Juan Nario

Deutsche Around the World: Where Is German Spoken?

With over 130 million native speakers in the world, German is one of the most widely spoken languages. It is not only the official language of Germany but the single most spoken language within the European Union. In addition, it is the third most popular foreign language after English and French, being taught in thousands of(…)

Debunking Myths About Language Learning: Is Arabic Hard to Learn?

Arabic is one of the most spoken languages today, with nearly 430 million people speaking it worldwide. However, not many people choose to learn it as a second language because it is surrounded by myths which suggest that it’s impossibly difficult.  Here are a few: “The script is impossibly hard to learn, it’s just like(…)

4 Unforgettable Korean Drama Films That You Need to Watch Right Now

In 2017, Boon Joon-ho hired the likes of Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Jake Gyllennhaal to star in Okja, a South Korean-US co-production for Netflix in which a young girl befriends a genetically modified “super pig”. That’s how, three years before he took an Academy Award for his masterpiece Parasite, Joon-hoo was introduced to American(…)

3 International Divas that Every Language-Lover Should Worship

The word diva, an Italian borrowing meaning “female deity”, entered the English language just before the 20th century. Originally, divas were celebrated opera singers of unmatched excellence and renown. However, the meaning of the term has since broadened to include any woman of outstanding talent in the world of theatre, cinema and popular music. For(…)

Chinese New Year Celebrations Around the World

No matter where you come from or what your religious beliefs are, holidays can bring you hope, joy, and fun. Celebrations like Christmas and New Year are special for many reasons. They put people in a good mood, they reunite long-separated friends and families, and they provide a wonderful opportunity to try new recipes and(…)

Listen & Learn Choice Awards 2020: Best TV Series

2020 has been the weirdest year in a long time. On the one hand, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of most television production from mid-March 2020 onward. But on the other hand, this disruption took place at a time when the only thing most people could do was stay at home(…)

Top 5 Swahili Movies To Watch and Learn

Are you thinking about learning an African language? Then, you might want to consider Swahili. Swahili is the national language in several African countries such as Kenya and Uganda, and its popularity seems to be increasing by the minute. Recent reports indicate that the use of Swahili is spreading all over the continent, as more(…)

The 5 Best Virtual Camera Translation Apps For Your Next Trip

Whether travelling for pleasure or business, we always feel a bit anxious about the communicative challenges that we are bound to encounter in a foreign country. This is especially true for the adventurous traveller, who may find himself in exotic lands where even the writing system is different. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, we are now(…)

A Beginner’s Guide to the Yiddish Language

Have you ever wondered where the Yiddish language comes from? The answer is not difficult to find, as Yiddish /(j)ɪdɪʃ/ literally means ‘Jewish’. Indeed, this is an Indo-European language derived from a High German variety originally spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews. Despite its growing recognition, many foreign language learners sometimes stay away from Yiddish because(…)