Mishka Grobler

The 13 Most Untranslatable Words – Voted by You!

Listen & Learn has had a long-standing obsession with those tricky foreign words that refuse to be translated. So, instead of the usual research one would do to find new ones, we decided to ask redditors for their opinions on the most difficult word in their native language to translate into English: 1. Lagom –(…)


Ludicrous Lawsuits: Batman Sues Batman

Fact: The mayor of Batman City, Turkey wants to sue Warner Brothers for royalties from the film. Batman, to most people, could be defined as our favorite caped crusader, who lives in the shadows, punishes criminals and keeps the cities safe as “a silent guardian, a watchful protector”. But to the residents of a city(…)


Totally Addicted to Base

Fact: A Swedish man collects disability benefits for being addicted to heavy metal Most people struggle with an addiction to something at one stage in their lives – cigarettes, alcohol, the odd bad boy. But what would you say if I told you that I was addicted to the crooning sounds of Louis Armstrong? Or(…)


I’ll Have One Ray of Sunshine, Please!

Fact: A Spanish woman has claimed ownership of the sun There’s nothing better than getting your swimsuit on and heading down to the beach, or packing a basket and taking your family to the park, or setting up the barbeque in the back yard and enjoying the sweet, sweet rays of summer. But what if(…)


Crawl Inside the Skinniest House in the World

Fact: Only 5-feet wide, the world’s thinnest house is located in Warsaw, Poland Now I know that rent in New York has reduced most people living there to call little more than a shoebox home, but wedged in between a 152cm gap in two buildings on the streets of Warsaw, Poland is a 2-storey abode(…)


The Weirdest World Records

Fact: 19 Pakistani women crammed themselves into a SmartCar to achieve a world record. As long as there are records, they will be broken. 2010 was the year 18 Australians squeezed themselves into a SmartCar in Sydney to create a new Guinness World Record. When Aymen Saleem, an A Level student in Karachi, Pakistan stumbled(…)


No More Flashcards! The Simple App for Vocabulary Learning

This is a guest post written by Ethan, who graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in International Affairs in 2012. He currently lives in Spain, and has previously lived in Germany and Brazil, where he started teaching English with RealLife. His favorite things to do when he has some freetime and money(…)


The Inside Story: Serial Killers Who Write

Fact: A Macedonian reporter for the daily Nova Makedonija who wrote stories about a serial killer was actually the serial killer himself. We all know the relationship between Peter Parker and Spiderman. One is a photographer for the paper; the other ends up in the news. Little do the public know that they are one(…)


One Sandwich Short of a Picnic: Ridiculous Restaurants

Fact: Doctors in Riga have opened a medical-themed restaurant Any of you out there have a fear of clinics? How about needles? A restaurant in Riga, Latvia might not be the place for you. This hospital-themed eatery is fully kitted out in red and white hospital beds (complete with wheels) for tables and chairs, and(…)


Extraordinary Laws: Too Thin to be a Model?

Fact: Israel has strict laws against too-skinny models The full-bodied beauties of the 1950s had to sit back and watch the industry be taken over by a new breed of model: the waif. Twiggy burst onto the scene in the mid-1960s and started a trend that has since seen the likes of Kate Moss at(…)