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7 Magical Christmas Traditions from around the World

Ah, Christmas!  Lights are being strung, trees are being decorated, cookies are being burned, and around the world, people are starting to countdown the days to the Christmas holidays.  But wait – how DO other people from other parts of… Continue reading →

Imagine if we all spoke the same language

There are thought to be between 5,000 and 7,000 languages spoken around the world depending on which linguist you ask. But why? Why is it that I, as an English speaker, would say “Oh no, my hat fell off”, whereas… Continue reading →

9 Japanese Anime you may not have heard of

One of the best ways to improve your Japanese is, of course, by watching anime, so we’ve put together a list of great anime of different styles and genres that you might not have heard of before! 1) Astro boy… Continue reading →

10 Must Read Spanish Books

Spanish is not only one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It’s also one of the most widely read. Spanish boasts an impressively large and diverse canon of literature, written across the entire world. Learning Spanish gives… Continue reading →

¿Sabes any Spanglish? Or maybe, un poco de inglañol?

“Spanglish” – You have most likely heard this word before. Or maybe “Inglañol”? Whether you have heard it before or not, you can probably hazard a guess at what it might be. Spanglish is the fascinating result of Spanish and… Continue reading →

Why French is much easier to learn than English

French is the language of love. With its romantic cities, world-class wines, delicious cuisine, and stunning coastline and beaches, who wouldn’t want to learn this beautiful language? Well, as it turns out, many of us have a sort of fear… Continue reading →

Portuguese and Spanish: What’s the difference?

Back in the day, both Portuguese and Spanish both evolved from Latin, and so naturally, they both have many similarities. Many Portuguese speakers even find it very easy to understand Spanish, and vice versa. This also makes it much less… Continue reading →

12 Celebrities Who Speak Many Languages

Many of us look at our heroes or celebrities with a curious fascination. We ask, “How did they get there? I could never do anything close to the things they’ve achieved.” Good news is that’s not completely true! What’s something… Continue reading →

European Spanish and American Spanish – what’s the difference?

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? Or should I say, ¿Qué onda?? Or maybe ¿Diay?? Or ¿Cómo estái?? With millions of speakers, Spanish is one of the largest and most-spoken languages in the world, and is an official language in 20 countries. Like with… Continue reading →

Why Do People Code-Switch?

Ce moment when you start penser en deux langues at the same temps… ever had it? When people start switching words from different languages into and out of their sentences, it turns out they’re not just been pretentious. Well at least, not… Continue reading →

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