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Turns Out, Languages Are Inherently Happy

Even though most people seem to enjoy complaining (some more so than others), it appears that the languages we do it in don’t feel the same way. According to some ...

What Language Is NOT

Previously on our blog, we’ve covered what “language” is but one could argue that more important is the question of what language is not. This is because it’s almost impossible ...

What Are Homomorphs, Homographs, Homophones, and Homonyms?

Trying to make sense of linguistic terms can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when the terms are very similar in both meaning and sound. Such is the case with homonyms, ...

Quick Explanation: There, Their, and They’re

English might be the most common second language on the planet, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s the easiest language to learn. The maddening number of homonyms in English ...

How to Manage Learning Several Languages at the Same Time

Learning a single foreign language is tough enough, much less two (or more) at the same time. Yet, there are those who swear by this method, claiming that it’s not ...

Top Blogs Any Language Learner Should Follow

There are plenty of ways you can use the Internet to help you with your language learning. Regardless of what your target language is, you’ll be able to find valuable ...

Use Social Media to Learn a Language

Like it or not, we live in the age of social media. Even now the king of that hill - Facebook - has quickly gone from the good guy to ...

5 Ways Music Can Help You Learn a Language

It is not without reason that playing an instrument is often listed among the best hobbies a language learner can have. Early childhood musical education has been proven to have ...

4 Excellent Websites for Learning Italian

No matter if you are a supporter or a critic of the web and social media, you must admit that we live in the era of the Internet. Much like ...

How to Keep Yourself Motivated When Learning a Language

Especially if you’re tackling learning your target language by yourself, keeping the motivation up is a never-ending struggle. When you first start hitting the mid-level plateau, where your progress is ...

6 Tips for Writing Better Business Emails

Whether you like it or not, if you work in an office (or anywhere near a computer), you will spend a good chunk of your day dealing with emails. According ...

6 Features of Italian You Might Find Challenging

Italian is one of the most popular languages to learn in the world. Many people love Italy and its language because of the rich history, art, food, and music. However, ...

6 Interesting Facts About Danish

Danish is an old language spoken today by around 6 million people mostly in Denmark and the northern parts of the neighbouring Germany, where it has minority language status. It ...

6 Research-Backed Benefits of Learning a New Language

There are many scenarios for why we decide to study a new tongue. The reasons behind this decision are inherently personal, as some of us want to be able to ...

In Praise of the Singular “They”

2015 was a ground-breaking year. At least in the very narrow field of gender-neutral pronouns. It was 2015 that the American Dialect society picked the singular “they” as their word ...

Using Loanwords to Help You Learn a Language

Learning a new language, even one that’s completely different from your mother tongue, you can be happily surprised to find words familiar to you. A French person who wants to ...

Onomatopoeia – Fun to Say, Easy to Learn

Everyone knows that the most important part of learning a new language is increasing your vocabulary. You can get by without much of grammar but you can neither speak nor ...

What to Focus on as a Beginner Language Learner

Starting anything new can be daunting. And whether you’re just starting on your first foreign language or seventh, it’s important to take the correct first steps to make the whole ...

What’s the Deal with Double Negatives in English?

Not using double negatives in English is one of those rules that everyone who speaks the language has heard of. While it’s not (yet) destined to the scrapheap of outdated ...

Quick Explanation: Loanwords vs Cognates

Words that resemble one another are common in all of the world’s languages. Through historical trade and relations with neighbouring countries, vocabulary elements have spread far and wide from their ...

Listen Up: Best Podcasts for English Learners

We never seem to have time these days, especially time to learn a new language. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of the few free moments in your day ...

8 Interesting Facts about Czech

Czech is a fascinating language. It belongs in the West Slavic group, together with its close neighbours Slovak and Polish. It is also so similar to these two languages that ...

What is Language Death?

A while back, we covered the sad issue of language death on our blog - a process that is only expected to pick up speed in the coming decades. The ...

Want to Become Fluent? Close Your Textbook

As with anything, it takes lots of practice to get good at learning a language. And no, we’re not talking about your target language itself. You also need practice to ...

How Technology Is NOT Changing Language Teaching

Technology is awesome! I think we can agree on that. The problem for us language teachers is that it’s taking away our customer base and moving it online. Now, we ...

Why Are So Many Languages Dying Out? Part Two

In the first part of this blog post, we looked at why it’s difficult to attach concrete numbers to language death but why it is still considered a problem that ...

25 Essential Russian Proverbs and Idioms

We hear proverbs and sayings from early childhood: first from parents and grandparents, then from teachers and colleagues. Growing older and wiser, we, in turn, share them with our younger ...

Why Are So Many Languages Dying Out? Part One

You’ve probably heard that we’re currently in the middle of the sixth wave of grand extinctions in the history of the planet. Animal and plant species are disappearing at an ...

Why Tonal Languages Are Not That Difficult

Every learner, who is not born into a tonal language, knows and dreads the difficulty of trying to learn a language that distinguishes meaning based on tone. The most famous ...

4 Ways You Can Practise Your Target Language Without Even Noticing

As everyone (and their dog) will tell you, learning a foreign language takes quite a bit of effort and perseverance. And that is certainly true. The cold hard fact is ...

What Makes a Language Difficult?

Determining the difficulty of a language is itself a difficult task. As we’ve argued before, there really isn’t such a thing as a hard language to learn. Since learning a ...

7 Words That Have a New Meaning in the Internet Age

Over the last couple of decades, the Internet has slowly seeped into and transformed the everyday life of about half of the population on this planet. Its pervasive influence reaches ...

3 Common Reasons Why People Stop Learning a Language (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Learning a language is a long process and it’s often challenging to keep yourself motivated on the road to fluency. That’s also why many people stop and quit before they’ve ...

7 Interesting Facts about Catalan

As the other Romance languages, Catalan developed from Latin. More specifically, the version of Latin spoken on the Iberian peninsula. The variants of Latin preferred by the commoners and spoken ...

