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! read more
Goethe. Schiller. Kant. Brecht. – German is the language of poets and thinkers. The West Germanic language is therefore also known to be difficult and complicated. If you google “learn German” you can even read articles and blog posts that list reasons why it is impossible to learn German. We want to stand up to them: As with all languages, there are heavy and light components in German. Yes, German grammar is not the easiest. But is German hard to learn? Definitely no! There are enough reasons why German is not as complicated as many people think and actually easy to learn. We have summarized 5 of them to take away your fear of learning German. read more
Everyone knows that when we finish secondary school even if we have learnt various languages, we feel bad at French, Spanish, German, Italian or another language. Here, you will find some advice to know how to get fluent in languages and how to memorise vocabulary.
As it was previously mentioned, admittedly we are not good at languages leaving high school, for all that we are not starting from scratch. A lot of parameters are taken into account to get fluent in languages. As we can notice in classes, we have to practice the 5 language skills which include written and oral comprehension, written and oral expression and culture awareness. Usually, oral expression is the least practised language skill whereas it is fundamental to improve language skills. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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 read more
I heard that her boyfriend is a big pig’s trotter.
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. read more