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Differences between American English and British English

Differences between American English and British English

Although the United States and the United Kingdom share the same language, many differences can be found in the vocabulary, the grammar or the pronunciation. On top of that, both countries have very different cultures, which can be found in the food, their history, the sports they play, or even the TV shows they usually watch.

In contrast, it’s true that they both share the mile system, but it is actually the only measurement system that they have in common! In short, it can be said that the two countries are divided by a common language! All of these points will be developed in this article (among many others), so if you’re interested to discover all the differences, they will be listed below!

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Is Serbo-Croatian still a thing?

Is Serbo-Croatian still a thing?

Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro. 4 countries of Western Balkans and their language chaos

Speaking about Serbo-Croatian or asking if the same language is in use in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro is a good way to start a discussion among people from those countries. Opinions on this are different and due to the region’s complicated past, this topic may lead to a real argument. The good news is that no matter if you do Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian or Montenegrinian course, it will help you on your travels through all of the four above mentioned countries! Some words and phrases are good to know whether you decide to go partying in Belgrade, explore Croatian islands, sunbathe on Montenegrin beaches, or try some tasty food in Sarajevo. Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, and Montenegrins understand each other almost perfectly. However, there are some differences between how they speak in each country. Let’s see what they are!

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Best movies for learning Turkish

Best movies for learning Turkish

Learn a language by watching movies

The first reason is that you can be familiar with daily conversations. As you all know, all movies are for native speakers and the language that they use reflect daily language. Watching movies is one of the best ways to learn a language. Because you can understand their daily conservations and pronunciation. Secondly, listening is one of the most important key elements in learning a language. Listening can help to memorize foreign words and phrases easily. Additionally, even if you do not understand the meaning of words in a movie, you can easily understand or guess because of the visuality of cinema.

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The differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese

The differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese

You can learn a lot about a language by its country’s history and culture. So, if one of your goals is to learn Portuguese, the history of Brazil and the history of Portugal are very important in order to understand not only the Portuguese language but also the main differences between both variants.

Origin of the European Portuguese

The European Portuguese origin comes from the vulgar Latin. The language was first introduced by the roman who occupied the Iberian Peninsula. We can call Portuguese a neolatin language, since it is one of the modern languages that originated from the vulgar Latin. The Portuguese language suffered modifications with the invasion of the Germans and later the Arabs, although their language was never established in total. In the XV century, the peninsula was reconquered from the Arabs and after that different dialects emerged from the contact of the Arabic and Latin.

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The truth about French stereotypes

The truth about French stereotypes

French people are well known for a lot of French things that represent basic French stereotypes. In this article, the goal is to contextualise in the XXIst century all the French stereotypes, to tell the truth and to stop spreading false stereotypes. We are going to speak about sixteen key points which refer to French things. To facilitate the reading, we can classify them by sections. The first section talks about clothes, the second one about meal traditions and the last one about attitudes.

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Romanian phrases to sound like a native

Romanian phrases to sound like a native

Why is it important to learn common Romanian expressions?

Learning vocabulary is probably one of the most important parts when it comes to studying a new language. Whether you want to learn Romanian for fun, to do your studies, find a job or visit this country of mystery and romance, you will most likely meet some colloquial language. Such informal words and phrases can cause many misunderstandings, that’s why it’s important to know them. If you will learn and understand different informal Romanian phrases and words, it will help you impress the locals, express your thoughts in a more interesting and colourful way and understand the Romanian culture better than any unprepared tourist.

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Top 5 similarities between Kazakh and Turkish languages

Top 5 similarities between Kazakh and Turkish languages

It is widely known that people in Kazakhstan speak Russian as a second language and use Cyrillic script as a base for Kazakh alphabet. Therefore, many foreigners think that Kazakh language is similar to Russian. However, it is not true at all. The two languages are totally different, and they don’t share any resemblances in word formation, grammatical or lexical structure. Of course, you can find Russian loanwords in Kazah, but there are not so many.

Now you are puzzled, and you wonder “if Kazakh is not like Russian, then how does it sound like it and to what language is it related?”. The answer is Turkish.

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Chinese slang words: how to sound cool in China

Chinese slang words: how to sound cool in China

Slang words are never taught at school but it’s quite useful to know them. When your Chinese friends are gossiping about a leftover woman 剩女, you might want to know what they are talking about. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to understand their gossip after learning these useful Chinese slang words.

Here is a list of Chinese slang words used in everyday life:

1. Playboy 大猪蹄子 (dà zhūtí zǐ)

听说她男朋友是一个大猪蹄子Tīngshuō tā nánpéngyou shì yīgè dà zhūtí zǐ
I heard that her boyfriend is a big pig’s trotter.

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Top 10 Expressions to Start with in Arabic

Top 10 Expressions to Start with in Arabic

What do you know about Arabic?

Are you considering starting to learn Arabic? Great idea! As you probably know, Arabic (or al-ʿArabiyyah) is the lingua franca of the Arab world. There are around 400 million speakers of the Arabic language if we take into consideration all of its varieties. It makes it the fifth most spoken language in the whole world! While learning Arabic you may encounter various obstacles, but finding a person to talk to surely won’t be one of them 😉

The majority of these people speak Standard Arabic, which is the modern form of Classical Arabic. Learning Standard Arabic is a good starting point to get to know the diverse Arab culture. Of course, considering the great number of Arabic speakers, you have to be aware that the colloquial language may vary from one region to another. Indeed, there are three major dialect groups: Western, Northern and Southern. But regardless of the region, Standard Arabic is the language that will allow you to communicate with the native community without mishap.

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Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#10- Cyprus)

Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#10- Cyprus)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CYPRUS ??

For the tenth episode of our humble podcast, we are joined by our Cypriot guest Maria. Yes, you have read it right! lol. Maybe shes’s the first Cypriot you ever listened to in your life. She brought her unique critical mindset that allowed us to discuss many topics like:

    • The life in Cyprus
    • Traveling in Cyprus
    • Political wire topics
    • Cypriot Dialect  
    • The most important: almost an hour of positive vibes and talks
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