Sprachcaffe Magazine: Ваш блог про подорожі для пригод та культури

When learning a language, it's important to look for information everywhere: audio files, texts, music to name a few examples. The best way is to select different and valued sources of different types and carry on the process you started at school but in a more structured way, like a pro student. Here we go:

1. Personal and professional development

The first reason to take a language trip is obviously to learn a new language.
Languages can help you in every situation of your life: If you are looking for a job, you can impress with your conversational skills, you can read international research papers while at Uni, you'll be able to understand the restaurant's menu on your holidays abroad and you'll be perfectly prepared to work with international colleagues. The more languages you speak - the easier it becomes for you to live your life. Moreover, a new research has also shown that learning a language is a great training for your brain. Only good thing are coming your way!

You're in luck if you travel to Malta this year! Due to its nomination as the Cultural Capital of 2018, Valletta is preparing a truly extensive program of activities that will run for the entire year. This is an event that you'll want to experience for yourself! Nowadays, the European Union elects two cities to hold the title of Cultural Capital for the year, but this was not always the case. Until 2004, the Union actually only elected one city to be the Cultural Capital in the entirety of Europe. In 2018, the Maltese Capital of Valletta and the Dutch city of Leeuwarden share this title. These two cities will be taking over this title from last year's nominated cultural capitals of Aarhus in Denmark and Paphos in Cyprus. The nomination of cities as Cultural Capitals is meant to spread a greater understanding of the similarities and the diversity of the cultural heritage found in places all around Europe. Valletta is offering a Cultural Program in 2018 that is set up for this very occasion. In this festive program you'll find anything from celebrations, concerts, performances art galleries and many more events. We have summarized the most interesting events of the year below. Taking a look through the official program for a more detailed overview of all available activities is definitely worth it.

Europe

Everyone has a different style of learning, so we've compiled a very diverse list of resources for you to take advantage of. Try out the different websites, blogs, podcasts, videos and much more. Whether you learn best by seeing, hearing, reading, writing or doing, you'll find enough activities in this list to keep you entertained and to stoke your interest in the French language.

Sprachcaffe Languages School

The first stop on our photo-tour through Mainhatten (which is how the locals call their city as a reference to Manhatten in NYC, because of the Main river that flows through Frankfurt) is of course our very own Sprachcaffe Language school in Sachsenhausen. Clearly visibly through our red flags it is located in the Gartenstraße 6. Infront of the entrance you will find a lovely little bridge, where you can take your perfect shot. Don't forget the hashtag #SprachcaffeMoment!

February

It may already be over for this year, but the carnival in Frankfurt is definitely a visitor's highlight. One of the most famous events of this carnival is the 'Rosenmontag' parade, which can be witnessed in the streets of the city center.
Malta is not only the perfect place for a holiday, an adventure and to relax. It is also the perfect place for Coliving. The reasons for it are clear. The archipelago of Malta is amazingly beautiful and offers a wide range of outdoor activities. It has the perfect weather, with a yearly temperature around 18.7 degrees Celsius and 300(!) days of sunshine per year. Temperatures are evenly distributed across the entire year. Summer can however become very hot and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius are to be expected throughout. Don't forget that water sports are also in season! The best time of the year is spring and fall, when it is comfortably warm. If you enjoy swimming in the ocean, you will usually still be able to do so up until the end of November, because it will still be warm and sunny enough at the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is also the perfect location for history fans. It has a very multifaceted history, because it has experienced countless diverse mixtures of cultures, which have influenced it in the past and still do today. The different influences are also shown in the language. Maltese is a mixture of Arabic and Italian with some English and French influences. It's very beautiful to listen to. It's the only Semitic language written in Latin characters. Despite all of this the period in which the island was colonized by Britain has left it's a clear mark on Malta. To this day, the island's official language is English and you can even find the typical red phone booths all around. Almost everybody is fluent in English, because it's the second official language.
If you're thinking of trying out something new, Coliving in Malta is the right thing to do. The atmosphere is fantastic. You'll find many open minded people, new ideas and a lot of inspiration.

1. Don't be afraid to make mistakes

"You learn from your mistakes". You've probably heard this saying a thousand times, and not without reason. It's so banal, yet so true. You can't learn a new language without making mistakes. The only way not to make mistakes is not using the language - which isn't really possible if you want to learn a new language! You have to try to break out of your comfort zone and just go for it, even if you mispronounce something or miss words you don't know yet. Trust that you will improve with each mistake. No one is going to judge you or think less of you when you make mistakes, because everyone knows how difficult it is to learn something as hard as a completely new language. On the opposite, it is very impressive to start on a language learning path, something to be truly proud of!

Expatriation is, indeed, the main motivation for many people to learn foreign languages. Spanish, English, French and German are spoken in many different countries and those who master them are equipped with an indispensable prerequisite for smooth integration into the communities where they are spoken and an international professional career. That's why those who know a foreign language often make the exciting decision to live and work abroad.


The word "inspiration" comes from Latin and it means "to breathe into". The terms is colloquially used to express the the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Finding inspiration can be a challenge for many, especially when work and a strict routine might exhaust your energies. So if you're looking for inspiration, why don't you:

Merry Christmas from our Sprachcaffe Team!
The Sprachcaffe Team wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Can you guess which languages we used in the video?

Joyeux Noël de la part de Sprachcaffe!
Votre équipe Sprachcaffe vous souhaite un joyeux Noël et une bonne année !
Saurez-vous deviner quelles langues sont parlées dans la vidéo ?

Frohe Weihnachten vom Sprachcaffe Team!
Das Sprachcaffe Team wünscht Ihnen frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! Können Sie erraten, welche Sprache welche ist?

Buon Natale dal team Sprachcaffe!
Il Team Sprachcaffe ti augura un Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo! Riesci a indovinare quali lingue abbiamo usato nel video?

皆様へシュプラッハカフェより…メリークリスマス!
大切な人と過ごす素敵なクリスマス、そして良いお年をお迎えください!
ビデオの中で、どの言語で挨拶しているかわかりますか?

Wesołych Świąt życzy Sprachcaffe!
Zespół Sprachcaffe życzy Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Czy potrafisz rozpoznać, w jakich językach mówimy na świątecznym filmie?"

Feliz Natal da nossa equipe Sprachcaffe!
A equipe Sprachcaffe deseja a você um Feliz Natal e um próspero Ano Novo! Você sabe quais línguas foram faladas no vídeo?

¡Feliz Navidad del equipo de Sprachcaffe!
¡El Equipo Sprachcaffe les desea una feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo! ¿Puedes adivinar en qué idiomas felicitamos la Navidad en el video?

If you are the kind of person who only refers to Google Translate whenever you need to translate something, you might want to take a closer look at this article. Sprachcaffe members form an international team and use translation tools everyday, mostly online. We thought it might be worth it to share our knowledge with language learners around the world!

Here's what we found...

Learning a new language nowadays is much easier than it was before. First, there was the Internet; and then everything that comes with it: computers, phones, tablets, etc. The possibilities to learn a new language are endless! Having a positive attitude will take you far.

"Learning a new language is too expensive"

The good thing with those mobile Apps is that they are FREE. A simple download on your phone and off you go! You have access to everything you need to learn the language you want!

"I don't have time to learn a new language"

There are different ways to "find time" in your everyday life: you take the tram or underground in the morning and in the evening? You always have to wait at the doctor's? You are queuing for your administrative papers? Your partner is late for your date at the restaurant? Mobile Apps give you the opportunity to practice your language EVERYWHERE and EVERYTIME you want it.

We collected for you 5 Apps to learn languages online. Each one of them offers something special so that you will find the App that is made for you! You can download them all online for free.

Check them out now !

Number 1 - Plan Ahead

Yes, spur of the moment vacations are quite exciting but do you know what beats the adrenaline of a last minute rush? Knowing where you are going, when you are going and what you plan on doing whilst there! Not only does planning ahead alleviate a lot of the stress of traveling but it also almost always ensures cheaper options from flights to accommodation! You are more than likely going to find specials coming out around the 6 week mark so keep a lookout for the best deals with weeks to spare.

Number 2 - Browse for the best airfare option

Your national airline might feel like the best bet but be sure to look at a variety of airlines. For example compare your national airlines rates with that of your destination's local airline, you might be surprised at the deal you can get. Also keep an eye open for up and coming airlines, these airlines are trying to attract repeat clients and will often offer great deals and excellent customer service. Don't reject layovers without taking a closer look at the times and destination, who knows you might enjoy a break from the aircraft for a few hours to explore an exotic airport or even the surrounding city - visas permitting, of course.

Number 3 - Plan your days' adventures

Your plans don't have to be set in stone but by having an idea of the places you'd like to go and the things you would like to do you will have the opportunity to research admission fees beforehand. Also make sure you check for discount days, a lot of attractions offer special rates for students or even 2 for 1 deals. Some places even have a specific happy hour special where visitors can save up to 50% on tickets. Keep an eye out for these deals and make sure you have your Identity Document and specific cards proving that you qualify for those discounts.

Number 4 - Experience life as a local

Tourist hot-spots are always buzzing but not only are the prices almost doubled but the crowds can become a bit overwhelming, especially if you are traveling during a peak period. Save yourself the stress and the extra money by enjoying your destination as a local. Balance your touristy time with a more laid-back exploration of your surroundings; you will more than likely see the truly hidden gems of your destination while saving a lot of money and enjoying your vacation in a truly unique way.

German Language Courses

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Take London for example; it is a wonderful multicultural city and it would be a shame not to make the most of it! Whether you're going there for just a few days or for an indefinite period of time, why not spice up your days and get social? To help you find what suits you best, we have made a list of the 10 best Meetups in London
Click on each word for details!

Some will say: "What's the point of going to Oktoberfest without drinking a good pint of beer?". Others will tell you that this festival is above all a popular and friendly gathering, aiming at celebrating Bavarian traditions with joy and good spirit! Still not sure if this is worth going? Go ahead and try to enjoy Oktoberfest no matter what, otherwise, you might end up missing on the most famous event of Germany! Check out below how you can, in your own way, enjoy these weeks of Bavarian festivities…

When you're in a foreign country
and don't speak the language

When you suddenly find out about what you really ordered
(because you had no idea and it sounded like “Beef”)

When you think you're really good in a language
and hear native speaker talking

Compliments from your teacher

When you're repeating grammar

When you're trying to keep up with the conversation

When you did a good job in class

When you're trying to understand complicated grammar

When you make a really basic mistake

"F*** this, I'm learning to play chess instead!"????

When you're trying to explain why you're
learning a really difficult language

When you're fluent in a foreign language but
the natives talk really s l o w and LOUD

When you start dreaming in another language

Realising how much you're able to say

When you are not paying attention,
and suddenly the teacher asks you to read a whole text aloud.

When a native speaker asks you for the way

When you are trying to get everything right on a vocabulary test

When your friend still doesn’t know the conjugation
and you correct them

Annemarie in Sprachcaffe Málaga

They say French is the language of love. However, why not express your love in multiple languages to add a little flair?

Whether you met your partner in your homeland or while travelling abroad, whether your both speak the same language or not, what could be more romantic than expressing your love in another language? With our list, you will be not short of a romantic vocabulary this Valentine's Day.

With a little bit of research you will find out that there are many more cultural habits to get used to than just adapting to using chopsticks in China, or burping to express satisfaction after a meal in Arabic countries!


Don't you know this funny feeling: You understand the concept of a foreign word but cannot find any word in your own language that translate the exact idea? If you do, welcome to the language-learner world! There are actually hundreds and thousands of those words around the planet. Find below our personal collection of funny words that are almost impossible to translate in any other language - untranslatable words - but that everyone would like to use every day!

PORTUGAL: Bolo de laranja

Prepping time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
CAKE Ingredients for 6 to 8 people:
5 eggs
150 g flour
1 sachet of baking powder
80 g of sugar
100 g of melted butter
orange peel
juice of 2 oranges
SYRUP ingredients:
juice of 2 oranges
2 spoons of sugar


Preheat oven to 160 ° C. Melt the butter and mix together with the zest of the oranges. Separate the yolks from the egg whites and put the whites aside. In a big bowl, whip the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture whitens. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, melted butter / zest mixture and orange juice. Whisk the egg whites together until they become foamy and steady and pour them gently into your bowl. Pour your mixture into a baking form which you have already buttered and floured. Place in the oven and leave for 30 to 40 min depending on the type of oven you have. Shortly before taking your cake out of the oven, prepare the syrup by boiling the juice of 2 oranges and the sugar in a saucepan. Once your cake is baked, take it out of the form immediately, lay it on a plate and pour the syrup over it. Allow to cool before serving. You can sprinkle it with icing sugar for even better presentation. Read an original recipe in Portuguese here.

Listen up!

Pronunciation is particularly important when learning a new language. This is especially true for Italian, as the correct or incorrect pronunciation of certain words (e.g., "gnocchi") quickly reveals what your language level is. So, how can you improve your pronunciation? The best way is to listen. Be it Italian radio or television, listening will teach you a lot. Some useful links are listed below: TuneIn Radio: This great website allows you to listen to radio stations from all around the world. Tune in to different stations until your find one that's not too hard to follow. BBC Italian: A variety of free exercises for beginner and advanced learners.

Podcasts
Podclub: On this website you can listen in to Italian podcasts. The written dialogue is written next to each video so you can read along if the conversation is too fast for you to keep up with.

Internships at Eurocultura

Eurocultura arranges internships with different companies in the city of Vicenza, Italy, for approximately 250 interns each year. Applicants are matched with companies based on their professional skills and expectations. As well as internships, Eurocultura organises accommodation, cultural programmes and an Italian Language and Culture course for participants, making this the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to improve their Italian skills while working in Italy.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

At Warner Bros. Studios you get to experience the real sets used for the eight Harry Potter movies. As Harry Potter fans know, the books were still being written by J.K. Rowling after the films had started being produced, so the production crew saved a lot of the iconic sets, props and costumes created for the movies in case they were going to need them again later on in the series. Thankfully for us, Warner Bros. Studio decided to keep the props and costumes after the movies had all been filmed and decided to offer studio tours, allowing Harry Potter enthusiasts to revisit Hogwarts and experience the magic of filmmaking.

a rip-off / to get ripped off

A rip-off is something that is very overpriced, for example a fake Rolex watch being sold at the price of a real one despite being of inferior quality. If someone bought the fake Rolex, only later to realise that it was fake, they could say, "Oh no, I got ripped off!".

I better...

This is another way to say "I should…"
E.g. "I better go buy food before the shop closes".

can't make it

This phrase simply means "can't attend".
E.g. " I can't make it to the football match. I've already made other plans".

cheesy / corny

This is used to describe things that are overused, unoriginal and obviously sentimental, especially certain films, music and chat-up lines.

chill / chill out

While "chill" can be used similarly to "hang out", but not necessarily requiring company, "chill", "chill out" and "calm down" can also mean to relax after feeling upset, angry or excited. They are often used in the imperative, when someone thinks someone is overreacting.

coulda / shoulda / woulda

Short for "could have" / "should have" / "would have".

couldn't care less

You can probably work out the meaning of this one. If you really don't care about a topic and someone asks your opinion, this is the right phrase for you.

doesn't matter / don't mind / don't care

These phrases can be used when you have been asked for your preference between different options, but you really have no preference. They are short for, "I don't mind", "I don't care" and "It doesn't matter".
E.g. "Do you want to watch an action movie or a romantic movie?" Response: "Don't mind".

Don't worry about it /No worries / No problem

These are informal ways to say "You're welcome".

Down to earth

This is a phrase used to describe people who are practical, realistic and not arrogant or overly dramatic.

dude / man

These are informal ways to refer to your friend, especially if male

Dunno

Short for "don't know".

easy-going / laid back

Two phrases used to describe people who are relaxed and tolerant.

fair enough

This is an informal phrase used to express that something you have been told is acceptable or understandable.
E.g. "I'm sorry I can't come to your party, I have a really important exam the next day." Response: "Oh that's such a shame! But fair enough."

to be free

While being free means being able to do what you want or that an item costs nothing, it is also often used to mean having time to do something.
E.g. "Hi dude, are you free tomorrow? Want to play football?"

I get it

This simply means "I understand".

Go ahead / Go for it

This is an informal phrase used when giving someone permission to do something.

gonna / wanna / gotta

Short for "going to" / "want to" / "got to".

Gotcha

This is short for "I've got you" and is an informal way to say "I understand".

to grab...

Although "grab" often means "hold", people often use it informally to mean "get".
E.g. "Hey man, want to grab a coffee?". This person is asking their friend if they want to go out to get a coffee together.

Hey / Hi / Hiya / Yo / What's up? / 'Sup / How's it going? / How you doing?

English speakers rarely say "hello", and it's far more common to hear them use one of these greetings in informal situations. The question greetings normally function more as greetings than questions, but it is just as acceptable to answer the question as to simply greet the person in response:
E.g. 1: "How's it going?". Response: "Hey. What's up?"
E.g. 2: "How's it going?". Response: "Good thanks. You?"

Hang on

This phrase simply means "wait".

to hang out

This means to spend time enjoying yourself with other people in your spare time. E.g. "Mum, I'm going to hang out with my friends today".

How come?

This question often confuses non-native speakers when they are first asked it, but it is simply another way of asking "why?". Keep it in mind though, as English speakers use it very often.

I'm afraid...

Although afraid normally means the same as "scared", it is often also used to mean "I'm sorry but…".
E.g. "I'm afraid the tickets are already sold out for the show today. You will have to try again tomorrow".

It's up to you

When you are with someone else and you or they have a decision to make, and you want to express that they can make the decision, just say "It's up to you".
E.g. "Shall we order Chinese or Indian food tonight?" Response: "It's up to you".

Long time, no see

This is what you say to someone when you see them for the first time after having not seen them for a long time (i.e. at least a few weeks)

Make yourself at home

A phrase used when welcoming people into your home and trying to make them feel comfortable.

may as well / might as well

These phrases are used to agree to do something reluctantly when no better option seems available or when the something is seen as an inevitability.
E.g. 1: "I know he's not our best friend, but there's nothing else going on tonight. Shall we just go to his party?" Response: "Yeah, might as well".
E.g. 2: "As it's raining, shall we just clean the house now so we don't have to do it when the weather is nice?" Response: "Yeah, might as well".

My bad

This means "my mistake".

not my thing

Used to express that something is not what you like or are interested in.

No way!

This is also an exclamation of surprise, but is common among all English speakers.

Speak of the devil!

When people are talking about someone else, and the person who is being talked about arrives, one of those talking can say "speak of the devil" to express that the person who just arrived was just the subject of their conversation.

Take care / Take it easy

These are both friendly and informal ways to say "good bye".

To be up for...

Very common phrase when organising plans in your spare time. Being up for something simply means wanting to do something. E.g. "Hi James, are you up for playing football today". Response: "Yeah, I'm up for that".

What are you up to?

This phrase simply means "What are you doing?", and is mainly used in informal situations.
E.g. "What are you up to later? Do you want to go to the cinema?"

What do you do?

This is short for "What do you do for a living?", which simply means "What is your job?". This is a very important one to remember, as native English speakers often ask this question the first time they meet somebody.

Whatever

Whatever has a few different meanings:
- It can be used in the same way as "any" or "no matter what". E.g. "I'm going to go to the park whatever the weather"
- You're probably more likely to hear it used as a response to express that you don't fully believe what someone has just told you. E.g. "I promise, it wasn't me who broke your CD". Response: "Whatever".

Whatshisface / Whatsherface

These are very useful terms for when you want to mention someone but you can't remember their name. If it's a male, simply use "whatshisface" in place of his name, and if it's a female use "whatsherface".

"Yeah" instead of "Yes"

This one is very important. Although yes is the word most people are taught in their English lessons, outside a few formal situations it is almost always more appropriate to say "yeah" as "yes" makes you sound more irritable. Therefore, "yes" is mostly used when someone feels impatient, sad, angry, argumentative or generally in a bad mood.

Google’s Augmented Reality Tech

We've all heard of and used Google Translate, right? However, this tool is not only used to translate texts, but also images. A few months ago, an extended version of Google Translate was launched that's able to translate 27 languages into simple sentences. It's a great advantage for anyone visiting exotic countries with different languages and alphabets. There's no need to have mobile data and you'll be able to learn new vocabulary at the same time, while in a completely new country. Google's Augmented Reality Tech is here to stay.

1. Enjoy truly delicious meals

Ah Italian cuisine! It has become famous around the world. Many of its special delicacies such as ice cream rarely tastes better than when they are bought from shops on Italian streets. Besides that, Florence has specialties to offer than you won't want to miss.
The famous almond cookies Cantuccini are one of them, first baked in the area around Florence. The traditional dishes of the Tuscan Cuisine, such as the Bistecca alla Fiorentina or La Ribollita are also big hits! It is customary to begin a meal with an Antipasto (starter), then proceed to the Primo and Secondo Piatto (first and second servings), and to finish your culinary experience with a Dolce (sweet dessert) or an Espresso.
And of course one must not forget the wine! Tuscany has a multitude of local wine growers: the well known Chianti originally stems from Florence as well. Let the Tuscan food take you on an adventure of taste to match the beauty of Florence itself.
If you are planning a holiday or language trip to Cuba you will probably want to know whether you can send messages or post on your social media whilst you are on site. People who stay in a hotel can remain calm in the knowledge that most hotels are equipped with contemporary technologies such as Wi-Fi, although this might be limited to the lobby. You shouldn't count on a quick internet connection, but it should be enough for data usage that does not require a large amount of online processing. In order for you to use the Wi-Fi there are several steps that you'll need to complete first:

Language

Everyone is alright! After staying in the UK for a few days you will have heard the phrase "You alright" a fair amount of times. This is one of the first things to confuse tourists when they visit for the first time. In other countries, the question 'are you alright' often means that someone is asking you how you feel and wants you to tell them about this. In the UK this phrase is used as a simple greeting and does not imply that people who ask it want to know how you feel. It is just another way of saying 'hi' and when someone is asked "You alright", they respond by saying "Yeah, you alright". This is usually said while passing by someone and the exchange of words ends after both people have said their greeting. Celebrating helpfulness Britain prides itself on helpfulness and politeness and this is generally expected by all members of society. When doing something helpful people will often say "Cheers" or in some cases "Cheers mate". This phrase means thank you and does not imply that the person is cheering, nor that they are your mate or friend. "Mate" is predominantly used by males of all ages and "bro" is mainly added at the end of the phrase by younger males. Contrary to people's beliefs, being called mate or bro does not mean that you have any kind of particular relationship with the person who says this to you. It is a nicety very many people use.

January

The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival You probably have heard of the Bird's nest stadium or Beijing national stadium before. It was built and used for the 2008 Olympic Games. Since December 2008 the area of 2000 square meters is transformed into a snow resort were people of all ages can enjoy winter activities like skiing and sledding every year. During the winter month the Bird's nest is turned into the biggest ski resort in Beijing thus bringing winter cheer to the capital.
Date: 1 January - 28 February

The places you should not miss

Tourism in Boston is very developed. Indeed, people from all over the world are drawn to the charm of this United States city. On a first trip during your language stay in Boston, for example, there are some tours that you should not miss. Here is a small summary of these places!

Spanish Christmas Songs

In Spain Christmas songs are also known as "villancicos". If you turn on the television during December you will witness a chorus singing "Los peces en el río" or "Campana sobre campana", classic songs for decades. Most of them have a very close relationship with Catholicism, either at the birth of Jesus or the next months. We have examples of very varied Spanish Christmas carols, but the most common ones are generally "Ay el Chiquirritín", which remains immediately in our head because of its rhymes, "Noche de paz" which speaks of the passage from 24 to 25 December (internationally, known as "Silent Night", composed by Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818 and declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011, "La Marimorena" talks about the Virgin Mary and "the Arre burro arre " the way of the family of Jesus in Bethlehem. Without a doubt, one of the best-known Spanish Christmas carols is "Los peces en el río".

Sunday

The day starts early on Sunday. New students arrive throughout the day and are taken care of by the team members and given a little tour. Meanwhile, the other team members go with the students who stay longer than one week on a day-trip. On Sunday is the Best of Malta Tour, a trip through the best destinations in Malta. A market in the fishing village Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, Dingli Cliffs (the highest point of Malta) and then end the day on one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of Malta, Golden Bay. Tired, but full of new experiences, we return to campus around dinner time. We quickly jump into the pool to cool down, get dressed and go to the table. In the evening there is a quiz or a workshop so that the newer and older students get to know each other.

Ready for 2021!

Also, this year it will be possible to enjoy traveling to Malta! Thanks to our comprehensive safety concept, our language students will be able to enjoy a safe trip to Malta! The concept includes, for example, outdoor classes, distance and hygiene rules, as well as additional compliances in accordance to the certified measures catalog. Our legendary Sprachcaffe campus with spacious outdoor areas will make your Malta trip a great experience even with the new conditions! Learn more about our holiday concept »

Where does Halloween actually come from?

The word 'Halloween' originates from the evening before All Saints' Day, called 'All Hallows Eve'. It is not entirely clear who first celebrated it, with some historians attributing it to Celtic origin, others a Christian one. However, many agree on the fact that it was a popular custom in Catholic Ireland. The dire conditions in their homeland forced many Irish to look for new ways to feed their families. One of the solutions they found was leaving their home behind to embrace the American Dream, bringing many traditions with them that became part of American culture.

Sweden

In Sweden, Christmas is celebrated in the Smörgåsbord way. This traditional Christmas meal takes place after the Julbord, where the Christmas dishes and alcoholic beverages are served in the form of a buffet. The buffet consist of cold dishes such as pickled herring, ham, salmon and meatballs. Bread, liver paste, cheese, beet salad, and rice pudding are also traditionally served. When it comes to drinks, Swedish liquor and the famous Christmas beer Julöl are commonly consumed along with the food. And we cannot forget about dessert! A Christmas Swedish table cannot be complete without a serving (or two) of chocolate icecream, marzipan and gingerbread.


Tip #1: Transportation

As shown by the graphic on the right, to reach one's destination by plane or car is the worst choice when it comes to the health of our planet. Although biking would be the best, given its almost null impact on the environment, it is not doable when travelling long-distance. Good alternatives are travelling by bus or train given the lower emissions these means produce. If you still decide to travel by car, starting a carpool reduces how many pounds of CO2 are emitted per passenger per mile. If there is no choice but flying, then finding a direct flight with an environmentally-friendly airline is the best choice. Once you get to your destination, avoid renting a car and take advantage of the local public transport.

1. Most spoken language worldwide

Chinese is the language the most people used as a mother tongue. Not only is Chinese in mainland China the official language but also in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia Singapore and Macao. Over 955 million people speak this language, that means that about 15 % of the world population speaks Chinese. This is perhaps also why many famous people such as Mark Zuckerberg or Malia Obama have studied Chinese. It is also one of the six official UN languages.

Podcasts in Spanish - Basic level (A1, A2)

If you are a beginner and you are starting with Spanish, we advise you to start with simple podcasts, and this way you will get an idea of the language. And remember that you don't have to understand 100% of what is being said, your brain will assimilate it little by little.

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Holi – India, Mathura and Vrindavan

In the middle of March on a full moon day, Indians celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colours. With this festival, the people of India celebrate the beginning of a good harvest and land fertility. The festival is hosted in Mathura and in Vrindavan, cities associated with Lord Krishna.

The festival starts with a bonfire on Holi eve. The next day everybody gathers on the streets to smear each other with bright colours, dance and exchange sweets.

To make sure this doesn't happen to you, we have prepared a useful guide to make sure that you know your "colours" from "colors". Below we'll show you some key differences between American English (AE) and British English (BE), which as you will see often differ in vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and sometimes in grammar.

What do you need to know about articles in German?

An article is a word that modifies or describes a noun while also telling us whether the noun refers to something specific or general. There are three different declension categories for articles: genus, numerus, and case. Genus can be either feminine, masculine, or neutral. The numerus describes whether the noun is present only once (singular) or several times (plural). Lastly, German has four cases - nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive - which describe the relationship of the noun to the other parts of the sentence.

Like most languages, German has two types of articles: definite and indefinite articles. These are usually placed before a noun. The differences between these two types of articles are:

Definite article: A definite article is used in combination with a noun. As the name suggests, definite articles describe a definite object. The definite articles used in German are DER (masculine), DIE (feminine) and DAS (neutral).

Example: The dog is running. - Der Hund rennt.
The dog is a specific one, not just a general one.

Indefinite article: Indefinite articles are used when a thing, object or person cannot be precisely assigned or is unknown. The indefinite articles used in German are EIN (masculine and neutral) and EINE (feminine).

Example:A dog is running - Ein Hund rennt.

We don't know who this dog belongs to, we just know that there is a dog and it is running.

When to use the definite article can cause some confusion, even for native speakers. To avoid making mistakes or using the incorrect article, you should have a look at the following rule.

How do you best learn pronunciation with Tongue Twisters?

With the help of International Tongue Twisters, you can improve your English pronunciation incredibly quickly and efficiently and learn new words at the same time. Tongue Twisters are especially good for learning pronunciation because tongue twisters usually combine sounds that are difficult to pronounce. However, if you practise these sounds regularly with the help of tongue twisters, you will quickly internalise the pronunciation of the language you are learning and eventually improve your pronunciation of normal sentences and words. The following three steps for learning with tongue twisters show you how you should proceed in order to effectively improve your pronunciation.

1. The Daily

This podcast is perfect for you if you always want to be up to date. The Daily is a news podcast from the New York Times. Journalist Michael Barbaro covers a current topic in about 20 minutes, five times a week. It's not just about the news in the USA; global events are often discussed on the podcast.

Work, Study, Play – A First-Hand Look into Travelling Abroad

Main Working Abroad Options

  • Internships and Learnerships - If you have completed your studies you can apply to do an internship at an international organisation. Not only will this help you gain valuable experience but it will also allow you the opportunity to discover the world. Something to note - not all internships offer payment so finance is a point to be discussed.
  • Bridging-the-gap work experience - This option is ideal for school-leavers who want to experience the world before they settle down to study. Agencies specialise in these job placements which usually include work as waitron staff, office temping, promotional work, au pairing, hospitality and housekeeping. Work abroad agencies assist individuals with the entire process. From choosing a specific destination to outlining the criteria of work possibilities - agencies help with every aspect of the trip. Most agencies offer accommodation as well as job interviews or job placements. A number of the agencies specialise in specific jobs with au-pairing being a favourite amongst school-leavers. Au-pair agencies in particular set up various job interviews between families and applicants prior to their arrival and only finalise applications once a job placement has been finalised.
  • Volunteer Working Holidays - Developing countries and underdeveloped countries are always looking for English speaking individuals who are eager to offer English conversational and grammar classes for both children and adults. All that is required from you is a good standard of English and the ability to speak to groups ranging from 2 students to 25 students. Agencies dealing with volunteers usually use distance recruiting with most applications being handled on line and through live Skype interviews. Once the application is considered successful the agency will place the volunteers within their certain field in a destination of their choosing.
  • Cruise Liner Careers - Individuals who want to travel the world, meet new people and enjoy a wonderful working environment often look into working abroad on vacation cruise liners. Most cruise organisations hire recruitment agencies to handle the recruiting for front line staff; these jobs usually include hosting, hospitality, kitchen work and basic management. Hairdressers, beauty therapists and even personal fitness trainers are also in demand but training and experience are essential in order to fill these positions. Entertainers are also required but undergo strict recruiting procedures; applicants are required to submit a written portfolio, an audio-visual audition disc and will need to attend an interview/audition if they reach the second level of the application procedure. Before the application can be finalised they will need to undergo a full medical assessment, acquire a police clearance certificate and will usually have a strict training regime in place before they dock off for the first time. It is advisable for individuals interested in these positions to contact the cruise liner directly in order to find out the ideal agency to choose or if the organisation accepts direct applications. First impressions are of the utmost importance.

Conditions for Working Abroad

In order to be accepted into various work-abroad options there are conditions that need to be met:

  • Valid passport
  • Some agencies only accept applicants between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Visa requirements must be met prior to departure; these differ from country to country.
  • If applying for specific mid-level positions a detailed résumé with an experience record will be required.
  • Internships & Learnerships will request academic records from all applicants. Relevant qualifications are required for certain positions.
  • Agencies require payment in full prior to departure with up to 50% required to secure your slot in the project.
  • Police clearance certificates are required. It is imperative that criminal records be declared prior to any arrangements being made; it is within the agency's rights to deny access to any individuals.
  • Successful applicants are required to prove that sufficient funds are available for the duration of their stay in their destination; this is usually a requirement for visa applications as well.
  • Applicants are required to undergo a full medical assessment prior to their application being approved.

More Information on Visa & Passport Requirements - Every country has different immigration regulations depending on your nationality. The United Kingdom is quite strict with regard to their visa requirements. Euro (EU) Passport holders do not require visiting or working visas when entering the UK. The UK has a number of working visas that are relative to the particular field, level and experience. These visas are divided into groups known as tiers, if you are required to obtain a visa for the UK you will need to select the tier visa that you will need, agencies will be able to assist you with all of the necessary information.

Tourists visiting some European countries will be required to obtain a Schengen Visa. The Schengen visa includes 25 European countries and is essential in order to be granted access into countries like France, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland and many more. US citizens are granted access for a period no longer than 90 days; any stays that exceed the stipulated 90 day period will however require a long-stay visa which will permit employment for the duration of their visa.

What you can expect from a work-abroad agency:

  • Information on the destination, visa requirements, health requirements and advice on how to adjust to working abroad. While agencies do provide necessary information it is up to you to obtain the visa and all relevant travel documentation from the relevant embassies or agencies.
  • Accommodation, some agencies offer accommodation of anything up to 2 nights to 3 months. These usually take the form of flat-sharing or hostels.
  • Some agencies do obtain start-up jobs on your behalf while others may just set up interviews with employment agencies and prospective employers. It is your responsibility to provide a detailed overview of your qualifications and experience and find out what is expected of you in each role.
  • Bank accounts and Tax numbers. Most work-abroad agencies set up a local bank account on your behalf as well as a national tax number. This bank account is entirely your own and is merely opened on your behalf.

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1. English

Spoken by 1.348 billion people in the world, this Indo-European language is among the most spoken language in the world. English has more than 370 million non-native speakers. The most spoken language internationally, learning English can make communication with people from different countries easier. English is a global language and language skill is an asset to individuals. Fun fact, English is also called the language of the sky as pilots must have proficiency in the language.

This is how Spaced Repetition works for learning vocabulary

Spaced Repetition is a method for learning vocabulary of a foreign language, which aims to incorporate new vocabulary into everyday language use quickly, effectively and, above all, sustainably through targeted repetition of the vocabulary within a given time interval.

This learning method takes place over a longer period of time (for example, 1 month). You are free to choose the length of time, but it is divided into fixed learning phases. Within each phase you repeat the new vocabulary. The special thing about the Spaced Repetition learning method is that the period between each phase in which you do not repeat the vocabulary becomes longer. In this way, you build up your vocabulary in the long term. The following phases can be used as a basic building block for learning with Spaced Repetition.

Improve your Spanish with entertainment

Maybe watching a series or movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime can be considered free time, right? Even though you probably do it in your free time (no boss would want to catch you watching a series during your working hours), watching a series or a movie to practice a foreign language can be quite a challenge, even with subtitles. This way of practising a foreign language (in this case Spanish) is very effective, at least in terms of listening and reading comprehension, and you will notice a relatively quick improvement in relation to the time you are exposed to the language. To help you quickly find the right Spanish movie or series to learn Spanish, we have compiled a list of the 10 most watched films and series so that you can improve your Spanish with the series or film of your choice. Let's go!







Saturday and Sunday: Arrival in Barcelona

On the weekend, we are always expecting new students at Camp Barcelona. Your transport from the airport to your accommodation is always taken care of thanks to our dedicated and helpful team. After your flight, you don't have to worry about finding your way around Barcelona, which is still unfamiliar to you. A friendly Sprachcaffe teacher will be waiting for you at the residence in Barcelona to help you check in. After check-in, you will be given a tour of the Barcelona residence. You will see the course rooms, be shown to your room and discover the residence's excellently equipped recreation room.

Requirements for difficult Spanish phrases and words

For the following advanced important Spanish phrases and expressions, you should already have studied Spanish grammar for a while. You should have understood the Presente de Indicativo, the Indefinido and the Imperfecto. You should also have dealt with the condicional simple, the futuro simple and the gerundio. But even if your Spanish is not that advanced, you can still try to understand the following important Spanish expressions and phrases. Some of the phrases you will find below are also used in combination with the Spanish subjuntivo. So you should already have a good understanding of when the presente de subjuntivo is used and how to form it in Spanish.

Our list below contains important Spanish phrases and expressions that will help you use more natural Spanish in conversations with native Spanish speakers. They will also help you to add variety to your Spanish. You will get a more varied style of speaking in Spanish with these important Spanish phrases that everyone will want to listen to. Maybe you already know a Spanish word or two from our list, find out!

Are you still a Spanish beginner? Then check out our list of Spanish words for beginners!






Learn the language

Learning the language of the host country is one of the most important factors to consider. While achieving fluency quickly might not always be possible, communication and integration can be greatly aided by having a basic understanding of the local language. Interactions with locals can be easier and more enjoyable if you can understand basic greetings and put simple sentences together. For instance, failing to say "Bonjour" when introducing someone in France is customary and could unintentionally offend someone. Additionally, acquiring the language can help students feel more a part of their community and more adaptable as they go about their daily lives.

Mdina Gate

The Mdina gate, which served as the location for the popular television show Game of Thrones, has a display of sculptured weapons, lions protecting the entrance, and Grandmaster de Vilhena's crest, which portrays Mdina at the time of autocracy. The ruins of the previous Arab drawbridge gate lie on the right side of Mdina's gate. This gate led to the old city's maze-like entrance.

Three gates that were separated by courtyards made up the city's entryway in the middle ages. However, the city was rebuilt in the 17th century, and the gates were taken down to create room for Palazzo Vilhena. At that time, the medieval defences were rebuilt, and Mdina Gate, a new Baroque gate, was created just only a few meters away from the old one.


Important Spanish words and phrases for beginners

Our list of important Spanish words and phrases for beginners includes phrases that you will be able to use after your first lesson in Spanish. In this list we have focused on presenting you with words for your first simple dialogues. It is important that you start speaking Spanish from the beginning and actively use important Spanish words as soon as possible. Once you have mastered these words, you can start learning topic-oriented Spanish words.


What language is spoken in Mexico?

The official language of Mexico is Spanish, but only de facto. This means that the Mexican Constitution does not recognise an official national language, even though the one most used by the population and the government is Spanish. However, with the 2003 Law on the Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples, dozens of indigenous languages were recognised as national languages on a par with Spanish. Below are the main languages spoken in Mexico:




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1. Jordaan: Where Bohemian Charm Meets Urban Sophistication

The charming district of Jordaan is located in the center of Amsterdam. Jordaan is a popular destination for both locals and visitors because of its charming canals, small streets, and old buildings. Once a working-class neighborhood, it has evolved into a stylish neighborhood brimming with art galleries, specialty stores, and inviting cafes. One can also opt for the canal tours of Amsterdam in Jordaan.

The architecture of the area, with its traditional Dutch houses lining the streets, is a testament to its long history. Jordaan has a thriving cultural scene as well, hosting a number of music festivals and neighborhood markets. For those looking for an authentic Amsterdam experience, Jordaan is a must-visit location due to its laid-back atmosphere and cultural offerings.

Times Square and Central Park

No trip to New York City is complete without immersing yourself in the bustling energy of Times Square. Stepping into the Times Square is like entering a whirlwind of lights, sounds and the infectious spirit of New York City. Marvel at the dazzling billboards, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and take memorable snapshots of the iconic "Crossroads of the World." Do not forget to have one of the best Middle eastern food in the city from the cart of Halal guys. Make sure you eat at the real Halal Guys.

Just a stone's throw away lies Central Park, a sprawling oasis amidst the urban landscape. Stroll along it's lovely walkways, breathe in the culture of NY or maybe rent a rowboat. The sights of a lot of local artists performing While strolling, you might stumble upon the Bethesda fountain which has been a popular movie shooting location.


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Числа від 1 до 20

Щоб вивчити числа німецькою, як і більшість мов, вам потрібно буде запам'ятати числа від 1 до 20. Якщо ви знаєте ці числа, утворення всіх інших чисел буде легше. Все інше базується на логіці.

Basic Puns

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down!
I wouldn't buy anything with velcro. It's a total rip-off!
I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.
I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes. She hugged me.
I asked the librarian if they had any books on paranoia. She whispered, "They're right behind you!"
Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? He made a mint!
I'm friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don't know 'y'!
I used to have a job at a calendar factory, but I got fired because I took a couple of days off.
I used to hate facial hair, but then it grew on me.


Frankfurt Activities in the city centre

Frankfurt's city centre offers a number of highlights that you must include in your plan for activities in Frankfurt. From the shopping centres like MyZeil and Skyline Plaza to Frankfurt's old town, Frankfurt's city centre offers a number of attractions. Check out what you must include in your Frankfurt activity plan here.

Discovering the Old Town (Altstadt)

You can travel back in time by entering Frankfurt's Altstadt, also known as the Old Town. The captivating atmosphere is created by the neighborhood's winding cobblestone streets, charming half-timbered homes and charming squares. Beautifully restored medieval structures that serve as stores, cafes and restaurants can be found here. Admire the traditional architecture, ornate balconies and intricate facades that emit a distinct old-world charm.

Altstadt's impressive Frankfurt Cathedral (Dom) is another highlight. This Gothic masterpiece, which dates to the 14th century, has stunning stained glass windows, intricate stone carvings and a lofty spire. Enter to learn about the lengthy history and be amazed by the interior's minute details. Next to the cathedral, there is the Historical Museum, which provides a thorough look into Frankfurt's past, including its function as a significant trade and financial center.

Victoria Peak and Peak Tram

Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, offers a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour and the city's famous skyline. The Peak Tram, an old funicular that has been in operation since 1888, is the best way to get to this viewpoint. On the way to the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of skyscrapers, lush vegetation and nearby islands.

After reaching the summit, explore the Peak Tower complex, take a walk on the Peak Circle Walk, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants with breathtaking views. Victoria Peak and the Peak Tram together make for an unforgettable experience that highlights the breathtaking beauty of Hong Kong.

Comparison of costs: Modes of learning English

There are many different ways to learn English. Whether it's in a language course, with online resources, on a language trip or rather through self-study. Below is an overview of the costs associated with each method of learning English.


Прогулянка вздовж річки Сена

Невимушена прогулянка вздовж річки Сени в Парижі пропонує чарівний досвід, якого не знайдеш ніде інде. Відомі пам'ятки, такі як Ейфелева вежа, музей Лувр і собор Паризької Богоматері, можна побачити з цієї знаменитої набережної, яка прокладена через центр міста. Береги Сени прикрашені мальовничими мостами, затишними кафе та спокійними парками, які створюють ідеальні місця для відпочинку та спостереження за людьми.

Тиха атмосфера, що створюється під час прогулянки вздовж берегів річки, ідеально підходить для романтичних прогулянок або тихих моментів для роздумів. Прогулянка вздовж річки Сени, удень чи вночі, перенесе вас до вічної краси і привабливості "Міста Кохання".








In addition to being a well-liked tourist destination in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is also quickly becoming a top destination for foreign professionals looking for job opportunities. This small island nation offers a distinctive combination of work and lifestyle advantages that entices people from all over the world with its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and expanding economy. In this article, we'll look at what makes working in Malta appealing for people who want to advance their careers while leading fulfilling lives.

For Beginners:

'Le Petit Prince' by Saint Exupéry:

This classic, published in 1943 in New York, is the most translated French book in the world . It tells the adventures of the Little Prince which begin on his asteroid named B612, where one day a beautiful and fragile rose grows and with which the Little Prince will become friends. The latter is extremely bored on his planet, so he decides to explore other, as yet unexplored worlds.

This book highlights the importance of friendship and allows you to look at the world not only with your eyes but also with your heart. If you are new to French, we recommend this book which is both easy to understand and interesting.

The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé:

If you prefer comics, the adventures of Tintin is THE perfect book! It tells the story of a young Belgian reporter, Tintin, who travels the world to carry out investigations and reports. The latter is always accompanied by his dog Snowy.

Reading the adventures of Tintin will make you laugh , make you want to travel but above all will allow you to improve your French . Cartoons are a good way to learn for beginners, especially thanks to the drawings that facilitate understanding.




Переїзд на Мальту: ось чому ви повинні переїхати на Мальту

Середземноморський рай: Мальта розташована в самому серці Середземного моря і славиться своїм захоплюючим узбережжям, кришталево чистими водами і теплим, сонячним кліматом. Мальовничі пейзажі, бездоганні пляжі та чарівні вулички роблять її райським місцем для тих, хто цінує природне красу.

Багата історія та культура: Історія Мальти налічує тисячоліття, а її столиця, Валлетта, є об'єктом всесвітньої спадщини ЮНЕСКО. Країна домівка стародавніх храмів, фортець і катедралей, що надає унікальний злиток історії та культури для дослідження нового.

Англомовна нація: Англійська є однією з офіційних мов Мальти, що робить її привабливим місцем для англомовних експатріантів. Це полегшує адаптацію новачків та сприяє комунікації у щоденному житті.

Безпека та низький рівень злочинності: Мальта відома своєю безпекою та низьким рівнем злочинності, що забезпечує відчуття безпеки для мешканців та їх сімей.

Економічні можливості: Мальта має стійку економіку з акцентом на фінансові послуги, геймінг та технологічні сектори. Вона пропонує різноманітні можливості працевлаштування, особливо у цих галузях, що робить її привабливим місцем для професіоналів.

Освіта: Мальта має потужну освітню систему, включаючи міжнародні школи та університети, що пропонують високоякісні освітні програми для сімей, які переїжджають в країну.

Охорона здоров'я: Система охорони здоров'я на Мальті має високий стандарт, існують як державні, так і приватні варіанти. Експатріанти можуть користуватися якісними медичними послугами, а невеликий розмір країни забезпечує короткі відстані до медичних закладів.

Багатокультурна та гостинна: Багатокультурне суспільство Мальти вітає з відкритими обіймами. Країна має різноманітну спільноту, а місцева культура святкує інклюзивність та різноманітність.

Середземноморська кухня: Мальтійська кухня - це чудове поєднання смаків Середземномор'я, під впливом італійської, північноафриканської та британської кухонь. Насолоджуйтеся свіжими морепродуктами, випічкою та унікальними стравами, такими як тушене кроликове м'ясо та пастицці.

Months in German: How to spell them and translation

Januar January
Februar February
März March
April April
Mai May
Juni June
Juli July
August August
September September
Oktober October
November November
Dezember December


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The importance of a greeting in different languages

Greeting is a form of courtesy and politeness, whether in formal or informal settings. When you travel you often find yourself in contact with other people, in airports, stations, hotels, stores, restaurants and bars, but also on the street or inside public transportation. It is important to say "hello" in certain situations, either out of politeness or if you want to start any kind of conversation. This does not mean that you will necessarily have to memorize the word hello in every language in the world in order to travel, but that learning to say hello in the local language is a good way to enhance your experience abroad (and to broaden your linguistic and cultural background). Saying "hello" is often the first step in establishing a relationship with someone, asking for information, or making small talk with your seat neighbor on an airplane. Greetings are the basis of any conversation, which is why they are often mentioned among the first things to learn when studying a new language.

Japanese alphabet: Characteristics and things to know

According to a recent study by Ethnologue, which is the leading reference for global language data, Japanese is spoken by more than 125 million people worldwide nowadays. It is a language studied for a variety of reasons, whether by fans of the world of otaku and Japanese culture or by language lovers, and by all those who wish to attain a high language level to broaden their cultural background or for work purposes.

Learning a new language can be a very daunting task, whether one decides to take courses with qualified teachers or to proceed with self-taught learning. This is even more true if we are talking about a language that is totally different from our own, which uses a different writing system than the one we are used to. The Japanese language is a complex language for us Italians because it includes different types of characters that are chosen to compose words based on various parameters, and there is no exact correspondence between sign and letter.

In addition, Japanese includes many dialects and three different courtesy formulas, namely informal, formal, and very formal. You must also remember that you will have to write from top to bottom and from right to left. The alphabet to be used, or rather, the set of characters that form words, includes symbols that represent syllables and not single letters, except for vowels. In the next section we will give you some useful information about these characters that make up the three main Japanese writing systems, namely hiragana, katakana, and kanji.



The Churchill Arms, Kensington's London pub

The reasons why we find The Churchill Arms on this list are countless. Located in the luxurious and exclusive neighborhood of Kensington, it is one of London's historic pubs, but it is also among the most distinctive. Tradition meets modernity inside, where it now unexpectedly houses a Thai restaurant. If during the nineteenth century it was known to count Winston Churchill's grandparents among its regulars, today as now it is a true institution.

Accomplice also is its aesthetics: walking past it without being speechless is impossible! Its spectacularly beautiful floral exteriors are already a calling card, but if you happen by here under Christmas the show is double because of the illuminations: certainly no expense is spared.

Built in 1750, it is one of the oldest pubs in London still in business today, and with a very impressive success despite the choice to offer exotic and nontraditional cuisine, which many might consider a gamble. Who's to say, however, that it's not the original combination of old and new that makes the incredible success of this London pub?


Valletta: A walk in Maltese culture

If you have to choose where to stay in Malta for a truly immersive holiday you cannot fail to consider its capital: Valletta. The most important city on the island, it represents the perfect base to fully understand the Maltese cultural aspects, and at the same time explore the surroundings and all the other renowned locations. From here, in fact, the connections to other cities are really excellent, and you cannot visit Malta without walking through the streets of Valletta, so it is a good compromise.

