Are They Really That Different?

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A Spanish man who travels to Portugal, though he might be a bit anxious about communicating in a new language at first, will surely find that there are more similarities between Spanish and Portuguese than he might have expected. This is because, as a result of geographical proximity and a history of close contact between(…)