Nicole Eberhard

Does Being Multilingual Make You Happier?


As a speaker of multiple languages, I admit to soaking up every article I read on the benefits of being bilingual and multilingual with a smug smile on my face. While I am by no means one of those gifted polyglots that can speak 11 languages fluently, I am very proud of being comfortable in(…)

The Top Portuguese Slang You Need in Brazil


Oi! Tudo Bem? Are you down with the lingo thrown around on the streets of Brazil? No? Well you should be. As important as it is to master the ins and outs of grammar, if you want to achieve fluency, you have to learn how a language is used by ordinary people. And what represents(…)

The Easiest Things About Learning French


French has gained a reputation over the years as being a difficult language to learn. While there are many things that make it tricky from conjugating verbs, to learning the genders of each noun, to mastering the pronunciation, learning French is very much possible! With a bit of dedication, you’ll be speaking the language of(…)

Asado, Lunfardo & Fernet: How to Become a Real Argentine in 10 Steps


Argentina has an incredibly rich immigrant history, resulting in an eclectic background of people and customs that have molded the country’s culture. This is especially true in Buenos Aires, where the cosmopolitan nature of the city makes it very easy to blend in as a foreigner. Until, that is, you open your mouth and try(…)

The Creation & Evolution of Language in Game of Thrones


Undoubtedly one of the biggest modern sensations in television has been the HBO series Game of Thrones. Based on George R.R. Martin’s as-yet-unfinished series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, the TV series, like the books, has taken the world by storm. The richly detailed world that Martin created has a mythology(…)

When Words Matter: The Politics of Rhetoric


Word choice matters. Especially when it comes to politically charged topics. The malleability of language means that the same concept or phenomenon can be described in multiple ways, and with each variation comes new connotations. For example, you can describe someone who has moved abroad as an expat or an immigrant. The term immigrant, however,(…)

7 Mistakes Tourists Make in Mexico


Mexico may be known for tequila, tacos, and fiestas, but it is so much more than these things. Tourists flock down south of the US border in search of beaches and a good time, but so many leave without really scratching the surface of this colourful country, rich in culture, ancient history and some of(…)

The Power & Pitfalls of Vocal Intonation: Vocal Fry & Upspeak

Conjure up the stereotypical Valley Girl accent in your mind. You know, where every sentence ends in a question as the voice intonation rises? Kinda like Cher in Clueless? This rise in intonation is called upspeak, or uptalk, by linguists. And it’s an intonation that really grinds many people’s gears. Young women who use uptalk(…)

5 Words You’re Better Off Avoiding in Argentina


It’s no secret that Spanish is a sticky language to learn. It’s not because it is particularly tough grammatically, but because it differs so greatly from country to country where it is spoken. If you’ve learnt Spanish in Spain or Mexico, when you take your linguistic prowess down south to Argentina, you may be surprised(…)

Why Are Some Accents Sexier than Others?


For some people, all it takes is hearing a snippet of sultry French spoken to make them weak at the knees. Others love a crisp British accent or a lovely Irish lilt. Meanwhile the exotic exuberance of Brazilian Portuguese does it for other people. It’s a funny thing how accents can turn us on (and(…)