Many define it as an open-air museum, due to how many wonders it has to offer: it is no coincidence, in fact, that its historic center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Among imposing buildings such as the Grand Master's Palace, important shopping streets and majestic cathedrals that house paintings by Caravaggio, a walk here is truly unmissable.

Furthermore, Valletta is a good area to stay in Malta also for young people interested in nightlife, even if not too lively (for that we will see other more suitable areas!). Bars, pubs and clubs allow you to spend pleasant evenings in a lively location, but always maintaining a romantic and vaguely sophisticated aspect. In this regard, you can imagine that Valletta is not exactly one of the cheapest areas of the island, but on the contrary, the prices of accommodation and hotels are among the highest.

Канада, відома своїми захоплюючими пейзажами, гостинними спільнотами та процвітаючою економікою, здобула репутацію одного з найпрестижніших напрямків у світі як у сфері праці, так і як у якості життя. З міцним ринком праці, інклюзивною культурою та захоплюючою природною красою, Канада пропонує безліч можливостей для фахівців та підприємців, які шукають задоволення в кар'єрі та високий рівень життя.

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The Common Roots

The historical connection between English and German begins with their shared roots in the Germanic language family. Both languages originated from a common Germanic ancestor spoken by tribes in what is now modern-day Germany and England.

Throughout history, various cultural exchanges and historical events have played a pivotal role in introducing English words into the German lexicon. The Middle Ages, for example, saw significant interaction between the Anglo-Saxons and Germanic tribes on the European continent. This exchange of people, ideas, and languages laid the foundation for future linguistic borrowings.

In recent decades, globalization and technology have accelerated the influx of English words into the German language. The global dominance of English in business, science, and the internet has made it a lingua franca, influencing the vocabulary of many languages worldwide. As international communication and commerce thrive, English words have seamlessly integrated into German, reflecting the interconnectedness of our modern world.

The historical context of English words in German provides valuable insights into the ongoing evolution of both languages, showcasing the intricate interplay of culture, history, and technology. In the following sections, we will delve deeper into how these borrowed words have become an integral part of everyday German vocabulary and explore their adaptation and cultural implications.




Why should one visit the castles in Munich?

There are several reasons to visit castles in Munich, the first is definitely their historical significance. Indeed, these buildings hold the past in an incredible way, including works of art, mysterious legends, and blast from the past furniture.

They also boast breathtaking architecture. Bavarian castles are often outstanding examples of historic architecture, ranging from Gothic to Baroque and Rococo. Exploring these buildings allows you to admire fascinating architectural details and gain insight into the lifestyle of the aristocratic classes of the past.

Many castles are then surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, or directly nestled in picturesque mountain or forest settings.

Visiting them is pure magic, especially if you happen to be at the time when they put on cultural events, concerts, art exhibitions and festivals.

What is a gap year?

If you haven't understood what we've been telling you, you're in exactly the right place!

In this paragraph, in fact, we want to explain what a gap year abroad is and why it might be exactly what you were looking for.

By Gap year, literal translation "gap year," we mean a period of break from study, work, and daily life, usually to be undertaken right after high school.

After all, that's the time when you feel you most need to get out into the world, to explore and figure out what you like most, what you dislike least, what you're excited about doing. In short, to find your place in this diverse world!

You probably still don't know what to do after high school, and you have a few months off before you start college, find your first job or start any other kind of business. Here, now is just the right time to consolidate your knowledge of the foreign languages you already know, or to learn an entirely new one.

What better way to do that, then, than with a gap year abroad? Sprachcaffe today is offering you just that: the chance to take advantage of these gap months to enrich your language skills, your resume and, most importantly, your mind with memories, experiences and reasons for personal growth.

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What exactly are strong verbs in German?

First, let's learn to identify them. German strong verbs are all those verbs that form certain verb tenses starting from roots different from those of the infinitive, which are the ones from which they are regularly formed.

In more detail, all strong verbs modify the root to Past tense, while they exist:

  • some strong verbs that also modify the root in the present tense (but only for the second and third person singular). They are the verbs that have the stem in -A/-AU in the infinitive and many of those that have the stem in -E;
  • some strong verbs that modify the root also at Partzip II. In this case, these are verbs that have the root in -EI or -IE/-I and many of those that have the root in -E in the infinitive form






Listen to Podcasts

These podcasts are a great way of getting accustomed to the rhythm, tempo and intonation of Spanish speech:

Julia en la Onda: This podcast focuses on current news and also interesting debate topics.

Mexicano Slang: For those interested in Mexican Spanish and especially its more colloquial side, check out this podcast dedicated to teaching and breaking down Mexican slang.

2. A pleasant way to learn

Motivation is very important while learning. At school, a lot of students tend to see classes more as a burden than fun, they might sometimes struggle to learn a new language and fail to see language learning as a chance.
A language trip on the other hand offers a great atmosphere for learning. Because it combines lessons with holidays, there will be time for you to relax! Having fun makes learning easier.

Opening Ceremony

The program began with the opening week which took place in the week of the 14th to the 12th of 2018. On the 20th of January the official opening ceremony took place in the three most important locations, which are the St. George's Square, the St. John's Square and the Castille Square. The cultural program began with music, dances and performances which were performed by many different groups, one of them being the Catalonian theatre group 'Fura dels Baus'.
France - Carnaval de Nice
Although there is also a Carnaval de Paris, Nice is the French city most known for its carnival. This is due not only to the parade having a view of the sea, but also because carnival in Nice has a lot of tradition: The earliest record of the festival can be found in a travel report by Count Charles d'Anjou from the year 1294. Carnival in Nice is marvellously flowery. Flower battles take place on several days and during the procession 16 flower-strewn floats go by, from which flowers are thrown down to the crowd. There are also numerous costumes worn by the parade's participants to reflect the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean. The carnival in Nice ends on 25th February with the traditional burning of the carnival king at Place Masséna and fireworks to top it off.

Listen to French

Listening to podcasts, radio, songs and poetry recordings is a great way of getting accustomed to the rhythm, pronunciation and intonation of spoken French:

Podcast Français Facile: A website with a wide range of activities to improve your French, including recordings of everyday conversations and poetry.

The French Podcast: Podcast recordings for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners with a focus on natural sounding situations.

News in Slow French: Does what it says on the tin. Current news topics presented at a slower pace than normal, with separate sections for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners.

TuneIn Radio: This is a great app which enables you to listen to radio stations from all around the world.

French Songs to Help You Learn French Faster: Polyglot and blogger Benny Lewis lists what he believes to be the best French language songs for learning French

French Poem Readings: Recordings of classic French poems, with the written version and translation underneath and additional information on the backgrounds of the poems and the poets.

Coliving in Malta because of the international student flair

The Island of Malta is a well-known place to study. The University of Malta has a 400-year-old history and is the hub for international academic exchange. The university system in Malta has more than 11000 students per year, which is quite a lot considering the size of the country. Of course the study system offers some advantages for international students. Malta is a member of both the European Union and the Commonwealth, meaning it enjoys close ties with the UK and the European Higher Education system. A lot of courses at the universities are free for EU citizens, the costs for living are relatively low and most of the courses are in English. And to be honest, who wouldn't want to study on a small island by the Mediterranean Sea?

Free websites

There are many websites to help you improve your English completely free of charge. You can really find anything online, from grammar and pronunciation to listening and reading exercises.
Here are our picks for the most useful websites to use:
  • English Help: Here you can find simple explanations of grammar rules, vocabulary lists, games, tips, etc.
  • Talk English: Lessons for all levels, business, conversations, and more
  • ESOL Courses: Free interactive listening lessons, reading exercises, quizzes & games.
  • engVid: Learn English for free with 1722 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers.

2. Try to learn like a child would

Children learn differently than adults. They tend to think "I can't do this yet" because they know they will learn sooner or later, and don't tend to get discouraged at the first difficulties. They take it for granted that they will eventually be able to do it and are happy with every little bit of progress. Children don't question so much why something is the way it is, but just accept it as it is and are not afraid to make mistakes at the beginning. A mistake a lot of people make at the beginning is giving up because they don't think they are natural language learners. There is no such thing! Even the most talented students need to put a lot of work in what they do. So don't give up, and remember: practice, practice, practice!

Preparation - the key to success

Hundreds of thousands of people leave their native countries every year to live and work somewhere else in the world. It's an adventure you undertake on your own, with your partner or with your family, and which starts long before the plane takes off. Sometimes it takes people years to obtain their visa and have everything else prepared before leaving. Getting ready is, in fact, the key to success if you want to live abroad.

To start with, it's worth getting information from relevant institutional organizations, embassies or consulates. Traveling to the country for a few weeks beforehand is also extremely helpful to be sure you are making the right decision. You could also read specialized books or find interesting blogs by and interviews with expats: this will help you learn more about the advantages and challenges of living abroad. Forums for expats are also very useful for asking questions and sharing with people already living where you want to go.

Some websites, set up by seasoned expats, are dedicated to helping other expats by sharing the knowledge they have accumulated through years of experience living abroad. Among these is Expat.com, which provides its members with a large range of free services to help them prepare thoroughly for expatriation. As a true participative platform, Expat.com is a living community thanks to its 1.6 million members who share advice and help each other.

  1. Phone calls: Phone calls with family and friends can make you feel closer to them. Although they can be very useful when you are feeling down or need some advice, try not to rely on them too much. The whole point of you being abroad is being present in the moment, making new memories, and being with your new friends: your loved ones will still be there when you go back!

  2. Bring home to you: If you want to feel closer to home, they why not do something that reminds you of it? Eat a typical dish, listen to your favorite local singer, read a book set in your country, or watch a movie or series that is set in the familiar streets of your town. These are all great ways to feel immersed in your culture again while being abroad.

  3. A busy to-do list: In order to keep homesickness in check you must avoid moments of boredom at all costs: that's when your brain usually goes back to good memories of your hometown and your loved ones! So if you feel yourself getting bored and starting to miss home organize something with your new friends! Go to a museum, the movies, learn how to cook a new dish, or go on a hike. Keeping yourself active and in the moment is truly the best medicine.

  4. Make new friends: Getting to know new people, their stories, and learning from them is one of the most enriching aspects of travelling abroad. The people you meet will become lifelong friends, and you will stay in contact and even visit each other long after your trip is done. And if you ever go back to the place where you first met you will remember all the things and the place you visited together, a lovely trip down memory lane!

  5. Share your feelings: It is very important to talk openly with other people about your feelings. From your host family to your teachers and your new friends, don't be scared to share how you feel with the new people in your life. Talking about your feelings is the best way to learn how to deal with them and find a solution. And remember, there is no reason to feel embarrassed about how you feel, and you might find that the person in front of you has gone through something similar and might be able to share their experience and how they overcame it.

  6. Create a routine: Having a routine while being abroad is very helpful because it makes you feel more in charge of your new surroundings and day to day activities. Doing things similarly to how you did them at home can help in making you miss the comfort and familiarity of your home less. So why not create a detailed schedule of times and activities you want to do in a specific day or week? That will also help fight boredom!

  7. Be patient: The more time passes, the less homesick you will feel.So be patient with yourself and remember: your trip has an end-date, so you will be home before you know it!

  8. Be open to new things: When abroad, learn to say Yes more. Yes to local food, new music, art museums, adventures in the wild, dance classes. Being open and willing to experience new things will give you invaluable experience and make you grow as a person.

Bab.la.com

"I love bab.la online dictionary! It's not only translating the words or phrases but it also shows them in context sentences. As the founders of the project say, "knowing the exact translation often doesn't really help. You really need to "live" the language to come up with the right word." And that's the point! What's even more special about it? The context sentences are real and up-to-date. The dictionary browses the content of the indexed websites and chooses the sentences which are used in real notes or articles. It's my favourite!"

Monika,
Sprachcaffe Poland


There are typically four stages you go through when moving abroad. Of course, everyone's experience is different and you won't necessarily encounter these stages with the same intensity and for the same duration as we describe them here. However, this article offers all future travelers a heads up on what to expect.

Morgen!

"Guten Morgen" is not so much used by German people. A simple "Morgen!" is more than enough to say hello to someone in the morning.

Duolingo

Duolingo is a fun app. You have several different lessons, all corresponding to different levels. Each lesson brings you new words and ask you to write, listen to words, or select correct answers. Pictures are also included when introduced to a new word.
Every success make you win ingots with which you can "buy" options like timing an exercise or being given a quiz to test your level.

Mingle with like-minded people

Celebrating Oktoberfest differently!

Wear the traditional outfit

If there's one thing you absolutely have to do during Oktoberfest, it's wearing the traditional Bavarian outfit, which you will see everywhere in the streets of Munich. You might have already seen these: short and leather suspenders for men - the Lederhose - and the amazingly low-necked dress worn by women - the Dirndl. They are a must-have for this event. Early birds will have the best deals, as they are out of stock pretty quickly, and cost less during low season! You can also wear accessories like hats, jewellery, shoes…all Bavarian-inspired, of course! So hurry up and get dressed for Oktoberfest!

Discover German Gastronomy

German love beer indeed but they also love eating. Oktoberfest is one more excuse to discover the typical cuisine of South Germany. On the menu is generally some chicken, roasted pork, sausages, Spätzle, Knödel (potato balls), some cabbage… and of course some pretzels! Please note that the actual German spelling is Brezel. You will not find more traditional food as during Oktoberfest, so do no forget to eat when you get there!

Learn some traditional German songs

Prepare yourself, Oktoberfest is also about singing your heart out on some of the best 'hits' of the German but most of all Bavarian popular songs. Be sure to learn the lyrics beforehand if you want to give your body and soul to this traditional activity. The atmosphere is very lively and there is no need to sing right to join in. These songs are also very popular during Carnival time in February, they are very festive and very well known by anyone, even the youngest ones!

Speak… Bavarian?

If you already have a bit of German knowledge, you will quickly realise that people there speak… with a particular accent! Here are a few words from the Bavarian dialect:

Grüß Gott / Servus : Good day / Hello
Pfiaddi : Goodbye
Bía : beer
Minga : Munich
Daitschland : Germany

Visit Munich, the Capital of Bavaria

Munich - München in German - is a go-to when travelling in Germany during Oktoberfest. This is THE place for the festivities. With its 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is not only the third biggest city of the country but also the capital of Bavaria. There, you will find the old city with its magnificent architecture including the Rathaus on Marienplatz, have a walk around the Englischen Garten, one of the biggest innercity garden in the world, and visit the Frauenkirsche or the Deutsches Museum if you have time! Otherwise, you can always pay us a visit in our new language school in Munich and learn a bit of German for the occasion!

See the biggest fair in the world

The gigantic empty land where the Oktoberfest is hosted - commonly called the Wiesn - transforms into a huge fairground, which is supposed to be the biggest in the world: it has around 200 rides and 6 million visitors every year. Among the most popular rides are the Riesenrad (Ferris wheel), the Hexenschaukel (a ride based on optical illusion) and also slides… some of them dating from the 19th century!

Party for two whole weeks

Oktoberfest is primarily a popular fest. And fest means party! Many music sets and concerts are organised during the two weeks of the event and you will also be able to attend the opening parade of Oktoberfest and dance (or sing) along with the crowd! The city of Munich also changes and every bar and restaurant opens its doors to welcome groups of friends or families. You will find that there is a genuine festive mood among the people of Bavaria!

Explore Bavaria

Making the most of Oktoberfest also means getting the opportunity to explore Bavaria. This 'Land' is the biggest in Germany and provides its visitors with amazing landscapes made from mountains and beautiful nature. The image you might have already in mind when thinking of Bavaria isn't a myth. South Germany is a place everyone finds charming and mesmerising! So if you are going to Oktoberfest with the Bavarians, do not miss on their wonderful region and explore the wonderful countryside around Munich! You will not regret paying a visit to Germany...

1. Use Flight Comparison Sites

There are many flight comparison websites out there. Here are some of the best:Often you will find the best prices by using these sites to scan through many different airline fares. Google Flights is a fantastic, flexible way to search for flights. It shows you the best features of a city destination (such as concerts, nightlife, shopping, etc), it gives you ideas if you are not sure where to go, you can set parameters such as your date range, price range and so on. Often, this should be your first stop when travel planning. Matrix Airfare Search is for more advanced users. ITA Software, the company originally behind Maxrix Airfare Search, is the 'secret sauce' behind Google flights after being bought by Google, think of it as a more advanced way to search. Kayak is a wonderfully intuitive way to search for flights. You get graphs of price over time, choice of airlines, which you can tick on or off, you can pick your preferred airline alliance (e.g. OneWorld or Star Alliance). Highly recommended. Sky Scanner is another popular website, if you need another option.
About Annemarie
✓ Nationality: German
✓ Age: 17 years old
✓ Destination: Málaga, Spain
✓ Dates: 02.08.2015 - 09.08.2015
✓ Language travel for Young People
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English TV channels - Online Streaming
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BBCNational TV Service with 9 different channels.
ITV"The largest commercial television channel in the UK"
Channel 4Innovative and alternative content.
SkyMovies and TV series online.
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Note: most of the American channels are not available if you do not live in the US.
Australian TV Channels
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Number 5 - Prepare and pack your own meals

Who doesn't love a picnic? Find yourself a local supermarket and stock up on the snacks that you enjoy, these will cost a fraction of the price that you will pay at tourist kiosks. Bear in mind that dining out for every meal time will cost a lot more and can be quite tiring so keep easy to prepare meals at hand, most hotels have a microwave either in the room or on their premises so getting these meals warm and ready to eat won't be a hardship. Just bear in mind that attractions like amusement parks might not allow food to be brought in so keep in mind your plans for the day before packing a 5 course gourmet picnic basket.

Number 6 - Opt for public transport instead of taxis

While taxis are more convenient they are also a lot more expensive. Find out about the public transport in the area, most tourist destinations do have easily accessible public transportation which is inexpensive and authentic. If you do find yourself lost in a strange city then you can rest assured that a taxi service will be available to come to your rescue.
Also check out if the city you're in has a special card to travel everywhere by bus, tram or with the underground, something like a group card if you are several persons or a day-card to use during 24 hours. It is oftentimes much cheaper than buying a one-way ticket.
And finally if you have to go further and can't afford paying for the train, try also car-sharing, it's the best way to travel really cheap and to meet people!

Number 7 - Compare credit fees to foreign exchange

Some banks offer excellent swipe rates where as some banks might double or even triple their bank fees when swiping your card abroad. The key to deciding on the way to spend is knowledge, contact your bank and find out the rates they offer and then compare it to the cash fees involved with foreign exchange. Browse for the best time to buy your foreign currency and also be aware of the additional costs incurred by using a travel agency as opposed to your bank.

✓ In a country like GERMANY, you will see people knocking on their table rather than clapping to applaud at the end of a master class or a really good meeting. In Beer-land clapping is reserved for theater and concerts! And talking about beer, if you want to respect German customs, don't forget to clink glasses and say Prost! every single time you start a new beverage. And make eye contact to your fellow toasters, otherwise it is said that you will suffer bad sex relations for the next 7 years! Germans are quite organized people but there are times when the reality really doesn't match the expectation. Join a queue in a German supermarket and see what happens when a new checkout opens. They rush to the new queue! If you are not fast enough maybe you can spend more time than expected waiting in line

✓ Have you never noticed how people introduce themselves in SPAIN? Spaniards are well-known for being loud and friendly. If you happen to visit Spain, don't be surprised if a girl kisses you twice - once on one cheek and once on the other cheek- to introduce herself. It's the Spanish way of saying "Hello!"

✓ Do you like cheese? If so, when you stay with a French host family make sure to spare some space in your stomach for the dessert. In FRANCE people tend to enjoy a cheese tasting plate accompanied by a good red wine after meals. Oh! And remember: if you are drinking a red wine and want to change to white wine, please don't pour it in the same glass without cleaning it beforehand, if you don't want to be the laughingstock of the party.

GERMANY: Zimtsterne

Prepping time: 45 minutes - 12 hours resting time
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Makes about 30 Stars
3 egg whites
250 g powdered sugar
2 drops of lemon juice
140 g ground hazelnuts
140 g ground almonds
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of kirsch liquor


Place the egg whites in a large bowl. Whip them using an electric mixer with 2 drops of lemon juice until they become foamy and steady in the bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar to the whites and continue whisking until the mixture is stiff and forms a nice meringue. Keep about 100g powdered sugar to the side for glazing. Add the hazelnuts, almonds, cinnamon and kirsch liquor to the rest of your meringue.
Mix until the dough becomes smooth and slightly sticky. Put the dough on a flat surface and roll it out to about 1 cm thick. Make the stars with star-shaped cookie cutters. Make a ball with the dough that is left, flatten to 1cm thick and repeat until no more dough remains. Using a cooking brush, cover the top of each star with the glazing you kept from earlier. Place them on a baking tray with a piece of baking parchment. Let them set for 12 hours at room temperature. Preheat oven to 160 °C and bake for approximately 8 minutes. The glazing must stray white and not become colored. Allow to cool fully before storing in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. Read an original recipe in German here.

Youtube

Beginners:Italy Made Easy: Manu is Itlaian and his passion is helping others learn and understand his mother tongue. On his channel he's created a playlist called "From Zero to Italian" for beginners, as well as the series "Italian Accelerator" for advanced learners. His videos also include travel tips for Italy and vlog posts about everyday life. All videos have subtitles.

Sprachcaffe Work Abroad Programmes

Sprachcaffe can help you organise a work/internship/volunteer placement abroad, beginning with an in-country language course to get your language to the right level before your work begins.

Internship

Work in media, childcare, IT, arts & culture, event management, NGOs, marketing, social work, sports & leisure, tourism, environment, animal welfare or a Sprachcaffe school.
Language course: min. 8 weeks
Destinations: USA, Canada, UK, Europe

King’s Cross & Platform 9 ¾

The most memorable London location of all may well be platform 9¾ in King's Cross station. While there are only train tracks between platforms 9 and 10, fans can find the sign to platform 9¾ on the wall at the back of the main concourse, where the back half of a trolley protrudes from the wall. What most fans don't know is that J.K. Rowling actually confused King's Cross station with another station, because in reality there is no wall between platforms 9 and 10. For the movies, the wall between platforms 4 and 5 has been used. A small Harry Potter Shop has been set up close to the original filming location, selling Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott's Beans.

Everything to do with water

You can never get enough of H2o? Neither can Bournemouth! There are water activities of all kinds and for all tastes, regardless of whether you enjoy immersing yourself completely in the sea or staying entirely dry while surrounding yourself with beautifully clear blue water. From surfing and jet skis to snorkeling and diving, you name it, Bournemouth has it. These are of course only a few of the water sports that you can take part in whilst staying in Bournemouth. Many more splashing adventures await you when you get there! If you are not a fan of swim suits, waves and sand beneath your feet, fear not, because you can still enjoy the fascinating sights that a trip underwater could give you without needing to plunge yourself into water or sand. The large Oceanarium is the perfect place for doing just that. During your visit you can discover the lives of countless sea creatures you'll want to adore and admire within the shimmering water above and all around you.

2. Get blown away by exquisite scenery

If you love art and architecture, it goes without saying that you need to visit Florence. During their lifetime, the rich and famous avant-garde entrepreneur family 'Medici' were patrons of numerous artists, thereby causing Florence to be the birth place of the Italian renaissance. You will still get this very feeling when traversing through the astoundingly picturesque streets of Florence today. In terms of visual art, Michelangelo's David is only one of the world famous pieces to be found in the city. The Uffizi, one of the most famous art museums in the world and the wonderful Boboli garden are full of treasures that await you.

Acquiring mobile internet

First you need to acquire an ETECSA card. What is ETECSA you ask? Simply put, it is a Cuban telecommunication company that is owned by the state. It provides mobile internet and Wi-Fi to both tourists and locals that live in Cuba. These cards are also sometimes referred to as "Nauta", but the more commonly known name is ETECSA. The available offers for mobile internet are prepaid cards or "Tarjeta de Navegación" that you pay 2 CUC for per hour. These cards are usually available in most hotels as well as ETECSA shops. It is important to note that there can be very long queues in front of the places at which these cards are sold. When making your purchase you should always have either your ID or passport on you as some sales spots require you to show one of these documents before you can buy a card. Another important fact to know is that the popularization of these mobile internet cards has sparked the dealing of said cards on the black market. Black market sales people can be found on the streets and in parks near Wi-Fi hotspots, but while it might save you the time to wait in a long queue, cards bought from these people are more expensive than legitimate cards and are also likely to malfunction.

On the go

Walk on the left The UK's traffic system will stand out as being the other way around to many people from all around the world. If you are used to walking or driving on the right side of the road you will have to change which road or pavement side you walk on in every situation during your stay in the UK. Walking on the right might cause you to bump into people who might not be expecting anyone to come walking in front of them, but this is of course not as lethal as its driving equivalent. Traffic attack! Even though London is just one of the UK's cities it can be distinguished from many others by its unique pulse as a city and the way of life that seems to run differently than in most other cities in the UK. Of course this can only properly be understood through a firsthand experience. In order to make your first experience a safe and secure one it is very useful to know one thing: Never walk close to the edge of the pavement. Busses and other vehicles will often drive so close to the pavement that standing near the edge is dangerous for passengers and might result in people getting scraped or hit by passing traffic. It is therefore best to keep a safe distance from the road and walk as close to the buildings as possible. This can be hard sometimes as pavements become quite narrow in some areas of London, but the same rule still applies and you might need to walk very close to the walls of buildings next to you in order to avoid coming in contact with cars and buses.

February

Chinese New Year The Chinese New Year is China's biggest celebration of the year and is in parts similar to other countries New Year. But unlike the western New Year's Eve, Chinese people also celebrate the spring festival on New Year's. Another difference is that the date varies each year depending on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This year, the year of the dog, Chinese New Year was celebrated on the 16th of February. In case you missed it, of course you can join the festivity next year on the 5th of February and enjoy the start of the year of the pig.

APRIL

April is definitely one of the best months to visit Florence. The celebrations begin after the Easter Sunday with a festival called - Scoppio del Carro, that is, a traditional explosion of fireworks and a procession in medieval costumes. If the fireworks will be successful, throughout the next year the city's inhabitants will live in happiness, prosperity and prosperity.


If you like ice cream, you will surely enjoy the 5-day Florentine Craft Ice Festival, which also takes place in April.

the "Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum"

This museum and replica of a life-size ship gives you a good idea of the history of the city. Here, you are told all about the "Tea Party" demonstration that took place on December 16, 1773. This act of resistance was directed against the British colonial powers and their new tax regime on products such as tea. Protesters poured a load of tea into the harbor in anger.

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China
  • China's most traditional and well known food are dumplings, a dish that has been prepared since the 1800s. Nowadays, it is a tradition in China to eat dumplings on the New Year to say goodbye to the old one. Eating this dish is also considered as bringing good luck and family reunions. Dumplings are made of dough that contain a filling. The dough is either potatoes, bread or flour, while the filling is either cheese, fish, meat, vegetables or something sweet like red bean paste.
  • If you are more about sweets, then why don´t you try the delicious Chinese Moon Cakes? Traditionally, people eat this desert for the the Mid-Autumn Festival and serve it with tea. Moon Cakes, like dumplings, also symbolize family reunions. These cakes can be either sweet or salty, as the fillings can be quite different, for example nuts, ham, black sesame, red bean paste, roses, rock candy, lotus seed paste, osmanthus, egg yolk, dried plums or ginkgo.

Ireland - Motherland of Halloween

The first stop on our spooky journey is Ireland. The tradition of Samhaim (Sam=summer, Fuin=end, i.e. "end of summer") celebrates the last harvest. People said goodbye to summer by lighting a big fire and throwing animal bones in it. The flames of this large fire were used by the families to light their own fireplace, a way to strengthen the community. The Celts believed that on this day the dead came to earth to visit their relatives. Instead of being afraid of them, the locals welcomed them with delicious food to drive away evil spirits.

Today, Ireland is reviving many of its old traditions. In County Meath, which claims to be the origin of the celebration, Halloween is celebrated for almost a whole month as part of the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival. Londonderry in Northern Ireland, with its largest Halloween festival in Europe, is also worth a visit at the spookiest time of the year.

Rabat - Morocco

If you are as fascinated by oriental culture like us, then Rabat should definitely be on your travel list. Rabat is an open-air museum, with cultural and historical masterpieces everywhere you look. Morocco's capital is a perfect blend of classic oriental flair and exciting modern metropolis. Located on the banks of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat has many beautiful parks and beaches where to relax after a long day of exploring and sightseeing. In the cultural metropolis of Morocco, historical sights, cultural centers, cinemas and theaters await you. One of the sights not to be missed during your visit is the Hassan Tower, an impressively 44 meters high building which was left unfinished due to an earthquake occurred in the 12th century. When in Rabat, one cannot miss a trip to Medina, the city's old town. Medina is the soul of the city, its colourful silks, spices, and alleyways an exciting reality waiting to be explored. Another reason to travel to Rabat is it's closeness to Casablanca, the economic lung of Morocco.

Japan

Japan never really had a strong Christmas tradition, but this changed in 1970 and it is now iconic! When the first KFC fried chicken store opened in Japan in 1970, the owner came up with the idea of selling a Christmas party bucket reminiscent of the classic American turkey dinner to drive up costumers. This became so popular that it is now normal for Japanese people to spend Christmas at KFC. And they even have to book a table months in advance to beat the competition! Now in addition to the classic fried chicken the bucket also features a Christmas cake to consume with your loved ones.

1. ¿Quiénes son Oscar y Sonia, creadores del blog "Viajando por el mundo mundial"?

Who are Oscar and Sonia, creators of the blog "Viajando por el mundo mundial"?

Somos Oscar y Sonia, una pareja peruano - española. Sonia es veterinaria y yo (Oscar) trabajo en Marketing. Actualmente vivimos en la Comunidad Valenciana. La verdad que nos encanta nuestra ciudad, hay muchísimos lugares que ver en Valencia, además se come muy bien :) .

We are Oscar and Sonia, a Peruvian-Spanish couple. Sonia is a veterinarian and I (Oscar) work in Marketing. We currently live in Valencia, an amazing place with incredible cuisine and sights.

Tip #2: Pack lightly

Taking a lot of luggage does not equate with travelling sustainably since it impacts the weight of your chosen means of transport, which in return results in higher fuel consumption. Travelling with one backpack or one small trolley is not only better for the environment, but also better for you, since it allows you to be more flexible when visiting your destination.

2. Characters and Calligraphy

The Chinese language does not have a segmental alphabet. They use instead of it the standalone characters. The language consists of tens of thousands of characters. But the good thing is that about 98 % of written Chinese consist of the same 2500 characters. To understand a basic text such as a newsletter, you should need to know about 2,500 characters. If you want to use Chinese characters regularly you should know approximately 5000 characters. One other interesting fact about the Chinese characters is, that the writing system is over 3000 years old. It has been found 1600 BC. There are two different characters: Traditional and simplified characters.

Chinese characters have been evolving from scratch and are still in the process of evolution. The most significant evolution in modern times is from traditional to simplified. When the People's Republic of China was established in 1949, the literacy rate in China was around 20%. The government has launched a Chinese Character Simplification Scheme to improve literacy and education across the country. Approximately 2,000 traditional characters were modified, primarily by reducing the number of strokes and/or merging the characters. Traditional Chinese preserves the orthodox characters that have been used for thousands of years, and Simplified Chinese is mainly considered to be the simplified version of the traditional Chinese characters.

Over time, Simplified Chinese is adopted in mainland China, Malaysia, and Singapore, while the people of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau continue to use the traditional writing system.

Fun fact: In simplified Chinese, new words are still being added. Chinese has five traditional forms of Chinese calligraphy: Seal Character, Official Script, Formal Script, Running Script and Cursive Hand. Another fact about the writing is, that the handwriting is considered as one of the most unrecognizable because of the large variation in writing styles and the changes that occur between typed text and handwritten characters.

1. Spanisch für Anfänger A1/A2

This podcast is especially aimed at people whose mother tongue is German. With Maria, a Spanish teacher based in Germany since 2003, you will learn the basics of the Spanish language with a slow and concise audio, designed for people who are just starting their journey through the language and want to know more about the grammatical rules and how and when to use them. You will also find short explanations in German, in case you get lost, so that you can recap and continue learning the language.
Origin: Spain

Troy
Golden Bay is one of Malta's longest sandy beaches. This heavenly bay provides the perfect movie set. This was obvious to director Wolfgang Petersen, who filmed a few scenes for the blockbuster Troy there. Of course, the actual remnants of the city of Troy are in Turkey and are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is why shooting the film mainly took place in Malta and Mexico. The scene with the ship at the beginning of the film was shot in Malta, as were the scenes showing the inside of Troy. The beach at Mellieħa Bay and the small town of Mellieħa were also filming locations. Part of the beach at Mellieħa Bay can be seen when Odysseus (Sean Bean) appeals to the hero Achilles (Brad Pitt) for support in battle against the Trojans.

oh là là !

Contrary to how people use it in countries other than France, this phrase is generally used when something wrong or very exciting has happened. It's basically an expression of shock or extreme happiness. The sexual innuendo often associated with "oh là là" is not common in France.

enchanté

This is the common phrase used by everyone to say "nice to meet you" in French.

voilà

Who hasn't heard the French word "voilà"? By itself, "voilà" can mean "exactly" or "here it is". It really depends on the context! You can also say "voilà" to introduce someone: "Voilà Jean, mon meilleur ami".

truc, machin

You know the feeling when looking for a simple word that just doesn't come to mind when you need it? Well, when this happens to French people, they replace the word they are looking for with "truc" or "machin": "où est le truc de ta soeur?" - "where is your sister's thing?". You could also use these words to refer to someone, but this would be very disrespectful and indicates that you do not like the person.

ouais

If you spend some time in France, you have to get used to this one! Instead of "oui" (yes), it's not uncommon for French people to say "ouais" (pronounced "wey"). However, children are often taught by their parents not to say it!

ah bon?

This is a simple phrase to express surprise about what someone has just told you. It could be translated as "oh, really?".

enfin

This is also a very common word in French. Apart from its literal translation "at last", you can find it in different expressions like "enfin bon" (anyway), "enfin tu vois" (well, you see).

à tout à l'heure / à toute' !

Although "à plus tard !" would be the literal meaning of "see you later", you might want to learn the other common phrase "à tout à l'heure !". And if you want to sound even more French, try the shorter version "à toute' ! "

The different expressions

Some words differ in American and British English. Here are some examples:

Tips for finding the correct definite article in German

The best way to know which definite article you should use is to look at the ending of the noun. The following graphic shows you which endings require which definite article:

Balloon Fiesta – USA, Albuquerque

During nine days in October, 550 hot air balloons will rise up in the sky during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More than 850.000 people come to see the special shaped balloons during competitions, glow ups (lighting them up while they are on the ground) and spectacular fireworks. Of course, there are also some open air concerts to listen to your favourite music, while watching all the balloons taking off!

Three steps to learning a language with tongue twisters

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Tongue Twister by reading it silently before reading it aloud for the first time. If necessary, write out unknown words, understand them and learn them.

Step 2: Try saying the Tongue Twister out loud slowly for the first time. Don't despair if you can't pronounce it correctly at first. Difficult Tongue Twisters in particular have to be pronounced slowly several times before they can be spoken fluently.

Step 3: Now you can try pronouncing the Tongue Twister a little faster. As soon as you can say the Tongue Twister quickly several times in a row, you have mastered this Tongue Twister and can practise the next one.

Now that we have found your learning strategy, you can start with the tongue twisters. To get you started, we've put together some short and simple international Tongue Twisters. Next you can find some fun Tongue Twisters and finally you can put your pronunciation to the test with difficult Tongue Twisters.

2. Luke’s English Podcast

Luke is probably one of the coolest English teachers in London, as he does stand-up comedy and his own podcast. In his podcast, he has a lot of fun teaching you important English skills such as pronunciation, topic-specific vocabulary, colloquial expressions and sometimes just funny stories. You should definitely check out Luke's podcast if you want to combine entertainment and learning.

Studying Abroad

Not all universities offer exchange student options but there are other ways to experience studying abroad without a whole lot of hassle.

ISEP has been sending students abroad since 1979 and is one of the study abroad programs that make it possible for students to study at universities across the United States. Organisations like the ISEP help students register to further their studies further afield. These organisations assist with the course registrations as well as offer advice on how to get started on the planning process. Most study abroad programs do include students' residential accommodation, meals and course advisers that help make the process as simple as possible.

  • A Semester Abroad - Students who aren't ready to commit to studying abroad permanently are encouraged to try a semester abroad first. These semesters are conducted at one of the organisation's campuses while the students live in their chosen destination. This is the most popular form of student exchange and assists students in continuing their studies while enjoying a new destination - as well as a new academic university environment. Students are granted admission into a foreign university for 3 - 6 months (an average tertiary academic term) where they will continue earning credits for their major qualification. Agencies that handle exchange programs assist with the registration process, accommodation and other basic information about the destination. In order to apply students will have interviews conducted, their grades will be reviewed and some universities will request entrance examinations to be taken prior to the application being finalised successfully.
  • Semester Break Abroad - These programs are designed to be held during academic vacations and are ideal for students who want to use their vacation time to further their academic pursuits, obtain extra-curricular credits or learn a new skill. These courses can either contribute to the student's main qualification or it can be an additional course of interest taken abroad. Also known as Summer/Fall Programs these semester vacation programs include accommodation, registration assistance and course advisers.
  • Complete your Studies Abroad - Students can decide to attend or transfer to the ideal university for their qualification and profession. Students who decide to complete their entire qualification abroad can contact the university directly for information on accommodation, course registration and any other course related enquiries. This option is available for students who want to complete their entire qualification in a university abroad or can request an institutional transfer after the course has commenced. This option is entirely at the university's discretion and will have to handled directly through the relevant educational industries (i.e. home university, destination university).

Study Abroad and Exchange Student Organisations usually offer the following:

  • Information on the available program options, course information and university contact personnel.
  • Assistance with course registration with your destination university. If you are using an external agency to assist you with your studies abroad it is usually up to you to inform your home university of your plans, arrange for credit transfers and confirm the accreditation of your specific course-related classes.
  • Accommodation and full/half board. These accommodation options are usually school residences, flat shares or university residences.
  • Course Advisers to offer assistance and advice.
  • Social activities and a variety of cultural excursions to enhance the experience.

Requirements

  • Students are required to have completed their secondary education with university exemption. Academic records will be requested.
  • A valid passport
  • Visa
  • Students are required to have met the institution's entrance requirements which will differ from university to university. This may be in the form of an entrance examination, detailed application or interview.
  • Police clearance certificates may be required before admission is granted into a specific educational institution.

Student Visas

Visa requirements differ depending on your intended destination as well as your nationality. While agencies do advise you on the process required as well as any other travel regulations, it is up to the student to acquire the necessary visa and travel documents. Students intending on studying at a foreign learning institute will require a valid passport to travel as well as a student visa and permission to study from the relevant authorities, this is however dependent on the destination. In order to find out whether or not you need a student visa in order to complete your studies it is advisable that you consult the immigration authorities of your intended destination or consult an immigration/travel agency.

Health Requirements & Regulations

Some destinations require tourists to receive vaccinations prior to their arrival. For instance, students intending to study in some regions of South Africa and other African countries are encouraged to take anti malaria pills or other malaria prophylaxis. It is essential that tourists and students who intend travelling to remote destinations consult their medical practitioners beforehand as well as find out the health requirements of their destination.

>> Read Matthiew's story of how he studied in Pretoria, South Africa<<

>> Read about Carol's experience as an exchange student in two different countries<<


Berlin: Historical yet modern

Berlin is one of the largest metropolises with an international population and a wealth of tourist attractions, culture and nightlife. The country's capital has a rich history and well-known historical landmarks such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. The Berlin Wall was dismantled years ago, but some parts can still be seen near Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag. Another major attraction is the famous Museum Island, which consists of numerous museums.

These museums contain spectacular artefacts, temples and even replicas of ancient settlements from many different civilisations. Berlin has much to offer, including two zoos, swimming lakes, public parks and various entertainment options. Annual events in the city include the famous Berlin Film Festival, the Long Night of Museums, the Carnival of Cultures and others.

Louvre-Museum

The Louvre Museum is considered the most popular museum in the world. It houses more than 38,000 exhibits and is located directly on the Seine. Egyptian artefacts, Greek and Roman art, paintings, ornaments and sketches are all on display in the 13th century royal house.

The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are the museum's most famous works, but there are also other great works of art such as the Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault and the magnificent statue of the Winged Victor of Samothrace. The Louvre Pyramid, a 21-metre high glass and metal structure, is a spectacular addition to the museum's exterior.

Object pronouns in the Spanish language

With the help of the Spanish object pronouns, you can refer to people or objects that are already known from previous sentences. This makes everyday language use easier and otherwise shortens longer Spanish sentences. To help you understand the Spanish object pronouns, we will give you the corresponding personal pronouns, which you have certainly already dealt with in the conjugation of Spanish verbs. The following overview contains all the object pronouns used in the Spanish language:

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Monaco: The small country in the north of France

Monaco, the second smallest country in the world, has a lot to offer. From picturesque beaches to Michelin star restaurants, Monaco is close to the famous French Rivera. Monaco-Ville, Condamine, Monte-Carlo and Fontvieille are the four distinct neighborhoods that make up this very safe, welcoming and fascinating city. Although English, Monégasque and Italian are commonly spoken and understood, French is the official language, making it easy for many foreigners to travel and live abroad.

Because of its proximity to France, one might think that the small country of Monaco is a city of France. However, Monaco is actually a country in its own right. Monaco is located on the French Côte d'Azur and is one of the highlights of the French south coast, also known in German as the French Riviera, along with the paradisiacal French cities such as Saint-Tropez, Nice or Cannes. If you plan to travel to Monaco in the future, it is a good idea to take a trip to France.

1. Mandarin 官 話

With more than 1.1 billion speakers, it is the most widely spoken form of Chinese and the language with the most native speakers and speakers in the world. Mandarin is very different from southern Chinese languages such as Cantonese or Wu, as they are not dialects of Mandarin but Chinese languages in their own right. This makes Mandarin by far the largest of the ten Chinese dialect groups; it is spoken by 70% of all Chinese in a large geographical area.

Today, the official language in mainland China and Taiwan is called Putonghua (普通話), which evolved from Beijing Mandarin and is known in English as Mandarin or Standard Chinese. It is the most widely spoken language in the Greater China region and one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Podcasts in French - Basic level (A1, A2)

Spanisch English
Yo en tu lugar ... If I were in your shoes...
Yo que tú ... If I were you...
Si yo fuera tú ... If I were you...
Te molestaría ... Would you mind...
Yo diría que ... I would say that...
Yo pensaría que ... I would think that...
¿Puedes hablar más despacio, por favor? Please speak more slowly.
¿A qué te dedicas? What do you do for a living?
¡Romper el hielo! Break the ice!
¡Ponerse como un tomate Turning red like a tomato
No me importa That is not important to me
Nos vemos al rato See you later
Que tengas un buen día Have a nice day
No te preocupes Do not worry
Lo que sea whatever
Estoy muy agradecido I am very grateful for this
Qué amable eres! How kind of you!
De ningún modo! No way
un par de horas a few hours
Deleitarse enjoy something
De ninguna manera not at all, not at all
Ni que + subjuntivo Neither is that ...
Bajo ningún concepto under no circumstances
No hay de qué You are welcome
Es hora de hacer algo It's time to do something
No me puedo quejar I cannot complain.
No podría estar mejor It could not be better
Me encantaría tener ... I would like to have ... have.
¡Me lo llevo! I'll take it!
Me da lo mismo I don't care.
Dudo que … I doubt that...

Tips for learning Spanish numbers

When learning Spanish numbers, as with all other languages, you should first concentrate on the Spanish numbers from 0 to 20. You will find these in our first list. Once you have mastered these, you can move on to the Spanish numbers from 21 to 100. The numbers between 21 and 29 are written together. The number 20 is veinte in Spanish and for 21 you say "veintiuno" in Spanish. So you form the Spanish numbers between 21 and 29 with "veinti" and the respective number between 1 and 9.

From the number 30 onwards, you can easily learn a pattern. You use the tens (for example, 30, treinta) and connect the numbers between 1 and 9 with a "y". So, for example, for 32 you say "treinta y dos". You can then follow this pattern up to the number 99. The number 100 is "cien" in Spanish, but you have to use "ciento" to say 101. So the number 101 is pronounced "ciento uno" in Spanish. You can follow this pattern again. Finally, to be able to count to 1000, you only have to learn the hundreds (doscientos, trescientos, cuatrocientos, etc.) and combine them with the Spanish numbers you already know.

1. It improves your memory

Studies have shown that bilingual individuals have better memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills compared to monolingual individuals. This is because learning a new language requires the brain to constantly process and retain new information, which can improve memory function. Additionally, the ability to switch between two languages requires cognitive flexibility, which can improve problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

1. Immerse yourself in the language

One of the best ways to learn a language is to surround yourself with it as much as possible. Watch English-language TV shows, movies, and videos and try to watch them without subtitles. For example, instead of watching Friends with subtitles, try watching it with the original audio and English subtitles. This will help you get used to the rhythm and melody of the language, as well as improve your listening skills.

Travel Quotes in Spanish

"El mundo es un libro y aquellos que no viajan leen sólo una página". Agustín de Hipona
"The world is a book, and he who does not travel reads only one page".

"Viajar es lo único que compras y te hace más rico". Anónimo
"Travelling is the only thing you can buy and it makes you richer".

"Las ciudades son libros que se leen con los pies". Quintín Cabrera
"Cities are books that you read with your feet".

"No viajamos para escapar de la vida, viajamos para que la vida no se nos escape". Anónimo
"We do not travel to escape life, we travel so that life does not escape us".

"Viajamos para cambiar, no de lugar, sino de ideas". Hipólito Taine
"We travel to change, not the place, but the ideas".

What is Shadowing?

Shadowing is listening to an audio file spoken exclusively in your foreign language. Series and films can also be shadowed. While listening to the audio file, you have to simultaneously speak along with what is being said. However, you do not have to understand everything that is said, because the focus is on the pronunciation of your foreign language. At a high language level, you can use the shadowing technique to train your accent in the foreign language. However, listening comprehension is also trained at the same time.

Shadowing is a technique for learning a foreign language. It's perfect for learning at all levels, but it's especially effective if you have some prior knowledge of the language you're learning. Shadowing helps you to improve your listening comprehension, pronunciation and vocabulary. You can easily use the shadowing technique as an indirect learning method, as you watch your favourite series or film in the foreign language you are learning at the same time.

About Tourism Industry

Tourism is a very stable industry, and it keeps on growing continuously. People will never stop travelling. As we experienced during the pandemic, travel regulations were altered just so that people keep travelling because no matter what happens people never stop travelling. That is why having a career in the tourism industry is a sign of a stable and safe future.

One can complete their Bachelor's in Tourism and start interning in DMO's which are Destination Management Offices. Every country has one, especially in their tourist destinations. Once one has a good hands-on experience in the field. It is recommended to start doing a Master's in Tourism for a better future and career prospect.

The theoretical experience helps in getting an ease when put into practice at work. You can also opt to do an MBA after getting good experience in the sector and this will improve your chance in Managerial positions.

There are various career options like:

Keep some cash on hand

Make sure you have enough cash on hand as a further useful tip. There are still some places in the world where cash is still the main form of payment, despite the fact that digital payments and transfers are becoming more common. Local stores and restaurants, for instance, frequently prefer cash payments in European cities. Furthermore, having physical cash on hand can save your life in case of unforeseen events like poor internet connectivity or issues with mobile payment services like Apple Pay or GPay. Carrying cash gives you a safety net, enabling you to overcome any unforeseen difficulties that may arise.

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1. The Google Translator

We'll start with the most widespread in the world and with no less than 200 million daily users (according to Wikipedia), it's a giant online translator that uses the same search engine as Google and compares thousands of pages simultaneously to give you the most accurate result for your translation.

As of September 2022, Google Translator is available in 133 languages (the quality of the translation depends on the language) and offers the possibility to listen to the translation and translate not only text but also speech, images or videos in real time.

As a translator that uses artificial intelligence to produce results, some translations can sound a bit robotic or result in translations that would not make sense in the real world. However, Google has been working to refine translation dynamics through the use of neural machine translation, where the system learns from user queries over time and improves the quality of the translation. (This method has been integrated into the English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish translations.
Text translation is limited to 5,000 characters, while there is no length limit for web page translation.

Have a look at the Google Translator.

Spanisch English Spanisch English  
Hola Hello ¿Cómo estás? How are you?  
         
Buenos días Good morning Gracias Thanks  
         
Muy bien Very good ¿Qué tal? What's up?  
         
¿Y tú? And you? ¿Cómo te llamas? What is your name?  
         
Me llamo ... My name is ... Bienvenido Welcome  
         
Nos vemos See you later Por favor Please  
         
Hasta luego See you later Lo siento Sorry  
         
Vale OK, Agreed No entiendo I don't understand  
         
¡Salud! Bless you Buenas tardes Good evening  
         
Hasta la próxima vez See you ¡Que aproveche! Enjoy it!  
         
¿Qué hay? What's new? Trabajador Employees  
         
Cuídate Take care of yourself ¿Dónde está el baño? Where is the toilet?  
         
Hola, soy ... Hallo ich bin ... Aquí tiene Please (orders)  
         
Yo tengo ... años I am ... years old Camarero Waitress  
         
Soy de ... I come from ¿Qué haces hoy? What are you doing today?  
         
Perdón! Excuse me Disculpe! Sorry!  
         
¿Dónde vives? Where do you live? Preparar un café to make coffee  
         
¿Puedes ayudarme? Could you help me? ¿Puedes repetirlo? Could you repeat that?  
         
