Speaking French outside of France: Get to know the Belgian, Swiss, and Canadian idioms!

Speaking French outside of France: Get to know the Belgian, Swiss, and Canadian idioms!

Just like English and Spanish, the French language can be very different from one country to the other. This article is here to help you understand how French can be different in other French-speaking countries such as Canada, Belgium or Switzerland. Get acquainted with the most used words or idioms and understand some funny bickering between France and other French-speaking countries!


Why is French different…

In Quebec?

If you know your geography well, you have probably noticed that Quebec is quite far from France (compared to Belgium or Switzerland), and that just as the United States it was colonised. Quebec is not a country, it’s a province that belongs to Canada. Canada has English and French as its official languages. In 1534, the explorer Jacques Cartier claimed the land in the name of King Francis I of France, and thus New France (the former name of Quebec) was born. In 1763, after losing a battle, the French empire was forced to cease its land to the British empire, and from then on the language evolved differently. Something funny about the Canadian language is that it seems to be closer to the French language of the 17th century. Indeed, before that, the French from France and all the settlers that came to New France spoke exactly the same French. That is to say, they did not pronounce every syllable of the words. After the 17th century, France decided that the French had to pronounce every syllable and Quebeckers continued to speak French as they used to!

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How to learn languages during self-isolation

How to learn languages during self-isolation

Times are hard, folks.

Wherever you are in the world, we know for sure that the moment you turn the TV on, you are bombarded with tragic news about the current situation regarding Coronavirus. We believe that every social media is soaked enough with information about this topic, so we won’t give you any more detail about it.

On the contrary, we’d like to try to take your mind off it and provide you with some ways to kill your time during this boring and draining lockdown. At the end of the day, who says you can’t enrich yourself and make the most out of your time even if you’re stuck inside your house? In fact, you can still have access to a great number of entertaining resources from there.

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Review: Babbel vs Anki vs VocApp – best language learning apps

Review: Babbel vs Anki vs VocApp – best language learning apps

Ah, technology… how ingenious it is! Whether you want to learn a new language or you want to go back to studying a language you haven’t spoken in years, don’t worry! Today you can do it thanks to several useful language learning apps.

There are really plenty of apps and websites that allow you to learn foreign languages online and that promise you to become fluent in foreign languages, with the need to use them only for a short time a day.

Today we will talk about some of the best language learning apps, I will review them, we will analyse three of them (Babbel, Anki and VocApp) and we will see the pros and cons of those apps so that you will know how to learn languages fast.

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Substantive differences between American English and British English

Substantive 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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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.

Although the language wasn’t established in total, the Arabic occupation in Portugal was crucial to shape the Portuguese language, given that there are more than one thousand words in Portuguese that have Arabic roots. Which is also why Arabs can learn Portuguese more easily! Here are some examples of those words:

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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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Russian verb conjugation – the simplest explanation and tips

Russian verb conjugation – the simplest explanation and tips

The Russian language is in the top most spoken languages in the world, with over 258 million people talking in this fascinating language. It is considered one of the most complex languages and a very rich one. Learning Russian will help you discover the interesting Russian culture and history and meet a lot of people. Russian grammar is sometimes unreachable for native speakers because it’s so elaborate, so don’t worry if you make some mistakes in Russian. Since so many people want to learn this captivating language, we decided to help you with the Russian grammar and with the Russian verb conjugation in particular.

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Babbel vs Anki vs VocApp – Comparison and Reviews

Babbel vs Anki vs VocApp – Comparison and Reviews

Comparison of the language learning apps: Babbel, Anki and VocApp

Ah, technology… how ingenious it is! Whether you want to learn a new language or you want to go back to studying a language you haven’t spoken in years, don’t worry! Today you can do it thanks to several useful language learning apps.

There are really plenty of apps and websites that allow you to learn foreign languages online and that promise you to become fluent in foreign languages, with the need to use them only for a short time a day.

Today we will talk about some of the best language learning apps, I will review them, we will analyse three of them (Babbel, Anki and VocApp) and we will see the pros and cons of those apps so that you will know how to learn languages fast.

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The most common Italian stereotypes

The most common Italian stereotypes

The most common Italian stereotypes

If you are planning to study Italian or you just want to travel to Italy, you will certainly have in mind some Italians stereotypes!

First of all, what is a stereotype?

A stereotype is a set of beliefs about the typical characteristics of a social group. It is a generalization about the group that does not consider the specific individuals’ characteristics. Normally stereotypes do not have a negative connotation, we are the ones who create them.

Let’s start analysing the various stereotypes about Italians!

The first stereotype is, of course, that Italians gesticulate and express themselves with their hands. Gesticulating is an integral part of the Italian culture! This is one of the Italian habits that foreigners find surprising and inexplicable. Many foreigners don’t understand the necessity to gesticulate while talking, and for this reason, they come to the conclusion that Italians speak with their hands.

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Italian expressions that will make you sound like a local

Italian expressions that will make you sound like a local

Italian expressions that will make you sound like a local

If you are studying Dante’s language, the “bel canto” language, the opera’s language, the moda’s language, the cooking language, the art’s language and the “Bel Paese”’s language, we are sure that you would like to learn some Italian expressions to sound like a local during your next trip to Italy or to use when you talk with your Italian friends or colleagues!

We think that it’s essential to learn Italian expressions and Italian slang if you want to learn the language since most of the informal conversations always contain them. Italian slang and Italian expressions are usually avoided in school books, but don’t worry! We have collected here some of the Italian expressions and of the Italian slang that are most used by Italian native speakers. Let’s get started!

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