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English Punctuation: The Complete Guide to Look More Professional at Work

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It’s often assumed that all a student needs to master the English language is a good command of grammatical structure, excellent use of tenses, and a rich and varied vocabulary. However, there is a vital aspect of the English language that shouldn’t be disregarded —English punctuation. Punctuation helps readers understand clauses and sentences through visual(…)


10 Hilarious French Jokes to Gain Fluency While Having Fun!

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A big thank you to our teachers Alessandra and Line for their valuable contributions to this article! If you stop to think about it for a minute, I’m sure you’ll remember one or two French jokes? For example, this one: Why do French people eat snails? – Because they don’t like fast food. No? Well, what(…)


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(…)


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(…)


Russian Language Day: How to celebrate?

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As Russian is one of the UN’s official languages, the institution champions the teaching and learning of Russian all throughout the globe. So, in 2010, UNESCO declared June 6th Russian Language Day in commemoration of the birth of Aleksandr Pushkin, one of the most important Russian writers of all time. Would you like some inspiration(…)


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(…)


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(…)


Where is French Spoken: Accents and Varieties

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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(…)


5 Common French Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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On the road to learning French, there are many obstacles that trip up even the most dedicated students. Luckily you can learn from others, using the most common French mistakes that students make as a road map to navigate your own journey. Here are the top errors to avoid:   Take your French to the(…)


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

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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(…)