¡Claro! Sure! ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? How much does it cost?  
         
¿Qué significa [English word] en Español? What does [English word] mean in Spanish? ¡De nada! You're welcome!  
         
¡Por supuesto! Of course! ¡La menú por favor! The menu, please!  
         
¡La cuenta por favor! The menu, please! La propina – The tip  
         
Me gustaría ... I would like to ... aeropuerto Flughafen  

St. Paul's Catacombs

This site is managed by Heritage Malta and is one of the most historically significant sites in the city. St Paul's Catacombs is a cemetery that used to be located outside the ancient Roman city of Melite. The origin of this historic site can be traced back to the Phoenician-Punic period. According to Roman tradition, the graves of the Phoenician and Punic periods were located outside the city walls.

In 1894, Dr. Antonio Annetto Caruana investigated this site. The catacombs of St. Paul are open to the public every day from 9 am to 5 pm. 20 of these catacombs are open to people. If it is raining on your trip to Malta, you should take some time to visit this different and interesting historical site. You'll find St Paul's Catacombs in the town of Rabat, near Malta's ancient capital Mdina.

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What Language is spoken in Brazil ?

What language is spoken in Brazil in daily life? The most used language in the country is Portuguese, used both every day by the population and in public administration, politics and education, as well as by the main media. The other languages present in Brazil are:

Spanish

Spanish is the Mexican language most spoken by the population, at 98%. It is the language used in the media and in daily life in the country, as well as in politics and diplomatic relations.

Nahuatl

Nahuatl, currently spoken by 1.2% of the Mexican population, is an indigenous language found in the central regions of the country, particularly in the states of Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz, and Hidalgo. It is one of the most important languages, being the ancient language of the Aztecs.

Zapotec

Zapotec is spoken mainly in the Oaxaca region in the south of the country. Some estimates put the percentage of speakers at 2.5% of the population.

Yucateco

In the Yucatan Peninsula, where Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche are located, the Yucateco language is also spoken. The total percentage is about 1.5%.In the Yucatan Peninsula, where Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche are located, the Yucateco language is also spoken. The total percentage is about 1.5%.

Totonaco

The Totonaco language is used in the Veracruz area, by about 0.3% of the population of Mexico.

Mixteco

Mixteco, the country's third indigenous language according to recent studies, accounts for about 4.5% of the indigenous population in Mexico. It is used in parts of Oaxaca and the states of Puebla and Guerrero.

Tarahumara

This language, Tarahumara, has a long tradition associated with the Tarahumara people and is spoken today in the Barrancas del Cobre region, located in the northern state of Chihuahua.

Other Languages

In Mexico, as you may have guessed by now, there are dozens of indigenous languages still spoken by some minorities. In addition to those already mentioned, there are also Otomi, Mazahua, Purepecha, Huichol, Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Chatino, Chontal, Huave, Seri, Mayo, and many others. Most of these are used by small indigenous communities scattered around the country.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is an American television series that was first aired in the year 1994 and was running until 2004. It is about six friends who live in New York City and have urban adventures everyday which revolve around a coffee place. The show uses the traditional English language which is slow and easy to understand for beginners and is without the modern day slangs. Due to the wide variety of genre of the show one can learn to express their emotions in English.

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Learn English with YouTube for beginners

Especially for those who have just started learning English, helpful explanatory videos on YouTube about English grammar or vocabulary training can be very valuable. The often so complex grammar rules are presented on YouTube in the visuals and presented by sympathetic English teachers. Check out the following YouTube channels for beginners and start learning English for free on YouTube.

Here are some pick up lines for you.

Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got FINE written all over you.
I must be in a museum, because you truly are a work of art.
I'm no photographer, but I can picture us together.
Is your name Google? Because you have everything I’ve been searching for.
Something’s wrong with my eyes because I can’t take them off you.
Do you have a map? I keep getting lost in your eyes.
Do you know CPR? Because you are taking my breath away!
Are you a time traveller? Cause I see you in my future!
Are you sure you're not from South Korea? Because I'm sure you're my 'Seoul'-mate.
Did your license get suspended for driving all these guys crazy?
Baby, if you were words on a page, you’d be fine print.
I know "Good Morning" in 5 different languages Which do you want to hear tomorrow?
I can call you beautiful in more than 5 languages but can I call you mine instead.
Are you from China? Cause I'm China get your number.
I always enjoyed learning a new tongue, can you teach me yours.
If you were a vegetable you would be cute-cumber.
Are you a magician? Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears.
Are you Australian? Because you meet all of my koala-fications
You’re like a dictionary – you add meaning to my life.
You look so familiar… Did we take a class together? I could’ve sworn we had chemistry.
Are you an electrician? Because you’re definitely lighting up my day!
You’re like a fine wine. The more of you I drink in, the better I feel.
If being sexy was a crime, you’d be guilty as charged.
I’d like to take you to the movies, but they don’t let you bring in your own snacks.
I always thought happiness started with an ‘h,’ but it turns out mine starts with ‘u.’
I believe in following my dreams. Can I have your Instagram?
Are you a language learning app beacuse i can see some daily practice with you.
I’d say, ‘God bless you,’ but it looks like he already did.
Do you have a name, or can I just call you ‘mine?’
When I text you goodnight later, what phone number should I use?

Tips for learning French numbers

To master the formation of numbers in French, it is important to first memorise the French numbers from 1 to 20. You simply have to memorise that there is no rule for this. From the number 21 onwards, you have to add "et un" (translated as "and one") because, for example, 21 becomes "vingt et un". All other numbers between 20 and 60 are formed by learning the tens and adding the ones with a hyphen (for example, 33 is called "trente-trois"). It is pronounced the way it is written. The two number words are simply pronounced one after the other.

With the tens 70, 80 and 90, you have to get used to an unusual rule for counting in French. In particular, the 70 is formed with 60 plus 10 (and therefore "soixante-dix"), the 80 is formed by counting four times 20 (and therefore "quatre-vingt"), while the 90 is formed with four times 20 plus 10 (and therefore "quatre-vingt-dix").

How to learn English numbers effectively

Counting in English may be complicated at first, but once you understand the pattern, you will quickly be able to use the listening English numbers as well. Counting to 100 in English is the first and most important step to mastering English numbers quickly. First, you should learn English counting to 20. These English numbers are irregular and form the basis. Therefore, you should learn them by heart. After that, you need to understand the pattern and only learn the tens to 90.

The English numbers 13 to 19 end in -teen (thirteen, which means "thirteen"), while the tens end in -ty (twenty, which means "twenty"). Also remember that the hyphen is used between tens and units, for example for 21, 22, 23, 24 ("twenty-one", "twenty-two", "twenty-three", "twenty-four") and so on. After 100, "and" is also used, especially between the number 100 and the tens. An example? The number 120 becomes "one hundred and twenty". However, the "and" is often not pronounced in spoken English.

Вивчайте німецьку мову з подкастами на початковому рівні

Якщо ви вперше вивчаєте німецьку мову, ми рекомендуємо почати з простих подкастів, щоб ви могли звикнути до мови. Крім того, пам'ятайте, що вам не потрібно повністю розуміти, що говориться, оскільки ваш мозок поступово має звикнути та засвоїть це.

Birthday wishes in English

You can use English birthday wishes for practically any international friend. Everyone probably knows Happy Birthday. However, there are many other ways to send birthday wishes in English to your friends in person or via WhatsApp. You can keep your English birthday wishes short or even write a long birthday card in English.

Below are some suggestions to help you give your English friends a happy birthday. You can use the short birthday wishes in English if you send English birthday wishes via Whatsapp or social media. The longer birthday wishes are more suitable for birthday cards or letters.

2. De Pijp: A Culinary Paradise for Discerning Palates

De Pijp, also referred to as the Latin Quarter, is a bustling area of southern Amsterdam, Netherlands. This bustling neighborhood is well known for having a diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere, which makes it a favorite among both residents and tourists. Narrow streets, charming squares, and a blend of traditional and modern architecture define De Pijp.

The vibrant Albert Cuyp Market, where visitors can immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of colors, flavors, and aromas, is the neighborhood's most well-known attraction. De Pijp is also a center for delectable cuisine, providing a variety of international cuisines, hip bars, and welcoming cafes. This is the perfect place for pub crawls in Amsterdam. De Pijp is a must-visit location for foodies, art enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a lively street life, cultural diversity, and vibrant atmosphere.

Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building

Board a ferry and sail to Liberty Island to behold the majestic Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the museum and climb to the crown for a breathtaking view of the city skyline. The statue was a gift from France to the United States as an a symbol of friendhsip between both countries. It is globally recognized as an universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

Another breathtaking experience awaits us at the Empire State Building. Ascending to the observation deck, one feels like they are on top of the world, gazing down at the city that never sleeps.The panoramic view from up there is speechless, it reminds of the grandeur and limitless possibilities that await everyone in this incredible city.

Як швидко та ефективно вивчити числа італійською

Для ефективного та швидкого способу для навчання найкраще використовувати наш чіткий список. У списках ви знайдете кожне італійське число від 0 до 200, а в кінці ви знайдете числа італійською в сотнях. Найкраще починати з вивчення чисел від 0 до 20. Вони дуже нерегулярні, і їх потрібно вивчити напам'ять. Проте, починаючи з числа 21, ви можете впізнавати закономірності, які легко вивчити напам'ять і потім використовувати. Щоб вміти рахувати до 100 італійською, ви можете просто комбінувати десятки з числами від 1 до 9, починаючи з числа 21. Зверніть увагу, що в італійській мові числа від 21 і далі завжди пишуться разом. Наприклад, десятки trenta (30) і due (2) утворюють число trentadue (32).

What language is spoken in Moldova?

There is no real Moldovan language in Moldova. Or rather, one usually speaks the Moldovan language in reference to the Romanian language, which is widely used within the country. Romanian is a Romance language spoken by about 75 per cent of Moldova's population. However, Moldova is a multilingual country, which means that there are also minority languages, listed below:

What language is spoken in Amsterdam? Most widely spoken

Most widely spoken languages in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Have you finally planned that trip you've been longing to take, past canals and art museums? But now a question arises: what language is spoken in Amsterdam?

In this article, we're going to find out exactly what language is spoken in Amsterdam, delving into the subject and giving you useful hints on how to leave prepared.

Amsterdam official language: Dutch (and its dialects) clearly, as when we looked at what language is spoken in the Netherlands, the official language of Amsterdam is Dutch, which in its original version would be 'nederlands'.

It is a language that has been strongly influenced by history and the passage of powers such as Germany, France and Great Britain. And indeed Dutch, as we know it today, sounds like the perfect mix of German, French and English.

Dutch is also the third most spoken Germanic language in the world: almost 40 million people in the world speak Dutch correctly, compared to only 17.53 million inhabitants of the country. In fact, it is also found as an official language among the idioms spoken in Belgium.

Of course, not the whole country speaks 'clean' Dutch: just as in every city in Italy, there are also dialects abroad, i.e. variants of the same language that deviate a little or enough from the original version. And so also in the Netherlands, there are different dialects, depending on where you are. We can group them into three main categories:

  • Low Dutch Franconian dialect
  • Low Saxon Dutch dialect
  • West Frisian

Each has its own characteristics and peculiarities, and in turn contains further variants, often with even older roots. What interests you most, however, is knowing that the Low Saxon dialect of Dutch is spoken in Amsterdam, which is also the most common dialect spoken throughout the Netherlands.

What is the official language in Austria ?

The official language in Austria is German. German is an Indo-European language that belongs to the family of Germanic languages, i.e. those spoken by the Germanic peoples of northern Europe. German grammar is particularly complex, with four cases (i.e. the nominative, genitive, dative, and accusative) and three genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter). The words are long because they are made up of the union of different words, and some of them do not have a direct equivalent in other languages. Furthermore, the verb is often placed at the end of sentences and the alphabet is made up of 26 letters, those of the English alphabet to which ä, ö and ü are added.

This language became official in the territory at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1867, and then reconfirmed in 1920 with the Austrian Constitution and in 1955, when the country gained independence. In some regions of the country, however, varieties of German are used, which differ slightly from standard German and are often influenced by the languages and cultures of the surrounding areas. For example, the Austro-Bavarian dialect with about seven million speakers is widespread throughout Austria, followed by the Alemannic dialect (similar to Swiss German) which is spoken in the west in parts of Vorarlberg. Then there are Carinthian and Viennese, used respectively in the southern region of Carinthia and in the capital. Finally, the Tyrolean dialect is typical of Tyrol, the region in the center of the country.

In general, Austrian German differs from the German spoken in Germany. To give some examples, the pronunciation of Austrian German is softer (with "ch" often pronounced as an aspirated h), while grammatically the pronoun "es" becomes "er" when indicating the time. There are also variations in the terminology, such as the word "bread" which in Germany is "Brötchen" while in Austria it becomes "Semmel".

Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

Набирайте міжнародні контакти під час вашої мовної поїздки та швидко покращуйте свою англійську!

Ваша мовна подорож з англійською

Вивчайте французьку мову під час мовної подорожі

Покращуйте свої знання французької мови під час навчання у Франції

До твоєї подорожі з начанням Фанцузької

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What language is spoken in Egypt?

Are you wondering what language is spoken in Egypt and whether there is an actual Egyptian language? Well, most of the population of this country is made up of Arabic-speaking Egyptians, who according to some studies make up almost 95 per cent of the total population. But what are the other languages spoken in Egypt?

Greece: official language

The official language in Greece is Modern Standard Greek, which is a direct descendant of the Ancient Greek language. Modern Greek is the language used in official documents, politics, economy and daily life of the country. The Greek language had already been used as a language of culture and writing in the past, when Greece was divided into independent city-states, but modern Greek assumed the status of the nation's official language with the independence of Greece in 1829.

Greece was in fact under the rule of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century to the early 19th, during which the language was replaced with Arabic and Turkish. Before that, it was the Byzantines who ruled Greece, until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Under the Byzantine Empire, the Greek language became the official language of the Eastern Roman Empire and was used to write most of the literature and documentation officer of the time.

After achieving independence, Greece began to develop thanks to the help of other foreign powers. Over the centuries, the Greek language has taken on different characteristics but has remained the most spoken language within the country. However, Greece's linguistic diversity is a testament to its history and geographical location, as you can see in the next paragraph.

Luxembourg official language: what is it?

In Luxembourg, the official language is not just one, but three languages spoken correctly by the majority of the population: Luxembourgish, French and German.

Given the importance of the country, due to its strategic position in the center of Europe and on the borders with great powers such as Belgium, Germany and France, over time people have increasingly started to use all three languages. It is somewhat the same that happened in Holland, and the reason why the languages spoken in Amsterdam -besides the official one- are different.

What language is spoken in Morocco?

Different languages are spoken in Morocco, but the main one is Arabic. However, there are also other languages such as Berber, French and Spanish as well as English. Below we list each language spoken in Morocco by relatively large groups of people.

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Pakistan official language: what is it?

Actually, Pakistan has two official languages: Urdu and English. So different from each other, they have both been recognised as official languages of the country also and above all with the aim of unifying the country's solidarity. Indeed, let us remember that Pakistan was only recognised as a state in 1947, and is therefore still searching for ways to enhance its identity.

Although these are the official languages of Pakistan, however, the population prefers to speak others, as we shall see in a moment.

Prague official language: what is it?

In the city of Prague, the official language is Czech, spoken by 96% of the population of the Czech Republic. There are approximately 13.4 million people who know and speak the Czech language correctly throughout the world, with naturally the highest concentration in the country, which now has 10.51 million inhabitants. The Czech language is recognised among the official languages of the European Union, following the country's accession in 2004.

The Czech language (in Czech čeština) belongs to the family of Slavic languages belonging to the Indo-European stock, which were introduced to the western part of the European continent through the invasions of the Avars, Magyars, Bulgarians and especially the Huns at the turn of the 5th and 6th centuries.

It is also because of these invasions and the resulting influences that the language spoken in Prague is very similar to Polish and even more so to Slovak. Think, in fact, that the inhabitants of Prague (and of the Czech Republic in general) can communicate and understand each other peacefully with Slovaks, precisely because of the great similarities between the two languages.

It is a different matter, however, for the younger generations, who, not having experienced both languages first-hand, may find it much more difficult to understand.

The origins of the Czech language can be traced somewhat back in time: it is around the 12th century that we find the oldest known written evidence of Czech, which was known at the time as the Bohemian language, and this example was found in the letter Litomerice. Then, during the next century, the Bible was transcribed entirely into Czech for the first time, and from that time on, the language underwent various standardisation processes, mainly based on a 19th century publication by the linguist Josef Dobrovský, widely considered the father of Slavistics.

Tips for learning irregular verbs

At the beginning, this seems to be quite a lot of vocabulary. Unfortunately, there is no way around learning them by heart. We'll give you 5 tips on how to manage to learn the irregular verbs:

Flashcards: Through apps like Quizlet you can create your own flashcards or search millions of learning sets from existing users. The advantage through such apps are that you can learn from anywhere. No matter if you are on the train or waiting for a friend. After all, you have your smartphone with you most of the time!
Listening: For example, you can record yourself reciting vocabulary using your smartphone. You can then listen to what you say at any time. This way you can easily learn the vocabulary without much effort!
Repeat regularly: You can read through the words once every night before you go to sleep. You can then repeat this in the morning and see how many words you still remember.
Use regularly and intensively: In order not to forget the vocabulary, you should also try to use it regularly. You can, for example, write a story in English or talk to other people in English and use these verbs. This way you will remember them longer.

Matilda by Roald Dahl: Perfect English book for children

The children's book Matilda was written by the author Roald Dahl and is about a little girl named Matilda, who is very intelligent, but is oppressed by her parents and her school principal. Despite her difficult circumstances, Matilda develops supernatural powers and uses them to defeat her enemies. The book shows how to stand up against injustice with confidence and courage. It is an entertaining and inspiring story that can encourage children to pursue their dreams.

Netflix filmed the children's book Matilda in 2022. In the Netflix movie of the same name, you can also practice your English listening comprehension directly.

Publication: 1988 | Country: UK | Genre: Children's book, Fantasy | Number of pages: ~232 | Suitable for children aged 7 and over

Цифра Алфабетично
0 Null
1 eins
2 zwei
3 drei
4 vier
5 fünf
6 sechs
7 sieben
8 acht
9 neun
10 zehn
11 elf
12 zwölf
13 dreizehn
14 vierzehn
15 fünfzehn
16 sechzehn
17 siebzehn
18 achtzehn
19 neunzehn
20 zwanzig

Food related Dad jokes

What did the sushi say to the bee? Wasabi!
Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!
Why did the banana go to the doctor? It wasn't peeling well.
I used to be a baker, but I couldn't make enough dough.
Why don't eggs tell jokes? They might crack up!
I'm on a seafood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!
How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together!
I ordered a chicken and an egg online. I'll let you know which comes first!
What do you call fake spaghetti? An impasta!
I burned my Hawaiian pizza last night. I guess I should've put it on aloha setting!

Мовні навички у резюме

Структурована та точна презентація ваших навичок у резюме є дуже важливою для успішно поданої заявки. Звичайно, це також стосується ваших мовних навичок у резюме. Як багатомовного кандидата, вам слід використовувати унікальний конкурентний перевагу у вашій заявці та презентувати ваші мовні навички найкращим чином.

Learn Italian with podcasts at Beginner Level

We advise beginners who are learning Italian for the first time to start with clear and simple podcasts so they can get a feel for the language. Keep in mind that you don't need to fully comprehend what is being said either because your brain will assimilate it over time.

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Lantau Island

Lantau Island, a tranquil oasis in Hong Kong, beckons visitors with its serene beauty and cultural wonders: The magnificent Tian Tan Buddha, a towering bronze statue that serves as a symbol of peace and harmony, is located in the center of the island. Take a breathtaking cable car ride up Ngong Ping 360 to reach this famous landmark, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and charming villages.

Discover the spiritual significance of this magnificent Buddha statue as you visit the revered Po Lin Monastery and breathe in the scent of incense. Lantau Island and Tian Tan Buddha are a fascinating escape from the city, transporting guests to a world of peace, spirituality and natural splendor.

Cost of learning English in an online English course

The cost of an online English course depends mainly on the type of course you choose. Depending on how much time you want to invest in your online English course, you have the option to choose a standard course or an intensive course. Private lessons are also possible. Take a look at the table and use it to compare the cost of different types of online English courses:

Phonetics terminology

Before moving on to the phonetic alphabet, some basic concepts of phonetics need to be clarified. In phonetics there are different places of articulation and ways of articulation. You need to know these in order to understand the phonetic alphabet. So look up the phonetic terms first and then move on to the phonetic alphabet.

Романтичний вечір у Монмартрі

Богемний район Монмартр у Парижі створює неповторну атмосферу для романтичного вечора. Прогуляйтеся, тримаючись за руки, вздовж його бруківчастих вуличок, які прикрашені мальовничими кафе та галереями мистецтв. Під час заходу сонця підніміться на вершину і зачаруйтеся захоплюючою красою базиліки Сакре-Кер, з якої відкриваються величезні види на місто внизу.

Місто створює чарівну атмосферу, ідеальну для романтичної вечері в одному з чарівних бістро. Смакуйте смачні французькі страви, насолоджуючись творчим середовищем, яке впливало на безліч поколінь художників. Ця привабливість ще більше підсилюється жвавим нічним життям Монмартру, де кабаре оживають музикою та танцями. Зануртеся в цю чарівну область для романтичного відпочинку у Місті, яке ви незабудете.

Which language is spoken in Switzerland?

Languages in Switzerland vary from Katon to Katon, and therefore vary greatly within the country. To give you an idea of how many people in Switzerland speak each language, we've given an approximate percentage of the population in Switzerland who speak that language.

Take a look at the languages of Switzerland. First, let's start with the official languages of Switzerland!

Moving to Canada: Here are the reasons

Canada is one of the most popular destinations for many people in Europe and around the world. Particularly popular are the cities of Vancouver and Toronto. But also the bilingual city of Montreal and Ottawa are among the popular destinations. But why is Canada so popular for emigrants? There are many factors for this, which we will take a closer look at below.

The job market in Canada: Canada's economy is extremely open, flexible and in constant development. This is shown, among other things, by statistics showing the very positive development of Canada's gross domestic product from 1981 to 2022 and forecast until 2028. Economic growth always has a direct impact on the labor market, because a healthy economy also means many jobs, high salaries and excellent career prospects.

The nature of Canada: Canada is not least such an attractive country because it is full of untouched nature. The variety of landscapes is perfect for nature lovers and outdoor adventures. Living in Canada means being close to the beauty of untouched nature and breathing the fresh and clean air. So emigrating to Canada means being close to the outdoor adventures that you can only experience on a Canadian vacation.

The health care system in Canada: Canada's health care services are among the most efficient and modern health care services. In addition, they are fully funded by taxes paid by citizens and by primary and secondary education: there is no need to pay extra for public health.

Open-minded country: People in Canada are considered to be one of the nicest people in the whole world. This makes life in Canada particularly pleasant. Respectful interaction between Canadians enhances the quality of life in Canada. In addition, Canada is characterized by its mulitcullturelle society. In Canada you meet people from all over the world, learn new cultures and live together with them respectfully in one society.

Where is the German language spoken?

We have looked around the world to find out in which countries the German language is spoken. Besides the obvious candidates Germany, Austria and Switzerland, there are so many other countries where German is spoken.

A distinction should be made between countries where German is spoken as a native language, or as an official language, and countries where only a large number of Germans have settled. Let's take a look at the countries where German is spoken as an official language.

English - the Global language

English has become the global language for various historical, political, economic as well as cultural reasons. First and foremost, this is due to its dominance in colonization. But also the status of the USA as a world power and influencer in culture, media, technology and much more has contributed to English being the world language today.

There are more than 373 million native English speakers in the world and up to two billion second language speakers. This makes English the most spoken language in the world. Not only the already mentioned reasons have led to the fact that English is the world language, English has to the comparatively easy to learn language no big hurdles. Especially the easy-to-understand English grammar helps learners to master English quickly.

Malaga activities in the city

This beautiful city in Costa del Mar offers several must-do activities in the city during your Malaga vacation. From cultural activities in Malaga, to sight seeing, to city parks and events, Malaga offers a wealth of exciting activities for your free time.

Figures of Speech definition

English figures of speech are used in literature to make texts more exciting and varied. They are also often used to convey a hidden message to the reader, to stimulate thought or simply to control the reading pace. To help you recognize the differences in figures of speech when reading English texts, we have compiled an overview of the most commonly used English literary devices below.

Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

Набирайте міжнародні контакти під час вашої мовної поїздки та швидко покращуйте свою англійську!

Ваша мовна подорож з англійською

Ваша мовна поїздка на Мальту

Відкрийте для себе прекрасний Середземноморський острів під час вашої мовної поїздки на Мальту!

Почни свою мовну подорож на Мальту

Famous English nursery rhymes

Check out our top 5 most famous English children's songs. These 5 English children's songs are well known well-known worldwide. They have been used for a long time to teach children how to learn English in a fun way at a very early age. They are incorporated into English lessons, as early as elementary school or even kindergarten, to give children access to the English language through English nursery rhymes.

Why learn languages?

The added value of language learning is truly impressive. Not only does it open up unimagined career prospects in a globalized world, but it also allows you to connect more deeply with people from different cultures. Mastering a new language opens the door to intercultural communication and creates a deeper understanding of other people's ways of thinking and living.



As you can observe, in German, the article always precedes the month. This rule applies within a sentence as well, as shown in the example: "Endlich ist der Mai da" - May has finally arrived. For a more in-depth understanding of articles in German, you can explore a comprehensive lesson on this topic.

Another distinction worth noting when examining the list of months is that they should always be capitalized, regardless of their position within a sentence or after a period. This differs from Italian, where capitalizing months (common nouns) is considered an error. It does, however, resemble English, as we discussed in the lesson on months in English, where capitalization is consistently applied.

Ваша мовна поїздка на Мальту

Відкрийте для себе прекрасний Середземноморський острів під час вашої мовної поїздки на Мальту!

Почни свою мовну подорож на Мальту

Where is Comino situated?

Comino is located in the center of the Malta archipelago between the largest island Malta and its sister island Gozo. With an area of only about 3.5 square kilometers, Comino is the smallest inhabited island in the archipelago.

Its remarkable remoteness and natural beauty make it a true insider's tip for travelers seeking an oasis of tranquility and relaxation amidst the picturesque island world. Because Comino is so centrally located, it can be reached relatively quickly from anywhere in Malta.

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Saying hello in the most important languages

Not all languages are the same, and this applies both to the alphabet used and the sound of words, but also to the number of speakers. Some languages are more common because they are used by millions and millions of people, while others are in danger of disappearing within a few generations. Among the most widely spoken languages in the world are English and Mandarin Chinese, with over a billion speakers, followed by Hindi, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Next in the rankings are Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, and Urdu. The rankings of the various languages may vary depending on the importance of the language in the place you are considering, that is, whether it is a native language, a second language, or a studied language.

If you want to learn how to say hello in the world's most common languages, you can start by saying "hello" in English. You can say "hello" or "hi" in all countries where English is spoken, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. You can instead use "salut" or "bonjour" in France, but also in the Canadian province of Quebec, Belgium, Morocco and Tunisia, and with all those peoples who also communicate through French, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. Do you want to greet someone in Russian? You can use the word "privet."

In Spain and many Latin American countries, however, you can greet in Spanish with "hola." We are talking about Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Chile, and Colombia, as well as Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and various other countries where Spanish is the native language. Portuguese, on the other hand, is spoken in Portugal and Brazil, but also in countries such as Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, and East Timor. Here you can say "hello" using the word "oi" as well as "olá."

Mandarin Chinese is the official language in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, and of course in China. If you are in any of these countries, you can say "hello" with "Nǐ hǎo," or 你好. In Hindi, on the other hand, you can say "hello" using the word "namaste," which is also well known to us Westerners. Arabic, as we have seen, is also one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. In this case it is a language used in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in Tunisia, in Qatar, in Somalia, in Egypt, in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Oman, in Algeria, in Israel, Jordan, Sudan and other countries in Africa and Asia, where you can greet with "as-salāmu ʿalaykum" (i.e. ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ). Bengali is the language spoken in Bangladesh and India. According to various statistics, by 2022 Bengali is spoken by more than 270 million people. To greet in this language you have to say "Hyālō" (i.e. হ্যালো).

Complete Japanese alphabet: How is it composed?

The alphabet in Japanese consists of 3 different writing systems, namely hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Usually the study of this language begins with hiragana, even as far as the Japanese school system itself is concerned. The characters that make up the hiragana alphabet are those used primarily for Japanese words, and so these are the symbols most commonly used on a daily basis. Japanese children begin studying hiragana in elementary school and form words using the 46 characters that make it up.

Katakana, on the other hand, is mostly used for words of foreign origin. One of the first exercises that language teachers assign to students is to write their own name, which must be composed precisely using katakana symbols. Likewise, the names of foreign cities or other countries will also be written using this alphabet, as well as onomatopoeic words. The katakana alphabet consists of 46 characters, just like hiragana.

Finally, the Japanese writing system includes kanji. Kanji are logograms that are used to write nouns, verbs, adjectives, and person's first and last names. Kanji are derived from Chinese and represent concepts or even whole words, and there are over 50,000 of them. However, to read most words in Japanese you only need to know the 2,000 or 3,000 most common and widespread ones. They are divided into pictograms, ideograms, semantic compounds, semantic-phonetic compounds, derived characters and lent kanji.

Finally, there is another alphabet, called romaji, which takes the Latin letters. This alphabet was created in the 16th century, when the Jesuits had to adapt Japanese to Portuguese orthography for religious issues, and today it is used mainly in street signs, dictionaries, textbooks, and on some store and club signs. Further down, again within this page, you will find the complete Japanese alphabet in Italian, with the characters and their respective translations of the syllables.

Typical German features and peculiarities

Typical German characteristics and peculiarities are reflected in various aspects of everyday life and culture. These include a marked punctuality and efficiency, a preference for order and bureaucracy, a devotion to car culture and a love of beer and sausages.

The German bread culture, with its variety of breads, and the unique Christmas markets are other characteristic features. The German language also has its peculiarities with its precision and special characters such as umlauts and "ß". All these elements contribute to making German culture and language unique and fascinating. Here are some of the typical German characteristics.

Spain

Let's start our journey in Spain, where traditionally twelve grapes are eaten on New Year's Eve. If you want to start the year with good luck you should eat the grapes at the same time that the clock on the Puerta del Sol tower in Madrid chimes. Each grape represents a wish for the twelve months of the coming year, so if you want your wishes and resolutions to be fulfilled, you must eat them all before the chimes end.

But where does this peculiar custom come from? It is said that in 1909, there was a very good harvest of this fruit, so farmers had more grapes than they could eat and decided to sell them as "lucky grapes". Since then, the Spanish take the grapes to get abundance and fortune in the coming year.

Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

Набирайте міжнародні контакти під час вашої мовної поїздки та швидко покращуйте свою англійську!

Ваша мовна подорож з англійською

Vancouver Day Trips

One possible activity in Vancouver is day trips. On a day trip, you choose an activity or destination in the Vancouver area and plan your arrival, departure, and activities at your destination.

If you want to go into nature, Vancouver has so much to offer. However, there are also several cities located not far from Vancouver that are worth visiting on a day trip outside of Vancouver. Each of the following cities and destinations around Vancouver has its own highlights, attractions and activities. See which one appeals to you the most and plan it into your Vancouver activity plan.

Sliema - One of the best areas to stay in Malta

Not too far from the capital Valletta, Sliema represents a strategic position to comfortably explore the whole island. In fact, it offers an excellent connection to all other areas thanks to the public bus network, and therefore allows you to go exploring even without renting a car.

One of the advantages of Sliema, then, is that it is a town suitable for everyone and any type of trip. For those seeking tranquility, for those traveling with family and children, for those who want to have fun: the answer can always be Sliema, without a shadow of a doubt. This is because we are talking about a lively place, with rather famous bars and nightclubs, but at the same time capable of guaranteeing tranquility and relaxation, shops and shopping streets.

However, if you dream of waking up to the scent of the sea, it is not the best choice, given that there are no beaches in the strict sense in Sliema. Some seafront areas have been designated where you can swim, but for seaside tourism you can find much more comfortable accommodation in Malta.

Процвітаючий ринок праці Канади

Однією з найпривабливіших особливостей Канади є її процвітаючий ринок праці. Різноманітна та стійка економіка країни має численні сектори, що надають величезні можливості для фахівців у різних галузях. Чи ви IT-спеціаліст, який прагне працювати в зростаючих технологічних центрах Канади, чи медичний працівник, який бажає внести внесок у світову систему охорони здоров'я, в Канаді є місце для вас.

Зобов'язання уряду Канади щодо економічного зростання та інновацій відображається у його політиці, спрямованій на підтримку бізнесу та підприємництва. Це разом із стабільною економікою робить Канаду привабливим напрямком для тих, хто прагне розвивати свою кар'єру і залишити слід у своїй обраній галузі на тривалий час.

Royal Pavilion Brighton: A story that starts with George IV

Everyone in Brighton knows the Royal Pavilion, and everyone knows why it is there and looks so different from the rest. So different from the rest of the United Kingdom, in fact, making it stand out as something abnormal, almost "wrong," but at the same time enchanting.

Many people do not know, however, that this majestic palace began as a farm that George IV rented when he visited Brighton still as a prince.

He liked being in a city with such a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere so much that he decided in 1787 to commission British architect Henry Holland to build a mansion in the classical style: the Marine Pavilion.

A few years pass and George IV's tastes change, influenced by the oriental prints of the time. So in 1802 he commissioned his architects to make radical changes in the aesthetics of the villa, both in the interior decoration and the appearance of the exterior. Thus porcelain, chandeliers and dragons filled every corner of the villa with the Orient, while the Mughal architecture of its exteriors made it look more and more like an Indian building.

It is important to note, however, that the Royal Pavilion is only a transposition of George IV's fantasy of the Orient, having never visited it. Added also to the pomp and circumstance typical of a prince regent, this explains why there was so much decoration and such an excessive style.

George IV later became king (1820-1830), and during his he had his mansion expanded once again, adding a room decorated with hundreds of shells covered in gold.

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Verbs to speak in French: How do you say it?

The verb to talk in French translates, very simply, to "parler". This incredible similarity with the Italian language is due to the fact that both are Romance languages, meaning that they derive directly from Latin.

It is not the first nor the last time that we will find similarities between dictionaries: just think of words coma amour, musique and livre, which remain practically identical even in Italian and which we can translate automatically, even without in-depth knowledge of the language .

This already simplifies our life a lot when it comes to learning the language: in short, we are already at an advantage.

Furthermore, another advantage that distinguishes the verb speak in French is that it belongs to the regular verbs of the first conjugation, which end in "-ER".

This means, therefore, that it follows the conjugation without any particular changes.

There is certainly no shortage of irregular verbs in French grammar, but fortunately for us, parler is not one of them: therefore, the endings that it will gradually acquire in its conjugation will be those typical of the conjugation itself, without complicating our life.

When and how to use the strong verbs?

As often happens in languages ​​-unfortunately for those who study them!-, the irregularities do not represent a small part of the words but, on the contrary, a more consolidated reality.

German strong verbs are also part of this equation, in fact: they are not as numerous as weak verbs, of course, but they represent a good 40-50% of the common verbs in the German language.

There are over 200 strong verbs in German, and while they may seem numerous, they make up a relatively small portion of the total verbs used in the language.

The fact is that many of the most commonly used verbs are actually strong verbs. For example, verbs like "gehen" (go), "sehen" (see), "sprechen" (speak), "kommen" (come) and many others are strong verbs that are widely used in everyday conversations. And, as you can see, they represent words that we use every day to communicate, even at a basic level.

For this reason, studying German strong verbs and remembering their characteristics is really very important right from the first approaches to the language: without them, otherwise, being able to communicate even simple concepts at A1 level is practically impossible.

How are German strong verbs used? Very simply, like regular verbs, but remembering the irregularities. Therefore they can be conjugated in all the main moods and verb tenses, following the guidelines we have learned today.

Let's see some example sentences using strong verbs to fully understand them even when placed in a context:

  • Ich bin gestern spazieren gegangen. = I went for a walk yesterday.
  • "Sie hat das Buch gelesen = You have read the book.
  • Er ist mit dem Zug gefahren. = He went by train.
  • Wir haben gestern viel gelacht. = Yesterday we laughed a lot.
  • Du hast mir sehr geholfen. = You helped me a lot.
  • Sie ist gestern geschwommen. = She swam yesterday.
  • Er hat einen Apfel gegessen. = He ate an apple.
  • Wir sind gestern in den Park gegangen. = We went to the park yesterday.
  • Sie hat gut gesungen. = She sang well.
  • Er hat das Fenster geöffnet. = He opened the window.

These examples show how irregular verbs in German are used in sentences to express past actions and how they change form in the past tense and past participle compared to regular or weak verbs.

What exactly are separable verbs in German?

Naming separable verbs in German can be frightening, especially for those who are approaching this language for the first time. But if we were to say compound verbs, it would sound simpler, wouldn't it, because we have to start from that basis: separable verbs in German are a type of compound verbs that are made up of two elements:

  1. The base verb, also known as an inseparable verb since it is a single word that cannot be broken down;
  2. The particle that modifies the meaning of the initial verb and is separated from the verb itself when conjugated.

* Remember that, if the verb is reflexive, the reflexive pronoun is also in its composition as an extra particle.

Let us move on to exemplify these verbs: Morgen fange ich meinen neuen Job an (tomorrow I will start my new job).

In this sentence, "anfangen" (to start) is conjugated in the present indicative (ich fange) and the separable prefix "an" has been moved to the end of the sentence.

So, how are separable verbs used in German? Let's get to know the rule:

  • As for the affirmative form, we put the main verb in second position and the prefix at the end of the sentence: -Ich rufe Vera an. → I call Vera.
  • In the interrogative sentence, the prefix always remains at the end of the sentence, while the verb is placed at the beginning, immediately after the subject. This is also the case with classical verbs: -Siehst du oft fern? → Do you watch television often?
  • Finally, as for the imperative form, the verb is always placed at the beginning, while the prefix at the end: Ruf Vera an! → Call Vera!

Germany, the heart of Christmas markets

Germany's best souvenirs immerse you in its vibrant history and culture. From legendary Bavarian beers to charming Black Forest cuckoo clocks, there is a wide variety of treasures that capture the German essence. Also, if your language courses coincide with December, don't miss the traditional Christmas markets, where you can sample and take home seasonal delicacies such as chocolate-covered gingerbread biscuits, caramelised apples or the famous "Stollen" cake. At the same time you will find beautiful handmade souvenirs that will add a special touch to your Christmas tree at home.

Oktoberfest: The Beer Festival - Munich, Germany

Held annually in the city of Munich, Germany, and recognised as the world's largest beer festival, it offers an unmissable event for beer lovers. The festival, which takes place from late September to early October, originated in 1810 as a celebration of the royal marriage between Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Since then, Oktoberfest has evolved into a world-renowned beer festival that attracts more than six million visitors each year from all over the world, who come to enjoy authentic German beer, traditional music, Bavarian food and a festive and welcoming atmosphere in the huge beer garden, making it the ultimate place to enjoy the good life and partying.

Перші кроки до життя в Німеччині

Перш ніж розпочати свій досвід, важливо зауважити, що якщо ви плануєте проживати в Німеччині більше 3 місяців, вам необхідно отримати візу, якщо ви не є громадянином Європейського Союзу (ЄС). Проте не хвилюйтеся, вивчаючи німецьку мову в наших школах в Німеччині, ви матимете всю підтримку, яка вам потрібна, щоб зробити процес якомога простішим.

Крім того, знання місцевої мови важливе, оскільки воно сприятиме вашій інтеграції та спілкуванню з місцевими жителями. З нашими курсами німецької мови ви зможете покращити свої мовні навички та відчувати себе впевнено для повноцінного життя в щоденному житті.

Лондон, місто, що ніколи не спить і завжди дивує вас

Лондон є одним з найважливіших міст у Сполученому Королівстві, не лише через його безліч туристичних атракцій, таких як "Лондонське око" або "Біг Бен", а й через широкий спектр розваг у місті. Це місто задовольняє всі смаки: якщо ви любите музеї, ви можете відвідати Національний природничий музей, але якщо ви природознавець і любите проводити час на свіжому повітрі, ми рекомендуємо Реджентський парк. З іншого боку, ви також можете прогулятися в центрі міста ввечері, піти на шопінг або у кіно разом з учасниками вашої навчальної группи.

Ці характеристики разом з міжнародною атмосферою роблять Лондон одним із найкращих міст для вивчення англійської мови в Європі, оскільки він допоможе вам покращити та практикувати свою англійську мову на кожному кроці, від читання книги в парку до перегляду фільму разом із друзями.

1. Надзвичайне культурне занурення

Ми всі питали себе, навіщо вивчати мови, і миттєво знаходимо різноманітні причини, від дослідження та пізнання світу до підвищення професійного розвитку, оскільки мови є ключем, що відкриває двері до безлічі можливостей. Але ми рідко запитуємо себе, як це зробити найшвидшим та найефективнішим способом? Саме тут Європа, з її культурною та історичною різноманітністю та широким спектром мов, стає найкращим місцем для поглибленого занурення у захоплюючий досвід вивчення нової мови. Давайте розглянемо з вами десять причин, чому Європа повинна бути вашим наступним напрямком для вивчення мови:

Європа - це суміш культур, тому вона пропонує широкий спектр мов, від романтичного французького до мелодійного італійського, включаючи універсальну англійську мову та цікаву німецьку мову. Кожна країна надасть вам унікальний досвід, який дозволить вам не тільки вивчити її офіційну мову, але й насолодитися її культурою, традиціями та збагачуючим способом життя, які можна повністю насолоджуватися через вивчення мови.

Take advantage of Apps

There are also a lot of apps out there dedicated to helping you reach a high level of language proficiency step by step. Here are our two favorites: Duolingo: Duolingo is extremely popular because it's so effective! This free app improves your language skills every day with games, questions and complete lessons, through which you'll strengthen your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Memrise: Memrise is another free app. Developed with the expertise of memory scientists, memrise ensures that every new word sticks in your mind and is never forgotten. You'll be amazed how quickly you pick up new vocab with this incredible app!

3. See more of the world

A language trip is a great way to explore a bit of the world. You can travel to big metropoles like London, New York and Toronto or discover the island of Malta, relax on Malaga's beaches or wander in the south of France. And if you really want to get out of your comfort zone and discover something completely different, you can also travel to exciting new places like Havana, Cuba to learn Spanish or visit Peking and learn Chinese.

Carnival in Valletta

The carnival festivities will continue in February. These festivities take place in the week of the 9th until the 13th of February 2018 in Valletta. There will be several parades with colorful parade floats and decorated vehicles. If you love street-based carnival festivities, you should not miss these parades! Incidentally, carnival is celebrated very extensively on the Maltese islands, which means that you do not have to stay in Valletta if you want to participate in all kinds of celebrations. You may also want to pay Nadur and Gozo a visit where you will be able to join the exciting activities as well.

Italy - Carnevale di Venezia The Venetian carnival is one of the largest and most famous in Europe. As there's something going on at every street corner, it's sometimes hard to keep track of things at Venice Carnival. A look at the programme will ensure you don't miss the most important attractions. There is something for everyone: on February 26, Corri, a masked run organised by the Venicemarathon Club, takes place in Maschera. Not to be missed is the Volo dell'Angelo, the escape of a disguised woman from the bell tower of San Marco to the main stage. To conclude the festivities, a large flag with the emblem of Venice, the winged lion, is raised above the bell tower. Many of the events do not take place on the Venice's streets: the Grand Opening is celebrated in the Arsenale, the former shipyard of the city, and dinner parties are organised in the Galeria delle Meraviglie (Gallery of Miracles).

Take advantage of Apps

There are also a lot of apps out there dedicated to helping you reach a high level of language proficiency step by step. Here are our two favorites: Duolingo: Duolingo is extremely popular because it's so effective! This free app improves your language skills every day with games, questions and complete lessons, through which you'll strengthen your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Memrise: Memrise is another free app. Developed with the expertise of memory scientists, memrise ensures that every new word sticks in your mind and is never forgotten. You'll be amazed how quickly you pick up new vocab with this incredible app!

May

The Festival of Young Talents took place at the Frankfurter Kunstverein from the 3rd until the 6th of May 2018. This relatively young festival is organized by the Verein für Kunstförderung Rhein-Main e.V. and forms a cooperation between the leading regional art academies and universities from the Rhine-Main area. The subject of this year's displayed pictures was "utopia / dystopia". Another highlight that occurs in May is the Night of the open Museums in Frankfurt, which took place on May 5th. Around 40 cultural institutions are opening their doors at night so that the public can get a glimpse of the rich cultural program in the city of Frankfurt and its neighboring city, Offenbach.

Foodies listen up! The Green Sauce Festival takes place in Frankfurt from the 11th to the 19th of May. What is green sauce you ask? If you have ever been to Frankfurt, especially in the district Sachsenhausen, then you have probably heard of the traditional Frankfurt dish before. You may even have tried it. To make green sauce you need seven herbs: chives, borage, pimpinelle, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. The people of Frankfurt are so crazy about their green sauce that they not only made a festival about it, but there is even a green sauce memorial. During the festival, which takes places at Rossmarkt, several stalls offer delicacies based around the traditional "Grie Soss".

You want to learn how to make Green sauce? We found this YouTube Video for you which shows you how to make a vegan version of the sauce:

Youtube Videos

  • Easy English: Mitch and Isi upload videos with lots of conversations on various topics that will help you improve your vocabulary and spoken English. They also have videos where they interview people from Great Britain, a great way to get to know the people and culture while learning the language - educational and entertaining at the same time!
  • BBC Learning English: Every day a new video is uploaded about different topics of the English language. Grammar explanations, new vocabulary and even live English lessons, a great channel to learn the language!
  • Watch English-speaking Youtubers - just choose the ones you like the most and learn English while being entertained!

3. Make 'learn by doing' your motto

'Learn by doing' literally means taking any opportunity you have to learn and apply what you learn. Whether it's watching a movie with subtitles, writing new vocabulary on a post-it and looking at it while brushing your teeth in the morning, or reading through the packaging of your French cheese, everything is useful. Even if it's just placing an order at your favorite Italian restaurant or making small talk with your Portuguese co-worker, these small things will improve your vocabulary and build your confidence. We truly believe that you learn the most when you use the language in everyday life! We really advise you to do more than simply follow your textbook and trying to understand every single grammar rule. Instead, try to develop a feeling for the language by using it in real situations.

Once abroad: create your own network!

Every single expat will agree: living abroad is an adventure. A personal adventure that allows you to learn more about yourself than ever before. A human adventure where sharing and discovering becomes part of your everyday life.

Once abroad, and after the exciting first weeks, expats are faced with the task of finding their feet in their new community. One of the most common problems expats face is loneliness. Creating and developing your own network of friends will be just as important as finding a place to sleep and a job. To help with this, Expat.com is again at hand offering its members several tools to ease the process of meeting people and finding your place in your new country, with job offers, accommodation suggestions, ads, event listings and more.

Being an expat is a lifestyle choice. To make the best out of this wonderful experience, it is important to move forward with the right people by your side. Friends, family and other expats are essential to the success of your adventure. To be happy, surround yourself with nice people!

We hope these tips will make you less homesick and more open to have the adventure of a lifetime. Never forget to cherish the journey, because although every trip has an end date, memories stay forever!

Try to step out of your comfort zone

Of course, that's easier said than done. In your cozy comfort zone, everything is uncomplicated and risk-free. But what if the best inspiration is waiting for you outside your comfort zone? You don't have to go all out and take a trip around the world or anything extreme like that. Even small changes can make a big difference. Eat at a new restaurant, watch a movie alone, or talk to a stranger on the street. Just dooing things you've never done before because you're afraid of them will charge your energy batteries and make you see what is around you in a different way. One step further can also be spending some time abroad: this is the best and most effective way to leave your comfort zone behind!

The "honeymoon" stage is the first of the four: everything is new and you are more than eager to discover the country and culture surrounding you. You've never been to this country before and you only know about it from travel blogs, National Geographic photos or TV series.

dict.cc "When looking for a German translation of a word or phrase, my first port of call is always dict.cc. The best thing about dict.cc is that it provides a full list of translations in order of how frequently they are used. This is really useful for deciding which word fits best to the specific context in which you want to use it. I have found that dict.cc has more phrases than any other translation website I've used. There is also a free app which works offline and which, for a very small price, allows you to add words to a personal vocabulary list and test your knowledge on this vocab with the vocab trainer."Tom,
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Es freut mich!

This is what you are supposed to say when meeting someone for the first time in Germany. It is the equivalent of "nice to meet you!".

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Youtube Playlists

Youtube has many fantastic, free videos for learning German. The channels below are of particularly high quality, with well-organised playlists and good structure for learning grammar rules and vocabulary. Wanted Adventure and DontTrustTheRabbit are especially fun, focusing on funny differences between English and German as well as more informal German that you definitely won't learn in school. But don't take our word for it, take a look for yourself and you'll see there's far more to discover about the German language!

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Mammoth London Language Exchange

A wonderful way to practice a language and to socialise. This group not only organises a weekly language exchange but also some social, cultural and sporting events. Members are aged between 18 and 40 and practice more than 30 languages. Beware, your jaw might feel a little sore after a full evening of chatting in two or three different languages!

