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Idioms are an excellent way to learn a language. If you’re having trouble learning or writing a new language, one way to better understand its grammar and structure is by learning its idioms. Take the Russian language; for example, this old and hardy language is spoken by many people living in and out of Russia. […]

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Life as a language learner can be tough, with the quest for fluency being a seemingly impossible goal. But there are obvious, everyday advantages to speaking a foreign language, such as impressing your friends, turning around a date that´s going badly and one of the strongest senses of pride and achievement that you can have. […]

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In this series, we will talk about the main developments in the discipline that was later called Linguistics, which lead us to our current understanding of the properties of language, the relationship between language and our social world and the creation of meaning itself. In this brief history we will encounter, among others, the likes […]

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When learning a new language, we first listen, then speak, then read, and finally write. These four skills are vital when it comes to mastering a language. While some individuals prefer listening to audio tapes to grip a specific language, others opt to read consistently and skip listening or speaking. Everyone has a different technique […]

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Cover image: The only three class attendants in Dingxi. Source: South China Morning Post The Gansu province in China is a thriving region. Home to the striking Great Wall and other super popular tourism sights, it hosts millions of visitors in addition to an impressive economy. Gabsu has some of the world’s most beautiful Qilian […]

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While the concept of “a word” is surprisingly difficult to define with any accuracy, it still makes sense to divide that nebulous idea into more concrete and manageable categories. One way of doing that is to split words into content and function words. The category names themselves already provide a bit of insight into what […]

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In the introductory article to this series, we covered the state our current education systems are in. From failing to provide literacy skills to match the society’s needs to a rampant lack of trained teachers, the traditional way of providing schooling seems to be going through a rough patch. Facing a growing population and a […]

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You must have heard that one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to learn a foreign language is by watching movies. Is this a real lucky ticket to fluency without effort? Or is this a waste of time? In fact, this sounds pretty appealing: just imagine yourself sitting in front of the screen for […]

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