Germany was a country fraught with political turmoil including, for a number of decades, a complete split between the East and the West. Because of this separation, many subtle but relevant differences in language arose. This article outlines some examples of the differences and how they occurred,
While many newfangled methods of learning a language seem a bit unusual, not many claim to teach foreign languages through blogging. With Lang-8, you can practice and hone that natural voice in any language with feedback from real native speakers, all for absolutely free. Here’s a review.
Learning French is one thing. Learning conversational French… that is quite another. Here’s a quick guide to some common idioms in French conversation that often confuse students, no matter the level of fluency, as well as some commentary to help you think about French idioms.
Learn basic German prepositions and how to use them in the accusative, dative and genitive case, as well as “two way” situations. Also includes notes on idiom and translation of German prepositions.
The French subjunctive has a reputation for being difficult to learn, but with a few simple rules in mind and a little practice, it’s not nearly as daunting as it might appear. This article provides a simple guide to learning the subjunctive, as well as some ideas for a lesson plan.
The Cyrillic alphabet often proves to be a major impediment in learning Russian and other Slavic languages, but it isn’t all that difficult to learn. Here is a quick guide to pronunciation and etymology of the Cyrillic alphabet with regards to Russian in particular.