Did you know? - 7 historical facts about Oktoberfest

  • The first Oktoberfest took place in October 17th 1810.
  • At the root of Oktoberfest is actually a wedding. Indeed in 1810, in Munich, Louis the 1st of Bavaria wedded Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Thus, huge festivities were organised, making it a tradition to celebrate the anniversary of this royal marriage.
  • The land where is celebrated Oktoberfest was originally named Theresienwiese - literally "the meadow of Therese" - from the name of the Bavarian princess. Nowadays, the place is more commonly called the Wiesn.
  • In 1872, organisers decided to push forward the date of Oktoberfest to mid-September in order to enjoy the last weeks of summer. Therefore, they decided to extend the festivities to the 1st weekend of October.
  • In the 1920s, during Oktoberfest, visitors were only served Munich-brewed beer. No other beer could be commercialised. Every tent on the Wiesn belonged to a brewery from Munich (Augustiner, Löwenbrau, Paulaner...).
  • It was only in the 1950s that Munich Mayor started to traditionally open the first beer of Oktoberfest, on the first Saturday of the fest, at exactly noon.
  • Since 2010, the 200th year anniversary of Oktoberfest, a southern section of the Wiesn offers differents attrations illustratring the history of the popular fest. The place is called Oide Wiesn and it is 3-euro entry.

2. Check out the Budget Translatlantic Airliners

These days, budget airliners doesn't always equal bad food and worse service! You may get basic service, but you can often pay for comforts, such as jumping to the front of the queue with priority boarding to avoid the rush or an emergency row for extra legroom. You also can take comfort in theknowledge the money you save on flights can be spent in shopping at your destination! Sometimes, budget airlines do not show up in the flight comparison websites mentioned above. Other times, they only fly from less popular airportswhich may not be on your radar. So if you are willing to travel to an outofthewayairport, you can get great deals!
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Number 8 - Get a local SIM/phone card

International roaming is expensive! Everyone knows that mobile phones are an essential part of daily living but enabling your phone for international roaming can set you back a huge chunk of cash. Buy a local SIM/phone card and let people know about your temporary number, this will keep you in contact with the people you need to be in contact with, without costing you a fortune! And no, you won't have to wait until you have Wi-Fi to finally send the last selfie you have just done...!

Number 9 - Shop where the locals shop

As mentioned above tourist shops can be a whole lot more expensive than the local chain store supermarket so make sure you stock up on your supplies at a local supermarket rather than the tourist kiosk just outside of your hotel. From groceries to toiletries and even gifts you will be able to find a bargain at the shop instead of breaking the budget.

Number 10 - Opt for budget hotels

If you are not planning on spending a lot of time in your hotel then there is really no need to splurge on 5 star accommodations. 3 or 4 star hotels or bed and breakfasts are great for budgets and still offer you a comfortable and relaxing place to call home for the duration of your stay. Keep an eye on your hotel's destination, while you definitely don't want to stay in the slums of the city you don't necessarily need to be in the heart of the hustle and bustle of tourist central.

TOP TIP: Keep an eye on your spending!

Writing down a daily spending allowance and recording everything you have spent will help you keep track of your money while giving you the opportunity to curb your spending or enjoying a little bit of luxury on your next outing.

Travelling does not have to be a huge expense, let these tips leave you with a little bit more in your pocket while not skimping on the things that really matter - making memories in a new and exciting destination! So what are you waiting for? Start planning the trip of a lifetime today!

✓ Italians are very superstitious and for them, nuns and ambulances are associated with death. So if you plan to spend your holidays in ITALY and you bump into one of them, don't hesitate and bless yourself with the sign of the Cross… Just in case!

✓ Now a little further afield, in RUSSIA you will discover that you receive a light stamp if you accidentally step on someone's foot. Why? The first thought that will come to your mind is that it's due to revenge. Far from this, Russians do that to avoid future conflict with this person.
In India is usually to see two men walking holding hands. This doesn't mean that they are in a romantic relationship. This is just a sign of friendship. On the other hand, you will never see a couple expressing their love in public in India.

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SWEDEN: Lussekatter or Saffron buns [VEGAN]

Prepping time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

SAFFRON BUNS full recipe:
5 dl oat milk (or other plant milk)
1 dl agave syrup
1.5 dl rapeseed oil
1 g saffron
50 g fresh yeast
11 dl wheat flour
raisins
flour for kneading
rapeseed oil for brushing


Heat the oat milk slowly and stir in the agave syrup, rapeseed oil and saffron.
Remove from heat when it's warm but not too hot to touch (37°c).
Crumble the fresh yeast in a bowl and pour in the milk mix. Stir until smooth.
Add the flour a little at a time. Let sit for 40 minutes, preferably somewhere warm.
Knead the dough with more flour until not sticky and workable.
Form into cute shapes and pop in the raisins.
Let sit for 20 minutes and preheat the oven to 225°C.
Brush the buns with a little bit of rapeseed oil.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes until slightly browned.

Read the recipe in Swedish here.

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Ranchstay

Awaken the cowboy within you and discover authentic ranch life in the USA or Canada. You'll stay with an extremely welcoming farming family, ensuring your English or French improves tremendously, whether you're on a horse ranch, cattle ranch, alpaca farm, orchard or any other type of ranch.
Language course: min. 8 weeks
Destinations: USA, Canada

Panda Conservation

For the really adventurous, you could even dedicate yourself to panda conservation in China! Everybody loves pandas, and this is your chance to get up close and become an expert in one of the most endangered and lovable animals on Earth. And all while becoming fluent in Chinese!
Language course: min. 8 weeks
Destination: China

Reptile House at London Zoo

You all remember when Harry had his first encounter with a snake in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, don't you? Well London Zoo certainly remembers the scene, because it was filmed in their very own Reptile House. Although Harry is seen speaking to a Burmese python, the enclosure used in the scene is actually home to a black mamba. There is now a plaque next to the snake enclosure commemorating the event. The Reptile House was built in 1926 and was considered one of the most sophisticated buildings of its type at the time. Whether you're a Harry Potter freak or not, London Zoo is a great place to visit, with an incredible 752 animal species (as of 2011).

Here are some everyday expressions that are used so abundantly in the USA, it's hard to believe they haven't caught on across the pond:

to dillydally

The American meaning to spend time doing unimportant things instead of what you should be doing, or to take excessive time getting ready to go somewhere.
E.g. "Stop dillydallying, we need to be at the airport in half an hour".

Don't mention it

An informal American phrase meaning "You're welcome".

to be down

While being down can mean to be sad, in America it is often also used in the same way as "to be up for something". E.g. "You down to go to the party tonight?" Response: "Yeah I'm down".

Knick-knack

An American term for "stuff". Note: the "K"s are silent.

Knock it off / Quit it

Informal American phrases meaning "Stop it", used when telling someone to stop doing something, especially if it is something that annoys you. Note: the "K" is silent.

sketchy

American word used to describe:
- people who are dishonest/unreliable;
- things, especially places, that are potentially dangerous;
- things that are of low quality.

spent

American term meaning "very tired".

Instant Translation from The Pilot

In our highly connected world, language barriers will soon be a thing of the past thanks to Waverly Labs' new technology. The Pilot, as they have named their futuristic earpiece, currently only translates between English, French, Spanish and Italian instantaneously, but the company wants to add a further 15 languages before 2018. We have already seen incredible technological advancements getting smaller and smaller in the famous smart watch, but nothing that's come before compares to the capabilities of the Pilot.

Explore the English Gardens

Bournemouth might seem like all water and beach, but nature and greenery lovers will not be disappointed. The town's luxurious gardens remind of exotic plantations and parks with abundant plant life all around. Be surprised by each new corner and turn of the town in which you will stumble upon more and more beautiful green spots to relax and admiring your surroundings in. The English Gardens of Bournemouth are also the perfect location for people who want to capture this gorgeous scenery with their cameras. If you are interested in seeing nature from an even wilder side, you simply must venture into the New Forest in which you will find not only vast amounts of untouched natural grounds, but also wild horses, free roaming cows and other animals that inhabit the forest. These grounds are rich with wonderful sights behind each bush and tree. Many people who are local to the UK never cease marveling at this large and beautiful piece of land, which is why we recommend that you give it a visit at least once.

3. Discover the origins of the Italian language

If you want to get to know the Italian language, Florence is the right place to do so! The Italian language of today is based on a dialect spoken regionally in Florence in earlier centuries.
The development of modern Italian language was mostly influenced by the authors Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca and Giovanni Boccaccio. All three are commonly referred to as the three crowns (tre corone) of the Italian language, because they used a certain form of the spoken dialect known as the Florentine dialect. Dante's highly praised 'Divine Comedy' (originally 'Divina Comedia') was written in a version of this very dialect.
The linguistic unification of Florence with the rest of Italy happened a lot later than the national unification in 1861, however the stepping stones for the contemporary Italian language have been set by the three authors named above. Alessandro Manzoni's novel 'The Betrothed' (originally 'I Promessi Sposi') is often seen as the final influence for the shaping of the Florentine dialect as the main way of speaking Italian.
Once you have successfully obtained a card you will be able to access your username and password that are written on it. Please also note that you will not be able to use the same prepaid card for multiple different devices. Every single device requires its own individual internet card in order to access the Wi-Fi. The card can be used multiple times, which means that you do not need to use up the quota of an hour within one session before the access ceases. You will be able to use the card for 30 days after your first use.

Culture

Tea time! Britain is famous for its tea and rumor has it that everyone drops what they are doing at noon and sits down to have a cup of tea. This may sound funny and a bit farfetched, but it is actually also a common stereotype of British people. It may also come as a surprise that this is not completely untrue. Dinner time, which is the meal that is commonly had in the evening or late afternoon, is commonly referred to as 'tea' in many parts of Britain. And yes, tea is also often had around that time, if one so wishes. Stories about people stopping what they do to have tea at 12 O'clock are however false, as you may have guessed. Etiquette and unspoken rules Good manners, posh behavior and a strict etiquette that all citizens abide by; these are all stereotypes that people associated the UK with. Whether all of these are true can best be found out by observing people on the street and anywhere you go in your day-to-day life. It is in fact true that people will expect each other to be polite and helpful. Instances of this behavior can be seen in situations where people bump into each other on the street for example. Both parties will usually say 'sorry' after this occurs. You will also often hear people saying 'thank you' to the bus driver one by one when stepping off the bus. By doing so they express their appreciation of the bus driver's dutiful service. Niceties, such as saying thank you and sorry in any possible situation, come very naturally to locals. The everyday practice people care most of all about is being patient and queuing. It is greatly looked down upon if others do not wait their turn, which means that you should always make sure to arrange yourself accordingly in every queue.

MAY

For lovers of art and culture, one of the most important festivals will be the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. This festival is dedicated to opera, theater, drama, classical music and dance. The concerts take place from May 5 to July 13.

The Freedom Trail Freedom Trail

This 4 km (2.5 miles) drive through downtown Boston goes through 16 historic places. If you're looking for a fun and interactive tour of the city while taking a short history lesson, jump on the Freedom Trail and discover some of Boston's most important sights like the Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, the Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, the Old State House, the USS Constitution and many more.

French Christmas songs

In France, there are two Christmas carols that stand out above others: "Il est né le Divin Enfant" and "Douce Nuit - Sainte Nuit". The first one talks about the birth of a divine child and first appeared in 1874. The second, as we mentioned earlier, the 'Silent Night' translated into French. In addition, French speakers have a very famous singer for Christmas songs, Celine Dion. She has created some versions of the most classic Christmas carols, such as "Petit Santa Claus"' which tells the story of a child asking Santa Claus not to forget his gifts.

Monday

Monday is an exciting day for everyone looking forward to go to their classes. At 08:00 everyone has breakfast in the beer garden. The team members take the new students to the square in front of the school to introduce ourselves to our new students so that they know who their teamer is. We next lead our students inside the school and tell them more about ourselves, explain the rules and distribute them among the classrooms. After a quick break, the students start their intensive courses. Other groups of students go to the swimming pool and the volleyball court. Who will participate in the mini-tournament?

After the students are finished with lessons, we gather our bearings. We give them a tour of our site and then ease on to the pool.

After dinner the tables go to the side, the disco lights go on and the volume goes up. The welcome party has started! There are snacks and mocktails (cocktails without alcohol). Needless to say the mood is excellent.

Indonesia
  • Indonesian cuisine is incredibly diverse. One of the most famous dishes is satay, meat skewers grilled over cabbage. They are served with a rice cake, which is called ketupat, doused with peanut sauce. This dish is so beloved in Indonesia that it can be found almost everywhere in the country.
  • Another specialty in Indonesia is Nasi Rawon. This is a beef stew from East Java with a nutty flavor and black color because of the combination of keluak nuts. The locals like to serve this dish with rice.

England

The longest lasting Halloween tradition in England is Nut Crack Night. Here couples throw nuts into the fire. If they burst and make a loud bang, the couple can expect a rosy future.

Singapore - Singapore

Every year Singapore is visited by more that 12 million tourists, a sign of the country's growing presence on the international market. Despite its size (Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world) the island has much to offer. One of the most beautiful and unmissable sights is the Gardens by the Bay, a calm and blooming green space working as a break from city's tall and modern skyscrapers. If you are more into the hustle and bustle of the city, then you have to head over to Sentosa Leisure Island, where you can experience everything from Ancient Egypt, Far Far Away, The Lost World, New York, Hollywood and Madagascar. The island also has wonderful beaches, themed restaurants and roller coasters. Another must-see is the city's landmark: the Merlion, a half fish half lion water installation reachable by boat. When in Singapore one must not miss all its culinary delicacies. The Singapore Food Festival is the place to be to taste an incredible selection of local and international dishes.

France

In France, Christmas dinner is a true feast made up of multiple courses, each accompanied by a different wine. To kick the celebrations off in style, French people start by drinking an aperitif like the Dubonnet. Then it's time for the first course, which can sometimes consist of delicious oysters served on a bed of ice and and lemon wedges. The main course consists of roasted beef or turkey and vegetables. What cannot be forgotten on a French Christmas table is nicely-arranged cheese and bread. A typical dessert is the Bûche de Noël, a chestnut or chocolate tree trunk cake often decorated with tiny mushrooms made of meringue and other goodies.

2. ¿Cómo nace la idea de recorrer el mundo e inmortalizarlo en vuestro blog / IG?

How did you get the idea of travelling the world and writing about it in your blog?

Recuerdo que estabamos en Barcelona, en el año 2017, haciendo la cola para comprar las entradas para visitar la Sagrada Familia. Para ese momento ya teníamos varios países recorridos cada uno por su cuenta y muchos amigos nos pedían consejos para sus viajes. Ahí fue cuando nos dijimos ¿Por qué no crear un blog de viajes? serviría para ayudar a nuestros amigos y a la vez para tener un recuerdo de cada uno de nuestros viajes.

Cuatro años más tarde seguimos aquí, tratando de darle la mejor información a nuestros lectores para que puedan organizar sus viajes de la mejor manera. :)

I remember we were in Barcelona in 2017 queuing to buy tickets to visit the Sagrada Familia. By that time, we had already visited several countries on our own and many friends were asking us for advice for their own trips. That's when we said to ourselves, "Why not create a travel blog?", thinking that it would help our friends and be a great souvenir for ourselves.

Four years later we are still here, trying to give our readers the best information to plan the best possible trips!

Tip #3: Go digital!

Instead of buying physical guidebooks and maps, or buying expensive or disposable cameras, the smartphone that is already in your pocket can provide you with all you need and more. Google Maps, Waze, Citymapper, or Maps.me are the best tools to find your way in a foreign country, and don't have the same environmental impact as a paper map. The quality of pictures taken with your phone has become so high that you don't need to buy a camera to take pictures, reducing the amount of plastic and of batteries that are produced and then thrown away.

3. Dialects

In China, the official language is called mandarin. But in the regions in China the people speak different kind of dialects. This leads to the fact that people from different regions can only communicate via Mandarin. Other dialects cannot be understood unless they grew up with the dialect. Over the map, you have an overview over the different kind dialects. As you can see, the regions have a different dialect.

2. Caso 63

Year 2022. Psychiatrist Elisa Aldunate records the sessions of an enigmatic patient, registered as Case 63, who claims to be a time traveler. What begins as routine therapeutic sessions, quickly transforms into a story that threatens the frontiers of the possible and the real. A story that moves freely between the future and the past of two characters who, perhaps, hold the future of humanity in their hands. Starring Antonia Zegers and Néstor Cantillana. Caso 63 is a Spotify original podcast.
Origin: Chile

St. Patricks Day – Ireland, Dublin

During St. Patrick's day, the Irish remember the day's namesake St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland
Irish-Americans have made this day into an international party. Boston was the first city with a St. Patrick's Day parade. Ever since 1962, Chicago has been coloring its river green.
St. Patrick's Day has become a combination between King's Day and Carnival. But instead of orange, everyone is dressed in green, the national color of the Irish.

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chips crisps
fries chips
soccer football
lift elevator
check bill
garbage rubbish
stove cooker
movie film
apartment flat
rent hire
match game
mom mum
bill note
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International Tongue Twisters for beginners

If you are not yet very advanced in learning the language you are currently learning, you should first use shorter and easier tongue twisters to practise your pronunciation. You will soon be able to pronounce these fluently and then move on to slightly harder tongue twisters. However, don't give up immediately if you can't pronounce the tongue twisters quickly and fluently. Practice makes perfect!

The following tongue twisters are particularly suitable for beginners:

3. Love and Radio

This podcast is usually in the form of an interview where you hear exciting stories from people talking about their lives or a certain topic. They don't try to teach you anything, but you can form your own opinion. Interesting personalities come to light who often seem quite different at first glance.

Holiday Abroad

From backpacking to organised group trips and solo explorations, as a tourist the opportunities for adventure are endless! Whether you want to discover Europe as a cultural explorer or you want to enjoy a backpacking trip across the states of the USA, there are a million and one ways for you to discover the world and gain valuable life experiences along the way. Types of Holidays Abroad
  • Backpacking - Plan a globetrotting, city skipping tour where you will meet like-minded adventurers and enjoy experiences that will embed themselves in your memory for the rest of your life. Enjoy the excitement of discovering a variety of different cities, living in true backpacking style and making the most of the authentic hostel accommodation experience.
  • Group Tours - From Gap Year Tours of Europe to Contiki Tours in the Mediterranean - there are variety of group tours especially designed to suit every tourist. Organised tours are perfect for individuals who want to enjoy every element of a destination while meeting new people and experiencing a unique worldly culture. Organised tours allow tourists to enjoy the famous attractions of a destination as well as a few of the lesser known hidden gems of a region.
  • Solo Explorers - Travelling does not have to be experienced in a crowd in order to enjoy the wonders of the world at large. Solo explorers have the freedom to choose and plan their own itineraries as well as alter their plans as it suits them. While some hotels do offer prices on a "per person sharing" rate there are accommodation options that focus on individuals travelling alone. Travelling alone also makes booking airline tickets easier as travellers can opt for stand by fares and make the most of last minute cancellations.
  • Language Trips Abroad - Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language but never got around to signing up for the local classes? Combining a language course with a vacation abroad is the perfect way to broaden your horizons while acquiring a worthwhile skill. Organisations such as Sprachcaffe Languages Plus specialises in destination language courses affording you the opportunity to learn the language from the classroom to the streets of your surrounding cities. These language trips are available to students (16 years and older) as well as to adults and corporate professionals. Most language courses are held over several weeks with students/tourists having the freedom to decide upon the ideal course duration to suit their needs. 6 weeks is the most favoured course length with some courses lasting up to 3 months.
  • Cruise Liners - From trips to nowhere to luxury 6 month cruises around the world and everything in between - cruises are a luxurious and exciting way to experience the world. With meals, entertainment and accommodation all taken care of from the moment you board a luxury cruise liner your holiday begins from the moment you arrive. Whether you are using the cruise ship as a means to get you from point A to point B or you plan to enjoy your vacation aboard these magnificent vessels there is a cruise option that will suit your needs perfectly! Most cruise ships have everything from swimming pools to day spas and fully equipped gyms making it a well-rounded holiday experience, make the most of the balcony views and meet new people. Cruise packages do not include flights or transfers to the departure dock, alcoholic beverages on board or some activities (i.e. gambling) while all meals are catered for as well as entertainment making it a perfect choice for families, couples, students and solo travellers. Most packages do include shopping opportunities and stop-offs so be sure to have your foreign exchange ready or simply do an exchange on board. From 3 day excursions to 6 month splurges a vacation aboard a cruise liner is undeniably an unforgettable way to experience the world.
Group Tours and Travel Packages Includes:
  • Flights * inclusive in some packages
  • Accommodation * an average of 3 star accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, hotels and chalets. **Luxury options are available and offer 4 star, 5 star and 5 star + accommodation options.**
  • Breakfast and dinner, drinks not included
  • Queue skipping tourist attractions
  • Cultural and adventure excursions *some entrance fees are not included in the package deals
  • Tours and transport
  • Travel Insurance, some organisations do include travel insurance in the package while all tour organisers do insist on it.
Language Trip Abroad Packages includes:
  • Accredited language courses conducted by professional language teachers.
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation
  • 2-3 meals daily
  • Some group activities and excursions
  • Airport transfers
** Flights and transport fees not included in the package** ***Visa letters will be charged for but may be essential for a successful visa application*** Requirements
  • Valid passport
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Proof of sufficient funds (visa requirement)

>> Read about Caitlyn's experience taking a student holiday for 6 weeks<<

2. Mandarin

Mandarin is the second most spoken language in the world. It is the official language of China, Singapore and Taiwan. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan language family, around 1.09 million people speak this language. One of the most used languages in the world, one out of six people in the world can speak Mandarin.

The language is tonal which means the meaning of the words depends on how you pronounce them. Out of the most widely spoken language in the world, Mandarin is deemed to be one of the toughest languages to learn.

Phase 1: Learn new vocabulary

In the first phase, you see the new vocabulary for the first time. You get to know the words you don't know yet. The aim of the first phase is to understand the meaning of the new words. You familiarise yourself with your new vocabulary, form sentences with it and build links between the new words and the vocabulary you already know. This will make it easier for you to recall the new vocabulary in the following phases.

1. La casa de papel (Haus des Geldes)

An organised gang of thieves sets out to commit the heist of the century at the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre. Five months of preparation are reduced to eleven days to successfully pull off the big heist. This is perhaps the most famous series in the world filmed entirely in Spanish. If you plan to live in Spain one day (or if you already do), you will certainly have to familiarise yourself with the Spanish accent, which sometimes forces even native Spanish speakers from latinamerica to turn on subtitles in order to clearly understand everything that is said. And that's just as well, because Hispanics by nature tend to speak so fast that you don't even notice how many words they say in a single sentence.
Suitable for young people aged 16 and over.
Spain, 2017 - 2021.


Musée d'Orsay

Dieses attraktive französische Kunstmuseum, das zweitmeistbesuchte Museum in Paris, ist nach dem ehemaligen Bahnhof Gare d'Orsay benannt. Das Museum beherbergt eine große Auswahl an Meisterwerken von Künstlern wie Degas, Cézanne, Manet, Renoir und Monet. Das Museum beherbergt rund 3.000 Kunstwerke, darunter ein Modell der Pariser Oper im Maßstab 1:100.

Im Hauptkorridor des im Dezember 1986 eröffneten Musée d'Orsay ist die ursprüngliche Bahnhofsuhr erhalten geblieben. Das Museum verfügt auch über eine umfangreiche Skulpturensammlung, darunter Werke wie Auguste Rodins riesige, sechs Meter hohe Bronzeskulptur Das Höllentor. Die Sammlung umfasst auch zahlreiche Gemälde, architektonische Werke und Ziergegenstände.

Personal pronoun (Pronombre personal) Object pronoun (Pronombre objeto)
Yo Me
Te
Él Lo, Le
Ella La
Usted Lo
Nosotros/nosotras Nos
Vosotros/vosotras Os
Ellos Los, Les
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2. Wu 吳 語

It is also one of the most important dialects of Chinese. The name Wu corresponds to the name of one of the three kingdoms into which China was divided at the end of the Han Dynasty and whose territory roughly corresponded to today's Wu-speaking area. With 81.8 million speakers, Wu is the second most widely spoken dialect of Chinese after Mandarin. It is the variant of Chinese spoken in Shanghai, most of Zhejiang province, the southern part of Jiangsu province and parts of Anhui and Jiangxi.

Speakers of the Wu dialect sometimes inaccurately refer to their mother tongue as "Shanghainese" (上海话 / 上海話) when introducing themselves to foreigners. The northern Wu languages are mutually intelligible, but the southern Wu languages are not.

1. Learn French for beginners

This podcast is primarily aimed at people whose native language is English. However, you can also use this French podcast to learn French with a good knowledge of English from your school days. The goal of the podcast is to learn the first basic words and phrases.

You will quickly notice how you can repeat your first dialogues in French. A perfect introduction for those who have never learned French before.

Genre: French language course
Language level: No previous knowledge required

The welcome tour continues outside the Barcelona residence. You will be shown the nearby shops where you can buy authentic Spanish food and get to know the wonderful restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. After the tour, you will have free time to unpack your suitcase, buy something in the supermarket shown earlier and make yourself at home in your room. The arrival day is rounded off with dinner. At dinner, you will meet all of the students with whom you will be spending the next week in Barcelona.

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Numbers from 0 to 20 in Spanish

Numeric Written Numeric Written
0 cero 11 once  
1 uno 12 doce  
2 dos 13 trece  
3 tres 14 catorce  
4 cuatro 15 quince  
5 cinco 16 dieciséis  
6 seis 17 diecisiete  
7 siete 18 dieciocho  
8 ocho 19 diecinueve  
9 nueve 20 veinte  
10 diez    

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2. Practice speaking

Speak as much as you can, whether it be with native speakers, language exchange partners, or even by yourself. Try to speak out loud as much as you can, especially when you're alone. For example, if you're at home, try talking to yourself while doing the house chores. This can help you improve your pronunciation and fluency.
The shadowing technique is a powerful method for improving your speaking skills in a new language. The technique involves listening to a native speaker and then immediately repeating the same words and phrases out loud, trying to mimic their pronunciation, intonation, stress, and rhythm as closely as possible. This technique can help you to improve your pronunciation, fluency, and listening skills all at once. It is a great way to practice speaking in a natural and interactive way, which can help to reduce anxiety and increase confidence when speaking in the target language. Shadowing can be done with a language exchange partner, a teacher, or through audio recordings, and it can be incorporated into everyday activities such as listening to podcasts or audiobooks while doing something productive.

English Travel Quotes

"If you're twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live, eat, and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go". Anthony Bourdain
"If you are twenty-two, physically fit and hungry to learn and get better, I urge you to travel - as far and as wide as you can. Sleep on the floor if you must. Find out how other people live, eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go".

"Not all those who wander are lost". J.R.R. Tolkien
"Not all who wander are lost".

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone". Neale Donald Walsch
"Life begins at the end of one's comfort zone".

"Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you". Ghaniya Dewi Arassyi
"The adventure may hurt you, but the monotony will kill you".

"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen". Benjamin Disraeli
"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and I remember more than I have seen".

The aim of the shadowing technique

The main aim of the shadowing technique is to get a better feel for your foreign language. You will benefit from this in the long run, as you will be able to effectively get used to the sound of the foreign language when you repeat it. This will especially help to train your listening comprehension. Shadowing also helps to improve your pronunciation. When you are shadowing, you train mouth and tongue movements that are typical for your foreign language. You learn the patterns of speaking your foreign language and will be able to use them better and unconsciously in your later independent use of the language.

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Know about public transport

When residing in a foreign city, it is essential to become familiar with the local public transportation system. In busy urban areas, public transportation is frequently the most economical and effective way to get around. Numerous cities provide services like student discounts and travel cards that not only make daily commuting more convenient but also enable students to save money. Students can get started quickly and experience less disorientation during their first few days in a new environment by taking the time to research and comprehend the transportation options available in their destination city.

St. Paul´s Cathedral

According to legend, the church was erected where Publius, a Roman governor, first encountered Paul the Apostle following his shipwreck in Malta. After an earthquake demolished the previous cathedral, the one we can see was rebuilt in the 17th century. Only a few authentic components from the old cathedral were used in the Baroque reconstruction of the new church. Bishops and members of Mdina's noble families who are interred there are remembered by marble tombstones that cover the cathedral's floor.

2. Deepl

It is one of the fastest growing translators in the world in recent years. Its predecessor, Linguee, has helped this platform grow and improve, so much so that it calls itself the best translation tool in the world. As of May 2022, it can translate texts into 26 languages, with a precision and efficiency very close to that of a professional translator. This is not to diminish the work of a professional translator or interpreter. If you need official translations, an official translator is always the best choice. In addition, DeepL allows you to customise your translation instantly. For example, you can immediately search for better matching synonyms in the translation tool. You should know that there is a special keyboard shortcut for quick typing in the DeepL app. This allows you to translate your texts very quickly.

The online translator DeepL is free to use, with a limit of 5,000 characters per translation and the ability to translate Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF files. With a paid subscription, you get an unlimited number of characters, plus your texts are not stored on the server, as is the case with the free version.

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Languages in Brazil

Spanish

The Spanish language is spoken by about 4% of the Brazilian population, especially in border regions with Spanish-speaking countries, such as Argentina and Uruguay.

English

English is used especially in the tourism sector in Brazil, for the many foreign tourists who visit the country every year. Furthermore, this language is also widely used in the workplace, especially by international companies, and to communicate with customers from all over the world.

German

Among the Europeans present in the country, the Germans form one of the largest communities with about three million people. The Germans have now integrated into Brazilian culture and society, while also maintaining their own language

Italian

There are many Italians in Brazil, who arrived in the country for work in the final decades of the nineteenth century. The Italian community includes about 30 million people, mainly located in São Paulo and in some areas of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Japanese

The Japanese language was brought by the Japanese in the early 1900s to work on coffee plantations. The Japanese community in Brazil is still today one of the largest outside Japan with almost two million people, and extends into the regions of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul, but also in São Paulo.

Indigenous languages

There are hundreds of indigenous languages in Brazil, such as Guarani (in the Mato Grosso do Sul region) and Ticuna (in the Amazonas), which represent 0.4% of the population. Other languages of this type are Kaingang, especially in the state of Paranà and in some areas of Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, and San Paulo, and the Yanomami language spoken mainly in the Amazon region.

Brief History of Mexico

As with any country, it is good to know a few key passages in its history to better understand its culture and language. For example, Mexico was once inhabited by various civilisations, such as the Olmecs on the Gulf coast, the Teotihuacans in the central part of the country, the Toltecs, and the better known Mayas and Aztecs. These indigenous populations, which followed one another from several centuries B.C. until the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, had developed their own political system, religions, art, and the study of science and technology. This period, called pre-Columbian, ended when Europeans arrived in the country.

In the first half of the 1500s, Mexico was conquered by the Spaniard Hernán Cortés, who founded New Spain. The country thus remained a Spanish colony for three centuries, until it achieved independence in 1821. In 1917, following the Mexican Revolution, the Constitution was born and Mexico began an important path of economic growth.

SHERLOCK

Sherlock is a British drama series which is based on the famous detective novels of Sherlock Holmes. The genre of the series is basically detective and crime. It is very knowledgeable and full of suspense. It is recommended if you want to learn the official language in the British way.

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1. Coffee Break German

"Coffee Break German" is a popular podcast for German language learners. It offers comprehensive lessons covering vocabulary, grammar, and cultural insights. With a relaxed and conversational style, the podcast helps beginners gain confidence in their language skills and provides valuable resources for building a solid foundation in German.

Languages: German, English

Englisch lernen

The Simple English YouTube channel is primarily aimed at English beginners. With the help of this YouTube channel for learning English you can expand your vocabulary, get to know important false friends in English, learn regular and irregular English verbs and much more. Of course, important English grammar rules are also discussed. Simply English is sure to help you quickly raise your English to the next level!


Counting from 1 to 20 in French

Number Written Number Written
1 un 11 onze
2 deux 12 douze
3 trois 13 treize
4 quatre 14 quatorze
5 cinq 15 quinze
6 six 16 seize
7 sept 17 dix-sept
8 huit 18 dix-huit
9 neuf 19 dix-neuf
10 dix 20 vingt

Counting from 0 to 20 in English

Number Written Number Written
0 zero 11 eleven
1 one 12 twelve
2 two 13 thirteen
3 three 14 fourteen
4 four 15 fifteen
5 five 16 sixteen
6 six 17 seventeen
7 seven 18 eighteen
8 eight 19 nineteen
9 nine 20 twenty
10 ten    
       

List of English birthday wishes

Short birthday wishes in English

Happy birthday!
Wishing you a fantastic day!
Have a great birthday!
Sending you best wishes!
Enjoy your special day!
Happy birthday and many happy returns!
Have a blast on your birthday!
Cheers to another year!
Wishing you joy and happiness!
May all your dreams come true!

Long English birthday wishes

May this birthday be just the beginning of a year filled with happy memories and wonderful moments.
Cheers to a fabulous birthday and a year filled with blessings. Happy birthday!
Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter, and joy. Happy birthday!
Cheers to another year of adventures, laughter, and beautiful memories. Happy birthday!
It's your birthday! Time to celebrate and enjoy the day to the fullest.
May every moment of your birthday be as wonderful as you are. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! May your day be as bright as the sun and as special as you are.
Sending you my warmest wishes on your birthday. Have a wonderful day filled with love and happiness.
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Список чисел італійською від 0 до 20:

Число Написання Число Написання
0 zero 11 undici
1 uno 12 dodici
2 due 13 tredici
3 tre 14 quattordici
4 quattro 15 quindici
5 cinque 16 sedici
6 sei 17 diciassette
7 sette 18 diciotto
8 otto 19 diciannove
9 nove 20 venti
10 dieci    

The four languages of Moldovia

Russian

The Russian language is widespread, especially among the ethnic Russian people and those who lived under Soviet influence. According to some estimates, about 14% of Moldovans speak Russian as their mother tongue.

Ukrainian

Ukrainian is a Slavic language that is spoken mainly in the north-western part of the country, where Moldova borders Ukraine. The speakers, according to some estimates, make up about 6% of the population.

Gagauzo

One of the main language minorities in Moldova is Gagauzo, spoken by about 4% of Moldovans. It is a Turkic language spoken mainly in the autonomous region of Gagauzia, located in the southern part of the country.

Bulgarian

Bulgarian, spoken by a small minority of the Moldovan population, is also a Slavic language spoken in the south-western part of the country, on the border with Bulgaria.

Language spoken in Amsterdam: English

Although it is not an official language, in Amsterdam - and in the Netherlands more generally - there are many Dutch people who speak English (90% of the population) at a level practically equal to that of a native speaker. The ranking of the English Language Proficiency Index, in fact, sees the Netherlands in first place out of 80 countries judged, for the level of knowledge, comprehension and fluency that the Dutch have when approaching English.

This is because the country has, over time, become a major force on the international market, and in order to improve more and more, has made learning English a real priority, reinforcing it not only in the school environment, but in every context. In fact, it is a well-known fact that there is no dubbing of foreign films and television programmes in Amsterdam. Anything in the original language that is not in Dutch remains as it is, and people enjoy it directly that way.

Even cartoons are left in the original language, and it is mainly for this reason that the Dutch are practically bilingual. Dutch children grow up hearing English on a daily basis: when they are still learning and assimilating everything they hear, they learn English and Dutch at the same time.

It must also be said that it is not so difficult for a Dutch person to learn English: Dutch is a Germanic language, just like English, and for this reason they really do have a lot in common. A few examples of this similarity:

  • De | the
  • Vriend |friend
  • Maandag |Monday

We can say that the difference between the two languages corresponds more or less to that between Italian and Spanish. Of course, thanks to this enormous advantage, having a longer or shorter holiday in Amsterdam will be a piece of cake: you won't have to worry about not being understood at the hotel check-in, at the restaurant or at any site of interest, because everyone will communicate with you in English.

Other languages in Austria

Although the language spoken in Austria by the majority of inhabitants is German, some regional linguistic minorities have been recognised. Below you will find the main ones, together with the other languages spoken in the various parts of the country.

What language is spoken in Canada?

In Canada the main language, and therefore the one spoken by the majority of people, is English. It is an English that has assumed characteristics similar to both British English and American English, therefore the one spoken in England and the United States. The 2021 census revealed that the English language is predominant, and that the percentage of people who consider it their first language is growing more and more in recent years.

However, the official language of Canada is not just English. In this vast territory, two languages coexist, English and French, for reasons related to the events that we will see in the following paragraph. The French language is used in the province of Quebec and in some areas of Ontario, i.e. those in the east that border precisely with Quebec, but also in part of New Brunswick.

Canada is a constitutional monarchy which provides for the King of England as head of state, and has adopted a federal system with the subdivision into provinces and territories. Both languages, English and French, are required to hold public office and are both regarded as official languages of the country. According to the 2021 census, the first language of 75% of Canadians is English while for 21% it is French, and over 98% of people are able to have a conversation in English while almost 93% in French.

Cuba's official language: What is it?

The official language of the Republic of Cuba is Spanish, as everyone knows. This idiom is spoken on the island by 11 million Cuban inhabitants, who represent practically 100% of the country's population. It is not surprising that the official language of Cuba is Spanish, since it is what most of the states in South and Central America have in common: 20 countries in these areas use it as their official language. It is among the languages spoken in Mexico, Costa Rica and Bolivia, for example. Exceptions, however, are some of the large American countries: the language of Brazil, in fact, is Portuguese.

Although the Republic of Cuba was for many years in a situation of isolation from other countries, the country was able to maintain a multicultural population, and for this reason other languages also spread throughout the territory, particularly during the 17th and 18th centuries, when the country was under Spanish colonial rule. The most widely spoken, however, are Cuban Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Official language in Dubai

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The city was born in the eighteenth century as a fishing settlement and has seen exponential growth in recent decades thanks to the discovery of oil and natural gas. Starting in the 1960s, Dubai became an important point of reference for trade, and in the 1990s also for international tourism. Today this city is known for its modern and technological infrastructure, luxury hotels and restaurants, and its enchanting beaches.

The official language of Dubai has been Arabic since the founding of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Arabic is an important language in the Middle East and North Africa region and one of the most widely spoken in the world, and is the mother of a large part of the population of the United Arab Emirates. It is a Semitic language with a long history behind it and with numerous regional variations, even within the city of Dubai where in fact there are Egyptian Arabic, Syrian Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Lebanese Arabic, and various other less common. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Dubai, it is always helpful to know at least a few Arabic words and phrases to communicate with the local people.

Languages of Egypt

Egyptian Arabic

Although Modern Standard Arabic is official throughout the country, the Arabic used on a daily basis is Egyptian, especially in the northern part of Egypt. It is a true dialect whose formation was influenced by the Coptic language, which we will discuss later, but also by English, French, Greek, Italian and Ottoman Turkish.

Saidi dialect

In the south of the country, in Aswan or even Luxor, the so-called saidi dialect is spoken, a variety of Arabic that is in turn divided into further dialects.

Coptic language

A minority, the one formed purely by the religious group of Copts, still speaks the Coptic language. This language is based on the Greek alphabet and appeared in Egypt from the mid-2nd century, a period coinciding with the advent of Christianity in the country. From the 7th century onwards, as a result of Islamic expansion and the arrival of the Muslim religion, the Coptic language was almost completely swept away by Arabic.

English and French

English, as in many other countries, seems to be quite developed among the population, especially if one takes into account the fact that Egypt was a British colony for several years. Signs and road signs can easily be found in this language, especially in major cities and tourist resorts. Even banknotes are printed in Arabic and English. Languages in Egypt also include French, which, like English, is taught in the country's schools.

What languages are spoken in Greece?

We have seen that in Greece the main language is Greek, but despite its importance there are also other minority languages that are spoken in some parts of the country.

Albanian

Albanian is the mother tongue of an ethnic minority present in Greece, especially in the Epirus region. This minority is mainly composed of Albanian immigrants who have settled in Greece during the last decades, but there are also Albanians who have been living in Greece for generations.

Macedonian

Macedonian, on the other hand, is mostly spoken by the Slavic minority on the border with North Macedonia. During the rule of the Ottoman Empire, in fact, some groups of Macedonian Slavs settled in Greece, maintaining their language.

English

Some studies show that a large part of the Greek population knows the English language, especially in the most touristic areas and in the most important cities of the country.

Turkish

Turkish is mainly spoken in the region of Thrace, bordering Turkey, by Muslim communities. This language is also found in parts of the North Aegean region.

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Arabic

Arabic is the most spoken language throughout the country, especially in its variety of Moroccan Arabic (also called dārija). It is the language used by over 30 million inhabitants of Morocco and by Moroccans who have moved around the world, and has some substantial differences with the standard Arabic language as we will see later.

Berber

Berber is the mother tongue of many indigenous communities in Morocco and is still spoken in many parts of the country. Berber is a very ancient language and has different variations depending on the region in which it is spoken, and comes from the indigenous Berber people of North Africa who have inhabited the area for thousands of years. Some regional variants of the Berber language are, for example, Tamazight in central Morocco, Tarifit in northern Morocco, and Tashelhit in southern Morocco.

English

Although Morocco was never a British colony, English has become an important language nowadays for international trade and for the tourism industry, so much so that it is mainly used in tourist resorts and large cities in the world.

French

French was introduced to Morocco during the French colonial period and after independence, so since 1956, it has remained an important language for commercial and diplomatic communication, as well as culture.

Spanish

Spanish, on the other hand, is spoken mainly in the northern regions of the country, such as in the city of Tangier, due to the geographical proximity to Spain and the effects of Spanish rule.

Other languages

There are also other minority languages spoken in Morocco such as Italian, which arrived during the period of Italian rule of neighboring Libya, and Portuguese, which was brought to the territory during Portugal's brief colonial period in North Africa. In any case, Morocco's linguistic diversity is a testament to its history and geographical location, which has made it a crossroads of different cultures and languages.

What is the official language in the Netherlands?

The official language in the Netherlands is Dutch, or Netherlandish, which is also spoken in the Flanders region and the Brussels-Capital region in neighbouring Belgium. It is a language with Germanic origins, which is currently also used in other parts of the world such as former colonies or islands still belonging to the country, such as Suriname, Aruba, Saba, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Curaçao, Indonesia, as well as in parts of France and Germany, with a total of around 25 million speakers. The first documents in the Dutch language appeared at the end of the 12th century, although some terms and names date back some time earlier.

Dutch is therefore the language spoken in the Netherlands by most people, more than 16 million according to a statistic dating back to 2017. But the term 'Dutch' also indicates a variety of the language, spoken mainly in the northern part of the Netherlands, while in the south, the so-called Flemish dialect is generally spoken. Dutch-speaking dialects are numerous, such as Limburgish and Zeelandic, which are contrasted with Standard Dutch. The latter is considered the pure form of the language and is mainly used in the Netherlands, as opposed to Belgium where other varieties are preferred. It should also be noted that the dialects of the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague regions are closer to the standard dialect than those of other areas.

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1. Coffee Break Italian

"Coffee Break Italian" is a popular podcast designed for Italian language learners. Hosted by experienced teachers, it offers engaging and structured lessons, covering vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills. With its user-friendly approach and clear explanations, the podcast provides an excellent foundation for beginners and helps learners progress in their language journey.

Language: Italian, English

Sightseeing and activities in the city centre

Shopping in MyZeil oder Skyline Plaza

Frankfurt's city centre is the perfect place for those who like to go shopping. Besides the long Zeil, which stretches from the Hauptwache to the Konstablerwache, there are countless opportunities for fashion enthusiasts. These are Frankfurt's two largest shopping malls. MyZeil is close to the old town and can be reached quickly. Skyline Plaza, surrounded by huge skyscrapers, is a little further away, but is also a real attraction in Frankfurt.

Climb the Frankfurt Cathedral

Another highlight in the old town is the impressive Frankfurt Cathedral. This 14th century Gothic masterpiece has impressive stained glass windows, ornate stonework and a high spire. As you enter the cathedral, you'll learn more about its long history and enjoy the minute details of the interior. From the top of Frankfurt Cathedral you have a unique view of the Frankfurt skyline and can overlook the entire city.

Frankfurt's Römer

The town hall of Frankfurt is also known as the Frankfurt Römer. The Rathhaus is a row of gabled houses and is built in the late Gothic style. The Römerberg is the square directly in front of the Römer and is often the site of many festivals and also the central point of Frankfurt's Christmas market. Traditionally, Römerberg is used as a venue for events such as the celebration of the German national team or Eintracht Frankfurt after title wins.

St Paul's Church

A visit to St Paul's Church is hightly recommended, very close to Frankfurt's Römer and thus also to Frankfurt's old town. The imposing Paulskirche is a true architectural highlight from the outside. You can visit the interior of St Paul's Church free of charge and let the atmosphere of the church work its magic on you. Next to the cathedral is the Historical Museum, which offers a comprehensive insight into Frankfurt's past.

Star Ferry and Symphony of lights

Symphony of Lights and the Star Ferry together are a magical experience in Hong Kong. Come aboard the famous Star Ferry as it takes you across Victoria Harbour for a unique view of the city's breathtaking skyline. Enjoy the Symphony of Lights, a mesmerizing multimedia production that illuminates the skyscrapers in a stunning display of color and music as night falls.

Watch as the structures come to life in harmony with a symphony of sound and light that captures the spirit of Hong Kong. The fascinating maritime charm of the Star Ferry and the breathtaking symphony of lights combine for an unforgettable evening that perfectly captures the cosmopolitan appeal of Hong Kong.

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Types of Articulation

Plosives (stopping sounds)

With plosives, the airflow is completely blocked and then suddenly released. This creates an explosive sound. Examples include the sound /p/ in "dad," /t/ in "table," and /k/ in "cake." The blocking is combined with the places of articulation (e.g. bilabial, alveolar, velar).

Fricatives (frictional sounds)

In fricatives, the airflow is partially blocked so that it flows through the narrow opening with friction. This creates a whooshing sound. Examples include the English sound /f/ in "fun," /s/ in "snake," and /ʃ/ in "shoe." The blocking occurs by bringing the speaking tools (e.g. lips, tongue) closer to a place of articulation.

The Affricate

Affricates are combinations of a plosive and a fricative. The sound begins with a plosive, followed by a short fricative. An example is the sound /pf/ in "pan" and /ts/ in "lemon". These combinations create a two-part sound.

Nasal

When making nasal sounds, the airflow is directed through the nose instead of the mouth. The tongue blocks the oral cavity while the soft palate opens the nasal cavity. Examples include the English sound /n/ in "nice" and the French sound /m/ in "maison".

Places of articulation in the mouth

Bilabial

When making bilabial sounds, the two lips touch each other. An example is the sound /p/ in "Papa".

Labiodental

The air flow is passed between the upper teeth and the lower lip. An example is the sound /f/ in "fun".

Interdental

The tongue goes between the teeth. An example is the sound /θ/ in "think".

Alveolar

The tongue is pressed against the front part of the dental dam (alveoli). An example is the sound /t/ in "table".

Palatal

The tongue comes towards the hard palate (palatum). An example is the sound /ʃ/ in "shoe".

Velar

The tongue is pressed against the back of the roof of the mouth (velum). An example is the sound /k/ in "cake".

Vulnerable

The tongue comes towards the uvula. This sound is not very common, but occurs in some dialects, for example.

Glottal

The airflow in the pharynx is obstructed by the glottis. An example is the sound /h/ in "hat".

Музей Лувр: Скарбниця Мистецтва

Музей Лувр, розташований у самому серці Парижа, є неперевершеною скарбницею мистецтва і культури. Ця почтена установа преставляє величезній та різноманітній колекції, яка охоплює тисячі років людської історії. Лувр виставляє художні досягнення культур з усього світу, від стародавніх єгипетських артефактів і класичних грецьких скульптур до ренесансних шедеврів і відомих картин, таких як "Мона Ліза" Леонардо да Вінчі.

Увійшовши до Лувру, ви здійсните подорож у минуле, де відвідувачі можуть поглибитися в красу та майстерність безлічі творів мистецтва. Величні зали та галереї музею надають унікальну можливість спостерігати за розвитком художніх стилів та методів на власному досвіді. Лувр продовжує бути культурним символом, приваблюючи любителів мистецтва та прихильників історії з усього світу для відчуття дивовиж мистецтва завдяки його неперевершеній колекції та вражаючій архітектурі.

Official languages of Switzerland

Schweizerdeutsch or Swiss German

Is spoken of 62.6%

The German language is spoken by most people in Switzerland. Most of the 6 Swiss cantons speak Swiss German as an official language. Swiss German is very different in many aspects compared to German from Germany. Most notably, Swiss German differs in pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and written language. Hoch Deutsch or High German is used more often by the Swiss in formal settings.

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Italian in Switzerland

Is spoken of 6.2%

Italian is also spoken in Switzerland in some areas. Light dialects understandable to Italians are spoken in Switzerland. For example, Ticino (derived from Lombard) is spoken or the Como dialect. Italian is spoken in the two cantons of Ticino and Grisons and in parts also in Valais in the south of Switzerland. These regions of Switzerland are often referred to as Svizzera italiana (Italian Switzerland). The Italian language is also one of the four official languages of Switzerland.

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French in Switzerland

Is spoken of 22.9

In terms of the number of speakers, French is the second most spoken language in Switzerland. In recent years, the use of French in Switzerland has continued to increase. French is mainly spoken in the western part of Switzerland. There are a total of six cantons where French is spoken in Switzerland. These include Geneva, Vaud, Neuchâtel or Jura. In these cantons, mainly Swiss French is spoken in everyday life.

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Rhaeto-Romanic

Is spoken of 0.5%

Romansh is one of the Swiss official languages of the Canton of Graubünden. It is the only official language in Switzerland that is actually spoken only in Switzerland. Today, only 60,000 Swiss speak Romansh. Therefore, this historic Swiss language is in danger of dying out. However, measures are being taken to prevent the disappearance of the language. For example, the association "Lia Rumantscha" is taking care of the survival of the language. It was renamed Rumantsch Gritschun in the eighties.

