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Skip the Mundane! 8 Conversation Starters for Introverts

Small talk isn’t for everyone. Especially introverts, who find the practice tedious, wanting to get straight to the deep stuff without the empty conversations that typically start with enquiries about your weekend. So get over the idea that introverts just despise other people, and instead make yourself a better raconteur and conversationalist! Here are some(…)


Aruba: One Happy Island, Many Happy Languages

For all you language people out there: are you looking for a place that is away from everything, with miles and miles of beaches, beautiful blue sea everywhere you look, and a wealth of languages to hear and speak as well? Then your next destination is Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of(…)


17 Translated Signs Gone Wrong

Since us native English speakers have decided that English is the most important language in the world, you would think we would be a little kinder to those choosing to learn our language. When instead, we titter, mock, and joyfully repeat every single mistake learners make for the amusement of ourselves and other natives—or take(…)


Where to Celebrate Pride 2018 Around the World

If you are planning to attend a pride event this year, why limit yourself to the places you can go locally? Around the world, specifically throughout the Pride Month of June, but outside of that as well, there are hundreds of prides for you to choose from. The only question is, where do you want(…)


4 Signs You May Need a Language Learning Break

A lot of times the ‘use it or lose it’ mentality is drilled into us as language learners. We’re afraid that if we stop studying a language, even for a day, that our level will drastically drop and we’ll never achieve the proficiency we want. However, did you know that taking a break could actually(…)


The Road to Making French Great Again

When Emmanuel Macron won the French elections in May 2017, his tasks included an overhaul of the French economy, and attempting to resurge the influence of France in Europe. Although these sorts of campaigns are nothing out of the ordinary for newly elected leaders to promise, his latest drive to make French great again is(…)


Could Vietnamese Become the Next Powerhouse Language?

Vietnam ticks many boxes on the list of potential places to travel, with its breathtaking landscape, affordability, and the friendliness of the Vietnamese people. It is also attracting the attention of the real estate market and other investors such as those from the processing and packaging industry, as demonstrated by an international exhibition about to(…)


Here’s Why Language Learning Should Never be a Solitary Experience

Learning a new language requires a fair amount of putting yourself out there, and yes, sometimes even making a fool of yourself. Which is why it can be all too tempting to opt for language courses and apps where embarrassing yourself is not an option. After all, if you don’t have to interact with anyone(…)


6 Gift Ideas Perfect for Language Learners

Sometimes the holidays can be more a season of stress than festive cheer, especially if you’re agonising over what to get who (not to mention what to buy for that one friend who seems to already have everything). If you know someone who is learning a new language, or you are a language learner yourself,(…)


Dyslexia and Learning a Foreign Language

Dyslexia as defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is “difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence.” Approximately 10-15 percent of English speakers deal with dyslexia on some level “affecting over 40 million American(…)