How Spaced Repetition Will Help You Learn Your Target Language

Whether it’s learning for a university exam or trying to memorise new vocabulary in your target language, any learner can benefit from the spaced repetition technique. Spaced repetition makes you ...

Spaced Repetition – Language Learner’s Best Friend

There are many ways you can make your way to fluency easier. Be it language hacks or creating a routine that works for you, taking advantage of various learning tools ...

5 Советов Учителям Русского Языка

Русский язык является самым распространенным из славянских и седьмым по количеству носителей в мире. Поэтому многие стремятся изучать русский для работы, ради карьерных перспектив, образования или просто чтобы узнать больше ...

10 Interesting Facts about Cantonese

As is the case with most languages spoken natively in the region today called “China”, Cantonese is among the Sino-Tibetan languages. It is a major language spoken in southeastern China ...

Does the Language We Speak Influence the Way We Think? Part 3

In the previous parts of this series, we’ve looked at the history of the idea that your mother tongue guides your everyday thoughts and how well this theory is grounded ...

5 Tips for Russian Teachers

The Russian language is the most common of the Slavic and seventh in total number of speakers in the world. Therefore, many people seek to learn Russian for work and ...

Finding a Teaching Job in Sweden

Sweden is a great country to move to and pursue a profession in teaching. However, as in other European countries, there are certain regulations and requirements when it comes to ...

7 Interesting Facts about Ukrainian

The Ukrainian language is one of the most widespread Slavic languages ​​in the world, second only to Russian. Ranked by the number of native speakers, Ukrainian is the 26th most ...

10 Interesting Facts about Norwegian

Norwegian belongs to the North Germanic group of Indo European languages. It has been highly influenced by the country’s union with Sweden and especially Denmark throughout history. Waves of immigrants ...

How to Showcase Your Teaching Skills Online

It’s probably not surprising that in this day and age, having a strong online presence is necessary for all businesses and freelancers, no matter what field you are in. As ...

Studying Abroad in Sweden

If you are thinking of studying abroad, you should include Sweden as one of your options. In Sweden, you can find a number of different programs, taught at Bachelor’s and ...

5 More Outdated Grammar Rules You Can Safely Ignore

Languages are constantly on the move. They perform daily transformations thanks to the various ways people use them and, over time, those minute changes pile up and create something new ...

Extensive vs Intensive Reading

In a previous blog post, we touched briefly on the distinction between extensive and intensive reading as learning strategies. The first of the two claims that the biggest improvements can ...

Why Reading in Your Target Language Could Just Be Your Best Learning Tool

Reading might not seem like the most important task you should be focussing on when learning your target language. After all, reading is a very passive way of learning the ...

Does the Language We Speak Influence the Way We Think? Part 2

The idea that language shapes the way we think about the world seems almost self-evident. After all, aren’t all of our thoughts filtered through our native language? And it would ...

In Defence of Staying in Your Comfort Zone

One of the first pieces of advice you might have heard when starting learning a new language is that you need to get out of your comfort zone to ever ...

3 Tips for Choosing Background Music While Learning a Language

Having music in the background while learning a language can have unexpected positive effects. When chosen properly, music can increase focus, motivation, and make the experience more fun. But at ...

4 Ways to Improve Writing in Your Target Language

Especially if you’re using your target language for business reasons, there is really no way around writing. So much of today’s communication goes on in the written form that you ...

Does the Language We Speak Influence the Way We Think? Part 1

There’s this popular and tantalising theory that the language we speak (and, indeed, think in) shapes our thoughts and the way we interact with the world. You can see how ...

4 Outdated English Grammar Rules

When you learn them at school, rules of grammar may very well seem eternal. After all, what you’re learning is the “proper” way of speaking and that should be something ...

Lonely Languages – The Mysteries of Language Isolates

Even today, mysteries remain common in the world of languages and one of the biggest of these is the origin of the world’s language isolates. The term refers to languages ...

The 5 Best Ways to Improve Your English Online

If you are looking to improve on your English studies then the Internet could very well provide a few extra tools for you. There is such a wide range of ...

How Can You Recognise a Great Language Teacher?

Self-study is definitely a great way to approach language learning. You get to pick and choose what topics interest you and fully customise your process. But, there does come a ...

3 Excellent Reasons for Learning Swiss German

Switzerland - the country of glorious mountains and the best chocolate in the world - is also home to some of the more interesting dialects of German. In the isolated ...

25 Essential Estonian Idioms and Proverbs

Reaching a level of language proficiency where you can freely understand all the idioms and slang the natives so casually throw around is a cherished milestone for many. Reading the ...

What Works Best in a Language Learning Routine

As we mentioned in a previous blog post about creating a learning routine, the most important part of any such schedule would be that it works for you. There is ...

How to Get into a Successful Routine in Language Learning

“Routine” is a word that sends shivers down the spines of most people. It brings to mind the numbing repetition of boring tasks without any hope of a finish line ...

10 Interesting Facts about Bulgarian

Bulgarian belongs in the same big language family as many others found in Europe - Indo-European. From this bigger group, Bulgarian is a part of the Southern branch and belongs ...

Q&A: Gaining Confidence in Speaking English and Expanding Your Vocabulary

Speaking is usually the main aim for most people learning a foreign language. But there just seems to be something frightening about opening your mouth and speaking those first words ...

“Every learner is unique”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Michael B in Brussels ||

Michael B who teaches English in Brussels shares what he finds makes English such an interesting language and how you can go about learning it. ‘Tips from our teachers’ is ...

Take up these 4 hobbies to become a better learner

It’s no secret that the only way to truly master anything in life is through deliberate and constant practice. That is how you first learn to walk, talk, and pretty ...

5 Winning Language Learning Strategies

Learning a language is certainly a personal process. You have your own goals in mind when choosing what to practise and the reasons for becoming fluent also differ from person ...

10 Interesting Facts about Basque

Basque is a rather unique language in Europe. Squeezed in between Spain and France, Basque country is home to most of the native Basque speakers in the world, although a ...

