When the concept of global currency arises in most circles, people tend to think first of monetary currency. However, one of the most important values on the global stage, whether it is related to business, politics, and culture, is that of language currency. Image via PhotoPin For decades now, English has held sway as THE world language of trade, commerce, business, and even politics. But in recent years China has propelled itself forward as a major power, making Mandarin a heavyweight contender…
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One of the common beliefs that plague many adult language learners is that it is impossible to become fluent in a language once you are past a certain age. While studies have shown that the younger an individual is when learning a foreign tongue the better, this doesn’t necessarily mean that conquering a new language as an adult is impractical. In fact, believe it or not, it is very possible for your grown-up self to become completely fluent in any language of…
Young learners have the unique and wonderful opportunity to learn language much faster and more easily than adults. However, finding course books that are suitable for children isn’t easy: they must be useful and educational, but at the same time be able to pique and maintain children’s interest and motivation. If you’re a parent or teacher struggling with the decision of which English course book to choose for a young learner, look no further: the five excellent selections here are perfect for…
Russian cinema, like the Russian language itself, can be daunting and difficult to make sense of at its best. Both are incredibly rich and nuanced and complicated, but incredibly rewarding once you put in the effort to understand it. However, for a beginner linguist as well as cinophile, you may find a four-hour philosophical work by Andrei Tarkovsky to be overwhelming. Break yourself in with a few of these less esoteric classics—they’re entertaining and contemporary, and provide a keen insight to Russian…
Reading fiction has a myriad of benefits, as studies have shown that those who do are more empathetic, increasingly socially perceptive, and tend to have sharper minds. Learning a foreign language also has its many pros, one of the major ones being that it lights up the pleasure receptors in your brain bringing you a sense of gratification. With so many benefits to both, you are probably more than ready to combine them, but may be wondering if, during your Spanish learning…
Reading French books in their original French is an excellent way to see words and grammatical structures in action, all while enjoying a great story. However, tackling an entire book in French can be daunting, especially for beginners. That’s why we’ve hand-selected some of the best reading materials for beginners. These books and stories use simple language that’s easy for beginners to understand, and include ample illustrations that will help you follow the plot. Get through these quick reads, and you’ll be…
Argentina is a gigantic country, taking up nearly half of all of South America. It enjoys climates and natural landscapes of all types. Buenos Aires is only a small fraction of what Argentina has to offer. There are the Andes and glaciers in the south, wine country in the west, salt flats and indigenous communities in the northwest, and waterfalls in the northeast. If you’re going to explore one of the most naturally impressive countries of Latin America, you should make sure…
Russia has a rich and famous literary tradition: everyone’s read chapters from War and Peace in high school literature classes, or made an effort to get through the notoriously long and complicated Crime and Punishment. But aside from Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, there are plenty of great Russian authors whose names haven’t quite infiltrated the English-speaking world. If you’re traveling to Russia or planning to interact with Russian speakers, know the names of these three authors — you’ll open the door for great…
You may be tackling Spanish because it’s one of the top three most important languages in the world with a growing influence in countries like the U.S.. Or perhaps you’ve taken it on just for the pleasure of studying a new tongue. Either way, the initial phases of learning Spanish are always fun; you get to experiment with the accents, solidify your vocabulary skills, and work on the language’s unique grammar. However, many argue that reaching an advanced level is where the…