Tag Archives: Language Learning

All About Azerbaijan and the Other 14 Languages Spoken There

Okay, so it’s true. Technically speaking, our next stop on our adventures in multilingual countries does only have one language that is official, but hear us out! For there are numerous other languages that are spoken unofficially that more than make up for this fact! Come with us to Azerbaijan, famous for the Burning Mountain,(…)


Get Lost in the Many Facets and Languages of Morocco

Our next visit to a country with multiple languages takes us back to the African continent, the popular tourist destination of Morocco. And while the country might only have two official languages, there are others that you will find people regularly conversing in. If you’re looking to soak up culture, local cuisine, and converse in(…)


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(…)


Why Russian Should be the Next Language You Learn

Russian used to be a popular language to learn in the United States during the lead up to and duration of the Cold War. For all the talk of Russia these days in our news, it feels like Russian might be just as important today. With a continuous presence on any most widely spoken language(…)


Language Online: Social Media Censoring, Teaching AI and Hate Speech

Sometimes when we go on social media it can be a bit like coming face to face with all the hatred in the world at once. Be it fandom wars and celebrity arguments, or global politics and blanket discrimination, there is nowhere to escape the vitriol of self-appointed experts who comment with nothing but abuse(…)


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(…)


Learn the Ins and Outs of Zulu

We recently 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 little history(…)


How Does South Africa Balance 11 Official Languages?

We recently talked about the multilingualism of Switzerland and were impressed by its integrated use of three official languages. But what about places that have even more than three official languages? Are they equally impressive in their language use, or altogether more chaotic? Let’s start by taking a look at the country with the most(…)


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(…)