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Speak like a local and experience traveling in a whole new way

November 18, 2018

Last week we finished and published a big upgrade to our Spanish learning material. The new basic level courses were designed specifically with the needs of travelers in mind. We tried to create exercises that would include words and phrases needed at the airport, in a taxi, at a restaurant and in other practical traveling situations.   Before we deployed the new course package to the public, we tested the new courses here at the office with extraordinary enthusiasm and…

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Is darkness getting you down? Try hygge and lagom!

November 13, 2018

Winter in the north is long and harsh, but the Danes and the Swedes have their own ways of making it comfortable and even enjoyable – and we found out their secrets. In Denmark, people greet the winter season with a smile, and it’s all thanks to hygge. Hygge is a Danish concept that can be translated loosely as enjoying the atmosphere, pleasant company and the present moment. Hygge means not letting the darkness outside get you down, but instead…

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Tired of forgetting words? Try permanent learning

November 2, 2018

Learning and memory go hand in hand because your brain processes the new things you’re learning together with the old information you already have. You also have two different areas of memory: short-term and long-term memory. Short-term memory handles the new information received by the brain. It can only hold on to things for approximately 10-25 seconds. It also has limited capacity: it’s only possible to keep 4-7 things in mind at the same time. In contrast, long-term memory is like a nearly…

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Ten Spanish Words to Talk About the Day of the Dead

October 30, 2018

Día de Muertos – The Day of the Dead – is a Mexican holiday celebrated 31st of October to remember and celebrate the life of the loved ones that have passed away. Because the Day of the Dead is a very important for the Spanish-speaking world, we made a list of Spanish words you might want to learn before the great celebration. Día de Muertos “Día de Muertos” is the Spanish name for the Day of the Dead. The holiday…

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How Many Words Do You Need to Speak a Foreign Language?

October 22, 2018

Knowledge of a language means being able to communicate – being able to say things and being able to understand what other people are saying. For example, if you can say a few words in English, it doesn’t mean you can speak it fluently, but at least you can say something. Your ability to communicate will get better as your vocabulary gets larger. So how many words do you need to speak a foreign language? Most everyday conversations involve words…

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Learn languages via social media

October 12, 2018

Admit it: Most of us spend hours staring at a screen on a daily basis. Even if we’re just reading the news on our mobile phone, browsing Facebook for a few minutes or watching two or three episodes of our favourite series on Netflix, we are consuming multiple hours of screen time each week. Social media makes up most of this time, but luckily, it’s possible to take advantage of it. Many social media platforms are available globally, which means…

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