Juan Nario

Essential Spanish Phrases for Business Success


A few months ago, I shared my thoughts on whether Spanish would take over in America. While I concluded that English was unlikely to be replaced as the main official language in the US, it is undeniable that Spanish will continue to gain popularity over the next few years. As a result, studying Spanish is(…)

Sing and Learn in Spanish: 4 Covers of English Songs to Improve your Pronunciation


As someone who has taught Spanish for years, there’s a question I get asked almost every day: “How can I learn Spanish online fast?” Since people who ask this question are usually busy professionals or stressed university students, I always say the same: “Whatever you do, make sure you have fun while you learn. Otherwise,(…)

Sing Along!: 5 French Covers of Classic Songs to Streamline Your Language Skills


Over the years, France has graced the world with some of the best songs ever written. From Jacques Brel’s Ne me quitte pas to Edith Piaf’s Non, je ne regrette nien, the French have proved that nobody writes better lyrics than them. Many of these songs, of course, have been famously covered in our own(…)

Japanese Puns: a Fun Approach to the Japanese Language and Culture


Do you find yourself yawning every time you open your Japanese textbook? There could be two reasons for this.  You’re not getting enough sleep. Your poor old coursebook is severely lacking in the Japanese puns department. →Sign Up Now: Free Trial Japanese Lesson With a Native Teacher!← Why Learn With Japanese Jokes? Japanese puns bring(…)

French vs English punctuation: Master punctuation française with Our Simple Guideline


Your French orthography is impressive. Your vocabulary is unmatched. You juggle three different tenses in one sentence without making mistakes. So how come you never get top marks in your writing assignments? Could it be you are disregarding French punctuation? “French punctuation? But isn’t punctuation the same here, there, and everywhere?” →Sign Up Now: Free(…)

9 Must-Know Arabic Business Phrases To Bring Fun To the Arab Workplace


Are you looking for a language that will give you access to attractive trade prospects, wealthy, business partners, and a rapidly growing consumer base? If the answer is a big fat YES (as it should be!) the time has come for you to learn Arabic. Today, Arabic-speaking territories are major players in the global business(…)

Chinese Business Etiquette: Tips to Succeed in the Chinese Work Environment

A picture of people gaining and losing face

No matter how many Chinese phrasebooks you’ve read on the plane, acclimating to the Chinese business environment is a tricky process. Very often, Western business travellers working in China are surprised to discover that finding their way to interpersonal success is not so much about linguistic differences, but about codes of behaviour. Indeed, there are(…)

The Trickiest English Punctuation Rules and How they Differ from Those of Other Languages

A businessperson drawing charts which show English punctuation

Did you know that, when it comes to writing at an advanced English level, it is not usually grammar or vocabulary, but punctuation that gives students away? That’s right. No matter how much effort you’ve put into memorising lots of workplace idioms, or how many past tenses you can handle in one single paragraph, if(…)

The 5 Scariest Languages That’ll Send Chills Down Your Spine


The Listen & Learn team is incredibly diverse and heavily multicultural. But there is one thing we all have in common: We love languages. Since you’re visiting our blog, it’s very likely you love languages too! However, this doesn’t mean languages can’t scare us from time to time. Scary languages might haunt us with impossibly complex grammatical rules,(…)

Squid Game: The Real Games and Social Problems that Inspired the Most-Viewed Netflix Show Ever


Squid Game, a show that has been breaking records since its release, has reminded us all Korean television is every bit as engaging and addictive as Korean movies. This violent, thought-provoking, highly entertaining show is here to prove that there is a lot of fun to be had while learning a language. If you watched the show(…)