Tag Archives: Learn Languages

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(…)


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(…)


Icelandic and Speaking like a Viking

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

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

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

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?

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(…)


Defeating the Offence: Language, Sports & Racism

Sport. Whether you’re an armchair commentator or a chess boxing champion, for the partakers of sport and its fans, sport means something. Be it a chance to keep healthy, or the rush that comes with seeing your rival team defeated, sport – especially team sport – unites people (hopefully) far more than it divides. Which(…)


Pros and Cons of Immersion Language Courses

Learning a new language can be a difficult process. Languages constantly change, with new words and phrases being added all the time while others become dated and fall out of use. This can make it seem nearly impossible to learn a language without taking part in at least some form of immersion. Most learners, once(…)


6 Things to Know About Drinking Culture in Spain

Food and drink plays a huge role in cultures all around the world and Spain, the land of bullfights, sangria, and paella, is no exception. If you ever have the chance to visit Spain, you’ll no doubt enjoy your fair share of alcohol. However, like with anything, there are certain rules and commandments to drinking(…)