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How languages help dreams come true

June 22, 2017
Make dreams come true

Learning languages is more than just studying vocabulary or grammar and taking endless classes. It means dreams, visions and goals. It brings people and cultures together, it takes you to incredible countries, makes conversations possible and even makes people fall in love. We believe that people rarely study a language just for the language itself. There is often a deeper reason, a wish or a goal that inspires people to study. We interviewed three inspiring persons, Sissi, Lauri and Leena-Mari,…

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Magic, fire and open-air dancing: Midsummer celebrations in Finland, Sweden and Spain

June 20, 2017

We Finns believe that Midsummer is the second best party of the year (Christmas is the best). Midsummer in the north is all about sauna, barbecue, bonfires, dancing and magic (one of the most popular rituals is to run around the dewy fields naked). In addition to the abovementioned activities, Swedes also like to erect maypoles and dance around them.  In both countries, people head out of the cities to their summer cottages already on Thursday or Friday morning to decorate…

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Interview with a polyglot: Essi speaks 4 languages fluently

June 9, 2017

Essi Pohto, a Finnish pedagogy student, is WordDive’s own polyglot who is fluent in four languages. She is working as a summer intern at WordDive and will graduate as a teacher of English, Italian and German next year. She also speaks some Russian and French. – Languages have always been present in my life. I was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for the first eight years of my life. Later we spent several years in Central and Southern…

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The hidden gems of Europe – WordDive team members reveal their favorite destinations

June 6, 2017

Are your travel plans still open for the summer? Would you like to try something different from the traditional tourist traps? In this post, we have gathered our best tips and recommendations for discovering the hidden gems of Europe. These less-known destinations are definitely worth the visit if you are looking for something new and exciting.   Austria: Linz Our summer intern Essi lived in Linz, Austria for 18 months when she was about 6 years old. She revisited the town later…

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3 tips for self-studying a foreign language

May 30, 2017

You can study languages at school for years without ever really learning to speak them. Even if you know a lot of words and understand the basics of grammar (in theory), conversational fluency can seem like a million miles away. This post includes some of our best tips, tricks and self-study techniques that will help you learn a foreign language in the most natural, easy and entertaining way. Language learning podcasts One of the best way to test your skills in practice is…

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How to learn a new language and make new friends

May 5, 2017

When you are an adult, making new friends feels somehow harder. Your life spins around the same things everyday: work, groceries, home, gym, and the same all over again. Most of the old friends have spread around the country and around the world looking for a job or love. It’s become difficult to start conversations with strangers. Where could you even meet new people? When you are on vacation, the mood is more relaxed: you are smiling more and there’s a…

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