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Idiom Definition: What is an Idiom?

An idiom is a fixed expression or phrase in a language that has a figurative or metaphorical meaning that is different from the literal meaning of its individual words.

Idioms are used to express ideas, emotions, or concepts in a special and frequently colorful way. They are an essential component of a language's culture. These expressions are frequently used and understood by native speakers, and because they frequently defy literal interpretation, it can be difficult for non-native speakers to comprehend what they mean.

Idioms are a form of linguistic creativity and their meanings are often deeply rooted in the cultural and historical context of the language. They can be used to add vividness, humor or emphasis to communication. They play a significant role in making languages more expressive and dynamic. "Break a leg," "kick the bucket," and "raining cats and dogs" are some examples of idioms.

German language as an official language

In these countries, German is spoken as the official language

Germany

The German language is the main language in Germany. What is interesting is that there are many dialects of the German language in Germany. They differ only slightly from Standard German, as taught, for example, by the Goethe Institute or our language schools in Frankfurt and Munich. According to surveys, the purest standard German is spoken in the city of Hanover.

Switzerland

When it comes to languages, Switzerland is something special. In addition to German, there are several official languages ​​in Switzerland. In addition to Standard German, Switzerland has a deviation from the German language, the so-called Swiss German. This migration away from the German language is very different from standard German and is very difficult to understand, even by native German speakers.

Lichtenstein

German is used in Liechtenstein in all official matters, administration, education and daily life. It is important to note that Liechtenstein is geographically and culturally closely linked to the German-speaking region, as it lies between Switzerland and Austria.

Austria

German is the official language in Austria. The German language in Austria has some peculiarities that distinguish it from other German-speaking regions. This is particularly noticeable in the Austrian pronunciation and some words typical of the country. If you have already heard of Bavarian German, the transition to German in Austria will be easier for you.

Belgium

In parts of Belgium, especially in the east of Belgium, the German language is spoken as the official language. The German language is recognized there as an administrative language, in educational institutions and in jurisprudence. In addition to German, French and Flemish, a language similar to Dutch, are also recognized as official languages.

Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, German is one of the three official languages, along with Luxembourgish and French. Together with Luxembourgish, the German language is used as an official language for administrative, legal and school areas. German is also used in the media and in the world of work.

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Visit Malaga's old town

One of the first activities tourists undertake in Málaga is a visit to the impressive old town. There you will already find some of the top sights of Málaga. It houses important sights such as the cathedral and the Alcazaba. Experience the flair of the old town of Málaga and let this Mediterranean city affect you.

Overview table: English figures of speech

Figure of speech Definition
Metaphor Implicitly equating things for meaning or effect.
Simile Explicit connection for commonality.
Personification Human properties for inanimate things.
Hyperbole Exaggeration for effect.
Irony Contradiction between the word and the actual meaning.
Symbol Concrete object/action with deeper abstract meaning.
Anaphora A word at the beginning of a sentence is repeated in successive sentences.
Chiasmus Symmetrical crossing in structure.
Alliteration Repetition of consonant beginnings at the beginning of successive sentences.
Onomatopoeia Imitation of sound for liveliness.
Oxymoron Combination of opposite words for paradox.
Synesthesia Linking different senses for vivid impressions.
Euphemism Mild words for unpleasantness.
Juxtaposition Contrasting concepts for contrasts.
Paradox Conflicting statement for deep insight.
Allegory Narration for abstract ideas.
Allusion Indirect reference for added meaning.
Acceleration Pace increase for excitement.
Epanalepsis Repetition at the beginning and end of the sentence.
   

The Maltese Economy: A Growing Hub

Malta's economic landscape has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, solidifying its status as a thriving economic hub. The nation's strategic location in the Mediterranean has attracted substantial foreign investments, transforming it into a magnet for diverse industries. This economic vigor can be attributed to:

  • Political Stability: Malta boasts a stable political environment that fosters investor confidence and economic growth.
  • Pro-Business Government: The Maltese government actively promotes business-friendly policies, making it easier for companies to establish and operate in the country.

Job Market and opportunities:

Malta's job market is dynamic and diverse, catering to professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences. English, one of the official languages, eliminates language barriers in the workplace, making it accessible for international job seekers. Key sectors and job opportunities include:

  • Financial Services: Malta's financial sector, including banking, insurance, and fintech, is flourishing, offering numerous roles for financial professionals.
  • Gaming Industry: Malta is a gaming industry hub with numerous global companies operating on the island, providing opportunities in various roles, from game development to marketing.
  • Technology Sector: The tech industry is on the rise, creating jobs for IT professionals, software developers, and engineers.
  • Tourism: Malta's vibrant tourism industry offers employment in hospitality, entertainment, and customer service.

Quality of Life

Beyond career prospects, Malta offers an exceptional quality of life that complements its professional appeal:

  • Mediterranean Climate: The Mediterranean climate guarantees mild winters and warm summers, ideal for outdoor activities year-round.
  • Natural Beauty: Malta boasts stunning beaches, clear waters, and a rich cultural heritage, including ancient temples and historic cities like Valletta.
  • Lifestyle and Entertainment: The Maltese archipelago hosts various festivals, events, and a vibrant nightlife, ensuring a rich social life.
  • Safety and Healthcare: Malta is renowned for its safety, low crime rate, and a well-developed healthcare system.
  • Education: The country offers high-quality education, including English-language schools and internationally recognized universities, making it attractive to families.

Tax Benefits

Malta's tax regime adds another layer of appeal for working professionals:

  • Flat Personal Income Tax: A flat personal income tax rate of 15% can significantly reduce the tax burden compared to many other European countries.
  • Incentives: The government offers tax incentives for foreign investors and high-net-worth individuals, encouraging them to make Malta their home.

Challenges and Considerations

While Malta offers numerous advantages, it's essential to be aware of potential challenges:

  • Cost of Living: The cost of living in popular areas like Sliema and St. Julian's can be relatively high. It's advisable to budget and explore more affordable housing options in other regions.
  • Job Market Size: Malta's job market, while growing, may not offer the same diversity and breadth of opportunities as larger countries. Job seekers should carefully consider their specific field.

For an Intermediate level

'L'ETRANGER' by Albert Camus:

Published in 1942, this book describes the story of an ordinary man, Meursault. Set in French Algiers, it follows the indifferent and detached Meursault, who attends his mother's funeral and later commits an inexplicable crime. The narrative explores Meursault's alienation from society and his apathetic outlook on life, questioning the meaning of existence and the consequences of actions. Camus delves into existential themes, absurdity, and the struggle to find purpose in an indifferent universe.

This thought-provoking masterpiece remains a powerful reflection on the human condition, providing a captivating exploration of the complexities of modern life.This book highlights many different themes: absurdity , justice , revolt and nature , which makes it very interesting. A good way to improve your level of French while having fun .

'L’amour dure trois ans' by Frédéric Beigbeder:

This book tells the love story of Marc Marronnier, a man from a good social background, who studied in a large Parisian high school and who now works in advertising. One day, he decides to marry Anne for love but all this quickly leads to a flood of disillusionment and obligations. A little later, he realizes that he did not marry simply to correspond to the codes of the bourgeoisie.

To fight against the boredom that seizes him, he therefore maintains a relationship with another married woman, Alice, whom he met at the funeral of his grandmother. One day, Anne finds out and asks for a divorce. The narrator thus finds himself extremely moved by the suffering of his wife and ends up broken. This book is a good way to improve your French.

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Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

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Why is it important to know my own learning type?

Knowing your learning type will help you learn more efficiently and effectively. If you design your learning strategy according to your learning type, you will be able to absorb the information and the learning material better. You will also enjoy learning more. If you adapt your learning environment to your learning type, you will make faster progress. It's motivating, fun, and ultimately gets you to your goal faster.

Here are a few more benefits of learning according to your learning type:

More effective learning: You will learn most effectively if you have a strategy and develop it based on your learning type. So test which learning type you are and choose your learning materials according to your learning type.

Time saving: If you understand your learning material better, you will save a lot of time. To understand the learning material better, you have to test your learning type. This is the only way to find your learning strategy.

Reduction of learning stress: If you do not learn according to your learning type, frustration, impatience and stress can arise. You make little progress and may give up. But if you know your learning type, the opposite is true.

Self-confidence increases: Faster learning successes lead to higher self-confidence. So if you know your preferred learning type, you will have increased self-confidence when learning. This will help you achieve your learning goals.

As you can see, testing your learning type can only be beneficial. In the next step, we will show you how you can easily test your learning type yourself. The test doesn't take long and only requires a little preparation.

The best places to visit in Florence

A city as historic as Florence is full of sights that bring the rich history of Florence to life. Thus, a sight seeing tour is one of the first activities in Florence of most tourists. Find out here which sights in Florence you must see.

Вивчайте англійську зі Sprachcaffe!

Зануртесь у культуру Мальти, створюйте незабутні враження та вивчайте англійську на нашому кампусі на Мальті.

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Let's examine some illustrative examples:

"Heute beginnt der August."

Today marks the start of August.

"Wenn der Oktober kommt, bereite ich viele Kastanien zu."

When October arrives, I prepare numerous chestnuts.

"Wurden Sie im Mai geboren? Ich auch!"

Were you born in May? Me too!

1. Пляж Голден Бей

Golden Bay Beach, розташований в живописному північно-західному узбережжі Мальти поблизу Mgarr, безперечно, є перлиною острова. Цей величезний пляж є магнітом як для любителів сонця, так і для любителів водних видів спорту. Ось що робить цей пляж таким особливим:

Золотий Пляж з Дрібним Піском

Назва говорить сама за себе - Golden Bay Beach славиться своїм золотистим, дрібним піском, який ніжно торкається ніг, мов шовк. Пляж тягнеться далеко вздовж узбережжя, надаючи достатньо місця як для любителів сонця, так і для сімей.

Прозора Вода

Глибокі сині, кришталево чисті води Golden Bay Beach - це не лише феєричний вид, а й чудове місце для плавання та сноркелінгу. Плавати тут безпечно і приємно завдяки м'яким хвилям, що робить це місце ідеальним для відвідувачів будь-якого віку.

Високий Туристичний Рух

Особливо влітку сюди збираються як туристи, так і місцеві жителі, щоб насолодитися красою пляжу. Жвава атмосфера надає цьому місцю живої енергії, а в той же час, розслаблені любителі сонця можуть знайти свій спокій.

Водні Види Спорту

Golden Bay Beach - це не лише місце для плавання. Відвідувачі можуть спробувати різноманітні водні види спорту, включаючи гідроцикли, парапланінг та каякинг. Найбільш відважні також можуть вирушити на екскурсії з аквалангом, щоб досліджувати підводний світ.

Ресторани та Зручності

На пляжі є ресторани, які пропонують широкий вибір кулінарних насолод. Від свіже приготованої риби до освіжаючих коктейлів - тут є щось для кожного. Для зручності відвідувачів є душі та роздягальні.

Доступність з St. Julians

Незважаючи на мальовничу укритість, Golden Bay Beach легко доступний з St. Julians. Коротка поїздка триває всього 45 хвилин і пропонує перегляд мальтійської природи.

Golden Bay Beach - це не просто місце для засмаги, а справжнє враження для почуттів. Від м'якого дотику золотистого піску до звуку хвиль, відвідувачі тут можуть насолоджуватися красою природи на повну. Чи хочете ви розслабитися, чи здійснити пригоду - цей пляж має все для ідеального дня на Середземному морі.

Sightseeing in Comino

This section of ours is all about the sights of this small island in the heart of the Malta archipelago. We will show you that Comino has not only the Blue Lagoon to offer, but many more unique sights to find and marvel at.

How to say hello in all the languages of the world

We saw above how to say "hello" in the world's most common languages, from Mandarin Chinese to Arabic, English to Spanish, Russian to Hindi. Below you will find ways to say hello in all the world's languages, from the most widely spoken to the less common.

Afrikaans - hallo

Albanese - përshëndetje

Amharic- ሃይ

Arabic- ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ

Armenian- Ողջու՜յն

Assamese - নমস্কাৰ

Aymara - Kamisaki

Azero - salam

Bambara - aw ni baara

Basco - kaixo

Bengali- হ্যালো

Bhojpuri - एहो

Belarusian- прывітанне

Burmese- ဟိုင်း

Bosnian- zdravo

Bulgarian- здрасти

Catalan- hola

Cebuano - kumusta

Czech- Ahoj

Chichewa - moni

Chirghiso - салам

Chinese(simplified) - 你好

Chinese(traditional) - 你好

Korean- 안녕하세요

Course- salute

Haitian Creole - alo

Croatian- bok

Kurdish (kurmanji) - merheba

Kurdish (sorani) - سڵاو

Danish- Hej

Dhivehi - އައްސަލާމް ޢަލައިކުމް

Dogri - नमस्ते

Hebrew- היי

Esperanto- saluton

Estonian- Tere

Ewe - Alekee

Filippino - helo

Finnish- Hei

French- salut

Friesian- hoi

Scottish Gaelic - halò

Galician- ola

Welsh- helo

Georgian - გამარჯობა

Japanese- やあ

Javanese- hi

Greek- γεια

Guarani - Mba'éichapa

Gujarati - હાય

Hausa - sannu

Hawaiian - hui

Hindi - नमस्ते

Hmong - nyob zoo

Igbo - ndewo

Ilocano - Hi

Indonesian - hai

English- hi

Irish- Haigh

Icelandic- hæ

Italian - ciao

Kannada - ನಮಸ್ತೆ

Kazakh- сәлем

Khmer - សួស្តី

Kinyarwanda - muraho

Konkani - हाय

Krio - kushɛ

Lao - ສະບາຍດີ

Latvian- Sveiki

Lingala - Mbote

Lithuanian- labas

Luganda - Nkulamusizza

Luxembourgish- Salut

Macedonian- здраво

Maithili - नमस्कार

Malayalam - ഹായ്

Malay- hai

Malagasy- salut

Maltese - Bonġu

Māori - kia ora

Marathi - हाय

Mizo - Chibai

Mongolian- сайн уу

Nepalese - नमस्ते

Norwegian - hei

Odia (oriya) - ନମସ୍କାର

Dutch- hoi

Oromo - Akkam

Pashto - سلام

Persian - سلام

Polish- cześć

Portuguese - Oi

Punjabi - ਹੈਲੋ

Quechua - Allinllachu

Romanian- Salut

Russian - Привет

Samoan - talofa

Sanskrit - नमस्कार

Sepedi - Thobela

Serbian - Здраво

Sesotho - dumela

Shona - mhoro

Sindhi - هاءِ

Singalese - හායි

Slovak- Ahoj

Slovenian- živjo

Somali - waan ku salaamay

Spanish- hola

Sundanese - Halo

Swedish- Hej

Swahili - habari

Tajik- салом

Tamil - வணக்கம்

Tataro - сәлам

German- hallo

Telugu - హాయ్

Thai - สวัสดี

Tigrinya- ሰላም

Tsonga - Xewani

Turkish- Merhaba

Turkman- salam

Ukrainian- Привіт

Uyghur- ياخشىمۇسىز

Hungarian- Szia

Urdu - ہیلو

Uzbek- salom

Vietnamese- Chào

Xhosa - mholweni

Yiddish - הי

Yoruba - Pẹlẹ o

Zulu - sawubona

How to study the Japanese alphabet

The complete Japanese alphabet, therefore, actually comprises three quite distinct alphabets. As for the characters of hiragana and katakana, each corresponds to a syllable (such as mi, ne, ru, wo, pi, and so on), while the only letters that exist individually are the vowels: a, e, i, o, u. Keep in mind that you will have to learn to write kana, or the characters of the two Japanese syllabaries, respecting a specific order. There is in fact a certain order in which to write the various strokes of the alphabet characters, so it will be good to get yourself a table or infographic that shows this in detail, line by line.

Kanji, as we have seen, number in the thousands. To help your brain memorize them you can associate them with something you know, such as an object or an animal. This will make it easier for you to remember how to spell a particular symbol. Once you have mastered the various characters of the alphabet, then you can think about sound. If you are an anime fan, help yourself by watching your favorite episodes in the original language to better assimilate pronunciation and intonation. Take your time and above all organize your work, otherwise you will end up getting discouraged and giving up studying.

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Germany

Do you want to know what the coming New Year will bring? With this German tradition you can find out. In almost every store in Germany you can buy a "fortune-telling kit", which contains lead figurines. This tradition is known as "Bleigießen" and is celebrated with family or friends. A small piece of lead is placed in a spoon and held over a flame. Once the lead melts, the spoon is dipped in water. This hardens the lead into a new shape. The end result is interpreted to predict the future for the coming year. A list with the interpretation of the figures is included in the kit:

  • Star: luck.
  • Flower: new friendship.
  • Ball: luck.
  • Bottle: time of happiness.
  • Goat: expectation of an inheritance.
  • Heart: falling in love.

Call Me Mr Lucky, a London pub... to be found

Not everyone knows that there is another "drinking" London, secret and hidden from prying eyes. There is in fact a dense network of bars and pubs to be found, hidden behind unmarked premises or, even, accessed through other bars.

Such is the case with Call Me Mr Lucky, one of London's strangest pubs: quirky, bustling and a little bit crazy, it is a must-see! To gain access, you have to enter the world-famous The Breakfast Club in London Bridge. Once inside, right at the entrance you find a team member to say the password to. Yes, to gain access to the secret pub you have to utter a code phrase!

"I'm here to get lucky" - that's all it takes to be escorted downstairs and get the party started.

If you want my advice, head here for happy hour from 5-7 p.m. (daily) to catch the livelier spirit of this place, whose ideal atmosphere between chill and extravagance will amaze you.

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When the Royal Pavilion passes to Queen Victoria

If George IV's brother William IV shared his passion for the city of Brighton as a vacation venue, it was not the same for his niece Victoria. When the crown passed to her in 1837, she immediately felt she did not feel very comfortable in the city. Having become accessible to Londoners around 1841, Brighton turns out to be really crowded at this point, too crowded for Queen Victoria's taste, who decides to sell the royal mansion to the city. This happened in 1850, however, after emptying the building of all its furnishings and furniture, most of which is now in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

The deed of sale of the Royal Pavilion to the city of Brighton makes it unique. In fact, we are talking about the only British Royal Residence that is not owned by either the Crown or the State.

Anglicisms in Everyday German

Common Categories of English Loanwords

The influence of English on the German language is most prominently observed in specific categories, reflecting the domains where English-speaking cultures have had the most significant impact. Three common categories are technology, business, and pop culture.

  • Technology: English words like "Computer," "Software," and "Internet" have seamlessly integrated into the German tech lexicon, reflecting the dominance of English-speaking countries in the digital world.

  • Business: Terms such as "Marketing," "Management," and "Sales" have been adopted into German business discourse, often used interchangeably with their German equivalents.

  • Pop Culture: The entertainment industry heavily contributes to the influx of English words. Words like "Weekend," "Fashion," and "Party" are widely used in everyday German, especially among the younger generation.

Examples of Anglicisms

To illustrate the extent of English influence, here are some examples of English words that have become an integral part of everyday German vocabulary:

  • Handy: Derived from "handheld," this word is used in German to refer to mobile phones.

  • Job: Replacing the German "Arbeit," "Job" is commonly used to describe employment or work opportunities.

  • Team: Often used in a German context to refer to a group of individuals working together.

  • Email: A straightforward borrowing from "electronic mail," used universally for email communication.

  • Laptop: While German has its term "Notebook," "Laptop" is widely used to describe portable computers.

Pronunciation

One interesting aspect of Anglicisms in German is how they are adapted to fit the German phonological system. German speakers often modify the pronunciation to match German phonetics, leading to variations in how these words are spoken. For instance:

  • "Computer" becomes "Kuhm-pew-ter" in German pronunciation.
  • "Marketing" may be pronounced as "Mah-ket-ing" in a German context.
  • "Party" is pronounced as "Par-tee" with a German accent.

These adaptations help these loanwords blend seamlessly into the rhythm and sounds of the German language while retaining their English origins.

Anglicisms in everyday German exemplify the linguistic fusion between the two languages, showcasing the dynamic nature of language and the influence of global communication. In the following sections, we will explore how English words are adapted to fit the German grammatical structure and the cultural implications of this linguistic exchange.

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Frida Kahlo: An Unforgettable Mexican Artist

Frida Kahlo is celebrated for her self-portraits and her depiction of Mexican culture. Raised in Mexico, her cultural heritage was essential to both her life and her work, excelling in capturing her personal life and the essence of Mexico, especially through her self-portraits. Her art, deeply influenced by the Spanish language, contributed to Mexican muralism, reflecting social and political themes.

Despite challenges as a woman in a male artistic field and the disparagement of Mexican art globally, Kahlo overcame these barriers with a unique identity, creating a distinctive style that positioned her as an icon of Mexican art and culture. She showed pride in her heritage, incorporating Mexican cultural elements into her work and clothing, leaving a significant artistic legacy and becoming a symbol of resistance and cultural pride.

1. Renaissance Festival in Tübingen

June-July

This festival has its roots in the celebration of the Renaissance, a culturally rich historical period from the 14th to the 17th century. Tübingen, with its medieval charm, organizes this event to immerse visitors in the atmosphere and lifestyle of those times. The celebration seeks to revive the magic of the Renaissance through authentic costumes, markets that evoke the essence of the era and open-air theatrical performances transport spectators through Renaissance stories and settings, creating an authentic and educational experience. In addition, the medieval markets offer handcrafted products and dishes of the period - dare to try them!

Olive oil

In Italy, olive oil is considered liquid gold. It is the heart of many Italian dishes and gives them their characteristic flavor. From the mild variety to the intense Extra Virgin, olive oil is used in numerous recipes, whether for frying vegetables, as a salad dressing or as a base for sauces. Its importance in Italian cuisine is not exaggerated as it deepens the flavor of foods and gives them a wonderful texture.

Tomatoes

These red fruits have a prominent place in Italian food. Whether sun-ripened fresh tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes, they form the basis of sauces, soups, bruschettas and pizza toppings. Tomatoes not only add color and flavor to dishes, but also a touch of sweetness and acidity that perfectly balances the aroma of the food. Together with olive oil and garlic, tomatoes become the most important ingredient in Italian food.

Bavarian Castles: Their history and legacy

Bavaria's landscape is dotted with magnificent castles that serve as a bridge between the past and the present, embodying the region's rich history and cultural heritage. These architectural marvels, often commissioned by the kings or noble families of the era, stand as the greatest testament to Bavaria's storied past. Their grandeur and majesty reflect the aspirations and achievements of those who ruled and lived in this evocative land.

Guardians of History and Inspiration for the Future

Nestled amidst lush landscapes and rugged terrains, Bavarian castles are enveloped in extraordinary myths and legends that have been passed down through generations. These tales, rich with heroes, battles, and romance, add a mystical allure to these stone sentinels. The castles do not merely guard the history within their walls; they also pave the way for future generations to connect with their heritage. By exploring these historic edifices, visitors gain invaluable insights into the architectural styles, societal structures, and cultural norms of times gone by.

A Source of Creative Inspiration

The beauty of Bavaria's castles transcends mere aesthetics, sparking the imaginations of countless individuals across the globe. Some of these castles boast such fairy-tale-like appearances that they have inspired the visions of creative geniuses, including Walt Disney. The iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, for instance, is said to have been the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. This direct influence of Bavarian architecture on pop culture illustrates the universal appeal and enduring fascination with these historical landmarks.

A Journey Through Time

As we delve deeper into the history and significance of Bavaria's castles throughout this article, we uncover the layers of stories embedded within their walls. Each castle has its own unique narrative, shaped by the historical events and personal tales of those who inhabited them. From the strategic fortifications built for defense to the opulent palaces designed for extravagance and display, Bavaria's castles are a testament to the region's diverse historical landscape.

In conclusion, Bavaria's castles are much more than mere structures; they are symbols of the region's rich history and cultural legacy. They continue to inspire awe and wonder in all who visit them, bridging the gap between the past and the present and inspiring future generations to explore and appreciate the beauty of history.

Plan your gap year with Sprachcaffe

Now you know all the features that make gap year abroad a truly must-do experience, especially if you choose to go with Sprachcaffe. After all, we have made this our main mission, and we do what we can-and the impossible!-to ensure that our students have the most complete, effective, and enjoyable experience possible.

Included in our trips is everything you need to learn in a welcoming environment that makes you feel at home away from home. We know how hard it can be to spend so much time somewhere else in the world, in a place where everyone speaks in another language. Therefore, we try to ensure any services and amenities that can make it lighter and more enjoyable.

Don't wait for the right time to come, or you will never leave. That time is now, it's already here: it's time for you to give yourself something for yourself, for your future, and to better understand who you are and where you want to go. Traveling is the key to self-awareness, and doing so by learning a language allows you at the same time to acquire valuable language skills that will come in handy in your future.

Remember that with Sprachcaffe you can customize the trip according to your personal needs by choosing:
● Length of the trip, from a minimum of 8 weeks;
● Frequency of the study course, choosing between standard (4 lessons per day) and intensive (6 lessons per day);
● Accommodation (in cases where there are multiple options, such as homestay, hotel or residence);
● Free time, which you can spend as you like, joining us or exploring independently

Sprachcaffe schools are always well connected to the city center, major attractions and accommodations, so you can get around comfortably on foot or by public transportation.

Full board is also usually included in the package, so that you don't even have to worry about getting lunch or dinner. In some cases, other services are also included, such as housekeeping and linen, but these are specifics you will learn more about by reading the page of the destination you are interested in.

In any case, we're talking about an opportunity to seize, a trip that will be able to change your life and make you see the world from a different perspective. After all, every country has its own customs, its own ways, its own nuances, and it is difficult to understand them until you immerse yourself in them. Once you do, however, the awareness you gain you carry with you into so many other aspects of life.

So what are you waiting for?

Fill out the gap year form and choose whether to book directly or have a fee sent to your e-mail address so you can get a more complete idea about cost and information. Every trip has a price, being so customizable, but remember that this is the best investment you can make for your future.

And that Sprachcaffe will know how to give you the most life-changing experience you can imagine in return.

We are waiting for you!

Conjugation of the verb to speak in French

Having said that, we just have to delve deeper into the conjugation of the verb to speak in French and discover how it behaves in all the moods and verb tenses of the language, which are quite a few.

Since it is a regular conjugation, there is no need for you to learn it by heart: you just need to know the corresponding endings of the first conjugation to be able to form the various tenses in the various persons, singular or plural.

Let us therefore begin to explore the conjugation of the verb parler, starting from the manner

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Spain and its colourful fans

In Spain, finding the perfect souvenir is an easy task, as the diversity of choice is limitless. From handicrafts to gastronomic delights, there is something for everyone. Among the most emblematic souvenirs are the colourful fans from Seville, the elegant lace mantillas from Toledo, the famous Iberian ham from Jabugo and the exquisite extra virgin olive oil from Andalusia. In addition, you can't miss the opportunity to take with you a bottle of Rioja wine, a tin of olives or a box of turrones, which will allow you to relive moments of your language trip at home with your friends and family.

Venice Carnival: Elegance and Mystery - Venice, Italy

Venice's famous carnival is crowned as one of the best festivals in Europe. It is held for approximately two weeks, usually between the end of February and the beginning of March. A festival of masks, costumes and elegance, it attracts visitors from all over the world, filling the streets and squares of Venice with parades, dances and cultural events celebrating the city's rich history and traditions. The Venice Carnival has its origins in the 11th century and was first held in the 1970s to promote tourism in the city. Today, this festivity attracts tourists who come to immerse themselves in the mysterious and sophisticated atmosphere of this unique celebration and enjoy the opportunity to dress up in traditional costumes and elaborate masks. In addition, the incomparable beauty of Venice during Carnival makes it an irresistible destination for travellers in search of an unforgettable cultural experience.

Забезпечення проживання

Є різноманітні варіанти житла в Німеччині, включаючи одномісні квартири (студії), квартири для спільного проживання (WG) та тимчасові оренди (Zwischenmiete). Для пошуку ідеального житла ви можете скористатися онлайн-платформами, такими як ImmobilienScout24, WG-Gesucht або eBay Kleinanzeigen. На цих платформах ви зможете зв'язатися з власниками та домовитися про співбесіди та перегляди квартир або кімнат, які вас цікавлять. Хоча це може вас здивувати, досить поширено, що власники проводять особисті співбесіди, щоб познайомитися з потенційними орендарями, тому ми рекомендуємо вам підготувати папку з особистими, фінансовими даними і, за можливістю, рекомендаціями.

Проте, ми розуміємо, що цей новий процес може бути важким і стресовим, тому ми пропонуємо послуги з житлом, які зроблять вас відчувати себе вдома, такі як квартири для спільного проживання, наша відома резиденція в самому серці Франкфурта або проживання в сім'ї в Мюнхені.

Франкфурт - місто контрастів, де історія та сучасність зливаються воєдино

Якщо вас цікавить вивчення або покращення німецької мови, то Франкфурт - одне з найкращих міст в Європі для вивчення німецької. Це місто одне з найособливіших у Німеччині, пропонуючи, з одного боку, хмарочоси та сучасні будівлі, а з іншого боку, його багату історію зі старими та традиційними будівлями, такими як Дом Ромер. Це символічне місце - історичне та культурне серце міста, де ви будете відчувати себе у казці і можете прогулятися аж до річки Майн.

Як студент, ви можете насолоджуватися інтерактивними уроками німецької вдень, а потім досліджувати чари міста, від захоплюючого скайлайну та садів до затишних барів та кав'ярень біля річки Майн. Проводьте час з друзями з мовного курсу на Харчовому Ринку, ідеальному місці для смакування смачної німецької кухні.

Вивчайте французьку мову під час мовної подорожі

Покращуйте свої знання французької мови під час навчання у Франції

До твоєї подорожі з начанням Фанцузької

Websites

BBC Spanish: Loads of great resources to facilitate your Spanish learning.

4. Make new friends from all around the globe

Travelling abroad and communicating with locals or other students like you also means that you'll meet all sorts of new people from all around the world. You'll find that making friends in your class is indeed very easy: all of you are new and don't really master the language so you'll help each other out and bond through a similar learning experience. And despite of the short amount of time students spend together, they often keep in touch and visit each other long after their language trip!

Valletta's Green Festival

The main attraction of the Green festival that goes on for three days, is the Carpet made of flowers 'Infjorata'. This carpet is made of 80 thousand potted flowers and is spread out across the St. Georges Square in Valletta. Additionally, you will be able to get the rare opportunity to view the historic treasures of the city, such as the arch bishop's 4-hundred-year old palace gardens and the gardens of the Saint Katharina cloister. The Green Festival will last from the 4th until the 6th of May 2018.
Spain - Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is celebrated everywhere on the island of Tenerife, but the largest celebration is in Santa Cruz. The traditional procession takes place there every year on Shrove Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras). This year's carnival experience is under the theme "Caribbean". In 1987, a concert during the Santa Cruz Carnival by the singer Celia Cruz even made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza. More than 200,000 people attended the concert. The festivities end with "The funeral of the sardine", representing the end of the carnival and the beginning of the fasting season. Traditionally, a large, decorated fish figurine (usually made of cardboard or fabric) is lit and driven burning out to sea. This is accompanied by tongue-in-cheek mourning process consisting of lamenting widows and funeral guests. But no reason to mope around: the funeral procession is followed by musicians and dance groups who put everyone in a good mood.

Blogs & Websites

Comme une française - Géraldine's tremendous knowledge of the French and English languages means anyone who finds her blog will find it hard to leave! Français Immersion - Thomas' blog and French classes are perfect for beginner and intermediate learners looking for clearly structured and fun grammatical lessons taught 100% in French. French Crazy - This blog not only has great tips for improving your French, but also a number of guides to help you orientate yourself with different aspects of everyday life and culture in France. Love Learning Languages - Articles and French language videos to help you learn French in a simple way. Talk in French - Fun and easy lessons on French language and culture. I Learn French - Tons of interesting and useful content to keep you fascinated in the French language and culture. Regular features include 'Wordsmith Wednesday' and 'French Food Fight Friday'. Oui, c'est ça - Eclectic posts on culture, vocabulary, songs, news and grammar for French learners of all levels French Today - A broad array of posts covering everything to do with the French language and life in France. Speak French Fluently - As the title suggests, this blog is not only about being good at French, but learning to speak fluently. Great tips andunique content. French Together - Fun and funny posts to keep you entertained while focussing on essential lessons in the French language. Nathalie FLE - A great blog for learning French. But be careful, everything is in French so you'll only benefit from this if you have at least lower intermediate level French. Réseaux FLE Éducation Langues - Another blog written in French. This one suggests entertaining ways to improve your French.

Willy Brand Platz

Within walking distance of our school you will find the famous Euro-sign. You might have seen in the news on TV while the topic was either on the euro in general or when the topic was specifically the ECB (European Central Bank), which is located in Frankfurt. In fact the old ECB used to stand directly behind the Euro sign, but since the number of people grew steadily a new building was needed. The new building is now situated in the East of Frankfurt, while the Euro-sign remained in the inner city for everyone to photograph. The big sign invited you to share a selfie - the perfect symbol to let everyone know that you have arrived in Europe!

Coliving in Malta because of the growing economy

Economically Malta isn't doing too bad either. The Economy is one of the most dynamic of the EU. The Online Gaming Industry has grown recently and Malta is now home to over 300 international operators. The economic focus is on specializing in the following priorities: advanced manufacturing, creative industries, financial services, international education services, life sciences, tourism, transportation and advanced logistics. The small country is becoming a location of choice for promising tech entrepreneurs, but also home to a small growing startup ecosystem, with great English-speaking tech talent, governmental support, and a safe business environment. It is the perfect place to seek new creative ideas, meet a new team and create a network. The Mediterranean flair is the perfect environment to develop your talents and find like-minded people you can work with.
The high number of students, it companies and startups gives the island a very productive climate, making it ideal for Coliving.

Language learning apps

Flexible learning experience: language learning apps allow you to improve your English skills from anywhere. Whether you're on the train or want to study during your lunch break, just open the app and start learning!
  • Babbel: Learn English as well as 13 other languages! Babbel offers 40 lessons for free, when you're done with those you need to sign up for a subscription. are free at Babbel - after that you have to sign up for a subscription.
  • Duolingo: With over 100 million users, Duolingo is the most popular language learning app. There are different lessons and levels that cover different topics, all free of charge!
  • Memrise: Listen to audio recordings of native speakers, learn words and phrases from everyday situations and start chatting!

4. You are not crazy if you talk to yourself

On the contrary, it helps to memorize new words better if you keep saying them to yourself. A useful trick is to repeat words you've heard and try to form simple sentences with them. This will also prepare you for real conversations, making these easier since you will already have practiced by yourself. The more you speak, the better - whether it's to yourself or others. Of course, it's not always possible to say everything out loud, and you may find it distracting when you're on the train or in other public places. In that case, it really helps to think in your new language. Ask yourself simple questions that you answer in your head. You don't have to change your entire way of thinking, especially in the beginning, but just try to let your thoughts run free in the foreign language for a few minutes every day.

Write your thoughts down

Writing down your ideas, whatever they are and regardless of how developed they are, can be very useful for the future. So if you find yourself brainstorming in the comfort of your living room or on a beach in Cuba, write everything down! In that moment you might think that these thoughts you are having are without value, but in the long run they might inspire you in one way or another. It is also a good way to make more space for new thoughts and ideas. Mind maps are a good alternative if you prefer quicker and more visual ways of presenting ideas.

You are completely amazed by the simplest things, just because it's your first time seeing them in reality

Leo

"As I'm learning German at the moment, I wanted to use a specific dictionary and I have to say I am very pleased with Leo Wörterbuch! You generally get quite a long list of results, allowing you to choose the right translation for your word. Leo even gives you examples of common phrases used with the word you were looking for. Also try the mobile app, it's worth it!"

Laure
Sprachcaffe France


Alles klar

Alles klar is used to show the person you are talking to that you understood perfectly what she said. You hear it sometimes at the end of a conversation: alles klar, tschüß! - "all right, bye!". German people also uses it as a question to check if everything is all right: alles klar?

Memrise

Memrise, as its name reveals it, is an app helping you memorise words and sentences. You will work quite a lot on repetitions, either by choosing the right answer or by writing. At the end of each session, you will get a list showing you which words you learnt quite well and which one were more difficult for you according to your answers and also to you rapidity! You don't want to lose time with Memrise...
LISTEN
Listening to German while working or doing other activities is a great, free way to learn German. I have included a list of German stations, and a further list that is split by the German speaking countries so that you can learn the specific regional dialect or accent you are most interested in.

German Language Radio Stations

Learn German with Spotify

Good article on learning German for free with Spotify. It gives tips on how to browse and discover German artists with Wikipedia, Youtube and Spotify. Also shows how to use the lyrics feature of Spotify, tips for finding German courses on Spotify and searching for German audiobooks. You can also find German comedians on Spotify.

German Language General Podcasts

  • German podcasts subreddit
  • Deutschlandfunk - Live radio, podcasts and on-demand audio. Three sections: Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, DRadio Wissen
  • Deutsche Welle Podcasts - Variety of topics, via iTunes
  • WRINT - Large variety of topics
  • Tagesschau Audio - a daily look at the news
  • SWR2 Wissen - Radio Features about a specific topic (often science)
  • Bayern 2 Wissen - Features either a specific scientific topic or the scientific news of the day
  • BR2 - Die Frage - Takes a specific issues and discusses it in depth
  • Radio Eins - Sanft & Sorgfältig - Satirist and TV host Jan Böhmermann and singer-songwriter Olli Schulz talk about anything and everything
  • Not safe for work - Hosts Holger Klein and Tim Pritlove, the co-founder of the Chaos Computer Club talk about politics, society, technology and everything that was important for them in recent weeks (discontinued)
  • Chaos Radio Express - Tim Pritlove and changing experts talk about interesting topics in the areas of technology, culture or society
  • Omega Tau - Podcasts about all sorts of high-tech topics
  • Game One Plauschangriff - The guys from Germany's most succesful Gaming TV show GameOne, better known as the Rocketbeans (24 hour Twitch channel) talk about gaming, movies and the whole nerd universe
  • Celluleute - Four friends and movie nerds talk about new releases and their all-time favorite movies
  • Stevinho Talks - Gamer and teacher Steve Krömer (Stevinho) talks about his life, gaming, football, movies and gives helpful advice to his community
  • Radio Tatort - Radio version of the popular German TV crime series
  • Stay Forever - Podcast in which two former video game journalists talk about video game classics
  • Vorleser - Free audiobooks in German, mostly classics

German Language Learners Podcasts

  • German GrammarPod - German GrammarPod explains the world of German grammar. Its aim is to be accessible to all levels of learner and to give you tips to help you achieve maximum effect for minimum effort. Via iTunes.
  • Slow German - As the title suggests, these podcasts are in slow German. Features a transcript as well for each episode. Faster recordings are behind a paywall.
  • Germanlingq - Podcasts for language learners. Transcripts can only be viewed when logged in (free).

London Photographic Workshop

Photography can be tricky. It feels very easy to just push the button and take a picture. But finding originality and technique isn't such an easy task at all. This Meetup group is where you can learn about photography, or teach it, if you feel like it. This group offers several workshops on different types of photography: still-life, outdoor photography, portrait and much more.

So go ahead and take part in the wonderful festivities of Oktoberfest ! The official programme is here: Oktoberfest programme 2015. Dates of the event: from September19th to October4th.

And for the bravest ears, here is an extract of Bavarian music!
Wow Air Boston to Dublin for $199, including a stopover in Reykjavík? Yes, that price is correct. Wow Air are certainly shaking up the transatlantic flights. If you don't mind the stopover, this is a great way to save money on flights.
Norwegian A top-rated European low-cost carrier. Norwegian Air Shuttle offers incredibly cheap flights to Scandinavia and London from all over the United States, such as Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, and Orlando.
XL Airways France A great low-cost airline, that offers direct flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Roundtrip rates start around $590 from New York City to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Annemarie loves languages: Although I also like mathematics in school, I am fascinated by languages but for different reasons. Speaking other languages not only helps you to get to know other cultures, countries and traditions, but even helps you to get to know yourself. That was my point of departure, so I decided in October 2014 to make a language trip to Barcelona. There, I came upon Sprachcaffe and after my trip with them and it became suddenly clear: I somehow had to convince my parents to let me travel with Sprachcaffe once again. The trip to Barcelona was my first travel on my own, but everything worked well and I didn't feel lost. On the contrary: I met so many interesting people!

Annemarie decided to travel back with Sprachcaffe and discover our school in Málaga. She had a warm welcome from her host mother: She greeted me with kisses on the cheeks (left and right!) and offered me plenty of drinks and delicious food and so it went on the whole week, I really felt comfortable. Her apartment was 2-minute away for the school and not far from the beach!

"The lessons in Málaga were totally different from the Spanish lessons in my school."

After the compulsory placement test, Annemarie was placed in the B2.2 group and really enjoyed her classes: A week full of funny moments began, we learned Spanish but also danced and sang during class! Maria, my teacher was really great. When I told her about the Sprachcaffe video contest, she even helped me with it! The lessons in Málaga were totally different from the Spanish lessons in my school. Although I have a very young teacher in Germany who designs the lessons really well, learning abroad has some benefits: switch to your own language is not possible and this way you learn the most. Even the atmosphere is much better, everyone came here to learn and is particularly motivated. What I also noticed is that everyone really appreciated the others' progress, everyone is willing to help each other. As for homework, we met each other at one's host family on the terrace and worked on it together. Discussing with my host mother also improved my speaking and understanding abilities.

"We always had so much fun and were able to improve our language skills together."

Annemarie is still in contact with many of her classmates; they even sent each other Christmas presents: I met so many people from different countries - Germany, Norway, Holland, Turkey, Poland, England and much more. We spend so much time together, drinking the daily cocktail in the bar "La Tortuga", playing volleyball on the beach, at the salsa lesson, visiting the museums of Málaga, shopping in the city or going on a trip to Tarifa for surf - we always had so much fun and were able to improve our language skills together. The secretary and the other teachers of the school were so nice that I am just going to organise a holiday in Málaga with my friends of my school in Germany to see everyone again and to say thank you for this great summer!

Annemarie made a really nice video illustrating her trip and won a 2-week course with Sprachcaffe: I was waiting for the results while in the gym and when I found out I was one of the winners, I was incredibly happy and didn't know what to do with all this joy. I told it directly to my trainer and other good friends. I also wrote to my parents and all the people I met in Málaga. I still had a grin on my face the next day.

What's next for Annemarie?

Annemarie will go to Sprachcaffe Malta in April 2016 to learn English this time. We hope to get some news from her very soon!

Culture

✓ In some ASIAN COUNTRIES such as China, Korea or Japan, a sign of approval and appreciation of someone's cooking is to slurp the soup loudly - what is considered rude in most western countries. However, in JAPAN don't blow your nose loudly! It is considered very rude. So if you need to clean your nose while you are in the Land of the Rising Sun, do it in privately or turn your back to your companions before doing it. And remember, do it quietly if you want to avoid offending anyone.

✓ If you are looking for a job in IRELAND, the UK or the US, remember not to add personal data in you CV (date of birth, sex, marital status or even a profile picture!). Equal opportunity legislation in these countries requires employers to recruit based on merit alone, and emitting these data enables organisations to choose candidates fairly!


These are some amazing cultural facts driven by external factors such as religion, idiosyncrasy or even geography, which determine the way people behave. Because…to sum up: we are all human beings, but our lifestyles are exceptionally diverse!

FRANCE: Marrons Glacés

Prepping time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes

For the MARRONS:
750g sweet chestnuts (skin on)
500g granulated sugar
A splash of lemon juice
1 vanilla pod
For the GLAZE:
450g granulated sugar
With a sharp knife, make a couple of nicks across the pointed end of each chestnut. Place all the chestnuts in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile put 500g granulated sugar in a pan with 250ml water. Heat slowly, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, then add the vanilla pod and bring to the boil. Remove the chestnuts from the heat. Have a bowl of warm water ready with a splash of lemon juice in it. It is important to remove only one chestnut at a time from the pan of hot water: peel back the thick leathery skins and the thin, papery inner skin of each nut, to reveal the golden kernel inside. Drop each peeled chestnut into the bowl of acidulated water. When the chestnuts are all shelled, drain and dry them thoroughly. Drop the chestnuts into the hot sugar syrup. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 25-30 minutes or until tender (the time will depend on the size of the chestnuts). Meanwhile, prepare the final glaze by putting the 450g sugar and 150ml water in a small pan. Heat slowly, stirring, to dissolve the sugar, then boil for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chestnuts from their cooking syrup and place them on a wire cooling rack. Add the chestnutty cooking syrup to the glaze syrup and bring back to the boil. Then remove from the heat. Put a small bowl over a pan of simmering water. Pour a little of the glazing syrup into the bowl, so it stays hot. Have a second small bowl ready with freshly boiled water in it. Using a skewer, take a chestnut. Dunk it first in the hot water, then swizzle it in the hot sugar syrup in the bowl. Place on a wire rack to cool. Repeat with all the chestnuts, topping up the bowl of syrup with more syrup from the pan if you need to. Leave the chestnuts to dry in a warm airing cupboard or in an oven on a very, very low heat (around 50°C) for 10 to 12 hours. Then wrap each chestnut in a twist of greaseproof paper. Read the recipe in French here. Source
Every Sunday and Thursday, Lucrezia uploads a new video to her channel Learn Italian with Lucrezia. She puts the smaller details of the Italian language under the microscope and explains the differences between similar words. So this is for you if you have trouble deciding when to use "bello" and when to use "buono". As with Italy Made Easy, Lucrezia's videos are divided into different playlists. In addition to the playlist for beginners, you will also find a playlist of Vlogs and stories of everyday Italian life. Lucrezia won us over easily with her friendly nature.

Summer Camp Counselor

Summer Camps, which are prevalent in the USA, Canada and France, are supervised programs for children or teenagers, which usually focus on specialised activities and skills. For example, there are camps for performing arts, music, outdoor activities and sports, children with special needs and many more. Being a summer camp counselor involves leading activities you've highlighted in your application and supervising campers as they move between activities. If you're energetic and love having fun, you'll enjoy being a summer camp counselor as your time will be filled with lively and rewarding experiences.

Harry Potter in the Theatre

When in London, you better remember to check if there's a chance to catch a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eight part of the saga, live in the Palace Theatre. The story begins nineteen years after the events of the previous book. It follows a 37 year old Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to begin his schooling at Hogwarts. The audience gets a glimpse of what happened to our beloved characters and also introduces some exciting new ones. You should buy your tickets as early as possible though since they quickly sell out. Should you decide to go and see the play, you should keep in mind that it's a two-part stage play, which takes place on two consecutive days.

4. Experience fashion and style in Florence

Are you interested in fashion? One more reason to visit Florence. Milan is well known as a city of Italian fashion, but Florence is on its heels. For instance, the world famous brand Gucci was founded in Florence in 1921 and the company's headquarters are still located there today. In addition, the men's fashion fair Pitti Immagine Uomo takes place in Florence twice a year.
When you use your card to access the internet for the first time you may notice that it does not log you out automatically after you have stopped using online functions. The following instructions will help you avoid using up all of your mobile data quota whilst you are not using the mobile functions of your card: You will want to manually log out by typing 1.1.1.1 into the main browser. This will take you to the log out screen where you can press "cerrar session" in order to quit your current online session. You will however need to replace your current card with a new one once you have used up your full hour's quota of online time.

April

International Long-Distance Running Festival The ILDR Festival was first held in 1956. Since then Beijing holds this Festival each year during the month of April. In 2017, the number of runners who joined the festival was around 12,000 in total. The route of this running festival leads you from Tiananmen Square to Xian Long Stadium and it also takes you through some of Beijing's most historical areas.
Date: 18th of April 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXckVZhWJVI

JUNE

For all residents of Florence, one of the most important holidays is June 24 - the feast of the patron saint of the city - Saint John. Also on this date the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a brutal historical ball game in 16th century costumes takes place. There are no rules and the victory in this tournament is very prestigious. The city also organizes performances and a fireworks display in honor of Saint John on that day.

Tuesday

In the morning there are lessons, followed in the afternoon by a half-day excursion. This is to Valletta, the beautiful capital of Malta. Our route starts at the city gates, where we make a group photo for the big fountain. Then we walk past the old buildings to the Upper Barrakka gardens. Here we get a beautiful view of the harbor with a chance to see a cannon which fires a volley every afternoon. Then we walk through narrow streets to the next highlight, the cathedral ta 'San Gwann. The students get a chance to explore and buy a few souvenirs at the market. The next stop is one of the largest squares. The students get about an hour and a half of free time to eat ice cream and buy souvenirs. This gives the team members a well-deserved break. Often this means sitting on a terrace and enjoying the beautiful weather, bonding with students and discussing ideas for the upcoming evening.

This evening is very much loved by students over 17 years old, we go to Paceville! This is the party street of Malta. Although the students can decide where they are going, they are happy to come with us to one of our favorite places: Hugo's Bar. It is a big party until 02.00.

Certified COVID-19 Safety Protocol

The new safety concept for the Sprachcaffe Campus in Malta has been certified as a "Certified Compliant COVID-19 Safety Protocol" by the "Malta Tourism Authority"! This means that in addition to our Sprachcaffe holiday concept, we follow a certified catalog of safety measures.