First Things to Do to Get Started Learning a Language

Even the longest journey starts with a single step and learning a language can certainly be a long hike. However, if you get off on the right foot, you’ll find ...

The Way Animals Can Also Speak a Language

While the jury is still out on how to exactly define what a language is, it is quite definitely the most complex system of communication on the planet. But, in ...

What is “Language”?

Whether you’re learning your first or seventh language, you essentially need to go through the same motions: learn vocabulary and the grammar rules to manipulate your newfound words into sentences ...

Q&A: How to Improve Your Speaking Skills and English Vocabulary

Learning to speak you target language properly is usually quite high on a language learner’s priority list. This is why our English teacher in Berlin, Rhys N, has agreed to ...

“Think less, worry less and just speak”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Rhys N in Berlin ||

Rhys N who teaches English in Berlin shares the best way to start learning English, what to keep in mind during your learning process, and how to speak English with ...

Coke, Soda, or Pop: The Various Forms of American English

You’re probably familiar with the differences between British and American English. You’ve heard people swoon over the British accent and often it can feel as if American English was the ...

Quick Explanation: National Languages vs Official Languages

When talking about languages, it’s often marked in how many countries they are the national or official language in. For example, English is an official language in 54 states. But ...

10 Interesting Facts about Albanian

Albanian is a fascinating tongue that originates from Southern Europe. It’s an official language in Albania and Kosovo, in addition to being a common minority language in the Balkan region ...

What’s So Different About Swiss German and Standard German?

Previously, we wrote a short introduction to the peculiar world of Swiss German but today, we’ll focus more closely on what differentiates the Alemannic dialects (of which the language spoken ...

Speaking Several Languages is Good for Your Health

The benefits of speaking several languages are plenty and often obvious. From enjoying your favourite authors in their original language to easily communicating with people from different countries, learning a ...

A Quick Introduction to Swiss German

German is the most widely spoken first language in Europe which is probably no surprise. Germany has the highest population and German is also spoken beyond its borders. As with ...

Is the Internet Ruining Language?

With the rise of instant messaging and social media, written language has never been subject to fewer rules. Some claim that texting is actually more like speech than written communication ...

“Motivation is the engine of any learning”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Marta E in Barcelona ||

Marta E who teaches Spanish in Barcelona talks about why she loves Spanish and shares the best tips for beginner learners who might be struggling with getting started. ‘Tips from ...

“Open your mind”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Vega G in Salamanca ||

Vega G who teaches Spanish in Salamanca shares the best way to start learning Spanish, getting over the fear of speaking and customising the learning process to yourself. ‘Tips from ...

Fear of Making Mistakes – A Language Learner’s Worst Enemy

Does any of the following sound familiar to you: You’ve studied your target language a lot but it keeps happening. You may feel confident for a while but when you ...

“The more you speak to others, the less scary it becomes”

Tips from our teachers:
|| DeLaney A in Budapest ||

Delaney A who teaches English in Budapest shares the best way you can get conversation practice and let go of the fear of speaking. Delaney suggests getting a conversation mentor ...

The Differences in Spanish Across the World

Deciding to learn Spanish is a great decision for many reasons. Not least of those is that the language is spoken in over 20 different countries, on continents as different ...

Teaching Phrasal Verbs with the Help of Context

There is something about the sly way that phrasal verbs masquerade as familiar verbs that leads most English language learners to despise and distrust them. The consummate wolf in sheep’s ...

“Make as many mistakes as you need”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Hugo B in Vienna ||

Hugo B who teaches Portuguese in Vienna tells us what he finds fascinating about the language he teaches and gives tips on how you can get over the fear of ...

“In learning a language consistency is key”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Alex J in Berlin ||

Alex J who teaches English in Berlin share his thoughts about what brings success in language learning and how you can start speaking with confidence. Alex has been teaching people ...

10 Interesting Facts about Afrikaans

Did you know that Afrikaans was first brought into South Africa, where it is still spoken today, with the arrival of Dutch settlers? At first, Dutch was spoken but, over ...

10 Cool French Facts You Probably Never Knew

French is a Romance language and for many, the language of romance. Together with English, French is spoken in five continents. It's a language spoken in 53 countries, with 76.1 ...

“Listen to the radio and read newspapers”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Isabelle B in Paris ||

Isabelle B who teaches French in Paris, shares the best materials you can use to get ready for your language exam. With years of experience in preparing her students for ...

Language Learning Tips for Lazy People

We are all lazy sometimes. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, laziness is often seen as something negative but you could also call it efficiency. At least, that’s what you ...

Great Online Resources for Learning English Part 2

English is quite simply the most popular foreign language for people to learn, quite probably due to its status as the lingua franca for pretty much all international communication. In ...

“The best way to learn a language is through necessity”

Tips from our teachers

‘Tips from our teachers’ is a regular series we run on our blog where we ask our teachers to shares tips and advice on improving their language skills. Use materials ...

“Improving your accent is a bit like playing the guitar”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Michael R from Budapest ||

Michael R, who teaches English in Budapest, shares the advice he gives to his students to help them improve their confidence, accent and writing skills. 'Tips from our teachers' is ...

Language Practice in Florence: Speakeasy Multilingual Florence

The lovely Florence, or Firenze, in Italy is not only a beloved travel destination but, additionally, it has quite a lot to offer for language learners as well. More famous ...

15 Language Learning Techniques from Talented Polyglots around the World

How long does it take to become a polyglot? Some prodigy people like William James Sidis can master a new language in just a year. Unfortunately, for many of us ...

4 Fun Ways to Improve Your Russian Skills

The Russian language is one of the most recognizable languages in the world: its softness, melodic sound, and roundness of /o/ vowel make it lovable and warm, while simultaneously its ...

Tips for a Foreign Language Job Interview

In today’s world, many employers expect their workers to be able to speak at least two languages. Being proficient in several languages is also one of the surest ways you ...

