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How loanwords make language learning easier?

September 14, 2018

Cultures and languages are constantly changing and interacting with each other. On the level of language, the interaction can be seen in loanwords, which are found in every language in the world. A loanword is a word borrowed from another language that has not been translated to the target language. It also has its own special meaning, usually not found in the target language’s own, original vocabulary. In some cases, loanwords are spelled or pronounced a bit differently in the…

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7 reasons why every student should learn foreign languages

August 31, 2018

Polytechnic and university studies usually include only a few mandatory language courses. Even if you would like to include more languages in your studies, it might be difficult to fit them into your schedule. I remember that I would have liked to study more languages in high school, but in the end, my schedule was too full of other courses and I couldn’t fit them in. Luckily, it is never too late to start learning a new language! I have…

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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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