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Language learners’ false friends

July 27, 2018

False friends (German: Falsche Freunde) refer to words or phrases in two languages which are similar but which mean different things. These resemblances can be external, meaning that the words look the same, but the words can also have a similar pronunciation. False friends can be perplexing for both language learners and language professionals. Below are some words we have gathered that may give you a headache! gift ≠ das Gift English: gift = German: das Geschenk German: das Gift = English: poison chef…

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A clear plan helps you succeed

July 27, 2018

Setting goals is one of the most important steps when you want to succeed. They help you to identify what exactly you want to achieve and to focus on what really matters. First, you need to identify the fundamental reason why you are studying a foreign language. Why do you want to learn Spanish? What do you do when you are able to have conversations in Spanish? When you have figured out the answers to these questions, you have discovered…

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How to join and leave a conversation

July 20, 2018

Are you going to an event where you don’t know anyone but would like to make new acquaintances? It’s not easy to start a conversation with someone you don’t know, especially in a foreign language. However, these tips will get you started easily. Observe the situation and listen Before joining a conversation, it’s wise to observe the situation first. The body language of the others will tell you if it’s a conversation that is okay to join. You will notice…

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Barbecue and picnic traditions from around the world

July 13, 2018

We Finns like to grill. Charcoal grills start popping up on our back yards the minute the first rays of spring sun touch the grass, and from Midsummer on, the smell of freshly roasted grill delicacies fills up the neighborhoods almost on a daily basis. But what kind of grilling habits do people have in other countries? We discovered some interesting barbecue and picnic traditions from different parts of the world. Perhaps some of these are already familiar to you!…

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Learning sentence structure

July 6, 2018

In order to have the ability to use a foreign language fluently, it’s not enough if you just know a bunch of words. You also need to be able to put them together to form sentences that make sense. Some languages are known for their tricky word order, and building sentences just like in your own first language may be impossible. Studying rules from a book is not for all of us Every language has its own challenges. In one…

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Spanish sayings about life

July 6, 2018

Spaniards know how to be joyful, carefree and enjoy life. Of course, every human being is an individual and life situations vary, but in general, being joyful is considered a virtue in Spanish culture. Bad things happen to all of us, and sometimes there is nothing you can do about them, but in most cases you can at least try to look on the bright side and focus on the things that are good and still there. This positive and…

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