For more information about the certification, visit mta.com.mt.
Morocco
  • Moroccan cuisine is one of the most popular ones in the world. No wonder, Moroccans know how to create a creative combination of flavors by combining different spices and exotic ingredients. Ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger and pimento are often used in cooking. One famous dish is B'stilla, which originated in Fez. This dish is a puff pastry cake with a pigeon meat, almonds and eggs filling, and spices such as cinnamon, coriander and saffron.
  • Haria is especially popular with Moroccans during the fasting month of Ramadan. The reason is that as soon as Moroccans break their fast at sunset, they start by eating a bowl of Harira soup. This soup consists of lamb broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, red lentils and other legumes as well as a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped cilantro. This soup is thickened with a mixture of flour, tomato paste and water. The soup is traditionally served with sweet dates and chebakia, which is a baked pretzel topped with sesame seeds and honey.

Mexico - Día de Muertos

The Day of the Dead is probably the best known Halloween custom and one of the most important Mexican holidays. Similarly to Ireland, Mexican people believed that the dead came to visit their loved ones. Instead of mourning, the living join the dead in celebrating a cheerful winter reunion with delicious food, music and dancing. Some of the most iconic treats you can eat are the Calavera de Azúcar, skulls made of sugar and the "Pan de Muerto", a sweet bread with anise seeds decorated with bones made of dough. The big highlight of Dia de Muertos are the colorfully-decorated streets and the breathtaking costumes.

London - England

London is now one of the most diverse cities in the world, with an impressive history and one of the most significant cultures in the world. The capital of England offers constant entertainment, no matter what hour of the day or night it is. Whether a ride on the London Eye or a visit to one of its dozens of theaters to watch a musical, London has so much to offer! For example, a shopping trip to Camden Market is a must, with its wide range of clothing stores for all tastes and sizes. And after you are done shopping you can also sit down and eat a delicious meal for an affordable price! Another highlight is Hyde Park, the largest park in London offering its visitors an escape from the city's constant hustle and bustle. In Hyde Park you can take a nice long walk along its lakes, feed the squirrels, or go on a paddle boat and look at the Hyde Park's famous swans. No matter what you choose, visiting this park should definitely be on your to-do list. Also worth seeing are London's incredible museums, such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the incredibly popular Madame Tussauds for a selfie with the Queen herself! No matter what you choose, there are so many museums in London that you won't have a problem to find one you like. London is truly the perfect destination for entertainment-hungry tourists who want to make the best out of their trip.

United States

The traditional Christmas dinner seen in all American TV shows first originated in England. The main dish is a large stuffed turkey or ham accompanied by side dishes such as roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy. While beer and wine are of course served, eggnog is the real star when it comes to drinks. A rich, dairy-based beverage seasoned with whiskey, sherry, or brandy, eggnog is boozy and delicious.But dessert is also a very important part of the Christmas meal, with cookies being the n.1 choice across all American households.

3. ¿Qué país os ha sorprendido para bien? ¿Y para mal?

Which country surprised you for the better? Which one for the worse?

Uno de los que más nos sorprendió fue China. No era para nada como nos lo imaginados. Unos paísajes increíbles, muy ordenado, una tecnología que por esta parte del mundo aún no se ve. Fue un acierto visitarlo.

Para mal, hasta el momento no hemos tenido quejas de ningún país. Esperamos que siga así.

One of the most surprising countries we have ever visited is China. Incredible landscapes, great culture, technological innovations unseen in our side of the world: we were amazed every single day. An absolutely incredible destination.

Thankfully no country has left a bad impression on us - and we hope it stays that way!

Tip #4: Reduce your plastic consumption

The more you travel, the more plastic you use. Water bottles, straws, takeaway food containers and plastic tableware pollute water sources and accelerate the destruction of our environment. Tupperware and reusable cutlery for your food on the go are a great way to reduce your plastic consumption. When it comes to drinking, bringing your own water bottle and metal straw is ideal from a financial and environmental perspective.

4. Pronunciation

From all the languages over the world, Chinese is considered as one of the hardest languages to learn.The reasons are, that they have, compared to the English language, a different writing system, grammar, pronunciation style and sounds. The language is a tonal, that means that a word can affect its meaning. The language has four different tones - from higher pitches to a lower pitch. For example, the sentences "wǒ xiǎng wèn nǐ" can have two different meanings. If you pronounce the word "wen" with a falling pitch, it means "I want to ask you something". But if you pronounce the word with a rising pitch, it means I want to kiss you.

3.TED en Español

From the acronym: Technology, Entertainment, Design, has been disseminating information worldwide with great speakers, not only in English but also in many languages of the world. This podcast is based on the philosophy of "Ideas worth spreading" touching on topics such as: What is the relationship between love and mathematics? How does an immigrant build his identity? Will artificial intelligence replace us in our jobs? Can entrepreneurs improve education and health for all? The TED en Español podcast is an invitation to ask these kinds of questions, to listen to provocative ideas and to develop new ways of thinking. Each week a new TED Talk from the world's top leaders and creators.
Origin: America

Gladiator and much more
Gladiator, released in 2000, was not only shot in Rome, as some may expect. Large parts of ancient Rome were shot at Fort Ricasoli in Malta. The producers even had a replica of the Roman Colosseum built in Malta, about a third of the size of the original structure. I could go on listing films that were shot in Malta, the most recent of which is probably the Assassin's Creed film, released in 2016. However, the list would be too long. If you want to discover more you can join a Malta Film Tour and find out which districts have served as movie sets.

You're guaranteed to come across these French expressions in France:

N'importe quoi !

With this phrase, you want to tell the person you are speaking to that he/she is talking nonsense. Commonly used as "Tu racontes n'importe quoi !" - "You are talking nonsense!", or simply as an interjection.

Laisse tomber

Literally "let it fall". French people use it to tell somebody to give up or to simply say "nevermind".

Bref !

"Bref" would be the translation of "anyway". Generally used to cut the conversation of a particular topic short and point out you do not want to talk about that topic anymore.

Comme d'habitude / Comme d'hab'

Literally "as usual". However, note the common use "Comme d'hab' " very often heard spoken by French people!

D'accord

Although "okay" is also quite common in French, you will more often hear people say "d'accord". Note the longer version "je suis d'accord" to say "I agree".

C'est clair !

This French expression is used to approve of somebody's saying.

Carrément

Literally "in a square way"... French people say it either to agree with something, like "totally" or "definitely" or as an adverb to say "very". In this case, if you really like something you would say "c'est carrément bien!"

Carnival – Brasil, Rio de Janeiro

Of course, the carnival is celebrated in the whole world. But the place to be is in Rio de Janeiro. With more than 300 parties and parades throughout the city, it's easy to see why it is the capital of carnival. The Samba bands of Ipanema is the most famous and impressive one. the parties downtown, like Cordão do Bola Preta, are the biggest. Did you know that you can join the parade yourself? Just get in contact with one of the Salsa Schools and order your own costume. Or order tickets and watch the parade from the side. Either way, it is one of the most impressive experiences in your life!

Spelling

American words end in "-or" vs British words end in "-our"

Examples:
color (AE) | colour (BE)
flavor (AE) | flavour (BE)
neighbor (AE) | neighbour (BE)

American words end in "-er" vs British words end in "-re"

Examples:
theater (AE) | theatre (BE)
meter (AE) | metre (BE)
center (AE) | center (BE)

American words end in "-ize" vs British words usually end in "-ise"

Examples:
apologize (AE) | apologise (BE)
organize (AE) | organise (BE)
realize (AE) | realise (BE)

In American English words often have only one consonant, while in British English they have two.

Examples:
traveled (AE) | travelled (BE)
jewelry (AE) | jewelry (BE)
canceled (AE) | cancelled (BE)

Other different spellings:
cozy (AE) | cosy (BE)
catalog (AE) | catalogue (BE)

As with any other rule, there are some irregularities and exceptions with this one. Therefore, you should see the rule only as a very good guide, with which you can reliably find the correct German definite article.

Another useful tip is using the article "Die" when you are not sure which definite article is the correct one. This is because almost 45% of German nouns are feminine, so you have a high chance of guessing correctly. On the other hand, the neutral article "Das" occurs least often, so you should only use it if you are sure that "Das" is the correct one.

English Tongue Twisters for beginners

The blue bluebird blinks.
He threw three free throws.
Four fine fresh fish for you.
He threw three free throws.
She sells sea shells by the seashore.

French Tongue Twisters for beginners

Seize chaises sèches.
Son chat chante sa chanson.
Douze douches douces.
Cinq chiens chassent six chats.
Le ver vert va vers le verre vert.

4. No Such Thing As A Fish

The name may not make sense, but the content of this podcast does. Each week, different hosts present their favourite facts they've dug up over the week. So if you want to educate yourself in the "useless knowledge" category, this podcast is for you. By the way, the name came from episode 3: Here, a biologist talked about how there is no such thing as a fish because all marine animals are so different. Since then, every episode starts with "No such thing as...".

If you are looking at exploring the world at large why not take a closer look at what Sprachcaffe has to offer! From language courses to working holidays - your dream adventure might be closer than you think! There are an overwhelming number of opportunities out there waiting to be discovered so what are you waiting for?

3. Hindi

In the list of the top spoken languages in the Indian subcontinent, Hindi is the third on the list of ten most spoken languages in the world. The language has 600 million speakers. It falls under the Indo-Aryan language family and uses the Devanagari script for writing. Hindi is one of the 23 official languages in India. It is also spoken in regions of Pakistan, Nepal, Fiji, Guyana and Mauritius.

Phase 2: The first repetition

In the first phase, you have already got to know your new vocabulary and can understand it fairly accurately. The second phase begins after only one day. You will repeat the vocabulary you learned the day before for the first time. You will quickly notice that you can already repeat some of the vocabulary rather easily, but that you still have problems with some of it. On this day, as on the first day, continue to learn the translation and meaning of the words.


Düsseldorf: An exciting city on the Rhine

Düsseldorf offers visitors a wonderful European city break with modern, young and popular attractions. It is one of Germany's leading university cities and has a significant cultural past. The city is fun to explore on foot and has a long history that has influenced the artistic and fashion preferences of the nation.

A great place to explore is the Altstadt with its majestic town hall, picturesque market square and almost Parisian boulevards and avenues. Nordpark and Hofgarten are two of Düsseldorf's many parks and nature areas. When night falls and the many nice restaurants, cafés and shops are illuminated, the Rhine promenade, a picturesque walk along the water, is the ideal place to relax.

Вивчайте французьку мову під час мовної подорожі

Покращуйте свої знання французької мови під час навчання у Франції

До твоєї подорожі з начанням Фанцузької

Helpful information about Spanish object pronouns

As already mentioned, the object pronoun replaces an object or person that has already been mentioned. To use the correct Spanish object pronoun, you should therefore pay attention to the pronoun that is replaced by the object pronoun. As a rule, object pronouns in Spanish come in front of the conjugated verb. To make the sentence structure with object pronouns understandable, take a look at the sentence structure of a Spanish sentence with and without object pronouns below. For a better comprehension, there is an example sentence below the general structure.

Elfenbeinküste: Das Land im Westen von Afrika mit französischer Kolonialgeschichte

In Côte d'Ivoire, French is the official language, although several indigenous languages are commonly used. These include Cebaara Senufo, Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, and Anyin. Côte d'Ivoire is also known as Côte d'Ivoire and thus bears a French name. An estimated 78 different languages are spoken in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. French is taught in schools and is widely spoken in the region. As a result of the colonial past, about 30% of the population of Côte d'Ivoire speaks French. In 1960, Côte d'Ivoire gained independence.

A French language study trip to the French-speaking Côte d'Ivoire is worthwhile simply because of the unique and varied nature. From beautiful sandy beaches to rainforests and vast savannahs, in the north of Côte d'Ivoire you will find everything you want to experience on a trip to nature.

3. Cantones 廣 東 話

It is the traditional "prestige" variety of the Yue Chinese dialect group (spoken by the most respected people in Canton province), which has more than 80 million native speakers. Although the term Cantonese refers specifically to the "prestige" variety, it is often used to refer to the entire subgroup of Yue Chinese, including related but largely unintelligible languages and dialects. In common usage, Standard Cantonese is often referred to simply as "Cantonese".

Cantonese is considered an essential and inseparable part of the cultural identity of its native speakers in much of Southeast China, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in overseas communities. In mainland China, it is the lingua franca of Guangdong province (as the majority language of the Pearl River Delta) and neighbouring areas such as Guangxi. It is also the predominant and official language in Hong Kong and Macau. Cantonese is also widely spoken among overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia (especially in Vietnam and Malaysia, and to a lesser extent in Singapore and Cambodia) and throughout the Western world.

2. Apprendre le Francais avec des histoires

This podcast contains 17 episodes of about one minute each. Simple French vocabulary is used in the podcast. This allows beginners to follow along well. This is especially important for beginners, because a French podcast that is too difficult to understand can quickly be demotivating. But not with Apprende le francais avec histories, because it is precisely designed for the learning progress of beginners.

Genre: French language course
Language level: beginners even with some previous knowledge

Spanish dialogues for advanced learners to practise Spanish phrases

The best way to learn new Spanish phrases and words is by example. That's why we've put some of the Spanish words you saw in the list above into Spanish dialogues for you. Take a look at the dialogues and use them to learn the new words.

Numbers from 21 to 100 in Spanish

Numeric Written Numeric Written
21 veintiuno 61 sesenta y uno
22 veintidós 62 sesenta y dos
23 veintitrés 63 sesenta y tres
24 veinticuatro 64 sesenta y cuatro
25 veinticinco 65 sesenta y cinco
26 veintiséis 66 sesenta y seis
27 veintisiete 67 sesenta y siete
28 veintiocho 68 sesenta y ocho
29 veintinueve 69 sesenta y nueve
30 treinta 70 setenta
31 treinta y uno 71 setenta y uno
32 treinta y dos 72 setenta y dos
33 treinta y tres 73 setenta y tres
34 treinta y cuatro 74 setenta y cuatro
35 treinta y cinco 75 setenta y cinco
36 treinta y seis 76 setenta y seis
37 treinta y siete 77 setenta y siete
38 treinta y ocho 78 setenta y ocho
39 treinta y nueve 79 setenta y nueve
40 cuarenta 80 ochenta
41 cuarenta y uno 81 ochenta y uno
42 cuarenta y dos 82 ochenta y dos
43 cuarenta y tres 83 ochenta y tres
44 cuarenta y cuatro 84 ochenta y cuatro
45 cuarenta y cinco 85 ochenta y cinco
46 cuarenta y seis 86 ochenta y seis
47 cuarenta y siete 87 ochenta y siete
48 cuarenta y ocho 88 ochenta y ocho
49 cuarenta y nueve 89 ochenta y nueve
50 cincuenta 90 noventa
51 cincuenta y uno 91 noventa y uno
52 cincuenta y dos 92 noventa y dos
53 cincuenta y tres 93 noventa y tres
54 cincuenta y cuatro 94 noventa y cuatro
55 cincuenta y cinco 95 noventa y cinco
56 cincuenta y seis 96 noventa y seis
57 cincuenta y siete 97 noventa y siete
58 cincuenta y ocho 98 noventa y ocho
59 cincuenta y nueve 99 noventa y nueve
60 sesenta 100 cien

2. It's never too late to start learning a new language

While it may be easier for children to pick up a new language due to their brain's ability to absorb new information more quickly, adults can also learn a new language and achieve fluency with practice and dedication. Many successful language learners have started learning a new language later in life and have achieved fluency through consistent practice and immersion.

3. Listen actively

When you're listening to native English speakers, pay close attention to the words they're using and how they're saying them. Try to repeat what you hear to practice your pronunciation. For example, if you're watching a movie, pause it whenever you hear a new word or phrase and try to repeat it.

German Travel Quotes

"Die beste Bildung findet ein gescheiter Mensch auf Reisen". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The best education is found by a clever person when travelling".

"Desto weiter ich reise, desto näher komme ich an mich heran". Andrew McCarthy
"The further I travel, the closer I get to myself".

"Einmal im Jahr solltest du einen Ort besuchen, an dem du noch nie warst". Dalai Lama
"Once a year you should visit a place you've never been".

"Nichts entwickelt die Intelligenz wie das Reisen". Emile Zola
"Nothing develops intelligence like travel".

"Man reist ja nicht um anzukommen, sondern um zu reisen". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"You don't travel to arrive, you travel to travel".

The Shadowing Technique Procedure

Step 1

Audiodatei finden

Am besten eignen sich für das Shadowing Hörbücher oder Podcasts. Videos und Serien kannst du aber auch nutzen.

Schritt 2

Audiodatei anhören

Hör dir das gesagte deiner ausgewählten Audiodatei erst an bevor es mit dem Shadowing losgeht.

Schritt 3

Shadowing des gesagten

Jetzt geht es mit dem Shadowing los. Imitiere die Sprechweise des Muttersprachlers.

Schritt 4

Wiederholen und vertiefen

Wiederhole Shadowing mit der gleichen Audiodatei so oft wie du möchtest oder wechsele die Audiodatei.

Tourism destination Manager

The job of a Tourism destination manager is to basically look after a tourism destination. As a manager, it is important to look after the day to day of the destination. Implementation of tasks is very important. As a manager, one should monitor and designate tasks to fellow and below associates. It is usually in collaboration with the government, so one must be very diplomatic and should master public relations.

Download the local apps

Downloading local apps can be incredibly useful in this era of technological advancement. For food delivery, taxi services, and a variety of other services, many cities have their own well-known apps. Students can easily integrate into the local way of life by doing their research and locating these apps beforehand. For instance, Wolt and Lieferando are more widely used than Uber Eats in Germany, while Bolt and Free Now are preferred options for transportation services in London. Additionally, examining Google Maps alternatives like City Mapper can offer more precise and regional directions for navigating European cities.

Banca Giuratale

Between 1726 and 1728, the Banca Giuratale also referred to as the Municipal Palace, was specifically constructed to house the city's administration, council, and courts. As he wanted to construct his palace, which we now refer to as Vilhena Palace, the Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena had taken over their original property.

As time went on, the Municipal Palace saw a variety of uses. It served as the Maltese National Assembly's meeting location in 1798 when France was still occupying Malta. It now holds the court records from 1530 to 1899 that is a part of the Maltese National Archives.

The 30 most important Spanish verbs to start with

Spanish verbs are one of the most important categories of words in the Spanish language and are an important part of any Spanish sentence. Also for learning Spanish grammar you should quickly look at the most important Spanish verbs. You will need them especially when learning Spanish conjugation. When learning Spanish verbs, don't get confused by the fact that different words in Spanish have the same German translation. This would be the case with the Spanish verbs ser and estar or oír and escuchar. They share the same German translation, but have a different meaning in Spanish.

Malta National Aquarium

With over 250 species, the National Aquarium in Malta is a unique place to spend a day. The Malta National Aquarium has a total of 51 tanks and is divided into different sections. There is also a special section, the Amphibian and Reptile section, where you can see animals from different parts of the world, from invertebrates to reptiles.

The aquarium covers 20,000 square metres and is open daily from 10am to 8pm. You also have the option to buy tickets online, which saves you time and allows you to enjoy the magnificent display of aquatic animals. The Malta National Aquarium is located in the northern part of the main island of Malta.

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African languages

Many African languages were brought to Brazil by African slaves during the colonial period. Among the most widely spoken languages from Africa are Yoruba (from Nigeria), the Bantu group of languages (such as Swahili and Kikongo), and Fon (from Benin). Together they represent about 0.5% of the population.

Spanish language trip

Improve your Spanish and have a wonderful holiday!

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Learn English on your vacation

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2. GermanPod101

"German 101" is an informative and engaging podcast designed to teach German to beginners. With concise episodes, it covers essential vocabulary, grammar, and phrases to help learners develop a solid foundation in the language. The podcast focuses on practical language skills, providing useful tips and insights for everyday conversations.

Languages: English, German

English with Ty

With the help of the English with Ty YouTube channel, you can effectively expand your English vocabulary. As we know, building a solid vocabulary in English is very important, especially for beginners. When it comes to learning vocabulary, the YouTube videos of English with Ty will help you excellently. In addition to many helpful vocabulary learning videos, you'll also gain insight into the differences between the most common English accents, British Engish and American English.

Do you want to learn English while on a language trip, Click here for more information

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Learn French on a language study trip

Would you like to improve your French skills effectively and quickly with qualified French teachers, preferably in a French-speaking country? Then come to our language school in Nice or Morocco and combine learning French with lots of fun, holidays and entertainment!

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Learn English on a language trip

Would you like to finally perfect your English or have you just started learning? Why not join us on a language study trip to England, Canada or Malta and learn English effectively on holiday?

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Immerse yourself in foreign cultures with us

Learn about foreign cultures together with Sprachcaffe and learn English and many other languages.

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3. Vondelpark: A Serene Haven Amid Urban Energy

A lush haven called Vondelpark can be found in the center of Amsterdam. It is the biggest and most well-known park in the city, drawing millions of visitors every year. Vondelpark, which spans over 47 hectares, provides a tranquil haven away from the busy city streets. The park is distinguished by its verdant green lawns, charming ponds, winding pathways and lovely gardens. It offers plenty of room for leisure pursuits like rollerblading, cycling, picnicking and jogging.

Throughout the summer, Vondelpark also hosts a variety of cultural occasions, outdoor musical performances and outdoor theatrical productions. Vondelpark is a cherished gathering place for residents and visitors alike, offering the ideal balance between nature and urban life. This is due to its serene atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and plethora of recreational opportunities.

A Cultural Kaleidoscope: Museum Mile and Broadway

For those who love art and culture, New York City is a paradise. There are several top-notch museums along Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Take a journey through centuries' worth of masterpieces of art. The journey through these hallowed halls is nothing short of magical.

And what better way to immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of New York City than by experiencing a Broadway show? Visit the renowned Theater District to see a dazzling musical or an insightful play. Maybe try cathcing a Broadway show by booking online in advance for better prices. Each play or musical is a symphony of emotions that resonates with you long after the final curtain falls.

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Під час нашої поїздки на вивчення італійської мови ви зможете вдосконалювати свою італійську в розслабленій атмосфері та за найкращих умов!

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Can you live in Amsterdam knowing only English?

The question arises: is it possible to live in Amsterdam without knowing Dutch, relying only on English?

It depends on what your intentions are. If you want to live in Amsterdam for a limited time in your life, then yes. You will have no difficulty communicating with shopkeepers, going to the accountant or the doctor, let alone finding work and dealing with colleagues. You can go shopping without problems, because even in the supermarket you will most likely find English-speaking cashiers.

Even if you go for study purposes you can manage without problems, but maybe try to gain some experience abroad first to learn English to perfection in order to succeed better, and also to understand better what it means to live far from home speaking only a foreign language.

But in Amsterdam the official language is Dutch, as you well know, and if you want to live there for a long period of your life, you can't not know it. Yes, because announcements at the train station are only made in Dutch, and if you want to live just a little bit outside the city, there are fewer and fewer people who know English. Small shops, modest villages, typical restaurants: these are all places where you will need to know Dutch.

And not only because of this: the Dutch are known to be a bit shy towards Italians, or maybe we perceive them that way because in Italy you are warmer. In any case, you will hardly make inroads into their hearts if you don't learn the language, and they will thus be 'forced' to speak English to adapt to you. You will feel left out if you don't speak Dutch and you will never feel at home in Amsterdam.

Croatian

Croatian has been the official language of the Burgenland region since 1955, with 1.6% of total speakers

Hungarian

The Hungarian language is also recognized as an official language in the Burgenland area (since 1972), although it is used by an increasingly smaller group of people than in the past.

Turkish

It is the most widely spoken second language in Austria, with a percentage of around 2.3% of speakers.It is the most widely spoken second language in Austria, with a percentage of around 2.3% of speakers.

Serbian

Serbian also represents a large linguistic minority, with 2.2% of the population.

Slovenian

In parts of the Carinthian region, the Slovenian dialect is spoken by nearly 14,000 Austrians. This language has been one of the minorities recognized as official since 1955.

Other languages

Other foreign languages are used in Austria by smaller groups of people, such as Italian by Italians living in Tyrol, Czech in Lower Austria by immigrants from the Czech Republic, and French and Spanish by some communities in the capital.

Why is French spoken in Canada?

If you're wondering why the presence of French is so rooted in this country, the reasons can be found in the history of Canada. It is a story of domination by the European peoples, who have almost completely swept away the customs and traditions of the populations

The Europeans came to Canada via the Bering Strait thousands and thousands of years earlier. In particular, the Vikings were the first to arrive around the year 870 and settled on the island of Newfoundland and the surrounding territories. They began to transport useful products such as timber to their homelands and continued until about 1400. Later, it was the turn of the English and French expeditions, under John Cabot and Jacques Cartier, during which New France was created and the Hudson's Bay Company in the 17th century.

From that point on, the United Kingdom and France began to clash over the possession of Canadian territories and only ended in 1763, with the end of the Seven Years' War. The United Kingdom prevailed and France had to sign the surrender; therefore, the part of the French-speaking population that was in Canada found itself under English rule. Despite the provisions that over the years gave the French cultural freedoms with the Quebec Act and the territory of Canada Inferior (present-day Quebec), Canadians had to wait until 1931 for full independence from the United Kingdom.

Cuban Spanish

Cuban Spanish is the Spanish language variant spoken in Cuba, belonging to the Western Iberian language group. It is a sub-dialect of Caribbean Spanish, enriched and modified with close influence from the language of the Taino Indians, who lived on the island even before it came under Spanish rule. We can still find words today that can be traced back to the Taino language, such as 'canoa', 'hamaca', 'tabaco' and 'carey'.

Because of its origins, Cuban Spanish sounds much more similar in pronunciation and vocabulary to the variant of Spanish spoken in the region of Andalusia, and even more so to that used in the Canary Islands. This is because during the 19th and 20th centuries there was a large influx of Canarian immigrants to the island, who brought new accents and words: even today, in both Tenerife and Cuba, a 'guagua' is a bus, for example.

Even within the island itself, you can notice differences in intonation and vocabulary, depending on whether you are in the east or the west.

The biggest difference between Castilian and Cuban, however, lies in pronunciation. practice seseo: all the c's that in Spanish should sound like an English th, simply become an s.

Another peculiarity peculiar to Cuban Spanish is the formation of the diminutive, which is done by adding the desinences -ico and -ica, whereas in standard Spanish one has to add -ito and -ita. There are also many expressions and words peculiar to the island, as we will see in a moment, called 'Cubanisms'.

So, to say that the language spoken in Cuba is Spanish is correct, but not entirely complete. A Madrilenian Spaniard can communicate with and understand a Cuban inhabitant, yes, but he or she will certainly notice numerous differences and may even encounter difficulties. Nevertheless, knowing peninsular Spanish is more than enough to live, work or simply communicate in Cuba during a holiday. And with us at Sprachcaffe, you can acquire and strengthen this language competence directly with a study holiday in Havana, Cuba's extraordinary capital city! In this way, you can see for yourself the differences between Spanish and Cuban Spanish, and put them into practice on the spot.

Dubai: the main languages

The most important language spoken in Dubai, as well as the official language of the UAE, is Arabic. But what other languages are spoken in this multicultural and cosmopolitan city? Let's see together the major languages brought to Dubai by immigrant communities, which together with the language have enriched the city with different cultures, cuisines, customs and traditions.

Other languages

There are linguistic minorities in some parts of the country, such as the Beja ethnic group that speaks Tigrinya or a branch of Cushite, groups that speak Berber languages or languages belonging to the Nilo-Saharan family. In addition, there are also some Greek, Italian, and Armenian minorities.

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Luxembourgish

In particular, the Luxembourgish language is spoken by 90% of the population of Luxembourg, and the percentage is divided into:

● 77% of people who speak Luxembourgish as their mother tongue;

● 13% who speak it as a second language

Considered the national language, it was recognized by law as the country's official language in 1984, and around 390,000 people around the world speak it, including inhabitants of areas bordering Belgium, Germany and France. As we have seen, in fact, when we talked about what language is spoken in Belgium, it is common among these "passage" countries that there is no proper language, but that different languages taken from border countries are used.

Even more updated data than the previous ones report a slight decrease (82% total in 2012), a sign that the Luxembourgish language is slowly giving more and more space to French and German.

The language of Luxembourg belongs to West Central German, and is therefore a Germanic language, although it has been heavily influenced by French. To give a small example, the French word "Chaffeur", which in German translates as "Busfahrer", even becomes "Buschaffeur" in Luxembourgish.

This language is used in kindergarten and primary school, but there are no Luxembourgish textbooks, only German or at least French. It is also used in television for daily programs, and is considered the most "colloquial". For everything else, however, the other languages of the country are preferred.

In practice, we can say that the Luxembourgish language is the language most "heartfelt", and knowing it is also essential in order to be able to apply for naturalization and acquire citizenship in Luxembourg.

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The characteristics of the Dutch language

Dutch is, as we have seen above, the official language of the Netherlands. It is a Germanic language, thus created by the Germanic peoples who lived in northern Europe, and thus belongs to the Indo-European language family. The language of the Netherlands is similar to the Scandinavian languages, particularly Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, and to the Afrikaans of South Africa. In addition, this language has similarities with other better known and spoken languages, such as English, German, and even French; therefore, learning Dutch is easier for those who already speak these languages.

The alphabet used is Latin, like almost all other Germanic languages. As in Italian, nouns in Dutch are sometimes indicated with capital letters, but this is not a rule as it is the case with German. In addition, consonants at the end of words are not pronounced and cases have disappeared. As far as articles are concerned, the determinative article is 'de' in both the masculine and feminine singular and plural. The article 'het', on the other hand, is used for the singular of nouns of the neuter gender. The indeterminative article, which only exists in the singular form, is 'een'. Finally, verbs in the Dutch language can be strong, weak, and irregular.

The pronunciation of Dutch words can be a bit tricky at first, but once you learn the rules, it will gradually become easier and more intuitive. For example, you need to know that 'c' is read 's' in front of the vowels 'e' and 'i', and that 's' is like our hard s while 'z' is like our soft s. In addition, 'sg' reads like 'j' in French, 'h' is aspirated, and 'j' reads 'i'.

Urdu

Urdu is a lingua franca of Indo-European origin, understood by 80% of the Pakistani population. Beware, however: understood, not spoken, in fact, it is only used as a mother tongue by 7% of the population. Considering that Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with its 231.4 million inhabitants, this means that only 16,198, 000 people in Pakistan speak Urdu. Few, considering the fact that it has been defined as the country's national language, and that Pakistan has widely pushed for its use, promoting the language to encourage national solidarity. In fact, it is a 'neutral' language for the country's internal political issues, and seemed to all intents and purposes the best choice in order not to sour relations between the different minorities here.

Moreover, in Pakistan, the Urdu language was preferred over the others because it was the language of the elite Muslim emigrants from India, including M.A.Jinnah, the first head of the government that founded the Pakistani state.

Nevertheless, today the Urdu language has not yet been as successful as hoped, and the 7% of Pakistani speakers are mainly to be found in the urban centres of the large metropolises, such as Islamabad, Hyderabad and Karachi.

It is mostly applied and used on particularly formal occasions, in government administration and is also taught in educational institutions.

In fact, it is even more widely used in India, where there are more speakers than in Pakistan, and is also included among the 22 official languages recognised by India.

On a grammatical level, in fact, it hardly differs from Hindi, India's main language. The only differences concern a choice of more words of Persian origin in Urdu and the use of different alphabets: Hindi applies the Devanagari alphabet, while Urdu has its own -Urdu alphabet, to be precise-, of Persian-Arabic origin. In fact, it has also been modified to produce sounds that do not exist in the Arabic language.

However, its extreme similarity to Hindi has opened up a lot of controversy over time, as many refused to consider them as two separate languages. In reality, however, the Urdu language in Pakistan has a very ancient history, and has undergone great influences from Arabic, Persian and Chagatai, a Turkish language that is now extinct.

A small curiosity about the word Urdu: it means 'imperial camp', and it is precisely from this term of Turkish origin that the Italian has inherited the word 'horde'.

Varieties of Czech spoken in Prague

Answering the question "what language is spoken in Prague?" by saying that Czech is spoken, however, is not quite correct. In fact, there are actually three different varieties of the Czech language, spoken by the population depending on their geographical location. Each of these varieties has its own phonological and morphological characteristics, and deviates more or less from what we can define as a 'clean' language

  • Common Czech: this is the most widely used variety of Czech throughout the country, and in fact has the largest number of native speakers. It is also used in print and media communications, and finds its greatest concentration in the Czech capital. Therefore, to be more precise, we can say that the language spoken in Prague is predominantly common Czech.
  • Bohemian dialects: these are a collection of dialects that form a separate variety of Czech, the use of which has decreased dramatically in recent years. This is because the Bohemian dialect is mostly associated with the lower class of the Czech population, and due to this social and public stigmatisation people have over time stopped using it, preferring the application of Common Czech.
  • Moravian dialect: this variety of the Czech language is the most common in the Czech Moravian and Silesian regions, and is in turn divided into five sub-dialects (Silesian Cieszyn, Bohemian-Moravian, Lachian, Oriental and Central Moravian).

Table of irregular verbs

Infinitiv Simple Past Past Participle
be was/were been
bear bore borne/born
beat beat beaten
become became become
begin began begun
bet bet bet
bite bit bitten
bleed bled bled
break broke broken
bring brought brought
buy bought bought
cast cast cast
catch caught  
choose chose  
come came  
cost cost  
cut cut cut
do did done
drink drank drunk
drive drove driven
eat ate eaten
fall fell fallen
feed fed fed
feel felt felt
find found found
fly flew flown
forget forgot forgotten
get got got/gotten
give gave given
go went gone
have had had
hear heard heard
hit hit hit
keep kept kept
know knew known
let let let
make made made
read read read
ring rang rung
see saw seen
speak spoke spoken
stick stuck stuck
swim swam swum
take took taken
teach taught taught
tell told told
think thought thought
understand understood understood
win won won
write wrote written

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Perfect English novel for young people

The Hunger Games, a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins, takes place in a dystopian world. The story is set in the futuristic North America known as Panem, where the Capitol holds the Hunger Games annually to punish the districts and maintain control. The Hunger Games is a televised event in which 24 children from the districts are selected to participate in a fight to the death.

Collins' young adult novel was first adapted into a film in 2012. The Hunger Games book series continues to be published. The last young adult novel in the series was published in 2020 and is titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. This book for teens tells the prequel to the previously so successful books. Why don't you watch the trailer of the film adaptation of the first book and decide based on it whether you might like the theme and the story.

Publication: 1960 | Country: USA | Genre: Southern Gothic | Number of pages: ~281 | Teen age 14+

Числа німецькою мовою від 21 до 100

По-перше, для формування чисел німецькою мовою, для утворення десятків вам просто потрібно додати -zig в кінці одиниць. Наприклад, 4 = vier, 40 = vierzig, 5 = fünf, 50 = fünfzig... Будьте уважні: трохи коригування потрібно для 3 = drei, яке стає 30 = dreißig і 20, яке є zwanzig. Тут числа також формуються з одиницею + десяток... Але структура відрізняється: розряд (одиниця) + und + одиниця + zig.

Подивіться на наступні приклади, і це стане зрозумілішим для вас:

Для 53: структура стає drei (3, одиниця) + und + fünf (5 одиниць) + zig = dreiundfünfzig

Для 26: структура повинна слідувати наступному шаблону: sechs (6 одиниця) + und + zwanzig (20, одиниця десятка - неправильна) = sechsundzwanzig

Носії німецької мови зазвичай не вимовляють "und" належним чином, коли вони швидко говорять. У цьому випадку "und" буде звучати трохи як "n".

Animal related Dad jokes

What do you call a fish wearing a crown? King Neptune.
What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear.
Why did the bee get married? Because he found his honey.
What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea!
Why don't oysters donate to charity? Because they are shellfish!
How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together!

Поради з представлення вашого рівня мовних навичок у резюме

Ось декілька порад, які допоможуть вам поліпшити ваше резюме.

Категорія знання мов: Додайте розділ, який ви називаєте "Мови" або "Знання мов". Це зробить цей розділ більш помітним.

Вкажіть мови: Вкажіть всі мови, якими ви володієте. Починаючи з вашої рідної мови, ви повинні перелічити всі мови, якими ви володієте в своєму резюме. Вам не обов'язково повинні володіти мовами ідеально. Достатньо мати базові знання.

Вкажіть рівень ваших мовних навичок: Вкажіть рівень, який ви маєте у відповідній мові. Існують різні підходи. З одного боку, ви можете вказати ваші мовні навички від "базового" до "вільного". Ви також можете вказати ваші мовні навички у резюме відповідно до Загальноєвропейської шкали володіння мовами. Потім ви вказуєте ваші мовні навички у резюме від рівня A1 до C2.

Надайте докази вашого рівня мови: Якщо ви успішно закінчили курс та отримали офіційний мовний сертифікат, ви також повинні вказати це у своєму резюме. Це може дати вам перевагу в вашій заявці. Проте не забудьте розмістити мовний сертифікат у додатку до вашої заявки.

Будьте чесними і реалістичними: Будьте чесними, коли вказуєте ваші мовні навички у вашому резюме. Неправильна інформація буде помічена швидко і може викликати проблеми на співбесіді чи пізніше під час випробувального терміну.

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2. Learn Italian with Lucrezia

"Learn Italian with Lucrezia" is a highly regarded podcast hosted by a native Italian speaker. With a focus on bite-sized lessons, cultural insights, and practical tips, it caters to learners of all levels. Lucrezia's engaging teaching style and dedication to helping learners master Italian make this podcast a valuable resource on the language-learning journey.

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Museums in Frankfurt city centre

Museum of Money

If you want to learn more about money, currencies and the work of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Money Museum is an interesting option.

Senckenberg Naturmuseum

This is one of the largest natural history museums in Germany and is located in Bockenheim. It houses impressive collections of fossils, minerals, dinosaurs and live animals.

Frankfurt History Museum

The Historisches Museum is located in the heart of the old town and shows the history and culture of the city from early times to the present. It offers fascinating exhibitions and interactive presentations that bring Frankfurt's history to life.

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Хочете вивчити нову мову за кордоном та пізнати нові культури? Приєднуйтеся до однієї з наших мовних подорожей!

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What are the arguments against moving to Canada?

As you can see, there are many reasons to emigrate to Canada. Especially the main factor standard of living and a secure job stand out. An emigration is a life-changing decision and should therefore be well considered. Therefore, you should be sure in advance that life in Canada really suits you. Take a look at what speaks against an emigration to Canada and decide whether these points are decisive for you.

Cold climate: In many parts of Canada it is very cold. Especially in the northern areas of Canada it can reach up to -40°C. Since Canada is very large, there are different climate zones. There are also cities in Canada, such as Vancouver, where the climate is comparable to the climate in Central Europe. So, before you emigrate to Canada, be clear about which city you want to move to and to what extent you will be able to cope with the climate there.

Distance to Europe: Canada is located on the other side of the world and is almost 8000 km away from Europe. Not only the distance, but also a different time zone can be a deterrent. If you have solid roots in Europe with family and friends, you should think twice about emigrating to Canada. In addition, for visits you have to reckon with many flight hours and expensive airline tickets. Visiting family is expensive and time consuming.

Before you finally decide to emigrate to Canada, you should make sure that living in Canada is right for you. Therefore, you should definitely travel to Canada beforehand and immerse yourself in their culture. The best way to do this is with a language study trip to Toronto or Vancouver. This way you can get to know the locals and experience the Canadian way of life with your own eyes. Become a member of a Canadian family in a host family and get to know the everyday life of Canadians.

Idioms in different countries

The English language has it's origin in England but the language has been spoken and improvised in various countries due to early colonization.

Idioms are a fascinating aspect of language that adds richness and cultural depth to English-speaking countries around the world. In Britain, idioms like "Bob's your uncle" and "the bee's knees" are commonly used to add charm and express enthusiasm. The United States, on the other hand, boasts idioms such as "burning the midnight oil" and "hit the hay," which reflect American industriousness and pragmatism. Meanwhile, Australia's unique idioms like "no worries" and "flat out like a lizard drinking" capture the country's laid-back attitude and affinity for the outdoors. While these idioms may seem peculiar or perplexing to outsiders, they are cherished expressions that reflect the diverse cultures and lifestyles of these English-speaking nations.

We can say there exists forms of English like American English, Australian English and Canadian English. All of these lanuages are the same but the dialects and the way of sentence framing and pronunciations differ. This is reflected in the way the idioms are used in the countries.

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Chinese (Mandarin) as a global language

Chinese, especially Mandarin, is a widely spoken language with over one billion native speakers. Chinese is gaining global importance through China's growing economic strength, cultural influence and international education initiatives.

It is becoming increasingly relevant in commerce, culture, science and education. Although it is not established at the same level as English as a world language, the increasing number of Chinese learners worldwide shows the potential for wider recognition. Popular ways to learn Chinese include language study trips to Beijing. This allows learners to familiarize themselves with the culture of China and also effectively learn the Chinese language.

Port promenade Muelle Uno

Muelle Uno, Malaga's lively harbor promenade, is a place that hosts a variety of possible activities in Malaga. Here you can stroll along the Mediterranean Sea, admire the creative architecture and explore local stores. This area is a true paradise for Málaga activities such as shopping, dining and enjoying the sea view from the terraces of the restaurants.

The mix of modern design and Mediterranean flair creates a unique atmosphere that perfectly matches the wide variety of activities offered here. Concerts, events and cultural experiences make Muelle Uno a place that reflects the lively nature of Malaga.

Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

Набирайте міжнародні контакти під час вашої мовної поїздки та швидко покращуйте свою англійську!

Ваша мовна подорож з англійською

Here is some more comprehensive elaboration of certain sectors of Malta

Strategic Location

Malta's strategic geographical location in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea has been a significant factor in its economic growth. Positioned between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Malta serves as a natural meeting point for businesses looking to expand globally. This central location reduces transportation costs and offers excellent access to key markets, making it an attractive choice for companies engaged in international trade. Additionally, Malta's well-developed transport infrastructure, including a modern port and international airport, further enhances its appeal as a logistical hub.

Stable Political Environment

Political stability is the cornerstone of Malta's economic success. With a robust democratic system, respect for the rule of law, and strong institutions, Malta provides a secure and predictable environment for businesses. This stability minimizes risks associated with abrupt policy changes or political unrest, fostering investor confidence and long-term commitments from multinational corporations.

Pro-Business Government Policies

Malta's government actively supports economic growth through a range of pro-business policies. These initiatives include tax incentives for foreign investors, streamlined business registration processes, and funding opportunities for startups and innovative enterprises. Malta's commitment to being a business-friendly destination has nurtured a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem, attracting entrepreneurs and companies eager to tap into its supportive framework.

EU Membership

As a member of the European Union, Malta benefits from access to the EU single market. This provides businesses based in Malta with a gateway to over 500 million consumers, harmonized regulations, and cross-border trade opportunities. Malta's EU membership enhances its attractiveness as a base for companies seeking to expand their reach within the EU and beyond, further contributing to its economic vitality.

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'Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran' by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt:

Moïse, an 11-year-old child living in Paris in the 1960s, meets Monsieur Ibrahim, the local grocer. They become friends and often chat together. It is thanks to this man that Moïse will learn to appreciate the little banal things in life...

This book will allow you to progress in French thanks to the many conversations exchanged and is very interesting. Indeed, it deals with values ​​and philosophical themes such as respect, well-being, happiness, friendship and learning about life.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert:

This book is a well-known work of French literature and tells the story of Emma Bovary, the wife of a young doctor. To counter the boredom, the banality and the darkness of life, the latter maintains secret relations with two other men and lives beyond her means.

Deep in debt, Emma decides to end her life. This book raises the question of boredom, the confinement of one's own mind and social oppression. If you want to improve your French while finding yourself in a book, we recommend this one.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Language learning tips

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The 4 learning types according to Vester

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The Intellectual learner type learns best through intensive engagement with the subject matter.

Haptic type of learner

Haptic learning types learn best through touch and physical contact.

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Варіанти легального перебування

  • Короткостроковий Візит: Для коротких візитів українці можуть в'їжджати на Мальту без візи з метою туризму або бізнесу, зазвичай на період до 90 днів.
  • Довгострокове Проживання: Якщо ви плануєте перебувати на Мальті на тривалий термін (понад 90 днів), вам може знадобитися довгострокова віза або дозвіл на проживання.

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How to pronounce hello in all the languages of the world

Sometimes what is spelled does not correspond to how it is pronounced, and this applies to both our alphabet and other alphabets used around the world. For us Italians, some words may be more difficult to pronounce than others, especially if we do not know the characters that make it up. This is the case in Japanese or Chinese, for example, but also in European languages such as Bulgarian, Greek and Russian. Below you can find the pronunciation of the word hello in all the languages that use a different alphabet from ours, so as to facilitate interactions with people from all over the globe.

Amharic- hayi

Arabic - as-salāmu ʿalaykum

Armenian - Voghju՜yn

Bengali - Hyālō

Belarusian- pryvitannie

Burmese- hine

Bulgarian- zdrasti

Chirghiso - salam

Chinese (simplified) - Nǐ hǎo

Chinese (traditional)- Nǐ hǎo

Korean- annyeonghaseyo

Dhivehi - assalaam 'alaikum

Georgian - gamarjoba

Japanese- Yā

Greek- geia

Gujarati - Hāya

Hindi - namaste

Kannada - Namaste

Kazakh- sälem

Khmer - suostei

Lao - sabaidi

Macedonian- zdravo

Malayalam - hāy

Marathi - Hāya

Mongolian - sain uu

Nepalese - Namastē

Punjabi - Hailō

Russian - Privet

Serbian - Zdravo

Singalese - hāyi

Tajik- salom

Tamil - Vaṇakkam

Telugu - Hāy

Thai - S̄wạs̄dī

Ukrainian- Pryvit

Yiddish - hi

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German punctuality and efficiency

German punctuality and efficiency are known throughout the world and are considered typically German. It is not uncommon in Germany for trains and buses to leave exactly on time and strictly adhere to deadlines. This marked punctuality reflects the German mentality, which values reliability and organization. Germans appreciate things running smoothly and efficiently, whether in public transport, at work or in everyday life.

A recently emerging tradition that brings young and old together is to watch the comedy sketch "Dinner for One" together. This sketch, which was originally imported from Great Britain and lasts approximately twenty minutes, is about Miss Sophie's 90th birthday. Every year she invites her four friends to her birthday party. But there's a problem: Miss Sophie has outlived all her friends and only her butler James is there to toast with her. With each new course, the butler drinks to all of Miss Sophie's friends until he is exhausted. On New Year's Eve, the short film is shown several times a day on TV and is a popular tradition for many Germans. With Sprachcaffe you can celebrate the New Year in the heart of Germany, Frankfurt, and celebrate the New Year like the locals. Are you ready for a language trip?

The French House, for a Gallic afternoon

Although the name makes one think of a different part of the world, The French House is considered one of London's most typical pubs, as well as one of its most beloved. It can be found at 49 Dean St. in Soho, in the city's West End, and has been open since 1891. Not one of the oldest ever, then, but in its "little" time it has made its mark on history: when owner Herr Schmidt, a German, was deported during World War II, the pub became the meeting place for members of the French Resistance. Among them, even De Gaulle used to frequent it.

Since then, The French House has taken on characteristics and traditions all its own. Only half pints of beer are served, except on April 1 when they are served whole instead. And on that day to tap the first pint must be the lead singer of Madness, Suggs, in honor of his mother who worked here as a waitress. Famous names among the clientele of this London pub include the unforgettable Edith Piaf.

This is a must if you walk through Soho: the retro atmosphere with no TVs or cell phones, French furnishings and soft lighting will keep you inside for hours on end.

Day trip in nature around Vancouver

Whistler

A popular possible activity in Vancouver, Whistler is a renowned mountain resort that attracts visitors with world-class skiing in the winter and adventurous activities like mountain biking and ziplining in the summer. The scenic surroundings of the Coast Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts looking for exciting Vancouver activities.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain, just a short drive from Vancouver and a popular Vancouver activity, is a versatile destination with hiking trails, mountain rail rides, wildlife viewing, and skiing opportunities in the winter. The fantastic views of Vancouver and the surrounding countryside make Grouse Mountain a recommended possible Vancouver activity.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a recommended possible activity in Vancouver that offers thrills on a breathtaking suspension bridge over the Capilano River. In addition to the treetop trails and cultural insights into indigenous history, this place is perfect for getting up close and personal with nature and enjoying the thrill of heights as a possible activity in Vancouver.

Lynn Canyon Park

Lynn Canyon Park, a recommended possible activity in Vancouver, impresses with a free suspension bridge over a scenic canyon, breathtaking forest scenery and refreshing river swimming holes. This park is an ideal possible activity in Vancouver for nature lovers and hikers looking for relaxing Vancouver activities.

Mellieha - a stone's throw from the most beautiful beaches

Mellieha is one of the most popular places in the summer. It is here, in fact, that some of the most beautiful beaches on the entire island of Malta are found, such as Golden Beach, whose golden sand makes it resemble a desert (but overlooking the sea), or Ghajn Tuffieha Bay, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Malta. Set in a cliff and reachable by a short staircase, it offers a suggestive panorama and a sheltered, intimate and priceless environment.

Mellieha is therefore the place where it is best to stay in Malta if you are looking for relaxation on the beach, sun and sea, but it also represents a good starting point to reach the other cities of Malta and a center well served with any useful comfort, from supermarkets to clubs . Furthermore, we can also talk about real convenience: among the areas of Malta, in fact, Mellieha is one of the cheapest in which to stay.

Імміграція та робочі дозволи

Для міжнародних фахівців перспектива працевлаштування в Канаді не лише залучлива, але й досяжна. Канада має чітко визначену систему імміграції, включаючи програми, такі як Express Entry та Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), призначені для привертання кваліфікованих працівників та підприємців. Ці шляхи надають можливості для отримання постійного проживання та, в кінцевому рахунку, громадянства.

