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Learn the Ins and Outs of Zulu

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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(…)


Language Learning: Is Fluency Worth It?

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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(…)


The Easiest Things About Learning French

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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(…)


Difficult Languages, Big Payouts

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In today’s economy, it’s difficult to get any kind of edge in the job market. It seems like the only way to get some experience is to get a job, and the only way to get a job is to have a tonne of experience. While trapped in your grandma’s basement, waiting for your ship(…)


Could Vietnamese Become the Next Powerhouse Language?

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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(…)


Icelandic and Speaking like a Viking

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If you’ve been watching Vikings and are intrigued by the story line and costumes, perhaps you’d be interested in knowing a little of the language used (yes, sorry to disappoint you; Viking vernacular was not standard English). But before you jump into your TARDIS or find yourself some standing stones, there’s no need to travel(…)


Taipei Night Markets 101, Part 1: A Brief Introduction

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Depending on your perspective, Taipei’s night markets are either popular tourist destinations or mundane features of everyday life. The stereotypical Taipei night market (yèshì 夜市) is a combination of North American farmer’s market, flea market, and low-budget amusement arcade, while sharing similarities with a souk (Arabian Peninsula), bazaar (Middle East), mercado (Spain), tianguis (Mexico), and/or palengke(…)


Hungarian and Polish: An Unlikely Language Alliance

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We know what you’re thinking. We’ve taken two of the, arguably, more difficult languages to master, and attempted to force them together like Mrs Bennett did with Elizabeth and the awful Mr Collins (Pride and Prejudice, folks), but we promise, there is a little more in common between these two languages than those two unfortunate(…)


Clock Stoppers: Language and the Perception of Time

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Since not all of us are lucky enough to have access to a TARDIS or Bill and Ted’s telephone booth (…what is it about time travel and booths?), the rest of us mere mortals will simply have to use another method to traverse the passage of time. And for that, we can turn to languages.(…)


How Fast Can You Learn a New Language?

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You don’t ever stop learning a language. That’s a reality that you, as a learner, have to grasp. Languages change so constantly, and so much, that sometimes it’s even difficult to keep up with our native ones! Still, there are occasions where you don’t have a lot of time to acquire a new language. Maybe(…)