Language Practice in Moscow: Moscow Language Exchange

Since Moscow is the economic centre of Russia and most of the county’s foreign trade goes through here, its inhabitants have long embraced the necessity of knowing English - possibly ...

Language Practice in Moscow: English-Speaking Meetups

The plentiful opportunities of offer and rich history of Russia’s capital has been drawing people in for centuries. While the country’s relationship with the West is currently somewhat strained, the ...

The Difference Between Lingua Franca, Pidgin, and Creole Languages

Because languages are freely evolving phenomena with the sole purpose of facilitating communication between people, it’s hard to separate them into static boxes. As we have previously covered on our ...

False Friends in Language Learning

False friends are the worst whether it comes to everyday life or language learning. Sneaking into our lives under the guise of something else, they often all show their real ...

Is Knowing Grammar Important?

In the recent years, there has been a quiet revolution in the language learning community. The revolution has been over the importance of grammar in second language acquisition. When in ...

Preparing Yourself for Success on the TOEFL Independent Essay

For students who need to take the TOEFL, the first step is clear: take a practice test. Once you have your practice test results, students can and should set up ...

Language Practice in Paris: TripMeeters Paris

Paris being among the top tourist and expat destinations in the world definitely comes with perks if you are looking for ways to practice your target language. The new home ...

“Always always always read!”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Paige J from Toronto ||

Paige J, who teaches English in Toronto, shares the advice she gives to her students to help them improve their reading, writing and speaking skills. 'Tips from our teachers' is ...

Language Practice in Paris: Polyglot Club Paris

The capital of France has been charming people for centuries now. From the 17th century, when Paris first became a major centre of culture and finance, its influence has only ...

Grammatical Gender’s Effect on Language and Thought

In our previous post about grammatical gender in languages, we gave a general introduction to the topic. Read the last article to see how and why grammatical genders might have ...

Grammatical Gender in Languages

In order to properly systematise a language, it’s important to group together words that have some aspects in common. That way, you simply need to learn a limited amount of ...

Language Practice in Lisbon: Lisbon Portuguese English Exchange

If you believe newspapers, Lisbon is on its way up. Maybe it’s not quite on the scale of Berlin or Barcelona but many travellers and expats are waking up to ...

Der, Die, Das Part 2 – How to Determine the Right Article in German

Determining the right article and, thus, the gender of German nouns might be one of the most confusing aspects of this particular language. Sure, grammatical genders are definitely not an ...

Der, Die, Das Part 1 – Introduction to Genders in German

In English, there is luckily only one definite article - the - and two indefinite articles - a, an - thanks to the fact that the language does not make ...

Die Vielfalt der englischen Sprache

“How do you do” vs. “How's it goin' mate” – Während unsere (Groß)eltern noch mit Peter Pim und Billy Ball Englisch lernten und somit Floskeln wie “How do you do?” ...

4 More Tips for Getting Better at Memorising Vocabulary

While the importance of grammar, for example, is being fiercely debated in the language learning communities, with some arguing that it is not necessary to waste your time on if ...

5 Tips for Getting Better at Memorising New Vocabulary

You can hardly become fluent without knowing any words in your target language. So, acquiring new vocabulary is a necessary (albeit somewhat annoying) step every language learner must take. From ...

Language Practice in Dublin: Language Exchange Ireland

When finding opportunities to practice your English ate as easy as joining a Meetup group or two in Dublin, the case for other languages is less rosy. There is an ...

Language Practice in Dublin: The Daily English

In a last year’s poll, Dublin earned the title of third most welcoming city in Europe, with a whopping 89% of people saying that foreigners are good for the city ...

Free Online Tools That Help (Almost) All Language Learners

Although language lessons and private teachers remain the top way of seeing quick improvement in your language skills, free resources that are becoming available online, provide an excellent method of ...

How to Choose the Right Online Teacher

In addition to reading our guides on how to best prepare for your first online lesson and generally have better lessons, the easiest way to ensure you get the most ...

How to Have Better Online Lessons

Once you’ve discovered the ease with which you can learn languages online with a great teacher, it’s hard to go back to doing it the old fashioned way. Still, many ...

6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your First Online Lesson

In this day and age, where computers help make almost every part of our lives easier, language learning is no exception. Online lessons are an increasingly popular way of accessing ...

Language Practice in Edinburgh: Spanish and French Exchanges

If you are one of the increasing number of people who have decided to make Edinburgh their home but are still looking to capture glimpses of other cultures and languages, ...

Language Practice in Edinburgh: Edinburgh International English

The hilly capital of Scotland is known for its historical vibe which might explain the number of tourists who flood the city each year, making if the second most popular ...

Why It’s Better to Learn 10 Minutes a Day Than 2 Hours a Week

As with losing weight or saving for retirement, the principles of how to learn a language are simple. You learn and practice with an ever-increasing difficulty until you become fluent ...

Top Language Hacks to Improve Your Language Skills

As we recently covered, language hacking is an alternative way of looking at language learning. Instead of the traditional textbook-and-exercises model, language hacking introduces new ways to learn and start ...

New Trends in Language Learning: Language Hacking

“Language hacking” is all the rage these days. For over ten years, it has been giving birth to numerous blogs and sites that aim to innovate the way people learn ...

Common Mistakes People Make When Writing Emails

These days, most professionals spend a good chunk of their working hours in their inboxes. Although, email is a notoriously unproductive way of conducting business but, somehow, we as a ...

How to Nail Any Oral Exam

If you find language exams scary, it’s usually the oral parts that make them so. Speaking a foreign language can be a stressful experience even in the best of circumstances ...

How to Nail Any Language Exam

Preparing for an exam can be nerve wrecking business. Especially, if you are dealing with a test in a foreign language. The best way to limit stress during preparation is ...

Guide to Language Exams: DSH

German universities are some of the most highly regarded in Europe and receive applications from all over the world. Although it is possible to find degrees which you can obtain ...

What is the Difference Between a Dialect and a Language?

