Category Archives: language guru

Essential Phrases to Get By in Arab Countries

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Do you ever picture yourself walking through the street bazaars in Cairo? Do you ever imagine what it’d feel like walk into the pool of one of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels? Or perhaps you would rather lie on a Moroccan beach… I definitely would. Whatever it is you picture yourself doing during your stay in(…)


Les Petits Noms d’Amour: 11 Must-Know French Terms of Endearment

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Cookie Bear, Honey Bee, Apple Pie… Outside their natural context, English nicknames can seem extremely corny or just plain weird. But let’s be honest: how many times have we resorted to them to say “I’m sorry”, or just to express our love? →Sign Up Now: Free Trial French Lesson With a Native Teacher!← Terms of(…)


Essential Chinese Phrases For All Occasions

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Are you planning an adventure trip to the Yellow Mountains? Do you want to reconnect with a Chinese family member? Do you just want to be able to greet your Chinese colleagues in their language in your next conference call? No matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Chinese, you’ve come to the(…)


Work and Travel in Asia: The Best Working Holiday Visas for British Citizen

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Every year, hundreds of young people travel to countries as distant as Canada, Denmark and Japan for an open-ended trip known as a working holiday. These ‘work and travel’ experiences, which are just starting to catch on in the UK, allow students to visit a country for longer than the average tourist while they gain(…)


How to Prepare Quickly for IELTS: Smart Tips to Boost Your Grades

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The International English language Testing System (IELTS) is the most popular English exam in the world. Developed and administered by some of the field’s most renowned experts, the test is designed to reflect how you will cope with the communicative demands of living, working, or studying in an English-speaking country.  Depending on your objectives, you(…)


Hebrew Idioms: Not As Serious-Sounding As You Might Think!

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Because Hebrew is the language of the Bible, people who travel to Israel sometimes think that in order to mingle with the crowd they have to act all solemn and wise. Modern Hebrew, however, is anything but solemn. On the contrary, it is a vibrant, ever-changing, fast-paced language full of colourful expressions that make just(…)


20 Business English Idioms to Talk About Work… and Do a Healthy Amount of Gossip!

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When non-native speakers of English interact with their English-speaking peers, they often feel tempted to use big words and complex grammar to show that they are in their element.  However, the way to wow your coworkers is not to write emails with perfect punctuation or use difficult language, but to use the right language. And(…)


5 Things Expats in Italy Should Know (But Usually Don’t)

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Living in Italy offers expats a life of cultural richness in a country that has a fascinating sense of history. Once home to groundbreaking painters and ancient civilizations, present-day Italy boasts world-class gastronomy, lush vineyards, and of course, an ever-present air of romance. Complemented by a thriving economy and a rich and lively culture, it(…)


The Dreaded Spanish R: Is It Really That Harrrrrrd?

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If you’ve ever heard a Spanish speaker saying words like guitarra or ferrocarril, you know exactly how hard their “hard Rs” can get. Indeed, Spanish R is one of the most dreaded letters in the Spanish alphabet, next with J and the elusive (that is… perpetually silent) H. The fact that Spanish R is especially difficult(…)


How Many Chinese Languages Are There? You’ll Be Surprised!

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So, you’ve finished watching Secret of Three Kingdoms and you have decided to learn Chinese… But which one do you mean? Though it’s often treated as a single language, Chinese is actually a gigantic group of dialects. The first question you should be asking, then, is not “How can I learn Chinese?” but “How many(…)