Five Italian expressions about wine

1. “Nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono” The literal meaning of this proverb is in the small barrel, there’s the good wine. What this means is that good things come in small packages. Example: “Look at this gift. It is so small. Remember darling, good things come in small packages.” “Guardate questo dono. Si è così piccolo. Ricorda cara, nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono.” 2. “Non si può avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca” The literal meaning of this proverb is one can’t have a…

Commonly confused words in English

Everyone knows the problem with spell-check: your word might be spelt right, but it may be the wrong word. English is full of confusing words that sound alike but are spelt differently. It’s also full of words that share similar (but not identical) meanings that are easy to misuse. Below are some of the most commonly confused and misused words in English: Advice/Advise Advice is a noun: Chester gave Posey good advice. Advise is a verb: Chester advised Posey to avoid the questionable chicken salad. Affect/Effect Affect is a verb:…

Your Language Learning Experience in School

The word studying has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years. Mention the word and you see people cringe in agony. To study is to die a long painful death due to immense boredom. We no longer study a language, we learn it instead. Here is why People associate the word studying with more traditional language learning methods. Especially those they use in schools. In school, your only motivation was probably to pass the exams, not to really speak the language. Void of any deeper motivation, it was…

Help – Emergency Speech only – What to Do?

You probably recognize the following scenario: You’re in an important conversation in your target language. Then suddenly, your vocabulary seems to shrink to: Yes, No and Thank You. Call it stress or nerves, the fact is it makes you feel as if all the studying you’ve done has been worthless. Not cool… So what’s up here? Well, this a classic case of Emergency Speech, as I call it. We tend to revert to Emergency Speech when we’re under some kind of stress. You’re probably way better in your target language…

Is there an easy language?

Let’s face it: learning a language isn’t easy, and the time and effort involved in becoming proficient in a foreign language can be discouraging. From vocabulary to pronunciation and all those tricky verbs, language learning is a time-consuming and often frustrating process. Luckily for language learners, however, not all languages are equally difficult to learn. It is estimated that there are over 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. While geographic, historic, and cultural events led to many languages developing and evolving to be very different, it also means that some languages…

Understand German Faster

When you decide to learn German, you want to make a little bit of progress every day. But often, you don’t know how to make progress towards fluency. There are lots of techniques and promises in the language learning world, and it feels like you have to spend years finding what delivers. Vocabulary Works in Chunks, not Words There is no way around learning vocabulary and it’s one of the most challenging tasks when learning any language. But when you understand the power of learning in context and in chunks,…