It can be difficult to learn Spanish. Staying engaged in the material is not easy, especially if you’re learning in a conventional way. Traditionally, languages are learned through translation. A teacher might ask you to translate a sentence from English to Spanish or match a list of vocabulary words.
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One of my favorite things about learning new languages is discovering words that do not translate directly into English, my native language. Each of these words feels like a revelation: a new way of expressing myself and thinking about the world. I enjoy the mental challenge of explaining these words
Where Do Gendered Nouns Come From? In Spanish, almost everything is gendered. Nouns in Spanish are all masculine or feminine. This is common not only in Spanish, but in all Romance Languages and dates back to Latin. In Latin, there are three genders; masculine, feminine, and neuter which evolved over
Chinese has a reputation for being a very difficult language to learn. The U.S. State Department ranks both Mandarin and Cantonese as Category IV “super-hard languages”, the most challenging for English-speaking diplomats to master. The combination of written characters and spoken tones presents a double-whammy for those of us
There’s nothing quite like tongue twisters to give you a different perspective on a language, especially a language that seems as intimidating as German. There’s something playful and distracting about tongue twisters that gets the brain working in a way that is completely unique. The words suddenly don’
As a French language learner, there's nothing more frustrating than thinking you finally speak at a passable level only to encounter words and a way of speaking that you've never heard. For most French learners, verlan poses a particularly annoying difficulty. No matter how fluent you are, the odds are
Trying to master Japanese kanji characters, vocabulary, and pronunciation might seem like a never-ending quest. With 2,100 characters to learn to be considered fluent, it’s no wonder! Don’t worry, though; there are plenty of apps to learn Japanese out there to help. Especially combined with a Japanese
With spring in full bloom, people all over the world are getting ready to celebrate Easter, and the Spanish-speaking world is no exception. Easter is a Christian holiday, and most Spanish-speaking countries are Christian majority countries. The holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion around the year