Several times in this blog, we have covered the similarities between different languages and often come to the conclusion that, in the case of very closely related languages, it is ...

Language Practice in Hamburg: Hamburg Language Exchange

Although in our series about language practice meetups, we usually cover events organised on the Meetup platform, there are several other options out there. While in many locations in Europe ...

Wie wird man ein privater Deutschlehrer in Berlin? Teil 2

Der erste Teil dieses Artikels beschäftigte sich mit der Frage für wen es sich anbieten würde ein privater Deutschlehrer in Berlin zu werden und nannte wichtige Aspekte, die du beachten ...

Language Practice in Hamburg: Language Café

Hamburg might not have the flair of Berlin or the skyscrapers of Frankfurt but this important port town is starting to draw in more and more people, thanks to its ...

Wie wird man ein privater Deutschlehrer in Berlin? Teil 1

In Berlin ist es, anders als mit anderen Sprachen, eine einfache Aufgabe einen Job als Deutschlehrer zu finden. Berlin ist eine beliebte Stadt für Auswanderer und viele Neuankömmlinge werden früher ...

How Hard Is It to Learn Czech?

When you think about the top expat destinations in Europe, Prague is bound to pop up in your list sooner rather than later. The capital of Czech Republic draws people ...

“Find your favourite TV show and act it out”

Tips from our teachers:
|| Zhe W from Milan ||

Zhe W, who teaches Mandarin, has some interesting techniques she uses in lessons to help her students learn. Today, she shares a few with us. 'Tips from our teachers' is ...

How Doing Sports Makes You a Better Language Learner

The benefits of both doing sports and learning a foreign language have been known for a long time. While physical activity helps to keep your body fit and happy, acquiring ...

Tips for Getting a Language Teaching Job in Berlin: Succeeding at the Job Hunt

In the first part to this post, we covered how you can start preparing for your job hunt even before you arrive to Berlin. To really increase your chances of ...

Tips for Getting a Language Teaching Job in Berlin: Before You Arrive

Berlin is a wonderfully popular place for expats of all walks of life who are pulled in by the city’s liberal, all-accepting vibe. Unfortunately, living and trying to find work ...

Language Practice in Seoul: Language, Culture and Social Exchange

If you have already checked out the Language Exchange Cafe events in Seoul and are looking for something a bit different, then this group might be for you. Language, Culture ...

Language Practice in Seoul: Language Exchange Cafe

Seoul, one of the world’s largest cities, and the capital of South Korea has been charming expats for years. A high standard of living and plentiful professional opportunities have had ...

Great Online Resources for Learning English Part 2

English is quite simply the most popular foreign language for people to learn, quite probably due to its status as the lingua franca for pretty much all international communication. In ...

Top 5 Fictional Languages

As if the almost 7000 languages (the number does really depend on whom you ask) already existing on the planet didn’t present enough of a challenge, mankind has been artificially ...

Czech, Polish, Slovak – Are These West Slavic Languages Pretty Much the Same?

The Slavic languages constitute a large group of related languages found mostly in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Russia. To further distinguish this diverse group, the Slavic languages are divided ...

Guide to Language Exams: Goethe Examinations

Goethe language tests are some of the best-known proficiency tests in the German language, next to the TestDaf and DSH exams. The Goethe examinations are simply a name given to ...

Are Tonal Languages Really Difficult?

Most of the time when somebody considers learning Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, or any of the other hundreds of languages that use tones, they will encounter a person discouraging them from ...

Finding a Job as a Language Teacher in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a wildly popular city for expats who flock here from all around the world. The high standard of living and an accepting atmosphere make it one of the ...

Language Practice in Zurich: Zürich’s Language Exchange

Even though Zurich itself is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, its status as one of the most important financial centres and high quality of living make it a truly ...

How Hard It It to Learn Mandarin Chinese?

Mandarin Chinese definitely belongs among the most important emerging languages at the world stage. Its number of native speakers is by now nearing 1 billion people - one seventh of ...

Language Practice in Zurich: Zurich German Conversation Group

Zurich is the biggest city in Switzerland and a lively financial centre that brings together people from all nationalities and steps of life. Since it’s frequently named as one of ...

Why Choosing a Great Language Teacher Matters

From Aristotle to Oscar Wilde, great thinkers and writers have shared their views about teaching and learning forever. Gaining new knowledge is a lifelong process, so it is no wonder ...

Total Immersion – The Sink or Swim Way of Learning a Language

For beginner language learners, there is nothing scarier than being flung into a situation where no one speaks your native language, and you have to use the language you are ...

How Different Are Italian and Romanian?

Both Romanian and Italian can trace their roots back to the colloquial Latin that was used throughout the Roman empire. Vulgar Latin, as it is sometimes called, went on to ...

Linguistic Difficulties Spanish Speakers Face When Learning English

Most people tend to believe that the English language is among the ones that can be learnt easily. Definitely, it is not as hard as the Chinese or the Greek ...

Why There Isn’t Such a Thing as a Hard Language to Learn

Measuring how difficult a foreign language is to learn, is somewhat of an obsession for both its learners and teachers. It’s certain that almost every language on the planet claims ...

Are All Scandinavian Languages Basically the Same?

To answer that question, we must first decide on what we call “Scandinavia”. Although Finland is usually considered a part of this group of countries, the Finnish language is from ...

Top 7 Languages That Help You Get Hired

Being multilingual allows you to expand your business acumen and prospects, work internationally, and travel successfully. Even though English is the go-to international language for business and academia, being able ...

How Hard Is It to Learn Hebrew?

Although it’s tough to determine which could be the oldest languages on the planet, Hebrew can make a pretty good claim. Especially, if we mean languages still in use today ...

Guide to Language Exams: Cambridge English Exams

The term “Cambridge English Exams” actually covers a wide variety of different language proficiency tests that are developed and administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment. They’re a part of University ...

Language Practice in Frankfurt: Alternative Frankfurt Conversation Groups

Luckily, with Frankfurt being such a well-developed expat destination and a melting pot of world cultures, it has several options for you to get your language practice. Although Frankfurt Stammtisch ...

