The Internet is a powerful tool for learning languages, and Russian is no exception. This article discusses various ways to learn Russian online as a way to supplement your Russian education, from media to lessons to social learning.
French is widely regarded as the language of love…but getting started on the whole love business can be a bit tricky in a foreign language. This article goes through some classic, cheesy, and also more subtle pick up lines in French, as well as some ideas for lesson plans for teachers.
Acculturation is a process that surrounds us on a daily basis whenever we are faced with a foreign culture—we adopt elements from it, from watching foreign films to adopting a French catchphrase. But how does acculturation affect learning and meaning? This article discusses acculturation’s effects.
French is widely regarded by Westerners as the “language of love," so for many, it’s an obvious choice to learn a few words to impress a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Teach students to say, “I love you" in French, explaining the basic grammatical concepts and connotations, as well as a lesson plan.
In an increasingly globalized society, more and more people are seeing the value in learning a second language—or trying to give their children the opportunity that they themselves didn’t have while growing up. But when is the best time for language acquisition? This article explores.
For all the effort that a student puts into learning a language, untangling the grammar, forcing his mouth to make the right sounds, with hours spent memorizing vocabulary…at some point, there is a chance that he might just stall. This article discusses this phenomenon, known as fossilization.
French pronunciation is one of the most frustrating aspects of the language of French, and for good reason. It’s a byzantine tangle of glides, accents and liaisons, more than enough to render any student a mess of nasalization. This article provides a simple guide to the basics.
Glasnost: How is a whole article required to define a single Russian word? It’s a word with complex meanings that have changed throughout time, with politically charged connotations rooted within Russia’s recent past. This article provides an example of how language is deeply entwined with culture.
Studying German, you may have noticed the occasional word that looks eerily familiar as if we English speakers had adopted it for our own. In fact, you’re right! There are many, many words that English has borrowed from German across the centuries. This article outlines a few.
Denglisch, or German mixed with English, isn’t just limited to American students struggling to fill in the blanks in their German class. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, affecting the speech of native German speakers and fundamentally changing the language as we know it. Here’s an overview of the trend.
Berlinerisch, also referred to as Berlinering or Berlinisch, is pretty much what it sounds like: the dialect of German spoken by Berliners. Any native German can tell a Berliner just by how he talks, including differences in accent, slang, and even grammar.
If you’re planning on going to Germany anytime soon, you’re probably going to want to eat. Learning how to order food at a restaurant is prerequisite to this. This article provides a basic guide and vocabulary on eating out, as well as an idea for a lesson and links to more resources.
A little French can go a long ways, especially when it comes to all those fun little phrases and quips that crop up commonly in English daily conversation. Read this article and learn some of these sayings today.
Irish Gaelic holds an awkward position within Ireland. It’s the official language of Ireland, mandatory in schools, required for many jobs; and yet walking around the country, you’re not likely to hear a word of it. Is Irish Gaelic dying out? Who still speaks it? What’s in store? Here’s an overview.
Is your lady love from Moscow? Maybe not, but it might be useful to know some Russian love phrases anyway—stranger tidbits of knowledge have come in handy, even if you’re not a student of Russian. Here’s some tender words in Russian.
Knowing your way around food is one of the first steps to German fluency—and a good meal. This article provides an overview of German food vocabulary and related words, including a printable download of the vocabulary lists.
Languages are often a bit of a slog to learn, so why not learn a little while playing a game? This article outlines some opportunities to learn new German vocabulary and conversational skills by playing a variety of MMOs.
Japanese is one of the most notoriously difficult languages for English speakers to learn and is the native language to one of the most technologically sophisticated cultures in the world. Why not learn Japanese the same way they use it on a daily basis—on the online social website Mixi? Here’s how.