Тимчасові робочі дозволи також є варіантом для тих, хто шукає короткострокове працевлаштування. Роботодавці в Канаді часто допомагають у процесі оформлення робочого дозволу, забезпечуючи плавний перехід для міжнародних працівників.

Royal Pavilion Brighton: What to see?

Visiting the Royal Pavilion in Brighton is a must on your trip: having become a symbol of the city, it is a real landmark. Consider that the building is large but not too large, so at least an hour to an hour and a half will take you to appreciate each room to the fullest.

Among the absolute favorite areas is the Music Room, where you'll find nine lotus-flower chandeliers illuminating the room. There is no shortage of carved dragons on the domed ceiling, and red canvases on the walls. This room is large enough to accommodate an orchestra of seventy instruments.

Don't miss the Great Kitchen, or the palace kitchen. In its innovative modernity for its time, it turns out to be a real gem: think that it was already equipped with the equipment to steam, and had a constant supply of water.

Going up to the second floor you will find the apartment area, with the bedrooms of the royals. An incredible feature is the original bed of the king, who was severely overweight: the structure is equipped with state-of-the-art tilting technology that served to ease his movement when he stood up.

Also not to be missed is the main hall with the Long Gallery, a long interior walkway where you can admire paintings, artworks and exotic objects of various kinds. Finally, the Banquet Hall: immense and opulent, it is the real heart of Brighton's Royal Pavilion. This is where lavish royal parties were held, eating and drinking under an imposing chandelier 9 meters high and weighing a ton.

In short, walking inside the Royal Pavilion will allow you to step back in time and live, for a morning, in full royal style. And just outside find some healthy relaxation in the manicured green gardens surrounding the palace, where people like to stop er a picnic.

Notable exceptions

Certain German words may resemble English words in sound or appearance but have entirely different meanings.

Rock = "skirt" not "rock"

groß = "big" not "gross"

womit = "with what" not "vomit"

Brief = "letter" not "brief"

Boot = "boat" not "boot"

hell = "bright" not "hell"

Bad = "bath(room)" not "bad"

gut = "good" not "gut"

Fahrt = "trip" not "fart"

Gift = "poison" not "gift"

Salvador Dalí: The surrealist who transformed modern art

Salvador Dalí, the renowned Spanish surrealist painter, stood out in modern art for his unique style and eccentric personality. Originally from Catalonia, his Spanish heritage was a constant influence in his work, characterized by the fusion of dreams, reality and Spanish cultural references. Despite facing challenges in a conservative artistic environment due to his eccentricity, Dalí overcame these barriers with his talent and originality, gaining international recognition. His pride in his Spanish roots was reflected in his art, enriching surrealism with cultural elements from Spain and leaving a legacy as an innovator in art and symbol of surrealism.

2. Erlangen beer festival

June

The Erlangen Beer Festival is a manifestation of the region's rich brewing tradition. Held in June, the festival celebrates its own beer festival and highlights the local culture, offering attendees a unique experience centered on beer appreciation and Erlangen hospitality. It is celebrated with the joy and camaraderie typical of German beer festivals. Attendees enjoy a wide variety of local beers, traditional food and live music. The festive atmosphere encourages socializing and enjoyment of the local culture.

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1. Nymphenburg Palace in Munich

The Nymphenburg Palace is one of the architectural and historical jewels of Munich, Germany.

Commissioned by Elector Prince Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria in 1664 to celebrate the birth of their heir, the future King Maximilian II Emanuel, the palace became one of the largest royal residences in Germany.

Its Baroque architecture, designed by Agostino Barelli, was later expanded and modified by other famous architects, including François de Cuvilliés. The palace is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens that include fountains, statues and pavilions.

Inside this magnificent Bavarian castle, visitors can admire a rich collection of artworks, historic furnishings and lavish decorations that testify to the pomp and pageantry of Bavarian royal courts.

Today, the Nymphenburg Palace is open to the public and offers visitors the chance to explore its luxurious interiors, stroll through its picturesque gardens, and discover the history of the Bavarian monarchy. It is one of Munich's main tourist attractions.

How do gap years work?

Our gap years, regardless of the destination you choose to go to, are all structured the same way and follow the same logic.

The first thing you need to know is that the minimum duration of the Gap Year is 8 weeks: this means that you are not obliged to stay abroad for an entire year if you don't feel up to it. Especially if it is your first experience away from home, in fact, such a long period might be scary: therefore, you have the option to determine yourself how long to stay based on your goals and feelings.

In any case, the Sprachcaffe team will be able to support you in organizing your gap year abroad and make sure your experience is as enjoyable and fun as possible.

Of course, the maximum duration is 12 months, and in some cases you can even choose to extend your experience!

The weekly course price decreases as your stay increases, but the kind of service you can count on is still the same.

Included in the price, you find:

1. Language course;
2. Full board (if provided);
3. Accommodation of different types depending on the destination (homestay, residence, etc.).

The minimum age required to participate in most of our courses is 18, but don't worry: with Sprachcaffe, you can leave even earlier thanks to our study abroad vacations for teens!

Remember that for us, study travel is not just about classes and courses, but also-and especially-about activities and fun. In fact, we believe that the free time you spend exploring the city you are in is an integral part of your learning experience! It allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture, to interact with locals, and to put yourself out there all round-this, for Sprachcaffe, is a key point of gap years.

Therefore, during the weekend you will be free to organize your days freely, discovering your host country. Or you can join us by booking the exciting activities we have in store for you: between excursions, guided tours, sports and cultural activities and beach parties, with Sprachcaffe trust that there is never a dull moment!

Indicative

personne

présent

imparfait

passé simple

passé composé

plus-que-parfait

passé antérieur

je

parle

parlais

parlai

ai parlé

avais parlé

eus parlé

tu

parles

parlais

parlas

as parlé

avais parlé

eus parlé

il / elle

parle

parlait

parla

a parlé

avait parlé

eut parlé

nous

parlons

parlions

parlâmes

avons parlé

avions parlé

eûmes parlé

vous

parlez

parliez

parlâtes

avez parlé

aviez parlé

eûtes parlé

ils / elles

parlent

parlaient

parlèrent

ont parlé

avaient parlé

eurent parlé

futur

futur antérieur

parlerai

aurais parlé

parleras

auras parlé

parlera

aurait parlé

parlerons

aurons parlé

parlerez

aurez parlé

parleront

auront parlé

What changes between strong and weak verbs?

The difference between weak verbs and strong verbs in German, therefore, is first of all the way of following the conjugation, which for strong verbs is a bit "in itself".

In particular, we find the first differences already in the construction of the present tense:

  • in weak verbs, the vowel in the second and third person is retained;
  • in strong verbs, however, that same vowel could undergo a modification and add the Umlaut, or umlaut.

For example:

  • Kaufen, weak verb: ich kaufe, du kaufst, er/sie/es kauft
  • Laufen,strong verb: ich laufe, du läufst, er/sie/es läuft.

As we can see, the only difference at the conjugation level between these two practically identical verbs is the appearance of umlauts in the second and third person verbs.

Even in the formation of the Past tense, weak verbs and strong verbs in German have differences: weak verbs never change their vowel, and end with the ending -TE. Strong verbs, on the other hand, have a completely different form from their original.

For example, going back to using two practically identical verbs, we see that:

  • Kaufen: Present tense: ich kaufe, Past tense: ich kaufte
  • Laufen: Present tense: ich laufe, Past tense: ich lief.

Finally, it is also important to consider the difference that exists in the Partzip II suffix:

  • in weak verbs, we simply add the ending -T;
  • in strong verbs, however, we add the ending -EN
  • Kaufen → Gekauft
  • Laufen → Gelaufen

Don't worry: getting confused at first is completely normal, especially since there are many things to pay attention to. In any case, with a little training, the right study and the necessary time, we are sure that in no time at all, strong verbs in German will no longer have any secrets for you.

If you then decide to leave for a language trip in Frankfurt with Sprachcaffe, it certainly takes you even less time!

Difference between separable and inseparable verbs

In German there are separable and inseparable verbs and the main difference between the two is how they behave in the context of sentences and tenses.

  • In separable verbs, the prefix is separated from the verb when used in certain verb constructions, such as subordinate clauses, the present infinitive, the present participle, and the imperative. When the verb is conjugated in the present, past or future tense, the prefix is separated from the verb and moved to the end of the sentence. For example: infinitive "anrufen" (to call) → present indicative "ich rufe an" (I call ), where "an" is the separable prefix that goes to the end of the sentence.
  • In inseparable verbs, the prefix remains attached to the verb in all verb forms and is not separated from it. These verbs retain the prefix even when conjugated in the present, past or future tense (e.g.: infinitive "bezahlen" (to pay) → present indicative "ich bezahle" - payment), without separation of the prefix.

In summary, the main difference is that separable verbs have a prefix that separates them from the verb in some situations, while inseparable verbs keep the prefix attached to the verb in all verb forms.

London and its treasures

The British capital is a European city full of souvenir shops offering everything from classic souvenir items such as mugs with the image of Queen Elizabeth II to more modern souvenirs inspired by cultural icons such as the Beatles or Harry Potter. Among the most popular are the typical royal guard hats, Twinings tea bags, replicas of the Tower of London and exclusive souvenirs from the British Museum souvenir shop. Each of them will remind you of the highlights of your trip back home.

La Tomatina: A big tomato battle - Buñol, Spain

It is a unique and fun festival that is celebrated in the small town of Buñol, in the region of Valencia, Spain, every last Wednesday of August. This is one of the most curious festivals in Europe and consists of a tomato battle through the streets of the town, where participants throw tons of ripe tomatoes at each other, in an atmosphere of joy and friendship. Although the exact origin of La Tomatina is uncertain, it is believed to have started as a dispute between young people during a parade in 1940. Today, this festivity attracts tourists from all over the world who come to participate in this extraordinary experience, throwing tomatoes that are not fit for sale excitedly, having the opportunity to immerse themselves in this particular tradition, and enjoying the festive and carefree atmosphere that is experienced during this celebration. They make La Tomatina a very attractive traditional European festival for travellers in search of adventure and fun during their holidays in Spain.

Спільне проживання в квартирі для покращення німецької мови та адаптації до культури?

Чи завжди ви проживали самостійно чи зі своєю сім'єю? Спільне проживання в квартирі в Німеччині надає унікальний погляд на культуру та щоденне життя цієї захоплюючої країни. У будь-якому місті Німеччини цей спосіб життя є досить поширеним, особливо серед студентів та молодих фахівців. Ви матимете співмешканців з усього світу, будете ділитися досвідом і створювати незабутні спогади, перетворюючи кожен момент на захоплюючу та збагачувальну пригоду.

Хоча зазвичай ви живете в квартирі з однодумцями, завжди важливо мати хороші взаємини, де встановлюються чіткі правила щодо оплати оренди, чистоти, шуму та використання загальних просторів (таких як ванна кімната або кухня), це уникне можливих конфліктів і непорозумінь.

Флоренція - місто, де мистецтво та історія оживають в кожній вуличці

Хочете зануритися у італійську мову, насолоджуючись красою італійського Відродження? Тоді Флоренція - ваш вибір в Європі. Це чарівне місто - ідеальний напрям для вивчення італійської мови в Європі, зі своїми кам'яними вулицями, величними палацами і смачною кухнею. Як студент, ви можете насолоджуватися уроками мови в нашій школі, а потім досліджувати шедеври митців, таких як Мікеланджело та Леонардо да Вінчі, перетворюючи ваше вивчання на незабутню культурну пригоду.

Але розваги тут не обмежуються. Флоренція - не лише одне з найкращих місць для навчання в Європі, але і місто імпресивної культурної різноманітності. Вечори у Флоренції відзначаються широким вибором барів, пабів та клубів у центрі міста (неподалік від Дуомо). Вечори звучать джазом, свінгом та фанком, створюючи живу і жваву атмосферу, де ви можете проводити час із своїми однодумцями.

2. Швидкий процес навчання

Вивчення нової мови в місці, де вона використовується на щоденній основі, сприятиме вашому процесу навчання, оскільки спілкування з носіями мови та практика з іншими людьми, які також вивчають мову, подібно до вас, зроблять ваш шлях до володіння мовою набагато швидшим і ефективнішим.

Уявіть, як чудово було б спілкуватися з місцевими жителями на їхній рідній мові, відкриваючи таємні скарби, приховані на брукованих вуличках старовинних міст, які знають тільки вони, і дозволяючи вам поглибити і весело зв'язатися з ними. Тепер це можливо з Sprachcaffe: ви можете досліджувати середземноморську красу Мальти, вивчаючи англійську мову швидко, або поглибитися в фінансову культуру Франкфурта, покращуючи свій німецький, а також бути заманеним Ренесансом у Флоренції, поглиблюючись в італійську мову. З нашими унікальними навчальними досвідами ви не лише вивчатимете нову мову, але й відчуватимете повсякденне життя кожного місця призначення.

Learn Spanish on YouTube

Another way to improve your level is by using useful YouTube channels. There are hundreds of people you can follow but we are especially impressed by these five great vloggers. They find fun ways to help you learn Spanish. Pretty good, right?

5. Get to know a new culture

Travelling abroad will inevitably make you discover not only a new language but another culture as well. Your respect and tolerance will improve through a better understanding for other people's lifestyle and life choices. While living abroad, you'll interact with the locals and learn about their culture, but in class, you will be also surrounded by lots of different cultures from the different classmates.

Malta's Fashion Week

Between the 28th May and the 2nd of June 2018 Valletta transforms into a fashion metropolis. During the fashion week you will see a large gathering of catwalk models, stylists, make-up artists, photographers, bloggers and fashionistas. The fascinating fashion week ends with the Chamilia fashion awards, at which the greatest talents of the country are awarded for their works of the previous year. If you are interested in fashion, the end of May is the perfect time period for traveling to Valletta. You can get an impression of what it will be like in this video from 2017:
Spain - Carnaval de Cádiz Another well-known carnival is Carneval de Cádiz. In Cádiz a particularly large focus is placed on the "Tipos", the costumes, as well as the music. Even before the start of the carnival, the whole of Andalusia follows the Falla Theatre, a competition in which about 100 music groups compete over the course of about 20 days, in order to be allowed to participate in the carnival in the categories of choirs, comparsas, chirigotas and quartets. In each category, however, only four groups may perform. The competition is broadcast on local TV channels Canal Sur TV and Canal Sur Radio. Anticipation for the carnival is so great that even small streetfood festivals begin before the actual festival, for example the "Pestiñada", where delicious honey pancakes are served.

Learn French on YouTube

Another way to improve your level is by using useful YouTube channels. There are hundreds of people you can follow but we are especially impressed by these five great vloggers. They find fun ways to help you learn French. Pretty good, right?

Frankfurt celebrates the Tuesday after Whitsun, named Wäldchestag, like no other city in Germany. Some even refer to it as the "highest Pentecost holiday". For years, the day is traditionally celebrated in the Frankfurt city forest. Many companies and even schools stop their work and lessons so that they can all go to the city's forest together. Food stalls, stages, small rides, carousels, target shooting and scores await you here. This year, the festivities will be taking place on the following dates: May 19 to May 22, 2018.
From May 23, 2018 to June 1, 2018, the Fressgassfest will take place at the Alte Oper. Several stalls offer a variety of food and drinks. The street party is ideal for an post-work drink after a long day of work or a language course. Various cover bands provide additional mood on the small fixed stage. The Fressgassfest initiates spring and is just one of many street festivals.

Regenerate new energies in a home away from home

Coliving is the perfect way to break out of your everyday life. It allows your mind to regenerate and create new ideas, to be social and productive at the same time in order to find new solutions together. It's the most effective way to live together. Coliving means living, working and improving together. And where better to mix up your lifestyle a little bit than in Malta where there are so many free time activities. In case you need to recharge your energy there is a lot you can do. And thanks to the amazing weather on Malta there are a lot of different festivals for every taste. That small Island offers a wide range of different festivals from the Malta Jazz Festival to the Malta Carnival also the MTV Isle Music Festival.
If you feel like exploring there are multiple things to see. You could go on a Tour and check out the other islands, go scuba diving or check out the night life in Valletta or St. Julian's. There are so many things to do in Malta, you'll find enough activity for a couple of weeks or month.

Online language forums

If you want to become part of a community and learn English from the comfort of your home, an online language forum is the right choice for you. Here are some examples:

5. Learning together is always better

Finding someone who wants to learn the same language as you can be a huge help in your educational path. There are so many advantages to knowing you're not alone: you can talk to each other, make mistakes and improve together, learn together and motivate each other. And remember, learning a language doesn't just mean sitting down at a desk, try to get creative! For example, you can organize themed evenings where everything revolves around Spain and prepare delicious tapas together, listen to Spanish music and, of course, talk to each other in Spanish. Sprachcaffe tip: texting is a great way to practice your day to day language!

Take time for yourself

When was the last time you were completely alone with your thoughts? Sometimes life can get overwhelming, and a little peace and quiet can take you a long way. Turn off your smartphone, TV and laptop, close the door or go for a walk and take a moment just for yourself. Let your thoughts run free and don't try to come up with the perfect idea right off the bat. The best ideas come spontaneously, so try not to think too hard. Think of it more as a creative break and let your quiet surroundings positively influence you.

Linguee

"Linguee is an excellent tool for quick translations of more complex words. It's my go-to website for translations - be it for single words or groups of words. The strength of this tool is that it shows every word in its context and enables to pick the exact translation in the meaning it was intended. It used to exist only for a few languages but the team seems to have been working hard on adding other languages. Hats off to them!"

Christopher
Sprachcaffe Germany


Genau

Using genau in a conversation will make you sound like a native in German! This short word is very common and easy to use in a sentence. This word means "that's right", "exactly", "you are right"… Try listening to German people; you will hear it all the time!
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German pronunciation is often tricky for beginners. Here are some guides to some tricky sounds in German, and some exercises to improve your pronunciation.

Free London Events

London is a great city, but costs can easily add up if one is not careful. This meetup offers fun (and most importantly free) ways to keep yourself entertained. From free live music and running bootcamps to Paper Mache Monster Mash and Stand-Up Comedy lessons tasters, you'll never complain about your lack of money again!

3. Get Price Alerts for Flights

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LISTEN

Songs Lyrics Games
  • LyricsTraining: Listen and find out the lyrics of your favorite songs!
  • Lyrics Gasps: While listeneing, fill in the lyrics of a song and check out your score at the end!
Audio books in English

ITALY: Panettone

Prepping time: 3-4 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
5 tablespoons warm water (45 °C)
2 (7g) sachets dried active baking yeast
500g plain flour
125ml warm milk
125g caster sugar
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
325g mixed glacé fruits
2 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon cream
To make sponge, warm a small bowl by rinsing it with hot water. Pour in warm water and sprinkle 1 sachet yeast on it. Let stand until yeast has dissolved. Stir in 60g of the flour, cover with cling film, and let stand 30 minutes, or until doubled. Sprinkle remaining yeast over warm milk. Let stand until dissolved. Beat together sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in milk-yeast mixture. Add sponge and stir until well incorporated. Combine butter and remaining flour until crumbly. Slowly pour in egg mixture and beat on high speed 3 to 4 minutes, until dough is elastic looking and long strands form. Beat in fruit and zests. Turn dough into oiled bowl, cover with cling film, and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 2 to 3 hours. Fold down moulds to form a 7cm cuff. Brush inside and out with melted butter. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few times to deflate. Divide dough into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and drop into prepared moulds. Place bags on a baking tray about 10cm apart and cover loosely with cling film. Let rise in a warm place until doubled again, about 2 hours. Heat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Cut an X in top of each loaf with oiled scissors. Combine egg yolk with cream. Brush tops of loaves lightly with egg wash. Place baking tray in bottom 1/3 of oven. After 10 minutes, lower heat to 190 C / Gas 5. Bake for 30 more minutes; if tops get too brown, cover with foil. Loaves are done when a wooden skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Read the recipe in Italian here. Source

Sprachcaffe Teamer

Like a summer camp counsellor, but even better. As a Sprachcaffe Teamer, you get to be a group leader, local guide, best friend, big brother/sister and guardian all at once. What's more, you'll be surrounded by people who are also there to improve their skills in the local language, so you'll get constant practice, whether its English in England or Malta, French in France or German in Germany. Teamers receive €140 per week, and this goes up to €165 for experienced Teamers. On top of that, your travel to and from the destination, your accommodation and your food will all be paid for by Sprachcaffe. You can choose to work for anywhere between 3 weeks and 3 months, any time between March and November each year.

House of MinaLima

At 26 Greek Street, Soho, the two designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima present a beautiful exhibition of the graphic art by MinaLima from the Harry Potter films. You'll see lots of "Have you seen this wizard?" posters from Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban as well as Hogwarts Express Tickets, the Marauder's Map and Harry Potter's very own Hogwarts letter! A little shop on the ground floor gives you the opportunity to buy small souvenirs from the Harry Potter universe for friends and family. On special days there is even the opportunity to meet the two designers themselves and ask them questions. You can find the exact dates on the MinaLima Website or on their Facebook page.

And some frequently used British words that you definitely won't hear in the States:

A cuppa

This is short for "a cup of tea".

Alright?

This British greeting is another way to say "Hello". It comes from the question, "Are you alright?", but is not normally intended as a question unless part of the longer versions, "You alright?", or, "Are you alright?"

And Bob's your uncle!

This phrase might sound strange, but it is used often in the UK. The meaning is very similar to the French "et voilà!", meaning "and there you have it!". It is mostly used after giving explanations or instructions that are relatively simple. E.g. "To get to Big Ben, just keep walking along the river, turn right, cross the bridge and Bob's your uncle - you're there!"

I can't be bothered

A British phrase to express that you do not have the motivation to do something.

Cheers

This is the most common thing to say when clinking glasses of alcohol in the entire English-speaking world. However, "Cheers" is also a very common way of saying "Thanks" in the UK.

Crikey / Blimey !

These are both very British words that you definitely won't hear in the USA. They are different exclamations of surprise, shock or amazement, like "Oh my God!" and "Wow!".

dodgy

A British word used to describe:
- people who are dishonest/unreliable;
- things, especially places, that are potentially dangerous;
- things that are of low quality.

to faff (around / about)

A British phrase meaning to spend time doing unimportant things instead of what you should be doing, or to take excessive time getting ready to go somewhere.
E.g. "Stop faffing around, we need to be at the airport in half an hour".

gutted

Another British word for "disappointed", but "gutted" can also be used as a response when someone tells of something unlucky or disappointing that happened to them or someone else.

knackered

British term meaning "very tired". Be careful, the "k" is silent.

mate

A British word with the same meaning as "dude" and "man".

Nice one

A more informal way to say "thanks" in the UK.

Not bad

Although the meaning seems obvious, "not bad" is often used in the UK to mean "good", and is seen as quite a positive opinion of something. However, in the USA, "not bad" is considered slightly negative, as its translation in many other countries would be.

not bothered / not fussed

Two British phrases that mean the same as "Don't mind", "Don't care" and "Doesn't matter".

not my cup of tea

Used in the UK to express that something is not what you like or are interested in.

nuts

A common British slang term meaning "crazy". It is used to refer to people's mental states but, like crazy, can also be used to describe things that are extremely impressive, incredible, risky, or tragic. Therefore, it can be used in both positive and negative contexts.
Positive example: "Did you see that amazing goal Messi scored the other day?" Response: "Yeah! That was nuts!"

under the weather

A British expression meaning "sick" or "ill".

Thanks for your attention! If you know any other expressions or typical English words that you want to share with us, visit our Sprachcaffe Facebook Site and comment under the post for this article! See you later!

Duolingo Chatbots

One of the most recent creations in online marketing is the chat bot, artificial intelligent robots designed to communicate with users and find the information faster than any real person could. Duolingo is starting a big project using the same technology and the results are impressive to say the least. It's one of the most downloaded apps in Google (check out some other great language-learning apps here). Duolingo uses a predictive text to correct your responses within the app, depending on what you write or say in the conversation. For now, there are three different bots to interact with: Chef Roberto and his restaurant, Renée the taxi driver and Ada the police officer.

5. Dive into the settings of popular productions

You have probably realized it by now: Florence is brimming with history. This very fact has also made it the setting and key location for so many novels, movies and even video games. We'd still be here tomorrow if we named all of the works that were inspired by the world famous Italian city!
Here are a couple of examples to get you in the mood. Florence was chosen as the set location for the new film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Inferno. It is the book many are talking about at the moment and what better way to really relate to the intriguing story than to experience where it takes place for yourself first hand.
One part of the vastly popular Assassin's Creed video game series takes place in Florence, enabling you to see an interpretation of what Florence looked like in the past while playing the game. If you have enjoyed the game, visiting Florence in person is bound to be an exciting adventure that allows you to physically walk through the streets that you may have seen in the game before. If you wish to follow the path of so many creative thinkers and visionaries, then Florence is the place to go in order to get the full feeling and experience of what they must have seen and thought about when they chose Florence to be the setting of their work. Let Florence inspire you and you could even be the next one to come up with a story that touches and moves the masses.

Fame in Bournemouth

The scenery in Bournemouth can be described as magical to behold. People usually associate magic and fantasy with some of the most famous works of literature in the world, one of them being The Lord of the Rings series of novels. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of said series, is often considered the father of modern fantasy and fictional creatures common in today's fantasy works. Something that is not so commonly known about him is that he lived in Bournemouth before he died. Even though Bournemouth is filled with many exciting activities, it once was and still very much is a place that you can very comfortably relax in, which is why Tolkien chose to move to this marvelous town in his later years. Very much in contrast to the famous author, Andy Summers also lived in Bournemouth. As people know, his life was a lot less quiet, but he too is not necessarily associated with Bournemouth as much as he should be. Bournemouth often expressed pride for being the town that Andy Summers grew up in when he was younger. His many awards in the music industry have made him a famous figure around the world and Bournemouth showcases landmarks and locations in which he was active during his time there.
It is not common for private properties and accommodations to have Wi-Fi connections or to offer internet access. This is why external Wi-Fi hotspots such as parks and areas around hotels often have crowds of people gathered around them with phones and laptops so that they can gain access to the internet provided within the reach of Wi-Fi in surrounding spaces. This is why you should not count on having local access to online functions if you have booked your stay inside a private accommodation.

SEPTEMBER

Festa della Rificolona is one of the most picturesque events in Florence. This is the oldest festival, which dates back to the tenth century. The colorfully dressed procession with lanterns takes place on the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary. In the Santissima Annunziata square there are games, competitions and a fair.
The month of September is also ideal for traveling to Florence for wine lovers who want to see the harvest and making the new "novello" wine. There are also numerous wine events and celebrations and parades like the Carro Matto.

Museum of Fine Arts

This is the fifth largest museum in the United States, the MFA has an impressive collection of 450,000 works of art and can be explored for hours if you have time to wander through this grand building. Many works of art of local historical value are on display here.

See also: The Temple Hall, which has the most beautiful Buddhist collection outside of Japan.

German Christmas songs

Germany is not the most religious country in Europe and that is why many Christmas songs in German are known also as "winter songs". During this time of the year, families meet and celebrate the end of the year together. The most typical Christmas songs are "Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen", which deals with falling snowflakes and their beauty. "In der Weihnachtsbäckerei", which talks about the fabulous meals that take place on these dates; 'O Tannenbaum', the German version of 'Oh Christmas Tree'.

Italy
  • A lesser known but delicious dish is the Osso Buco. Osso Buco is originally from Milan and is made from veal shank. This meat is braised with red wine and vegetables. The dish is typically refined with gremolata, a spice mixture of garlic, lemon peel and parsley. The locals especially like to serve it with risotto alla Milanese.
  • Polenta is another delicacy from Italy. Polenta is made from corn semolina as a solid porridge. In the classic polenta, butter, black pepper and Parmesan cheese are added. This dish is especially popular in the north, since it can get rather cold in the autumn and winter seasons.

Korea

In Korea Halloween is celebrated with a three-day pumpkin festival during which the ancestors are celebrated by hosting a Thanksgiving feast. The more famous trick-or-treating is not part of the celebrations.

Istanbul - Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most exciting places you will ever visit. Istanbul is one of Turkey's main cities, located between the borders of Asia and Europe. The city has many sights waiting for you, among which are Istanbul's colorful mosques. A visit to Hagia Sophia is also a must. The cathedral was built in 534 AD and was one of the city's main churches for 900 years before being converted into a mosque in 1435. If you are looking for some souvenirs for your friends and family, then the Grand Bazaar is the place to be. What makes Istanbul such a great destination is it's diversity, everything from amazing beaches like the Princes Island Kinali and street food festivals. A trip to Istanbul is just a great way to embrace all that both Europe and Asia have to offer: culture, history, and diversity.

Colombia

People in Colombia celebrate Christmas dinner on December 24. The beginning of the meal consists of various hearty dishes. Especially common is lechona, a pork, ham or turkey stuffed with peas and rice. Dishes like tamales, buñuelos, empanadas or ajiaco are also a must on the Christmas table. Tamales are stuffed and steamed corn on the cob, ajiaco is a potato and chicken stew, empanadas are corn pockets with a cheese or meat filling, and buñuelos are deep-fried cheese dough balls. When it comes to desserts, Colombians have a rich selection to choose from, such as natilla, a pudding cooked with cinnamon and milk, to manjar blanco (sweet rice cream) and hojuelas (sweet pastry). Colombians also have their own version of mulled wine called Canelazo, the perfect drink to accompany such a rich feast.

4. Si pudierais vivir en cualquier lugar del mundo, ¿dónde sería?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Sonia dice que le encantaría vivir en Granada una temporada. Es una de las ciudades más bonitas de España. Tiene mucha historia, monumentos muy bonitos, el clima es agradable en ciertas épocas del año, tiene muy buen ambiente, su gente es muy atenta, se come delicioso y además hay muchísimos lugares que ver en Granada.

Sonia would love to live in Granada for a while, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in Spain. Everything from Granada's history, sights, weather, atmosphere, people, and food make it an absolute dream place to live in.

Tip #5: Support the locals

A way to support the local population when travelling is booking a room in a hotel run by locals and not by a big corporation or chain. Water consumption is much lower in a local hotel, as there are no large pool facilities and bed linens and towels are changed every other day. If you go sightseeing, do so with the help of a local guide. This is the best way to really get to know the place you are visiting as well as helping the local economy. Something that might help you ahead of your travels are our Sprachcaffe travel guides, which outline some interesting information about culture and traditions. Lastly, when travelling abroad it is important to experience the local dishes for a truly immersive experience, so don't forget to eat at traditional restaurants and shop at local grocery stores.

5. Grammar

Chinese has relatively uncomplicated grammar. Unlike Indo-European languages, Chinese has no verb conjugation and no noun declension. For example, while someone learning English has to learn different verb forms like "speak/spoke/spoken," however, in Chinese, you just need to remember one word: shuo (说). While in English you have to distinguish between "language" and "languages," in Chinese there is only one form: yuyan(语言). In a nutshell, you don't need to memorize verb tenses and all of the grammar variations for gender, article, and plurals in the Chinese language, which make this language easier for beginners to pick up.

Podcast in Spanish - Intermediate level (B1, B2)

With an intermediate level of Spanish, you will be able to understand the context of conversations, even if you miss some words. The Spanish podcasts for B1 or B2 that we recommend are these:

Game of Thrones Lastly, we would be foolish to ignore the fact that it is not only films that are seduced by Malta's allure. Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogos' wedding scene in the beloved Game of Thrones series was filmed on the Maltese island of Gozo in front of the famous Azure Window. The renowned natural arch sadly broke apart during a storm in March 2017. More filming locations for the fantasy series can be found in Malta though, such as Verdala Palace, residence of the merchant Illyrio in the series, who establishes the alliance between the Targaryen brother and sister and the Dothraki in the first season.
Merci for your attention! If you know other expressions or typical French words that you want to share with us, visit our Sprachcaffe Facebook Site and comment under the post for this article! Au revoir et à bientôt!

The festival of Lights – Thailand

Loi Krathong or ลอยกระทง or The Festival of Lights is celebrated in Thailand and the surrounding countries. The festival starts on the 12th full moon-month of the Thai lunar calendar. During five days there are parades, fireworks and light shows. Tourists and locals will set lighted paper floats (Krathong) in the river and they release lighted paper lanterns in the night sky. While releasing the floats or the lanterns they whisper a prayer. Many Thai people use the Krathong to thank Ganga, the Hindu Goddess of Water. The festival gets more and more environment-friendly, in 2016, 93 per cent of the material was biodegradable. the government also sets up cleaning efforts after the celebrations. So if you are in for a fairy tale experience, book a ticket to Thailand!!

Pronunciation

  • Americans pronounce all "r" sounds clearly, while the often British pronounce the "r" only as the first sound in the word. If the "r" is in the middle of a word it is usually barely audible, and the emphasis is more on the vowel (far sounds like "fa").
  • In American English, the letter "t" sounds more like a "d" (better sounds like "bedder"). In British, you can hear the "t" clearly. In some words, such as 'dance' or 'can't', the "a" is pronounced like an "ä" in American - in British more like a long "a".
  • British and American pronunciation differ a lot. To look at them more closely, it is helpful to listen to them. For example, watch an American movie and then a British one and you will quickly notice the differences in pronunciation.

Conclusion

Despite all the difficulties that come with learning German, there are always some shortcuts that will make your life much easier. It is important for you to learn the rule for using the correct definite article in order to train your feeling for the German language. This way, you will gradually think less and less about which article is the correct one.

Interested in testing your German level and your newly acquired grammar knowledge? Then our German language test is exactly what you need!

German Tongue Twisters for beginners

Frische Früchte erfrischen.
Als Anna abends aß, aß Anna abends Ananas.
Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut, Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid.
Auf dem Rasen rasen Hasen, atmen rasselnd durch die Nasen.

Spanish Tongue Twisters for beginners

Dábale arroz a la zorra el abad.
Hoy ya es ayer y ayer ya es hoy.
Camarón, caramelo. Caramelo, camarón.
Como poco coco como, poco coco compro.

5. 6 Minute English

Each episode lasts 6 minutes and teaches you 6 minutes of English. It discusses everyday situations and provides useful vocabulary for various situations in daily life. You only need to devote 6 minutes to expanding your vocabulary and general knowledge.

4. Spanish

With 543 million speakers around the world, Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. It is spoken in twenty-two countries and is considered to be the most popular language in the world. Spanish belongs to the Romance language family. It is also one out of the six official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is a common language for communication in the EU and the Organization of the American states.

Phase 3: The second repetition

The time span between the first and the second phase is about three days. You will notice that despite the somewhat longer period between the learning phases, you can already repeat the vocabulary better than was the case in the second repetition. In the third phase, you should continue not only to learn the words by heart, but also to link them in sentences. In this way, you will be able to use the vocabulary in your active vocabulary in the long term.

2. Roma

In the Roma district of Mexico City, two maids help a mother raise her four children when her husband is away for long periods of time. One of the young women, Cleo, takes care of the children as though they were her own, even though she is going through a difficult period. This is undoubtedly one of the best Latin American movies ever produced and created. With 3 Oscars, 2 Golden Globe Awards and 4 BAFTA Awards, it is an icon in Latin America and a film you must see if you are learning Spanish.
Suitable for children aged 12 and over.
Mexico, 2018.


Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l'Orangerie is one of the finest places to admire Impressionist art in Paris. The Musée de l'Orangerie houses eight gobelin-sized "Nymphéas" (Water Lilies), spread over 200 square metres in two sleek, circular halls. Visitors to the museum can fully indulge in the breathtaking, ethereal romanticism of Monet's artworks.

Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Cézanne and other artists are represented, and the Impressionist collection of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume is also remarkable. New exhibition rooms, a library and an auditorium were added when the museum increased its holdings and the building was enlarged and remodelled.

General form Subject + verb (conjugated) + object subject + object pronoun + verb (conjugated)
Example Miguel come un bocadillo. Miguel lo come.

Belgium: Discover Western Europe

In Belgium, French is the native language of slightly less than 50% of Belgians. Most of the French-speaking Belgians are from southern Wallonia and also live in the capital, Brussels. The Belgian capital, Brussels, is officially multilingual, with Flemish and French. If you visit Brussels, you will find both languages on street signs and other signs. However, French is much more commonly spoken by locals on the streets of Brussels. This makes Brussels a good destination to improve your French. Brussels, as the headquarters of the European Union, is also a very important city for all of Europe.

Belgium is especially known for its food. Among other things, there are many different types of Belgian chocolate. But also Belgian waffles and pralines are very popular desserts that you should not miss on your trip to Belgium. In addition, Belgium is also known for its varied types of beer. All this makes Belgium an exciting destination where you can put your newly learned French skills to the test with the Belgian locals.

4. Min 閩 語

With 60 million speakers, it is one of the most important Sinitic languages (a subfamily within the Sino-Tibetan languages). Min is the fourth most widely spoken dialect of Chinese after Mandarin, Wu and Cantonese. It is spoken by about 60 million people, mainly in Taiwan and Fujian province. The form of Southern Min spoken in Taiwan is sometimes referred to as Taiwanese, although it differs little from Southern Min, which is spoken in the Xiamen region of southern Fujian.

Many Min languages have retained notable features of the Old Chinese language, and there is linguistic evidence that not all Min varieties are directly descended from the Middle Chinese of the Sui-Tang dynasties. Min languages are believed to have an important linguistic substrate from the languages of the peoples of the region before their linguistic and cultural assimilation into Chinese culture. Min is also the most widely spoken Chinese dialect among Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore and Malaysia.

Monday: The first Spanish class and welcome party on the beach

On Monday morning, before the first day, you will receive all the important information about your week in Barcelona. You will be told the most important rules and get to know the entire teaching team. Afterwards, you will go to your classroom together with your teacher and your classmates and the Spanish lessons can begin.

Depending on whether you have taken a Standard Course or an Intensive Course, the lessons will last either until 1:30 pm or until 3:30 pm. However, the lunch break with lunch takes place at 13:30, regardless of your course type.

At the end of the intensive course, the whole Barcelona camp goes on its first excursion to the Barri Gòtic. In the Barri Gòtic, many narrow and old streets and alleys await you, which, despite slight renovation and maintenance work, have hardly changed since the 14th and 15th centuries. However, the highlight of this district is Le Seu Cathedral, which is located in the centre of the Barri Gòtic.

The first day at Camp Barcelona is rounded off with a welcome party on the beach in Barcelona. In the evening, everyone will go to the beach together. Food and drinks will of course be provided! You can relax on the paradisiacal beach in Barcelona, play volleyball with other language students or cool off in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Conversación en el trabajo

Jefe: ¿Cómo ha avanzado el proyecto?
Andrea: Ya estamos en la fase final, a lo mucho nos tardamos un día más.
Jefe: Perfecto, muéstrame algún avance.
Andrea: Por supuesto, estos dos artículos los terminamos la semana pasada, y el recibimiento del público ha sido muy bueno. ¡Estamos en el top 10 de las páginas más visitadas en Google!
Jefe: Buen trabajo, mañana continuamos con la presentación.

Conversation at the workplace

Chef: How has the project progressed?
Andrea: We are already in the final phase, we will need one more day at most.
Chef: Great, show me some progress.
Andrea: Of course, we finished these two articles last week and the response from the public has been very good, we are in the top 10 most visited pages on Google!
Chef: Good work, tomorrow we will continue with the presentation.

Learn Spanish on a language study trip and enjoy the sun in Spain or Cuba

Improve your Spanish in Cuba or Spain under the best holiday conditions. You can choose between Havana, Barcelona, Málaga or Madrid.

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3. It can help to delay age-related cognitive decline

Studies have shown that learning a new language can have numerous cognitive benefits, particularly for older adults. One major benefit is that it can help to keep the brain active and prevent age-related cognitive decline. This is because learning a new language requires the brain to constantly process and retain new information, which can help to stimulate brain activity and keep it functioning at its best. Additionally, the process of learning a new language involves various mental activities, such as decoding new words, understanding grammar rules, and forming sentences, which can all help to engage and challenge the brain. This mental stimulation can help to improve cognitive function and prevent the decline that is often associated with aging. Moreover, the continued learning and challenge that comes with learning a new language can help to keep the brain flexible and adaptable, which can further support cognitive health and function. Overall, learning a new language can be a valuable and enjoyable way to maintain and enhance cognitive function in older adults.

Вивчайте англійську мову під час вашої відпустки

Набирайте міжнародні контакти під час вашої мовної поїздки та швидко покращуйте свою англійську!

Ваша мовна подорож з англійською

French Travel Quotes

"Le plus beau voyage, c'est celui qu'on n'a pas encore fait". Loïck Peyron
"The most beautiful journey is the one you haven't made yet."

"Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas à chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais à avoir de nouveaux yeux". Marcel Proust
"The true voyage of discovery is not to seek new landscapes, but to have new eyes."

"Rester, c'est exister. Voyager, c'est vivre". Gustave Nadaud
"To stay is to exist. Travelling is living."

"Un voyage de mille lieues commence toujours par un premier pas". Lao-Tseu
"A journey of a thousand miles always begins with a first step."

"Voyager vous laisse d'abord sans voix, avant de vous transformer en conteur". Ibn Battuta
"Travelling first makes you speechless before you turn into a storyteller."

Wie finde ich die richtige Audiodatei für Shadowing?

Besonders gut zum Lernen mit Shadowing sind Podcasts. Da du beim Sprechen nicht von Bildern oder ähnlichem abgelenkt wirst, kannst du dich besser auf das Gesprochene und die Aussprache konzentrieren. Im Folgenden haben wir dir einige Webseiten zusammengetragen, auf denen du besonders gut Podcasts für Shadowing finden kannst:

1. TED Talks
2. YouTube
3. Spotify

Alternativ kannst du jedoch auf einen Blick auf unsere anderen Blogbeiträge schauen. Dort haben wir die 10 besten spanischen, englischen und französischen Podcasts zum Lernen auf allen Sprachniveaus herausgesucht.

Hotel Manager

A Hotel Manager is the most important task in the hospitality industry. A hotel manager should be a leader and is responsible for everything that undergoes in the hotel premises. One can become a hotel manager by rising from the ranks or after finishing their degree with a minimum experience in the field.

Take your documents with you

Maintaining proper documentation is essential when traveling abroad as an international student. Having physical copies of these crucial documents, including identification documents and diplomas, is strongly advised. These papers may be necessary at various points along the way, such as when going through airport immigration or handling university business. Students can make sure they are adequately prepared for any unanticipated emergencies or circumstances where digital access to these documents may not be readily available by keeping hard copies.

Palazzo Falson

Also known as The Norman House, Palazzo Falson is the second-oldest and best-preserved structure in Mdina. The building's lovely double windows, which are separated by thin calonettes, date to the fifteenth century. The house, which is now a museum, has 17 rooms and has a collection of things from its many owners over the years.

Its goal is to imitate a homey atmosphere, complete with a study filled with works by well-known artists like Nicolas Poussin, Salvator Rosa, and Edward Lear, and a kitchen where you can view earthenware pots used to make rabbit stew.

3. The translator from Bing

Bing is Microsoft's online translator. As you might imagine, it is also an online translation giant that allows its users to translate text into 103 languages, integrates with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, and is able to translate entire web pages by simply typing the URL of the page into the translator's search engine.

While this server's machine translation is based on statistical algorithms rather than human translators, leading to inaccurate results, Microsoft has worked with regional strategic partners such as Hmong Language Partners, the National Assembly for Wales and Translators Without Borders to improve the overall quality of language translation.

Take a closer look at the Bing translator.

Spanisch Deutsch Spanisch Deutsch
ser to be hacer to do
tener to have estar to be
beber to drink comer to eat
limpiar to clean jugar to play
aprender to learn enseñar to teach
cocinar to cook tomar to take
dar to give llamar to call
decir to say oír to hear
oler to smell ver to see
escuchar to hear sentir to feel
conducir to drive pedir to order
salir to go out creer to believe
poner put, lay vivir to live
escribir to write abrir to open
bailar to dance cambiar to change
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Official language of Brazil

The official language in Brazil is Portuguese, which is spoken by approximately 99% of the population. Brazilian Portuguese has a unique pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and some expressions compared to the Portuguese spoken in Portugal. These differences are the result of many linguistic and cultural influences that have shaped the language over the centuries. Brazilian Portuguese has roots in 16th century colonial Portuguese, but has undergone many influences from other languages such as Italian, German, Japanese, and some African and indigenous languages.

The history of Brazil began with a multitude of indigenous tribes with different languages and traditions, characterized by their strong connection with nature. These are peoples who lived mainly from agriculture, fishing and hunting, who over the years had developed advanced techniques for the cultivation and processing of materials such as ceramics, stone and wood.

The Portuguese language arrived in Brazil together with the Portuguese, around 1500. Initially it spread among the missionaries and the colonial elites, but over time it also arrived among the local population. During this period, which lasted about three centuries, Portugal exploited the country's resources by harvesting timber, gold, and sugar through the labor of indigenous Brazilians and African slaves.

The Brazilian colonial period was therefore characterized by exploitation, slavery and social inequality, but also by a mixture of cultures and languages that has influenced Brazilian culture to this day. Brazil gained independence from Portugal in 1822 and Portuguese was elected the country's official language.

Characteristics of Spanish in Mexico

The main language spoken in Mexico is Spanish, but it differs from the Spanish spoken in other countries in both lexical and grammatical terms. To begin with, the pronunciation of Mexican Spanish is clearer and slower than the Spanish of Spain. Then, some verbs are conjugated differently, and furthermore, in Spain 'vosotros' is used to indicate the second person plural (i.e. 'you'), whereas in Mexico 'ustedes' is preferred.

In Mexican Spanish, the letter 'j' is pronounced as an aspirated h, 'll' is pronounced as 'y', while the 's' at the end of words is silent. In addition, diminutives are often used in Mexico to sweeten words, such as 'perrito' (from 'perro', meaning 'dog') to mean 'little dog'. Another noteworthy feature is the use of the prepositions 'para' and 'por', which in Mexican Spanish are used for purpose or destination and motivation or cause, respectively.

Modern Family

This series is the perfect family entertainment series. The show has a very wide genre and can help understand the vocabulary to use around children and elders and other members of the family. There is a character named Gloria, played by Sofia Vergara. She herself is on the English learning journey and there are times where the other members of the family explain her general English terms. It is very informative for a beginner.

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3. Slow German

"Slow German" is a podcast for German language learners, particularly beginners. It features conversations on various topics spoken at a slower pace, making it easier to understand and follow along. The podcast aims to improve listening comprehension skills while providing cultural insights and expanding vocabulary in an accessible manner.

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Easy English

Easy English is a YouTube channel that will help you as a beginner to improve your English in a fun way. With the help of Mitch and Isi, you'll learn authentic British English on Easy English. Not only will you learn the English language, but you'll also learn about the rich history of British culture. So that you are not overwhelmed even as a beginner, there are English subtitles for each video.


French numbers from 21 to 100

Number Written Number Written
21 vingt et un 61 soixante et un
22 vingt-deux 62 soixante-deux
23 vingt-trois 63 soixante-trois
24 vingt-quatre 64 soixante-quatre
25 vingt-cinq 65 soixante-cinq
26 vingt-six 66 soixante-six
27 vingt-sept 67 soixante-sept
28 vingt-huit 68 soixante-huit
29 vingt-neuf 69 soixante-neuf
30 trente 70 soixante-dix
31 trente et un 71 soixante et onze
32 trente-deux 72 soixante-douze
33 trente-trois 73 soixante-treize
34 trente-quatre 74 soixante-quatorze
35 trente-cinq 75 soixante-quinze
36 trente-six 76 soixante-seize
37 trente-sept 77 soixante-dix-sept
38 trente-huit 78 soixante-dix-huit
39 trente-neuf 79 soixante-dix-neuf
40 quarante 80 quatre-vingts
41 quarante et un 81 quatre-vingt-un
42 quarante-deux 82 quatre-vingt-deux
43 quarante-trois 83 quatre-vingt-trois
44 quarante-quatre 84 quatre-vingt-quatre
45 quarante-cinq 85 quatre-vingt-cinq
46 quarante-six 86 quatre-vingt-six
47 quarante-sept 87 quatre-vingt-sept
48 quarante-huit 88 quatre-vingt-huit
49 quarante-neuf 89 quatre-vingt-neuf
50 cinquante 90 quatre-vingt-dix
51 cinquante et un 91 quatre-vingt-onze
52 cinquante-deux 92 quatre-vingt-douze
53 cinquante-trois 93 quatre-vingt-treize
54 cinquante-quatre 94 quatre-vingt-quatorze
55 cinquante-cinq 95 quatre-vingt-quinze
56 cinquante-six 96 quatre-vingt-seize
57 cinquante-sept 97 quatre-vingt-dix-sept
58 cinquante-huit 98 quatre-vingt-dix-huit
59 cinquante-neuf 99 quatre-vingt-dix-neuf
60 soixante 100 cent

English numbers from 21 to 100

Number Written Number Written
23 twenty-three 63 sixty-three
24 twenty-four 64 sixty-four
25 twenty-five 65 sixty-five
26 twenty-six 66 sixty-six
27 twenty-seven 67 sixty-seven
28 twenty-eight 68 sixty-eight
29 twenty-nine 69 sixty-nine
30 thirty 70 seventy
31 thirty-one 71 seventy-one
32 thirty-two 72 seventy-two
33 thirty-three 73 seventy-three
34 thirty-four 74 seventy-four
35 thirty-five 75 seventy-five
36 thirty-six 76 seventy-six
37 thirty-seven 77 seventy-seven
38 thirty-eight 78 seventy-eight
39 thirty-nine 79 seventy-nine
40 forty 80 eighty
41 forty-one 81 eighty-one
42 forty-two 82 eighty-two
43 forty-three 83 eighty-three
44 forty-four 84 eighty-four
45 forty-five 85 eighty-five
46 forty-six 86 eighty-six
47 forty-seven 87 eighty-seven
48 forty-eight 88 eighty-eight
49 forty-nine 89 eighty-nine
50 fifty 90 ninety
51 fifty-one 91 ninety-one
52 fifty-two 92 ninety-two
53 fifty-three 93 ninety-three
54 fifty-four 94 ninety-four
55 fifty-five 95 ninety-five
56 fifty-six 96 ninety-six
57 fifty-seven 97 ninety-seven
58 fifty-eight 98 ninety-eight
59 fifty-nine 99 ninety-nine
60 sixty 100 one hundred

Birthday greetings in the rest of the world

The most widely spoken languages in the world (according to a 2022 study by Ethnologue) include some European languages such as English and Spanish, but also many Asian languages. Mandarin Chinese, for example, is spoken by more than a billion people, Hindi by more than 600 million. How do you say "Happy Birthday" in these two languages? In Chinese you say "shēngrì kuàilè" (spelled 生日快乐) and in Hindi "janmadin kee shubhakaamanaen" (spelled जन्मदिन की शुभकामनाएं). One of the most widely spoken languages is Arabic, with over 270 million speakers, where you can say "eid melad sa'eed" (or عيد ميلاد سعيد) to wish someone a happy birthday.

