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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(…)


7 Words in Portuguese That Mean Something Else in Brazil

As we know, Brazilians speak Portuguese following the 16th-century colonisation of the country by Pedro Álvares Cabral, so if you know a few words of Portuguese you’re more than likely to be able to get your point across in South America’s biggest country. However, there are certain words that mean one thing in European Portuguese(…)


People in Belarus Speak More than just Belarusian

There will be some of you who have only heard of Belarus because of its sporadic appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2004. Comparatively-speaking, perhaps Belarus doesn’t have quite as many languages to offer as some of the other countries we’ve visited on our quest for all things multilingual, but it still deserves a(…)


Top Ways to Reduce the Physical Strain of Travel

Whether you’re a young person ready and eager to explore the world, or more of a late-bloomer on the travel front, there’s no denying that travelling takes a toll on the body. From the unhealthy habits of sleeping sporadically and downing junk food on the road to lifting heavy luggage and being exposed to the(…)


How to Lose a Language in 10 Days

Alright, so we’ve all lost things. We sometimes lose our keys. Occasionally we lose our heads. Kate Hudson taught us how to lose a guy (hence the title). Heck, even Elizabeth Bishop wrote a whole poem about it (“One Art”). But what about a language; how can you lose a language? Boy are you in for a treat.(…)


Chag Sameach: Where to Spend Your Hanukkah 2017!

חַג שָׂמֵחַ (pronounced Chag sameach) or Happy Holiday! Hanukkah 2017 starts tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th, and lasts until December 20th. In addition to wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season, we also figured it’s a good chance to tempt your wanderlust. If you want to go somewhere a little different for Hanukkah this year,(…)


English Alternatives: The Most Common Second Languages to Learn

English might be the most popular second language for people around the world to learn, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Which makes sense, right? We live in a society where people are constantly moving, and that often means relocation for jobs, remote working, communication with overseas clients, etc. There is definitely more than(…)


Surviving Taiwan on Limited Mandarin

Nearly a decade ago, I came to Taiwan with one suitcase, a laptop, a generic Mandarin Chinese phrasebook and precisely two words of spoken Mandarin: “Nǐ hǎo” (Traditional Chinese: 你好; English: Hello), which I more or less gleaned from the Rush Hour movie franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Call it foolish, call it(…)


The Trials and Tribulations of the Inexperienced Traveller

When you go to a new place on a quest for new experiences, surely it follows that there will be new things for you to discover. That, particularly if you go abroad, there will be things you don’t understand, the location will have its own culture and history and was not in fact rapidly constructed(…)


Why English Remains Today’s Lingua Franca: Part 2

English being considered the lingua franca of this world is sure to get the back-up of those whose own native tongue is vastly more widespread in use—or at least equal to it—across the globe. We can look to Mandarin, Spanish, or even Russian as other contenders for this coveted title, and yet the fact remains(…)