Language Practice in Frankfurt: English-German-Stammtisch Frankfurt

Frankfurt, or Frankfurt am Main, as the city is officially known, is the financial centre of Germany and EU. As such, you can already imagine that it pulls in a ...

English Fluency Through Understanding Pronunciation

English has a very distinct sound. When it is spoken as a second language, sometimes the speaker will sound very foreign to him or herself. When we think we sound ...

6 Excellent Reasons for Learning Arabic

Arabic is widely considered one of the world’s toughest languages to learn. Its grammar rules are almost mathematical and spoken Arabic is entirely different from the written language. So, even ...

How Hard Is It to Learn Russian?

The dreaded Russian language, with its complicated alphabet and impossible-sounding pronunciation, has long had a reputation of being an incredibly complex language to learn. Yet, over 250 million manage to ...

Language Practice in Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dutch Language Meetup Group

If you’re looking to settle in Amsterdam for the medium to long term, or are just interested in getting a better hang of Dutch, the city offers you a lot ...

Language Practice in Amsterdam: Amsterdam Language Cafe

Amsterdam, with its legendary canals, plentiful cyclists, and masterful mixing of new with the old, must be among the most famous of European cities. In addition to being an incredibly ...

How Hard Is It to Learn Dutch?

Dutch is a peculiar language. A fair few people seem to think it sounds like a mix of English and German muddled together. That’s is probably not a surprise, since ...

How Hard Is It to Learn Portuguese?

So, you’ve decided to start learning Portuguese and want to find out how easy or hard of a time you have to look forward to? There’s some good news and ...

Language Practice in Munich: Munich Stammtisch

The good news for language lovers in Munich is that the city provides ample opportunity for improving your skills. From professional language schools and readily available private teachers to an ...

Language Practice in Munich: München Conversation Exchange

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and home of the famous Oktoberfest, is a beloved destination for both tourists and expats. It’s a vibrant city that offers great quality of life ...

Improving Your Italian Pronunciation with Singing

So, you’ve decided to learn Italian? I mean, who can blame you? It is just an amazing language, so passionate and beautiful. Italian is the language of melody and music ...

25 Essential Hungarian Idioms and Proverbs

Ever had a situation where someone was talking to you in Hungarian and you understood the words but didn’t quite know what they meant? They might have been using an ...

Language Practice in Rome: Franglish Rome

If you have already checked out the Roma Language and Social Exchange in Rome and decided that it’s not for you, it might pay to take a look at some ...

10 Fantastic German Expressions to Amaze and Impress your Friends with

As there are some similarities between English and German, it can be easy to make the rookie mistake of directly translating idiomatic expressions in the hope that they’ll make sense ...

Language Practice in Rome: Roma Language and Social Exchange

The capital of Italy is a wildly popular destination for both tourists and expats looking to take in the breathtaking beauty and history of the city. With the glorious architecture ...

How to Improve Your Business English for a Career in Prague

An increasing number of multinational companies are opening offices in Prague as it's an attractive country in which to do business. Whether you're Czech or a non-native English speaking expat ...

Introduction to Formal and Informal Writing in Italian Part 2

In the first part to this post, we looked at what are the differences between formal or informal Italian in writing, and in what situations it is necessary to use ...

Introduction to Formal and Informal Writing in Italian Part 1

In Italian, much like in any other language, different rules apply based on the form of language you are using. Colloquial Italian - the one spoken between friends on the ...

Guide to Language Exams: telc Language Exams

Slightly similar to the ECL language exams, telc tests are a European system of administering unified language exams. Although the telc language exam got its start in 1968 as a ...

5 Tips for Sounding More Like a Native Speaker for Beginner Language Learners

Everyone wants to sound more like a native and, if you want to fit in with native speakers, or advance your career, then doing so will definitely help you in ...

The Complete Guide to Language Schools in Prague

You might be trying to decide whether it's better to take lessons with a private teacher or go to one of the many language schools in Prague (or do both) ...

Basics of Business English

Good business English requires perfection in 3 areas. You need to be good at writing, great at speaking, and have a high level of overall confidence. Master these areas and ...

The Complete Guide to Taking English Exams in Prague

If you're thinking of working or studying outside of the Czech Republic then it's important that you score highly on a recognised English exam so you can prove that you're ...

Some Tips for Expanding Your English Vocabulary

Expanding your vocabulary might not be the most exciting part of learning English but it can definitely be the most rewarding. After all, every new word you learn gives you ...

25 Essential Italian Idioms and Colloquialisms

So, by now, you have been studying Italian for a little while, already feeling quite confident with the language. You are even able to manage the dreaded il Modo Congiuntivo ...

5 Alternative Ways to Learn German in Berlin

Every language learner is different. Some people enjoy doing structured lessons in a classroom, some don’t. Luckily, in Berlin, there’s a wealth of options when it comes to working on ...

Language Practice in Brussels: Internationals in Brussels

While the Brussels French Language Meetup Group was solely focused on language exchange events, Internationals in Brussels casts a bit wider of a net. For someone looking only to get ...

Language Practice in Brussels: The Brussels French Language Meetup Group

As the capital of the European Union, Brussels is one of the most multicultural cities in Europe, and a language learner’s paradise. Since Belgium itself is already trilingual (with French, ...

Essential English Netspeak for 2016

As we covered in one of our previous posts, the Internet and social media has had a profound impact on the language we use daily. One of the most visible ...

Language Learning Plateaus – What Are They and How to Overcome Them? Part 2

In the first part of this post, we explained what language learning plateaus meant and why they’re a rather common occurrence among language learners. In this post, we’ll take a ...

Language Learning Plateaus – What Are They and How to Overcome Them? Part 1

Does any of the following sound familiar? You started learning a new language - perhaps took a few lessons, learned the basics of conversation, reached an OK level of understanding ...

