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80+ Dutch Words for Learning about Dutch Culture

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Sep 10, 2020

Become a Dutch language insider with these 80+ Dutch words for learning about Dutch Culture.

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How to Say “Goodbye” in Russian: 13 Ways to Say Bye in Russian

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Jul 23, 2020

Learn how to say goodbye in Russian with these 13 expressions for saying farewell in Russian.

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10 Foreign Words English Needs But Doesn't Have

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Jul 9, 2020

These 10 words don't exist in the English language, but they should. Find out what words other languages have that English doesn't and what they mean.

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How To Maximize Your Progress When Taking Language Lessons Online

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Jul 2, 2020

Online tutoring can be a highly effective way to improve your language skills. But it’s not as simple as picking a tutor and showing up to lessons. Here's why

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Common Mistakes Keeping You from Improving Your Chinese Skills

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May 28, 2020

Mistakes holding you back in your language studies? Here are the common mistakes made by Chinese learners and how to overcome them.

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100+ Japanese Words for Learning about Japanese Culture

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May 11, 2020

100+ words and phrases about Japanese culture. A list of must-know Japanese terms to help you learn about Japanese language and culture.

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Learn Coronavirus Vocabulary in More Than 50 Languages

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Apr 14, 2020

Here is a glossary of Coronavirus terms translated into 64 languages--learn Coronavirus vocabulary with this extensive glossary.

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Remote Language Learning: Tips for Learning a Language at Home

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Apr 9, 2020

Is there something both productive and rewarding you can do during this global pandemic? How to turn languages into a career.

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What languages are spoken in Switzerland?

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May 7, 2020

While Switzerland is known for its cuisine and punctuality, the number of their national languages often finds its way in conversations. And for good reason.

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13 Unexpected ways to learn languages

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Mar 26, 2020

Despite popular belief, learning languages should be fun and exciting. Here are 13 unexpected ways to learn a new language.

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Motivating Yourself to Continue Learning a New Language

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Jun 11, 2020

When learning a new language, it’s normal to feel frustrated. With so many new words and rules, it can get overwhelming. Here are tips to stay motivated.

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The Connection Between Language and Memory

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Mar 5, 2020

As types of memory differ, the same differences appear in the ways we get and process information. Our brain detects the most comfortable way to understand...

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Droplets is My Kids’ Favorite Game (Just Don’t Tell Them They’re Learning from It)

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Feb 6, 2020

Droplets would be a great supplementary tool for when my kids choose their language classes in middle school, and it could grow with them into high school.

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A Language Challenge Like No Other: #90DayswithDrops

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Jan 1, 2020

A language challenge is a great way of diving headfirst into learning a new language, just ask memory champion, Nelson Dellis.

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Should I Learn Brazilian or European Portuguese? How to Choose Which Dialect to Learn

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Dec 19, 2019

Learning Portuguese? Should you learn Brazilian Portuguese or European Portuguese? Here are reasons to learn each to help you decide which dialect is right.

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The Ainu Language—A Story of Indigenous Japanese History and Culture

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Nov 14, 2019

We should be proactive, preserving endangered and indigenous languages. Which is why we partnered with 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages to launch Ainu.

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8 Languages Students Want to Learn Abroad

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Oct 3, 2019

Studying abroad is appealing for a number of ways. And students are increasingly making this important decision based on the language spoken in each country. 

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11 Italian Idiomatic Expressions Using Suffixes

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Sep 17, 2020

Do you know how to say "pinky swear!" in Italian? Learn this and some of the other most common Italian idiomatic expressions.

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9 Tips for Having Fun While Learning a Language

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Oct 9, 2019

Nine tips to help you add more fun into your language learning process and develop your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills.

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How to Make Comparisons in Italian

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Aug 6, 2020

Learn how to make comparisons in Italian with idiomatic expressions, grammar and other basic comparative structures in Italian.

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Casina, Casetta, Casuccia… How to Use Italian Suffixes

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Sep 3, 2020

Ragazzino, topolino, bambinello… All these Italian words have something in common. They use suffixes, special endings, to modify their meanings.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Italian Pronunciation

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Jul 16, 2020

Learn about Italian pronunciation in this post about Italian pronunciation rules, exceptions and get tips to sound more like a native Italian speaker.

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Italian Hand Gestures: Communicating Beyond Language

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Published:
Jan 9, 2020

Face-to-face interaction, a key part of what’s being communicated is conveyed with the use of hand gestures, postures, facial expressions and grimaces.

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The Italian Language: Its History & Defining Characteristics

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May 16, 2019

The history of the Italian language -- how it came to be. Learn about Italian's defining characteristics and how it descended from Latin.

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Tú Versus Usted: The Different Ways to Say “You” in Spanish

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Mar 14, 2019

In Spanish, we have two levels of formality when addressing others. We use tú and usted, both mean ing you, to convey the formality of a relationship.

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Using Mnemonics and Other Techniques to Memorize New Words

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Feb 28, 2019

Memory Champion Nelson Dellis shares his favorite words in Dutch and the techniques he uses to memorize vocabulary in a new language.

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