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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(…)


Arabic Writing Challenges: Our Guide to Help You Roll With the Punches

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Learning Arabic is not for the weak of heart. The Arabic writing system, in particular, with its alien curves and dots, might be a bit scary even for the geekiest language lovers. And yet, thousands of people take (and pass!) international Arabic proficiency tests every year! It would seem, then, that mastering those strange symbols is not impossible.(…)


Speak Like a Berliner! A Short Guide to The Hardest Letters in the German Alphabet

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People can be a bit harsh when someone gets their language wrong. It’s very common, for example, to hear English folk imitating German students ven zey get veir th’s vrong. However, anyone who knows a little German is aware that the German alphabet is even harder and that any English speaker who attempts to learn it(…)


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(…)


3 Perks of Being Multilingual in the Job Market

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In a globalising era such as ours, speaking more than one language has its obvious advantages. You can converse with members of varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds; you can traverse the world with a bit more ease, and you can talk about people in front of them without them even knowing. Come on, we’ve all(…)


Professional Benefits of Online Language Training

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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(…)


5 Addictive French Films You Can Stream Right Now

Click here and discover 5 incredible Netflix shows and films to help you learn French

Ah, Netflix. You may be cancelling half the shows we love or suggesting us things that show you really don’t know us at all. But you’re still our favourite place to go when we need something new to watch! Especially us language lovers; where else would we go for films and shows in our target(…)


How to Learn a Language with Closed Captions

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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:(…)


Language Distinction: Going Dutch and Coming Back Afrikaans

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In the same way that everyone knows the words to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer” without knowing how, why or where we learned the lyrics, everyone also knows that Dutch is closely related to Afrikaans (maybe some of you know “Living On A Prayer” in Dutch and Afrikaans; if that’s the case, we want(…)


5 Things You Should Know Before Learning Turkish

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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(…)