3 Excellent Reasons for Learning Spanish

We’ve previously highlighted how important it is to keep in mind some concrete reasons why you’re learning your target language. While learning any language is good for you - enhancing ...

How to Excel at Small Talk in a Foreign Language

Everyone loves meeting new people and making friends, yet many of us have felt slightly uncomfortable doing so in a foreign language. Non-native speakers can be discouraged to speak up ...

Language Practice in Vienna: SprachCafé

If you’ve already checked out one of the other language exchange events we covered in Vienna and decided those aren’t for you, the city luckily has a few other options ...

Language Practice in Vienna: Internationals in Wien

Perhaps surprisingly for such a big and beloved city, Vienna offers only a few options for language practice Meetups. Conspicuously lacking are the usual big groups aimed at exchanging English ...

Language Practice in Milan: Club Tutti Expats International of Milano

For such a popular expat destination, Milan’s language exchange scene is surprisingly barren. There are, of course, the sites that offer online language exchange with people all over the world ...

Language Practice in Milan: Italian English Language Exchange

Milan is a vibrant city that houses a lot of the high-end culture and technology Italy is famous for. No wonder it is also one of the most important tourist ...

How to Start Actively Using a Language from Day One

When you first start learning a language, you may feel the need to “get to a certain level” before you can start actively using your skills. This magical “certain level” ...

5 Ways to Improve Your Language Skills in 10 Minutes a Day

There is a very commonly held misunderstanding about learning a language that it takes an incredible amount of time and effort to get yourself from complete beginner to reasonable fluency ...

25 Essential English Idioms and Colloquialisms

Ever had a situation where someone was talking to you in English and you understood the words but didn’t quite know what they meant? They might have been using an ...

From Our Teachers: Tips on How to Quickly Build Your Vocabulary

Here at Teacher Finder, we’re lucky to work with talented and passionate teachers. In an effort to keep helping our students improve, some of them have pooled their efforts and ...

Guide to Language Exams: TOEIC

What is TOEIC? The acronym TOEIC® stands for Test of English for International Communication and it is a standardised English exam created by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Unlike ETS’ more ...

The Best Icebreakers In and Outside of the Classroom

Whether you're a teacher or a student, you surely are familiar with the feeling of not knowing how to start a conversation with other people in the room, or seeing ...

What Leads to Success in Language Learning

We have previously covered common language learning mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. It might be a great idea to go through that post before getting to ...

Language Practice in Berlin: Alternative Conversation Groups

With Berlin being one of the biggest and most liveable cities in Europe, its multicultural consistency is probably no surprise. This variety of people and languages spoken also makes Berlin ...

Language Practice in Berlin: “Life is Beautiful” Conversation Group

As with the previous Meetup group we covered for Berlin - German Conversation Club - this one also charges a small amount for their events. But we believe that from ...

Language Practice in Berlin: German Conversation Group in Berlin

We’ve already covered quite a number of Meetup groups for language practice in various cities, but Berlin seems to be the first one that has made the format professional. Although ...

Letter and Email Basics in German

Sending and receiving letters in some format or other is still a big part of everyday professional life. Although the pen-and-paper approach might be on the decline, its electronic counterpart ...

How the Internet and Social Media are Changing Language

There is no doubt that in its short time in existence, the Internet has already had a profound impact on the everyday life. Never before has information been so readily ...

4 Common Mistakes with Language Learning and How to Avoid Them

Learning a second (or third or fourth) language can seem like an enormous task at first. And sure, many who start on their way to fluency, do not finish the ...

Language Practice in Madrid: Madrid Language Exchange

If you’re new to Madrid, or simply looking to make new friends, and practice your language skills, a great way to do that would be to join a local Meetup ...

Language Practice in Madrid: Madrid International Language & Cultural Exchange Meetup

Madrid is the multicultural capital of Spain. With this country being among the top of the “Most Popular Travel Destination” lists year after year, you can expect to find Madrid ...

Guide to Language Exams: DELF-DALF Tests

The headline might be a bit misleading - in the case of DELF and DALF, the acronyms actually refer to the certificates you can earn after passing the corresponding language ...

How to Start Sounding Like a Native Speaker: Part Two

This is the second part of our advice article on how to start getting rid of your accent and become more like a native speaker. The first part of this ...

How to Start Sounding Like a Native Speaker: Part One

The first goal to focus on when learning any new language should be to understand and be understood in your target language. Everything else is second-place. Once you’ve reached that ...

Language Practice in Barcelona: The Friday’s Language Exchange

Barcelona remains one of the most valued destinations for expats and the city’s lively expat scene is a daily reminder for that. For a language enthusiast, it might be considered ...

Language Practice in Barcelona: Barcelona Languages & Friends

Barcelona is a multicultural melting pot and a popular expat destination. This mean that in addition to being a vibrant and inviting city, Barcelona is also a language learner’s dream ...

Great Online Resources for Learning Arabic

So, you’ve read our last blog post about how difficult Arabic might be to learn and decided that the task is not as daunting as it’s been made out to ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn Arabic?

According to the British Council, Arabic is on its way up. Although it has long been a favourite among students looking to get a hang of a more exotic language, ...

Guide to Language Exams: BULATS

If you’re thinking of accepting a professional post overseas, or simply in a company where English is the language for communication, you will most likely need to get familiar with ...

Emails vs Letters – Differences and Similarities

As the name “electronic mail” suggests, the first guidelines for writing e-mails originated from the archaic format of handwritten letters. A lot of the rules for writing proper emails were ...

How to Sound More Professional

In today’s world, where English is becoming increasingly popular as a language for business, sounding knowledgeable and professional is more important than ever. The way you speak influences how clients ...

Language Practice in Prague: Prague English Meetup

If you are in Prague, trying to find some practice for your English skills, then attending one of the events hosted by the Prague English Meetup group would be a ...

Language Practice in Prague: Let’s Learn Languages Together

Getting some person-to-person practice in your target language is an important milestone for any language learner. Meeting other language enthusiasts is luckily becoming increasingly easy in this day and age ...

