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10 Old English Swear Words that Should Make a Comeback

We may pretend to not use swear words (or even know any) when around Grandma and Grandpa, but these types of words and phrases probably form a bigger part of your daily language than you realise. But, as shocking as it may sound, Granny probably once swore too, and perhaps even with different swear words!(…)


Ghostly & Ghoulish Halloween Traditions from Around the Globe

Halloween is one of the oldest holidays in the world and also one of the most globally celebrated. You’ll have a hard time finding a place that hasn’t experienced Halloween fever to some extent, and countries all around the world have personalised the holiday to fit in with local traditions and cultural norms. With Halloween(…)


After Brexit More British are Keen to Learn New Languages (And You Should Be, Too)

The UK has never been a nation known for having a huge appetite for foreign language learning. Whether it’s the ‘English as a global language’ crutch, or the importance given to math and science over language learning, the United Kingdom has long struggled to keep up with many other European nations when it comes to(…)


Is the Road to Brexit Paved with Good Intentions? Here’s How Britons Will Be Affected

Following the UK vote to leave the European Union last year, a lot of EU and UK passport holders alike have found themselves facing an uncertain future. There’s no denying that Brexit will bring about some really big changes, some may prove to be risky, while others will benefit the United Kingdom’s citizens as a(…)


Exercise May Be the Key to Helping You Better Learn a New Language

Dragging yourself to the gym every other morning at 7am may seem like a complete drag, but you do it because you know it’s good for you! Similarly, learning a new language is great for your brain, but there are still days where you’d rather curl up under a blanket with a plate of brownies(…)


Don’t Be Shy, Just Say Hi! How to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking in a Foreign Language

As language learners, we know we can’t gain proficiency in a new language without speaking it. And yet, talking to others, especially native speakers, in your target tongue probably seems to be the most daunting part of language acquisition. What if they don’t understand you? Or laugh at you? What if you say the wrong(…)


Hit a Brick Wall? Give Your Language Learning a Boost with These 5 Tips

Brick walls. We’re all susceptible to them, especially when it comes to learning something completely new. Brick walls are very common in language learning, and can often have the detrimental effect of causing the student to give up in a fit of frustration. If you’ve been in a slump lately and aren’t quite sure how(…)


5 Tips to Help You Mentally Cope With Moving Abroad

The expat life can appear to be glamorous and chock full of exotic locations. While this may ring true, it also comes with its fair share of mental stress. Making a big move anywhere can be nerve-wracking. Imagine throwing in a new culture, language, and way of life to boot and you can see how(…)


A Beginner’s Starter Guide to Learning Russian

There’s a lot to love about the idea of learning Russian. You’ll be able to read some of the greatest classical writers (think Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Nabokov, just to name a few), you’ll have access to awesome Russian music and films, and you’ll be able to navigate your way around one of the most beautiful(…)


Christmas Gets Quirky: Fascinating Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Everyone has their own customs and traditions they follow whenever the Christmas season rolls around. It might be an apple pie recipe that’s been in your family for generations, or Christmas decorations that represent a different time in your personal history, or even gathering around the piano on Christmas Eve for good ol’ fashioned caroling.(…)