7 quirky ways to learn a language

  Think learning a new language is boring? Think again – with these techniques, you can improve your skills while having fun! Here are seven unorthodox language learning tips that might just change your perspective in the language learning process: Stage a Play It doesn’t have to be a big production. Remember that the keyword to these tips is fun while learning. Stage a short play for a small audience you think would enjoy. Of course, the other key point here is to stage a play in a completely different…

Cool Out of Office Message Examples

Sometimes your position is so crucial that people will need to have someone to turn to in your absence. When that’s the case, it’s often best to keep things professional by telling people when you’ll return and who they can contact in your absence. But, if your situation is a bit less formal, you can also have some fun. I’ll be out of the office until Monday, 24th July. If your message is urgent, please reach out to the lovely and talented Bob Smith at bob@domain.com. If you have breaking…

The importance of food in language development

It’s difficult to overestimate the impact of food on the development of modern languages. The word for the cereal we eat in the morning is derived from Ceres – the Greek goddess of agriculture – while dinner originates from ‘disner’ in Old French, which in turn stems from the Gallo-Romance ‘desjunare’, meaning ‘to break one’s fast’. Food has also infiltrated many aspects of modern communication, with a multitude of common phrases and sayings derived from foods. Even the word ‘food’ itself can be used to describe something that provides mental…

Benefits of learning German

Let’s start like this, English, great and fascinating as it is, it’s not the world. Germany has diplomatic discussions with Austria and they don’t do it in English, just to give you an example. German is complex and precise in ways that English isn’t. English is great and if you can speak it, you should enjoy the huge advantage, but German is surgical. It’s totally accurate. The grammar leaves no doubt what you mean, and in a way, it’s a metaphor for a way of looking at the world that…

British English vs. American English

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many British feel about American English. But are American and British English really so different? Vocabulary The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, the British call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while British go…

Must see while in Berlin

When you are in Berlin you will have a chance to explore a wide variety of cultural content originating from different centuries and not to mention the great German cuisine and beers. So here are some of our tips on places to go and things to see in Berlin. Aside from total cultural immersion, you get the chance to explore the surroundings and practice the language on a completely new level. And it’s no different when you are in Berlin. First, we would like to focus on Germany’s natural wonder,…

London Accents made easy

Have you ever noticed that Londoners speak a little different from the rest of the British people? I’m sure you have! I guess you want British people to pronounce words very clearly, and preferably also slowly! Of course, this does not happen in real life. The main ‘local’ accents that you will hear in London are quite different from each other. The easiest accent for you to understand, and the accent that many English learners try to learn when speaking English, is actually not a local accent at all. It…

Aussie slang you might hear while in Australia

You can expect to make friends with locals when you’re in Australia and a normal part of a social life is to have a drink or two and socialise. So when one of your Aussie friends approaches you with a question “Want to grab an amber fluid?” note that he/she is asking you if you would like to ‘Grab a beer.”. Now it appears that Aussies don’t shorten everything since ‘amber fluid’ is longer than simply ‘beer’. And where other would you grab that ‘amber fluid’ than in a ‘boozer’…

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…

Get more out of your next holiday

The realisation that one can get so much more out of holidays when you have knowledge of the local language has been a huge motivator for many. Yes, you’re less likely to miss the ferry or end up paying through the nose for souvenirs, but the most striking difference you’ll recognise is that you feel comfortable in new environments. Everything may seem unfamiliar, but you’ll be able to navigate your way around with help from the best guide there is — human interaction. You’ll be met with appreciation by locals, as well…