Quickly Improving Your English Pronunciation

Speaking in English is not easy since you have to think about many things at once: tenses, articles, which words to use and you have to do it all quickly ...

Do’s and Don’ts in Business Writing

In today’s business world, writing is an essential skill that people need and use every day. Written communication, especially in the form of emails, remains the most used method for ...

How to Get Conversation Practice Even When You Don’t Feel Confident

If you ask anyone about the main benefits of learning a foreign language, a lot of the time you hear about how great it is to talk to someone from ...

Language Practice in Budapest: Budapest Language Exchange and Friends

Budapest is a truly multicultural city that attracts foreigners and expats from across the world. If you want to make the most of your experience there and get to know ...

English Practice in Budapest: Drinks and English Pest

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get some English practice, why not try one of the language exchange meet ups organised in Budapest? There are several ...

Making Sense of Yourself for Easier Language Learning

Before you start learning any language, it's generally a great idea to sit down and think a bit about what it is you're trying to achieve. There is no point ...

Understanding How Modern Hungarian Came to Be

Have you ever tried memorising a text you don’t comprehend? It’s difficult, isn’t it? This holds equally true for language learning. Understanding where languages come from and the way they ...

Guide to Language Exams: TestDaF

What DELE is to Spanish and IELTS or TOEFL to English, that TestDaF is to German. If you are a foreigner looking to go to one of the many excellent ...

How to Start Speaking English with Confidence

Learning how to speak in a foreign language is not easy, and even when we learn enough to be able to speak, we often don’t have enough confidence to show ...

Guide to Language Exams: DELE

If the SIELE exam is the new rising star in the world of Spanish proficiency tests, DELE is the old and trusted workhorse. It is probably the best-known exam to ...

Guide to Language Exams: SIELE

We are continuing our series blog entries focusing on the most known language proficiency exams. Since so far we have been looking at English language tests, this time, we’ll look ...

Great Online Resources for Learning French

French is one of the most popular foreign languages to learn, and that definitely shows in the availability of resources that French learners have at their disposal. There are so ...

Great Online Resources for Learning Italian

In our blog, we’ve already covered how difficult a foreigner might find starting to learn Italian. Luckily for all of the Italian-enthusiasts out here, the language is rated as being ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn French?

Who wouldn’t want to speak French? Frequently credited as one of the most beautiful languages on the planet, French has been the go-to language for romantics across the ages. There ...

Contributing to the Teacher Finder Blog

At Teacher Finder, we believe that it takes a village to raise a child - that child being Teacher Finder itself. As a member of our team, I’m sure you ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn Italian?

Thanks to Teacher Finder expanding to new locations, we are also increasing the selection of languages our teachers offer lessons for. With Italian culture and cuisine being one of the ...

Guide to Language Exams: TOEFL

Next, we are continuing our series of language exam introduction posts with TOEFL. TOEFL is probably one of the best-known English-language proficiency exams out there, so we are writing this ...

Guide to Language Exams: ECL Language Exam

This week, we are continuing our series of language exam guides. We are taking a closer look at the ECL proficiency tests. We will provide a short introduction to what ...

A Quick Start Guide to Learning Hungarian

Hungarian is a hard language and it might sound like learning it would take a long time, but don’t be disheartened from learning – you’ll start to understand things and ...

Great Resources for Learning Hungarian

Practicing Hungarian outside of lessons Nothing substitutes going to a language school or taking private lessons, but if you’re serious about learning Hungarian it’s important that you find ways to ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn Hungarian?

Why do people say Hungarian is the hardest language? Tell people you’re trying to learn Hungarian and you may well get a shocked expression, even from the locals. They will ...

Guide to Language Exams: IELTS

One of the most issues our students are looking help with is preparing for language exams. We’re starting a series of blog posts aimed at explaining the different language proficiency ...

How to Keep Improving Your Language Outside of Lessons

First of all – congratulations! You’ve decided to make the effort and start learning your target language and that’s a great decision. Language lessons with a private teacher are a ...

How to Prepare for Your First Language Lesson

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you’ve taken the brave and right step towards getting better in your target language! Signing up for private lessons is a great way ...

Great Online Resources for Learning Spanish

In a previous post, we wrote about the difficulties you might encounter as a foreigner starting to learn Spanish. Hopefully, you are still full of determination to move forward with ...

Online vs. In Person Language Lessons

Welcome to the 21st century, language lovers! Tech seems to be seeping to every aspect of life these days, and language learning is no different. From learning apps like Duolingo ...

Great Online Resources for Learning German

In a previous post, we covered how difficult German might be to learn for a foreigner. If you are sticking to your decision to start improving your language skills, then ...

Great Online Resources for Learning English

Sometimes, people are not ready to start taking English lessons with a private teacher right away when starting to learn a language. Language lessons can put some pressure on the ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn Spanish?

Spanish, while not the most widely-spoken language after English (hello Chinese!), is definitely one of most well known, with a culture and history as dense as English. If you're thinking ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn German?

Today we're going to take a look at how easy it is to learn German, a language that has a reputation among some as scary and unforgiving. As we've discussed ...

How Difficult Is It to Learn English?

English - as you probably don't need reminding - is the most widely-spoken language in the world and the go-to secondary language for most of the world. This being the ...

More cities, more languages

We're happy to announce that we're expanding our services. From today, we'll be matching people with English, German, and Spanish teachers, in 14 cities all over the world. We've spent ...

Health insurance – What to watch out for?

This article is brought to you by InternationalHealthNavigator.com. Find the medical insurance plan that best suits your needs and get free quotations with the user-friendly comparison site. In the current ...

EasyExpat – For All Things Expat

Since moving to another country is one of the most compelling reasons for learning a foreign language, as many of our teachers and students have discovered, it seems only natural ...

10 Interesting Facts about Afrikaans

Did you know that Afrikaans was first brought into South Africa, where it is still spoken today, with the arrival of Dutch settlers? At first, Dutch was spoken but, over ...
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