Category Archives: language guru

All the Afrikaans Phrases You’ll Need to Wow Your Family and Colleagues


Afrikaans, which was first brought into South Africa by Dutch settlers, is the youngest official language in the world. Part of the West Germanic language group, its origins can be traced back to the late 17th century, and for centuries, it was used only as a spoken language. Nowadays, it can be heard in places(…)

Arabic Pronunciation: The Ultimate Guide to Master the Arabic Accent


When you learn Arabic, it’s tempting to devote all your time to mastering the Arabic alphabet. However, you’ll soon find that those strange symbols might not be the hardest part about Arabic after all. For speakers of any language that does not belong to the same language family, Arabic pronunciation can be the most challenging aspect of this(…)

Tiếng Việt for Beginners: An In-Depth Overview of the Vietnamese Language


Cảm ơn bạn đã ghé thăm blog của chúng tôi  – Thank you for visiting our blog. It seems easy to dismiss Vietnamese as a minor language. But did you know that tiếng Việt is spoken by almost 100 million people all over the globe? In fact, it’s currently the 16th most widely spoken language in the world. Formerly known as Annamese, Vietnamese is(…)

Holy Alphabet: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hebrew Letters


There are languages that make even the geekiest language-lovers gasp in fear. Hebrew, the holy language of the Bible, is definitely one of them. This is partly because it’s a biblical language, but also because its alphabet looks absolutely alien to Western eyes. Consisting of 22 letters, none of which are vowels or lowercase, the Hebrew letters can(…)

Top 3 strategies to improve your language skills lightning-fast!


Are you learning a foreign language and want to become proficient and sound native-like after dedicating so much time and hard work to your studies? Language learning is not only about acquiring grammar knowledge and vocabulary, but also developing your productive and receptive skills and, crucially, practising them! The most effective way to learn a(…)

Learn the Ins and Outs of Zulu


We have already looked at Xhosa and the multilingualism of South Africa, and can we say, our interest in the languages of the African continent has truly been piqued. This time it’s the turn of Zulu; a language that shares mutual intelligibility with Xhosa, and is one of South Africa’s many official languages.   A(…)

Is Polish Hard To Learn? The Ultimate Answer


Is Polish hard to learn? For many reasons, some more valid than others, there is a widespread belief that it is actually extremely hard. If you’ve ever told a fellow language-lover that you’ve taken up Polish lessons, you must know what we are talking about. That pat on the shoulder? The compassionate look that seems to(…)

Language Learning: Is Fluency Worth It?


One of the pleasures of being a traveller in a new and exotic place is not understanding the language. Of course, being an English speaker you will always find a person with whom you can communicate. However, being oblivious to conversations on the streets and in the shops, to the television blathering away, or the radio gibbering(…)