Among the languages whose writing system differs from the one we are familiar with, Japanese (お誕生日おめでとう, which is pronounced "otanjoubi omedetou") and Korean (생일 축하 해요, which is pronounced "saeng-il chugha haeyo") stand out alongside Chinese. In the region of Bengal, there is also Bengali in which one can write শুভ জন্মদিন and say "Śubha janmadina". In Pakistan and India, people also speak Urdu (सालगिरह् मबारक), and in the Maldives they use Dhivehi (އުފާވެރި އުފަންދުވަހެއް). If you want to wish a Thai person a happy birthday, you should say in Thai สุขสันต์วันเกิด, which is pronounced "S̄uk̄hs̄ạnt̒ wạn keid".

4. NDSM Wharf: Industrial Allure and Artistic Splendor

On Amsterdam's northern banks of the River IJ, NDSM Wharf is a thriving and creative hub that has recently undergone a remarkable transformation. The area, which was formerly a run-down shipyard, has been revitalized into a thriving cultural center. With its imposing warehouses, cranes, and remaining signs of its maritime past, NDSM Wharf is renowned for its industrial allure.

Today, it contains a diverse array of event venues, restaurants, bars, galleries, and artist studios. It hosts a variety of cultural events, such as markets, concerts, festivals, and exhibitions, drawing an eclectic and diverse crowd. There are also various boat tour options one can select from. In order to experience the district's distinctive atmosphere and creative energy, NDSM Wharf has developed into a magnet for creative professionals, business owners and urban explorers.

Culinary Adventures: Food Tours and Diverse Cuisine

Embarking on a culinary journey in New York City is like diving into a sea of culinary wonders. You will be guided by food tours through the city's various neighborhoods, revealing the rich tapestry of tastes and cultures there. It makes the taste buds dance with delight as one savores everything, from the sizzling hotdogs and pretzels on street corners to the enticing aromas of Chinatown, Little Italy and beyond. Genuine bagels make breakfast a pleasure, artisanal chocolates melt in the mouth and trendy food markets like Chelsea Market reveal undiscovered culinary gems.

Every morsel is a revelation and an exploration of the culinary soul of the city. You will thank New York City's diverse array of cuisines and inventive dishes. It is a journey that fulfills more than just your cravings.

Рахуй від 21 до 100 італійською

Число Написання Число Написання
21 ventuno 61 sessantuno
22 ventidue 62 sessantadue
23 ventitré 63 sessantatré
24 ventiquattro 64 sessantaquattro
25 venticinque 65 sessantacinque
26 ventisei 66 sessantasei
27 ventisette 67 sessantasette
28 ventotto 68 sessantotto
29 ventinove 69 sessantanove
30 trenta 70 settanta
31 trentuno 71 settantuno
32 trentadue 72 settantadue
33 trentatré 73 settantatré
34 trentaquattro 74 settantaquattro
35 trentacinque 75 settantacinque
36 trentasei 76 settantasei
37 trentasette 77 settantasette
38 trentotto 78 settantotto
39 trentanove 79 settantanove
40 quaranta 80 ottanta
41 quarantuno 81 ottantuno
42 quarantadue 82 ottantadue
43 quarantatré 83 ottantatré
44 quarantaquattro 84 ottantaquattro
45 quarantacinque 85 ottantacinque
46 quarantaseiesimo 86 ottantaseiesimo
47 quarantasette 87 ottantasette
48 quarantotto 88 ottantotto
49 quarantanove 89 ottantanove
50 cinquantanove 90 novanta
51 cinquantuno 91 novantuno
52 cinquantadue 92 novantadue
53 cinquantatré 93 novantatré
54 cinquantaquattro 94 novantaquattro
55 cinquantacinque 95 novantacinque
56 cinquantasei 96 novantasei
57 cinquantasette 97 novantasette
58 cinquantotto 98 novantotto
59 cinquantanove 99 novantanove
60 sessanta 100 cento

Official languages in Moldova

Thus, the official language in Moldova is Romanian. Romanian is the mother tongue of the majority of the Moldovan population, is derived from Latin and is similar to other Romance languages such as Italian, French and Spanish. The Moldovan language respects most of the grammatical rules of the Romanian spoken in Romania; however, there are some minor differences in pronunciation (e.g. with the letter 'a') and vocabulary. In general, however, the two peoples manage to understand each other well even when communicating with these two different varieties of Romanian.

But what language do they speak in Moldova besides the official language? Along with Romanian, Russian was one of the official languages in Moldova during the Soviet period. Later, in the early 1990s, the Russian language lost this status but continued to represent a large group of people. Even today, as we saw earlier, Russian constitutes the largest linguistic minority in the country.

Other languages spoken in Amsterdam

The languages spoken in Amsterdam do not end there. In fact, many inhabitants are not limited to bilingualism, but also perfectly know and apply a third language. In particular:

  • 71% of Dutch people speak German, partly due to the great similarities between the two languages;
  • 29% speak French;
  • 5% speak Spanish, mainly due to immigration

There are also many other language minorities, again a sign that Amsterdam is a real melting pot, full of different cultures that have blended together over time. One can find people speaking Moroccan Arabic, Indonesian, Turkish, Tarifit and even Hindustani Caribbean and Sranan Tongo, typical languages of Surinam.

It should also not be forgotten that the Dutch sign language has been officially recognized in the Netherlands since 2020.

Austria: historical notes

Austria is a country located in the heart of Europe already inhabited in the Stone Age, but whose real history begins with the arrival of the Celts, who remained in Austrian territory until the 1st century BC, when Austria it became part of the Roman Empire. The region was governed by the Romans for about four centuries, during which the territory experienced excellent development especially in terms of infrastructure. After the fall of the Roman Empire, various barbarian peoples succeeded one another, such as the Ostrogoths and the Lombards, and then various kingdoms and empires, including the Carolingian empire of Charlemagne.

A period of rule by the Holy Roman Empire and the Babenberg dynasty followed, until the 14th century when Austria became part of the Habsburg Empire. In 1867 the Austro-Hungarian Empire was born, through the merger of the Austrian and the Kingdom of Hungary, which then dissolved in 1918 following the First World War, when Austria became an independent republic. During the Second World War, however, Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, but in 1955 it became an independent state again with the Austrian State Treaty.

After independence, the country joined the United Nations and over the years has become an important commercial and financial center of Europe, thanks to its strategic position and its political and economic stability. Today, Austria is a prosperous and modern country, with a population of almost 9 million concentrated mainly in major cities, such as Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz.

Language spoken in Toronto and Vancouver

Toronto is located in Canada's most populous province, Ontario, which has over 14 million inhabitants. A large part of the population of this province has European origins, mainly English, but also Scottish, Irish, and Italian, and Toronto is a multicultural city and therefore full of minorities: Chinese, Spanish, Indians, Italians, Arabs, French. The official language in Ontario is English, which is in fact widely used by locals as well as tourists and immigrants.

Another large Canadian city is Vancouver, which unlike Toronto is located along the west coast of the country, in the province called British Columbia. Here, too, the English language is spoken above all, with a percentage of 70%, followed by the various minorities brought by immigration and French, with a percentage of just over 1%.

Haitian Creole

Haitian Creole is a typical Haitian language that originated as a simplification of French, to which it is very similar in some respects. In Cuba, the Haitian language is used by 300,000 people today, mainly for historical reasons: during the period of the Haitian revolution at the beginning of the 18th century, many black slaves immigrated to the island and consequently brought the language here. As the centuries passed, more and more of them began to arrive, working mainly as labourers on sugar cane farms, and gradually the language became more and more dominant within the country.

Today, Haitian Creole is also spoken fluently by a large number of Cubans not originally from Haiti, and a radio programme in Havana held entirely in Haitian Creole has even been established to demonstrate this fact.

Languages of Dubai

Hindi

Some studies state that the Indian community is the largest in Dubai in terms of its size, with over two and a half million Indians. Hindi is the language most used by this minority, followed by other languages of India such as Malayalam and Tamil.

Urdu

In Dubai, there are also many people (around one million) who speak Urdu, which is one of the official languages of Pakistan.

Bengali

The Bengali language, along with other Bangladeshi languages such as Sylheti and Chittagong, is used by the half million immigrants living in Dubai.

Philippine

The Filipino community is one of the largest in the city, numbering approximately 700,000 Filipinos. The language of this minority is Tagalog, the official language of the Philippines, but there are also people who speak Cebuano and Ilocano.

Persian

Most of the Iranians living in Dubai, who number around 400,000, speak the Persian language.

Chinese

There are an estimated 200,000 Chinese living and working in the city of Dubai and most of them speak Mandarin Chinese, but there are also several Chinese who speak Shanghainese and Cantonese.

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Dialects

In Greece some varieties of Greek are used according to the region in which one is located, such as in ancient Greece where the Doric dialect was used in Sparta and the Attic one in Athens, or the Cappadocian and the Italiot dialect, now extinct, which they were spoken respectively in Turkey and in the area of Magna Graecia. For example, the Zaconian dialect is the typical dialect of the Arcadia area and was formed as an evolution of the Doric. On the island of Crete, however, the Cretan dialect is spoken, while in Cyprus the Cypriot dialect is spoken. Then there is the Pontic language which derives from Attic Greek and Turkish, and which is spoken on the Black Sea in the Pontus area

French

French is now the second most spoken language in Luxembourg, with a percentage of 86%.

It is by far the most used language for written communication, despite the 1984 Law putting all three on the same level, and says that they can be used equally in courts and administrations.

The same law, however, specifies that French is the only language that can be used in legislation, and therefore all legal texts are written in French. But it is also the preferred language for administration, and the main one used within companies with 56%, against 20% of Luxembourgish, 18% of English and only then 6% of German.. If you have intending to live and work in Luxembourg, choose to take a French course before leaving and you will have no problem making yourself understood in a possible workplace.

French is also found in everything related to communicating with the public: newspaper articles, announcements, press releases, but also around the road signs and billboards.

Although there are three official languages in Luxembourg, French is certainly the one that finds most use both in daily life and in bureaucratic and working aspects.

The official languages in Morocco

Modern Standard Arabic is the official language in Morocco. This is the language used by the media, in the political and economic fields, as well as in official documents. However, as we said before, the most used variant of Arabic in daily life is Moroccan Arabic, which has some differences in pronunciation and grammar. In Moroccan Arabic there are influences from the Romance languages and the Berber language, some consonants are pronounced differently than in standard Arabic, tenses differ as well as some terms and expressions.

In Morocco the most important language after Arabic is Berber, which was recognized as an official language in 2011 together with Modern Standard Arabic. The Berber language has a long history behind it and is still used mainly by many indigenous communities in the country. According to some studies, there are around five million Berber speakers in Morocco

What language is spoken in the Netherlands?

But what language is spoken in the Netherlands besides the national language? As we have already seen, the Dutch language is divided into several dialects spoken in different areas of the country, such as Limburgish in the province of Limburg, Brabant in the province of North Brabant, and the Dutch dialect of North and South Holland. But immigration and tourism have brought other languages, spoken by the population in larger or smaller percentages.

First of all, the English language. One of the most widely spoken languages in various parts of the country is English, especially in the big cities and the more touristy areas. Studies show that around 90% of the population of the Netherlands knows English, which, however, is not the only foreign language spoken by the Dutch. A large part of them, in fact, can speak a third language: German first, then French, and finally Spanish, although with a much lower percentage than the other two.

Then there are Turkish and Arabic from Morocco, which arrived through immigration, but above all Frisian. The Frisian language, also of Germanic origin, is spoken in West Frisia and resembles English in certain terms and phonetic characteristics. Finally, another noteworthy language in the Netherlands is Papiamento, a Creole language based on some variants of Portuguese.

English

Due to British colonial rule, English is still recognised as the official language of Pakistan. However, it is not widely used, with only 100 000 speakers within the country, and 5% of the population using it as a second language.

When it was recognised, English was actually chosen as a transitional language, in the meantime for Urdu to finally take hold as Pakistan's most widely spoken language. This never really happened, however, and today English remains in common use within the homes and informal circles of the urban elite, but is also applied to talk business and in government acts.

Even within Pakistani universities, it is not uncommon to find degree courses taught entirely in English. These are, moreover, quite prestigious institutions, where people go to focus mainly on technology or business. Now you know that if you want to study in Pakistan one day, your knowledge of English will be enough, as long as it is very thorough. That is why you might consider doing a gap year abroad to learn English, so that you can develop your language skills and arrive prepared.

Other languages spoken in Prague

In contrast to other countries with several main idioms, the official language in Prague is only Czech, and it is the one heard around with a clear prevalence (96% of Czech speakers).

Nevertheless, even here there are small percentages of people who speak other languages, namely Slovak and Polish. Both of these idioms are in fact related to Czech, as they come from the same Western Slavic language group.

Unlike Slovak, the language of Poland is less similar to Czech, although they nevertheless share many common features and it is not so difficult for a person who knows one language to learn the other. In particular, the Polish dialect used here is that of the Gorges, who live in the mountainous region on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland.

Furthermore, before the peaceful revolution in 1989, Russian was taught in Prague schools because it was compulsory to learn it. With time and new laws, the rule was abolished, and today hardly anyone speaks Russian in Prague or the Czech Republic.

Finally, there is also a very small percentage of people who speak Ukrainian, Vietnamese and German, due to the minorities that regularly live in the country

Цифра Алфабетично
21 einundzwanzig
22 zweiundzwanzig
23 dreiundzwanzig
24 vierundzwanzig
25 fünfundzwanzig
26 sechsundzwanzig
27 siebenundzwanzig
28 achtundzwanzig
29 neunundzwanzig
   
   
30 dreißig
31 einunddreißig
32 zweiunddreißig
33 dreiunddreißig
34 vierunddreißig
35 fünfunddreißig
36 sechsunddreißig
37 siebenunddreißig
38 achtunddreißig
39 neununddreißig
   
   
40 vierzig
41 einundvierzig
42 zweiundvierzig
43 dreiundvierzig
44 vierundvierzig
45 fünfundvierzig
46 sechsundvierzig
47 siebenundvierzig
48 achtundvierzig
49 neunundvierzig
   
   
50 fünfzig
51 einundfünfzig
52 zweiundfünfzig
53 dreiundfünfzig
54 vierundfünfzig
55 fünfzig-fünf
56 sechsundfünfzig
57 siebenundfünfzig
58 achtundfünfzig
59 neunundfünfzig
   
   
60 sechzig
61 einundsechzig
62 zweiundsechzig
63 dreiundsechzig
64 vierundsechzig
65 fünfundsechzig
66 sechsundsechzig
67 siebenundsechzig
68 achtundsechzig
69 neunundsechzig
   
   
70 siebzig
71 einundsiebzig
72 zweiundsiebzig
73 dreiundsiebzig
74 vierundsiebzig
75 fünfundsiebzig
76 sechsundsiebzig
77 siebenundsiebzig
78 achtundsiebzig
79 neunundsiebzig
   
   
80 achtundachtzig
81 einundachtzig
82 zweiundachtzig
83 dreiundachtzig
84 vierundachtzig
85 fünfundachtzig
86 sechsundachtzig
87 siebenundachtzig
88 achtundachtzig
89 neunundachtzig
90 neunzig
91 neunzig-einundzwanzig
92 zwölfundachtzig
93 dreiundneunzig
94 vierzehnundneunzig
95 fünfundneunzig
96 sechsundneunzig
97 siebenundneunzig
98 achtundneunzig
99 neunzig-neunundneunzig
100 hundert

Sports related Dad jokes

Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? In case he got a hole in one!
Why don't basketball players go on vacation? They would get called for traveling!
How does a soccer player stay cool? They stand near the fans!
Why did the bicycle fall over? It was two-tired!
What did the football coach say to the vending machine? "Give me my quarterback!"
Why do tennis players never get married? Love means nothing to them!
What's a baseball player's favorite type of music? Swing!
Why was the math book sad after the baseball game? It realized it had too many problems!
What do you call a fish that plays basketball? A slam-dunk!
How does a hockey player get to work? By skating!

Мовні навички у супровідному листі

Ви також можете зазначити свої мовні навички у вашому листі-заявці. Це може бути особливо важливо, якщо в оголошенні про вакансію зазначено вимогу до високого рівня мовних навичок. Ви можете впізнати оголошення про роботу за ключовими словами, такими як "Обов'язкові відмінні навички англійської мови". Тоді вам обов'язково слід зазначити свої мовні навички у супровідному листі також. Ось декілька порад, як це зробити:

Виділіть конкретні навички: Якщо у вас є конкретні навички, такі як досвід роботи в перекладі, досвід роботи за кордоном або ступінь у іноземній мові, ви повинні зазначити це у вашій заявці.

Підкресліть практичний досвід: Хорошим способом підтвердити ваші мовні навички у заявках є практичний досвід і робота над проектами. Наприклад, якщо ви працювали над міжнародним проектом, писали свою дипломну роботу у іноземній мові або працювали за кордоном, ви обов'язково повинні підтвердити ваші мовні навички на основі цього практичного досвіду.

Надайте докази мовних навичок: Окрім проектів, сертифікати мовних курсів, мовні поїздки або навчання за кордоном також є відмінними доказами вашої мовної компетентності. Покажіть рекрутерам у вашій заявці, що ви дійсно володієте мовними навичками, які ви перерахували у вашому резюме.

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3. Italiano Automatico

"Italiano Automatico" is a podcast designed to improve the Italian language skills of beginner learners. With a focus on everyday conversations, this podcast provides valuable listening practice and helps learners develop their comprehension and speaking abilities. The host's clear and engaging delivery makes it an enjoyable resource for those looking to enhance their Italian language fluency.

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Experience the view from the Main Tower

Visit the Main Tower, the most famous landmark in Frankfurt's city centre. With a breathtaking viewing platform 200 metres above the ground, you can see all of Frankfurt and the surrounding area. The platform offers a 360-degree view of the modern skyline, the Main River and the Taunus Mountains.

On the 53rd floor, the Main Tower Restaurant awaits you with delicious dishes and an impressive view. Climbing the Main Tower is an unforgettable experience that shows you Frankfurt from a whole new perspective.

Hongkong Disneyland

Dreams come true at Hong Kong Disneyland, where a magical world of adventure and priceless memories awaits. This enchanted kingdom on Lantau Island welcomes guests of all ages to immerse themselves in a world of Disney magic. The park is a goldmine of Disney wonders, with age-old attractions like "It's a Small World" and "Space Mountain," as well as familiar characters like Mickey Mouse and Cinderella.

Hong Kong Disneyland guarantees a joyful and magical experience that will make you feel like a kid, whether you're riding thrilling rides, meeting your favorite princesses or enjoying the nightly fireworks. Immerse yourself in a realm of fantasy and imagination and let the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland create memories that will last a lifetime.

Costs of an English language course on site

In addition to the online English course, which you can attend from your computer at home, you also have the option to go to a language school and attend an English course on site. In this case, there are also different price categories. Take a look at the following table and compare the costs of a group course and individual lessons.

The phonetic alphabet

The internationally recognized eavesdropping system "International Phonetic Alphabet", or IPA for short, is often used for phonetic transcription. This alphabet contains the sounds of languages ​​from all over the world. This phonetic alphabet covers a wide range of sounds. Therefore, the IPA is a universal phonetic alphabet and can be used for most languages ​​in the world.

Take a look at the IPA phonetic alphabet below:

Велоподорож через Шанз-Елізе

Вирушайте у захоплюючу велоподорож через відомий Шанз-Елізе в Парижі. Прокатайтеся на велосипеді по знаменитій авеню, насолоджуючись її величчю та привабливістю. Проїжджайте повз розкішні будівлі, дорогі магазини та чарівні сади, які оздоблюють бульвар. Поки ви рухаєтеся в бік символічного Історичного арку, який є втіленням французької гордості та перемоги, відчуйте енергію цієї жвавої вулиці. Керуйте велосипедом вільно серед цього міського ландшафту, щоб зловити мить паризького життя у всій його величі.

В одній захоплюючій поїздці Шанз-Елізе пропонує незабутнє враження, яке поєднує відпочинок, культуру та історію. Подорожуючи цією відомою авеню на двох колесах, занурюйтеся у романтику Міста Кохання і створюйте спогади, які залишаться назавжди.

Facts and origin of the official languages in Switzerland

Switzerland is a multilingual country divided into self-governing cantons that choose which language(s) are used in everyday and public life. As we have seen above, we must speak of Swiss national languages in the case of German, French, Italian and Romansh.

German, or rather Swiss German, was used in the twentieth century mainly in private life and by the lower social classes. This changed with the arrival of Nazism in Germany during the World Wars and in the following years, when this variety of German also spread to the media and the public and became increasingly socially accepted. French, brought into the country by books, by groups speaking Franco-Provençal dialects, and by the proximity of the French, was instead the language of the upper social classes.

The Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland have been under the domination of Italian-speaking peoples for centuries. Italian, German and French were chosen as the national languages of Switzerland in 1848, the birth year of the federal state. In February 1938, Romansh was chosen as the official language. Being a predominantly rural area with small villages located far from each other, Rhaeto-Romanic has been fragmented into various dialects over time.

Cost of living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada depends largely on the area you choose to emigrate to. Rural areas in Canada are usually much cheaper than living in cities. In Canada, the cost of living is highest in the big city of Vancouver.

As far as daily living is concerned, the cost of everyday products from Canadian supermarkets in 2023 is about the same as you can see in the following overview:

Milk (1L): 2.70 CAD
Eggs (12): 3,30 CAD
Chicken breast (1kg): 10-14 CAD
Gasoline (1L): CAD 1.97
Monthly gym membership: 54 CAD
Movie ticket: approx. 14 CAD
Public transportation ticket: about 3 CAD

The rent prices depend strongly on the city you want to emigrate to. They range from 600 to 700 CAD and can be as high as 2000 CAD in very expensive cities in the most expensive parts of town. Toronto is the most expensive city in Canada in terms of rental prices. Utilities for a 180 sq. ft. apartment are about 85 CAD per month and are often included in the rent.

If you look at the components of the cost of living in Canada, the cost comparison depends heavily on the city you are moving to in Canada. For example, big cities like Vancouver, Ottawa or Montreal are more expensive than living in the countryside.

British Idioms

Idioms Definition Example  
       
Bob's Your Uncle It means "there you go" or "everything is sorted." There's the recipe – add the ingredients, and Bob's your uncle  
       
The Bee's Knees Used to describe something excellent or outstanding. That vintage car is the bee's knees, a real classic.  
       
Donkey's Years It means "a long time." I haven't been to the beach in donkey's years.  
       
Blowing a Raspberry Making noise by sticking out your tongue between your lips He didn't like the idea and responded by blowing a raspberry.  
       
Costs an Arm and a Leg Refers to something that is very expensive. Getting that new phone would cost an arm and a leg.  
       
In a Pickle To be in a difficult or troublesome situation. When the car broke down in the middle of nowhere, we were in a pickle.  
       
Keep a Stiff Upper Lip To remain resolute and unemotional in the face of adversity. Despite the adversity, she kept a stiff upper lip.  
       
It's Not My Cup of Tea Means "it's not something I like" or "it's not my preference." Horror movies are not my cup of tea; I prefer comedies.  
       
Chin Up An expression of encouragement, suggesting that one should remain positive in difficult times. Chin up, things will get better eventually.  

The German language as an unofficial language

Due to historical reasons, German is also spoken as an unofficial and regional language in many countries around the world. German-speaking communities can be found in a wide variety of countries on all continents of our world. We will take a closer look at these German-speaking countries below.

Spanish, the global language from Europe and Latin America

Spanish, spoken in both Europe and Latin America, is a major world language. With over 460 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most widely spoken native language in the world. Thanks to cultural influence, economic importance, tourism and international organizations such as the United Nations, Spanish has established itself as an important liaison language between South America and Europe. Therefore, Spanish has also established itself in the list of global languages.

Spanish as a second or third language is currently very trendy. More and more people are learning Spanish and want to expand their language skills. This is not least due to the beautiful Spanish destinations in Spain and Latin America. As a result, Spanish will continue to establish itself as a world language.

Museums and galleries in Malaga

Malaga offers diverse museums and galleries that are exciting places to visit and things to do in Malaga. The Picasso Museum reveals Picasso's legacy, the Centre Pompidou showcases modern art, the Russian Museum presents Russian art, and the Málaga Automobile Museum highlights automotive history. These institutions offer a rich cultural experience and make Malaga a cultural hotspot.

Figures of speech in English poems and non-fiction texts

Depending on the form of the text, certain English figures of speech fit better. That is why we have differentiated between poems and factual texts for you and explain below which literary means of the English language you should look out for in the respective text type.

English figures of speeches in poetry

Metaphor: Metaphors are often used in poetry to vividly and concisely convey complex ideas.
Comparison (Simile): Comparisons are often used in poetry to reinforce emotional or visual impressions.
Personification: Personifications are often used in poetry to attribute human characteristics to inanimate objects and to evoke emotion.
Hyperbole: Hyperboles are often used in poetry to create strong expressions and exaggerations.
Symbol: Poems often use symbols to convey deeper, abstract meaning and to stimulate thought.
Anaphora: Repetition, such as the anaphora, can be used in poetry to create rhythmic patterns or to emphasize specific ideas.
Alliteration: The sonic effect of alliteration can be used in poetry to create a musical sound.
Onomatopoeia: Sounds and noises can be made more vivid in poetry through onomatopoeia.
Synesthesia: Poems that seek to create intense emotional imagery could use synesthesia to link different senses together.
Epanalepsis: The repetition of words or phrases at the beginning and end of a sentence can add emphasis or structure to poems.

English figures of speech in non-fiction texts

Irony: Nonfiction, especially fiction and essays, often uses irony to convey subtle criticism or humor.
Euphemism: Euphemisms are more common in non-fiction, especially formal texts, to soften awkward or harsh terms.
Juxtaposition: Non-fiction texts, particularly analytical or comparative texts, might use juxtaposition to emphasize contrasts between different concepts.
Paradox: In philosophical or argumentative factual texts, paradoxes can be used to represent profound thoughts or apparent contradictions.
Allegory: Non-fiction texts may use allegory to convey complex ideas or political messages.
Innuendo:In factual texts, allusions could be used to refer to other works, historical events, or cultural aspects.
Acceleration: In factual texts, acceleration can be used to increase tension or focus.

Please note that this list is not strict and that idioms typical of poetry may appear in non-fiction. This list is only intended to give you a better feel for the different types of text. Authors use the English stylistic devices depending on the intentions and desired intentions in the text.


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Itsy Bitsy Spider (Incy Wincy Spider)

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again

General tips for learning languages

Learning a language depends first and foremost on your motivation. Be aware that you are embarking on a long process when learning a new language. Don't let this discourage you and always find new motivation.

Here are some useful tips for your language learning process that will help you motivate yourself, learn from mistakes and succeed in learning a new language:

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Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

Florence Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The imposing dome and the ornate facade are impressive. You can also visit the Campanile (bell tower) and the Baptistery.

Варіанти отримання ВНЖ Мальти

Варіанти для отримання довгострокової резиденції

  • Програма отримання резиденції та візи на Мальті (MRVP): MRVP є популярним варіантом для громадян країн поза ЄС, які шукають резиденцію на Мальті. Вона передбачає мінімальні інвестиції, зазвичай у державні облігації або нерухомість, і апліканти повинні відповідати певним фінансовим критеріям. Успішні апліканти та їх сім'ї отримують дозвіл на проживання, що надає їм право проживання, працевлаштування та навчання на Мальті.

  • Глобальна програма отримання резиденції: Ця програма призначена для громадян країн поза ЄС і пропонує дозвіл на проживання тим, хто купує або орендує нерухомість на Мальті та відповідає фінансовим вимогам. Вона дозволяє проживати на Мальті, але не надає права на працевлаштування в країні.

  • Працевлаштування: Якщо ви знайдете роботу на Мальті, ваш роботодавець може допомогти вам з необхідними дозволами на працю та проживання. Мальтійські компанії часто наймають кваліфікованих фахівців із-за кордону, а Мальта пропонує "швидкий" процес для висококваліфікованих працівників.

  • Навчання: Якщо ви плануєте навчатися на Мальті, ви можете подати заявку на студентську візу та дозвіл на проживання. Багато університетів та мовних шкіл на Мальті вітають міжнародних студентів.

Вимоги до отримання резиденції

  • Фінансові Вимоги: Для програм, таких як MRVP та Глобальна Програма отримання резиденції, вам потрібно буде відповідати конкретним фінансовим критеріям, включаючи придбання державних облігацій або нерухомості, наявність достатнього доходу та утримання медичного страхування.
  • Перевірка Даних: Апліканти на отримання резиденції зазвичай підлягають перевірці даних, включаючи перевірку кримінального реєстру.
  • Документація: Підготуйте комплексний набір документів, включаючи ваш паспорт, докази фінансів, свідоцтво про відсутність кримінальної злочинності та будь-які інші необхідні документи, специфічні для обраної вами програми.
  • Поновлення Резиденції: Майте на увазі, що більшість дозволів на проживання на Мальті спочатку виділяються на один рік і можуть бути поновлені, за умови, що ви продовжуєте відповідати вимогам програми.
  • Оподаткування: Розумійте податкові закони Мальти та їх застосування до вашого статусу резидента. Мальта пропонує різні податкові пільги для резидентів, включаючи можливість стати податковим резидентом, але не проживаючим на Мальті.

In the last example, there's a noteworthy exception: here, the article "der" is replaced by the preposition "im," which translates to "in" or "from" in English, depending on the context. When expressing a place complement, whether real or figurative, the preposition "im" is consistently used.

Lastly, it's worth remembering that all months in German are considered masculine nouns, and for completeness, in German, the word for "month" is pronounced as "Monat."

Pronunciation of months in German: Although German pronunciation can generally be intricate, months in German are a pleasantly straightforward exception. In fact, their pronunciation is quite akin to Italian, with some specific considerations, making it relatively easy to learn.

Words corresponding to the months of the year are pronounced phonetically, but it's important to bear in mind the following points:

  • The letter "J" is not pronounced as the "game g" in English but rather falls somewhere between a "gl" and an "i." To pronounce it correctly, emphasize the "i" sound.
  • The stress typically falls on the first syllable for most months, including Januar, Februar, März, Mai, Juni, and Juli.
  • April has a distinct stress pattern; the accent should be on the "i." Pay attention to the vowel pronunciation, which should be almost as tight between the two consonants.
  • In the case of "August," the stress is placed on the second "u." Additionally, remember that it's not pronounced like in French; the diphthong "au" is pronounced as it appears in the spelling.
  • Months ending in "-ber" have a lengthened accent on the second syllable, not the first. Also, take care with the pronunciation of the ending, which is quite similar to English: "septembah," "oktobah," and so forth. When pronouncing "November," remember that the "v" is pronounced like a "fox v" and not as "u."

2. Пляж Мелліеха-Бей

Серед чарівного острова Мальта розташовується живописна затока Мелліеха, справжній скарб для любителів пляжів та всіх, хто шукає свободи і релаксу. Всього в 40 хвилинах їзди від Сент-Джуліанса тут відкривається світ сонця, розваг та незабутніх вражень.

Comino's most popular attraction: The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino in Malta is a true jewel in the Mediterranean. This paradise bay impresses with its crystal clear turquoise waters surrounded by white sandy beaches and steep rocky cliffs. It's not hard to see why the Blue Lagoon delights both tourists and locals alike.

The lagoon's waters shimmer in various shades of blue and turquoise, providing a clear view of the fascinating underwater world. Snorkelers and divers will find a true paradise here, while sun worshippers can enjoy the soft sandy beaches and the warm Mediterranean sun. You can visit the Blue Lagoon all year round due to the beautiful weather in Malta and Comino. However, it is especially beautiful during the summer months.

Japanese alphabet translated into English

In this section you will find the Japanese alphabet translated into English, that is, all the kana (hiragana and katakana) with their translation. Learn the syllables in Japanese and start forming words!

Hiragana and Pure Syllables

A - あ

Ka - か

Sa - さ

Ta - た

Na - な

Ha - は

Ma - ま

Ya - や

Ra - ら

Wa - わ

I - い

Ki - き

Shi - し

Chi - ち

Ni - に

Hi - ひ

Mi - み

Ri - り

U - う

Ku - く

Su - す

Tsu - つ

Nu - ぬ

Fu - ふ

Mu - む

Yu - ゆ

Ru - る

Wo - を

E - え

Ke - け

Se - せ

Te - て

Ne - ね

He - へ

Me - め

Re - れ

O - お

Ko - こ

So - そ

To - と

No - の

Ho - ほ

Mo - も

Yo - よ

Ro - ろ

N - ん

Impure syllables

Ga - が

Za - ざ

Da - だ

Ba - ば

Gi - ぎ

Ji - じ

Dji - ぢ

Bi - び

Gu - ぐ

Zu - ず

Dzu - づ

Bu - ぶ

Ge - げ

Ze - ぜ

De - で

Be - べ

Go - ご

Zo - ぞ

Do - ど

Bo - ぼ

Semi-pure syllables

Pa - ぱ

Pi - ぴ

Pu - ぷ

Pe - ぺ

Po - ぽ

Contracted syllables

Kya - きゃ

Sha - しゃ

Cha - ちゃ

Nya - にゃ

Hya - ひゃ

Mya - みゃ

Rya - りゃ

Gya - ぎゃ

Ja - じゃ

Dja - ぢゃ

Bya - びゃ

Pya - ぴゃ

Kyu - きゅ

Shu - しゅ

Chu - ちゅ

Nyu - にゅ

Hyu - ひゅ

Myu - みゅ

Ryu - りゅ

Gyu - ぎゅ

Ju - じゅ

Dju - ぢゅ

Byu - びゅ

Pyu - ぴゅ

Kyo - きょ

Sho - しょ

Cho - ちょ

Nyo - にょ

Hyo - ひょ

Myo - みょ

Ryo - りょ

Gyo - ぎょ

Jo - じょ

Djo - ぢょ

Byo - びょ

Pyo - ぴょ

Katakana and Pure Syllables

A - ア

Ka - カ

Sa - サ

Ta - タ

Na - ナ

Ha - ハ

Ma - マ

Ya - ヤ

Ra - ラ

Wa - ワ

I - イ

Ki - キ

Shi - シ

Chi - チ

Ni - ニ

Hi - ヒ

Mi - ミ

Ri - リ

Wi - ヰ

U - ウ

Ku - ク

Su - ス

Tsu - ツ

Nu - ヌ

Fu - フ

Mu - ム

Yu - ユ

Ru - ル

E - エ

Ke - ケ

Se - セ

Te - テ

Ne - ネ

He - ヘ

Me - メ

Re - レ

We - ヱ

O - オ

Ko - コ

So - ソ

To - ト

No - ノ

Ho - ホ

Mo - モ

Yo - ヨ

Ro - ロ

Wo - ヲ

Impure syllables

Ga - ガ

Za - ザ

Da - ダ

Ba - バ

Gi - ギ

Ji - ジ

Dji - ヂ

Bi - ビ

Gu - グ

Zu - ズ

Dzu - ヅ

Bu - ブ

Ge - ゲ

Ze - ゼ

De - デ

Be - ベ

Go - ゴ

Zo - ゾ

Do - ド

Bo - ボ

Semi-pure syllables

Pa - パ

Pi - ピ

Pu - プ

Pe - ペ

Po - ポ

Contracted syllables

Kya - キャ

Sha - シャ

Cha - チャ

Nya - ニャ

Hya - ヒャ

Mya - ミャ

Rya - リャ

Gya - ギャ

Ja - ジャ

Dja - ヂャ

Bya - ビャ

Pya - ピャ

Kyu - キュ

Shu - シュ

Chu - チュ

Nyu - ニュ

Hyu - ヒュ

Myu - ミュ

Ryu - リュ

Gyu - ギュ

Ju - ジュ

Dju - ヂュ

Byu - ビュ

Pyu - ピュ

Kyo - キョ

Sho - ショ

Cho - チョ

Nyo - ニョ

Hyo - ヒョ

Myo - ミョ

Ryo - リョ

Gyo - ギョ

Jo - ジョ

Djo - ヂョ

Byo - ビョ

Pyo - ピョ

Additional syllables

Va - (ヷ) ヴァ

Tsa - ツァ

Fa - ファ

Kwa - (クヮ) クァ

Gwa - (グヮ) グァ

Yi - イィ

Vi - (ヸ) ヴィ

Si - スィ

Zi - ズィ

Ti - ティ

Di - ディ

Tsi - ツィ

Fi - フィ

Wi - ウィ

Kwi - クィ

Gwi - グィ

Wu - (于) ウゥ

Vu - ヴ

Tu - トゥ

Du - ドゥ

Ye - イェ

Ve - (ヹ) ヴェ

Tse - ツェ

Fe - フェ

We - ウェ

Kwe - クェ

Gwe - グェ

Vo - (ヺ) ヴォ

Tso - ツォ

Fo - フォ

Wo - ウォ

Kwo - クォ

Gwo - グォ

Vya - ヴャ

Fya - フャ

Vyu - ヴュ

Tyu - テュ

Dyu - デュ

Fyu - フュ

Kye - キェ

She - シェ

Che - チェ

Nye - ニェ

Hye - ヒェ

Mye - ミェ

Rye - リェ

Gye - ギェ

Je - ジェ

Dje - ヂェ

Bye - ビェ

Pye - ピェ

Vye - ヴィェ

Fye - フィェ

Vyo - ヴョ

Fyo - フョ

Order and bureaucracy

A love of order and bureaucracy are typically German and characterize many aspects of life in Germany. Germans are known for their preference for clear rules and thorough documentation. This is seen, for example, in the meticulous separation of garbage, the extensive set of rules in road traffic and the precise record keeping in businesses. The German sense of order extends to everyday life, where cleanliness and structure play an important role.

China

Now we come to China, where New Year's Eve is celebrated in a quieter way, with family or friends. This is because the Chinese New Year Festival is celebrated a few weeks later, following the traditional lunar calendar. During this time, houses are decorated in red and gold, which is supposed to bring good luck.

This tradition has its origins in a legend that explained that a monster from Chinese mythology, called Nian, attacked the citizens at the beginning of the year, so, to protect themselves, they had to ward it off with lights and loud noises.

What better way to start the year than with a gift? To start the year with good luck, a red envelope with a small sum of money should be given as a gift. Today this tradition has evolved and, in addition to money, taco, fruits or tea are given as gifts. Children are usually given clothes, dolls and candies, and adults are given clothes and accessories.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency, much more than a pub in London

If you want to experience an evening out of the ordinary, Evans & Peel Detective Agency is certainly the location to go. It is located at 310C Courts Road, not too far from the Natural History Museum, and is a place that can give you a real experience.

Not just a pub, but (also) a detective agency where you undergo an interrogation to solve a case. Basically when you enter it is a detective who welcomes you, asking why you are visiting and asking you pressing questions. The unwritten rule is to play along by making up a case and experience an engaging and memorable evening!

When you are then given permission to sit at the table, you have the opportunity to order the most original and iconic cocktails, named after the most internationally famous gangsters. You can also let the bartenders advise you and rely on their creativity, of which they are notoriously rich.

It is one of the strangest pubs in London, but for the same reason also among the most coveted. This makes it essential to arrive with a reservation already made. And be careful, because the reservation is valid for a maximum time of 2 hours, at the end of which you will be politely invited to leave the pub to give up your seat to the next customers.

Pacific Rim National Park

Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island offers spectacular beaches, rainforests, and the opportunity to view whales and marine life. With its variety of natural treasures, this park is an essential possible Vancouver activity for anyone looking for unique Vancouver activities.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is a challenging possible activity in Vancouver, known for its turquoise lakes and majestic mountain backdrops. The hike to these lakes rewards adventurers with breathtaking views and unforgettable natural spectacles as a possible activity in Vancouver.

Saint Julian's- The heart of nightlife

If you are looking for nightlife, parties and lots of opportunities to dance, then Saint Julian's is the best locaation in Malta. It is located near Sliema, but certainly does not share its peaceful nature: St. Julian's is a lively town, full of opportunities and entertainment during the day and above all, in the evening.

If during the day you have the opportunity to swim on the seafront or take the bus to quickly reach incredible beaches such as St George's Bay, once the sun goes down the parties will certainly not be long in coming. Indeed, the city seems to come to life, with music coming from everywhere and people of all ages who just want to dance, meet people and have fun.

The unique atmosphere of Saint Julian's is one of the advantages that we offer you on Sprachcaffe with study holidays in Malta for adults: right here, in fact, in the vibrant heart of the island, we have decided to position our language school. And the accommodations we offer to our students are also conveniently reachable on foot or by public transport, for an immersive and engaging linguistic-cultural experience. In the morning you study English in a native speaker environment, in the afternoon you relax on the beach and in the evening you go wild in one of the most famous nightclubs in Malta: what could be more beautiful?

Якість життя в Канаді

Поза можливостями кар'єри, Канада пропонує вражаючу якість життя. Зобов'язання країни перед соціальним добробутом відображається у її системі загального медичного обслуговування, яка надає доступ до медичних послуг усім мешканцям. Крім того, система освіти Канади відома своїми високими стандартами і багатокультурним середовищем, що робить її ідеальним місцем для виховання сім'ї.

Природна краса Канади - це ще одна незаперечна особливість. Від величних гір Роккі у Альберті до джерелтних озер Онтаріо та диких узбережжів Британської Колумбії, ландшафти Канади захоплюють дух. Любителі активного відпочинку можуть насолоджуватися такими заняттями, як піші походи, лижі та спостереження за дикою природою прямо в своєму подвір'ї.

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Adaptation and Integration

Adaptation to the German Grammatical Structure

English words, when incorporated into the German language, often undergo adaptation to align with the German grammatical structure. This process includes modifying word endings, noun genders, and verb conjugations. For example:

  • Word Endings: German nouns and adjectives typically change endings depending on the case (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive). English loanwords are adjusted to accommodate these changes, ensuring they harmonize with the sentence's grammatical structure.

  • Noun Genders: German nouns have grammatical gender (masculine, feminine, neuter), while English lacks this feature. When adopting English nouns, German speakers assign genders based on phonetic similarity or analogy with existing German words.

  • Verb Conjugations: English verbs, which have relatively simple conjugations compared to German, may be integrated with German verb patterns to fit the language's grammatical norms.

Inflection and Gender Assignment

The process of inflection and gender assignment for loanwords depends on various factors, including phonetics, analogy with existing German words, and usage context. For example:

  • The English word "Computer" is assigned the neuter gender (das Computer) because it doesn't inherently carry gender and "das" aligns with the neutral gender in German.

  • "Job" retains its gender (masculine) because its pronunciation closely resembles other masculine German nouns, and it follows the regular declension pattern for masculine nouns.

  • "Email" follows German grammatical rules for feminine nouns, hence "die Email."

  • Gender assignment can vary by region, and some loanwords may have different genders in different dialects of German.

New Meanings and Nuances

In addition to adapting to German grammar, English loanwords often acquire new meanings or nuances in the German context. These semantic shifts may be influenced by cultural differences or the need to fill linguistic gaps:

  • "Handy" originally referred to a mobile phone but has expanded to encompass any handheld electronic device, such as tablets and smartphones.

  • "Job" in German can also refer to temporary or part-time work, which is a broader usage compared to its English counterpart.

  • "Meeting" in German may be used not only for formal business gatherings but also for casual social meetings.

These nuances highlight the dynamic nature of language and how loanwords evolve to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of their adopted language.

The adaptation and integration of English words into German showcase the flexibility and creativity of language as it evolves and responds to changing circumstances. In the following section, we will explore the cultural implications of this linguistic exchange and its impact on German society.

3. Spring Festival in Stuttgart

April-May

This festival marks the beginning of the festival season and is a celebration of spring. The city is filled with exciting attractions, from roller coasters to food stalls with local delicacies. It is the largest and most attractive spring festival in Europe welcoming thousands of people from all over the world. The festival invites you to stroll and celebrate with numerous traditional carousels and modern attractions - there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring!

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Gelato is not just ice cream, it is a declaration of love for flavor. In Italy, gelato is made differently than anywhere else. Less fat, less air and more flavor: these are the secrets. Each gelato shop has its own handmade varieties, and the Italians have the secret to turning fruit into a creamy delight. The freshness of the ingredients and the centuries-old art make gelato an unforgettable experience. You'll never want to give up the taste of authentic Italian gelato.

2. Linderhof Castle

Among Bavaria's most famous castles, then, is Linderhof Castle, whose design is directly inspired by the palace at Versailles, France. With an eclectic Rococo style and influences from Renaissance and Baroque styles, inside the castle is luxuriously furnished with artwork, sumptuous furniture and elaborately worked decorations.

Although it is the smallest of the three famous royal castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, it is actually for many the most impressive and beautiful.

It is located in southern Bavaria, near the village of Oberammergau, set in a beautiful French-style garden designed with fountains, statues and pavilions.
The main fountain, known as the Neptune Fountain, is particularly spectacular and offers a water and sound show every hour during the summer months.

Linderhof Castle is one of Bavaria's top tourist attractions and attracts visitors from all over the world to admire its beauty and immerse themselves in the history of King Ludwig II.

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German separable verbs: list, prefixes and translation

The prefixes of the separable verbs in German are different, because each of them indicates a specific meaning and modifies the verb, giving it a different nuance.

Knowing them all by heart is not strictly necessary, but since many of these verbs are very common, we recommend that you learn them little by little.

The most effective way to memorize the entire list of separable verbs in German is to divide them into groups, starting with the type of prefix they have:

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Або самостійну життя, щоб насолоджуватися повною свободою?

Мати свою власну квартиру (Einzelappartment) також можливо, що може бути чудовим досвідом, якщо ви шукаєте незалежність і самопізнання. Мати власний простір дає вам можливість встановлювати свої власні правила, досліджувати свої інтереси і насолоджуватися неперевершеним відчуттям волі. Це також дозволить вам повністю зануритися в німецьку культуру, спілкуватися з місцевою спільнотою та розвивати значущі відносини з новими друзями та сусідами, що допоможе вам вдосконалити свої німецькі мовні навички.

Хоча спільне проживання може бути більш популярним варіантом, самостійне проживання відкриває шлях до особистісного зростання та самовпевненості, що особливо захоплююче під час вашого досвіду вивчення мови.

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3. Розширюйте свої професійні горизонти (нетворкінг)

Володіння новою мовою не лише з'єднує вас з новими людьми та культурами, але також розширює ваш доступ до міжнародного ринку праці, оскільки ви зможете спілкуватися з клієнтами та колегами, вдосконалите своє резюме, і ще більше вражаюче, вивчення мов у Європі покаже вашу здатність адаптуватися до нових ситуацій і контекстів, приносячи невід'ємний плюс до вашого академічного та професійного життя.

And here's a brilliant song expressing frustration at discovering words can have different meanings depending on which part of the Spanish-speaking world you're in. However, instead of putting you off Spanish, this is sure to only amplify your fondness of the language and motivate you to get a stronger grasp on its regional variations: Oh, how hard it is to speak Spanish!

6. Find yourself

A language trip is a very personal experience. As found out in our language sustainability study, people usually travel alone on a language trip. Meaning that you'll be completely isolated from your usual surroundings and will experience, a new language, new people and a new culture. Leaving your comfort zone and everything you know helps you discover yourself and often brings the language learners to question their own self and world view. How much of your character is actually you and how much has been influenced by the society you grew up in? Spending some time abroad through a language trip can offer you a broader view of world.

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Read Online Magazines and Newspapers

A classic way to learn a language due to the high quality of journalists' writing. Reading news written in a formal and sophisticated register is a very good way of improving your level, learning some new idioms and discovering some amazing vocabulary. Usual topics like society and sports are simpler than politics, but it generally depends on your level. Le journal des enfants: French weekly newspaper aimed at French-speaking children aged 8-14, so the content is perfect for beginner and lower intermediate French learners. 1jour1actu: Great news website which publishes one news story every work day. Uses basic French, so perfect for beginner and lower intermediate learners. Le Monde: One of the most respected newspapers in the world, Le Monde is essential reading to get in-depth analysis of current events in French. Libération: French daily newspaper founded by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. L'Équipe: French daily newspaper dedicated to sports, especially football, rugby, motorsport and cycling.

June

The Rose and Light Festival will take place at the Palmengarten from the 8th to the 10th of June 2018. This festival has been celebrated in the botanical garden since 1931. The festival is all about the Rose: In addition to music, guided