Category Archives: language guru

Dutch versus Danish: Are They Really That Different?

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(…)


Korean vs Japanese: Are They Really That Different?

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(…)


Where is French Spoken: Accents and Varieties

English students often ask why the language spoken in shows like Downton Abbey sounds so different from the one spoken in Friends or Sex and the City. Of course, you can dismiss such questions by saying that Downton Abbey is a period piece and people spoke differently in the past. But this is hardly the whole truth. The real reason(…)


Cook & Learn: The Best International New Year’s Eve Recipes to Practise Foreign Languages

As the new year approaches, it’s impossible to look back on 2020 and not feel it was a bit lacklustre (to say the least!). For this reason, we believe that this time around New Year’s Eve has to be a true celebration. Even though most countries around the world are still under COVID-19 restrictions, you(…)


Professional Benefits of Online Language Training

If you are a professional, you know how important it is to constantly update yourself to be ahead of the game. Competition is fierce, and professionals need to learn the most in-demand skills if they want to stand out in the labour market. Knowing a foreign language will help you do just that. Yet, learning(…)


How to Learn a Language with Closed Captions

Learning a language with movies and TV shows is a brilliant idea. You will not only be motivated and engaged but you’ll also be acquiring language in context instead of learning isolated rules or words. Now, platforms like YouTube and Netflix offer an amazing resource that can help advanced learners polish their skills even more:(…)


5 Things You Should Know Before Learning Turkish

If you are planning to learn Turkish, you probably already know some of its most noticeable differences with English, like its alphabet. But the more you study the language, the more discrepancies appear! Let’s explore some below. 1. Turkish Has a Different Word Order One of the things many learners are not aware of before embarking(…)


12 Simple Russian Phrases You’re Guaranteed to Need

Russian is one of the hardest languages for native English speakers to learn. Still, this shouldn’t keep you from studying the language. Doing so will allow you to visit the beautifully diverse Russia, where you can find modern cities to rival the Western capitals, as well as vast natural landscapes. If you want to get ready(…)


5 Excellent Reasons to Learn Polish

Polish is often labelled as a very difficult language, and this can cause people to shy away from trying to learn it. But while Polish does present its fair share of challenges—a complex gender system, tricky spelling rules and tongue-twisting pronunciation—it is also a language that is well worth your time and effort.   According(…)