Author Archive | raynawhite

The Four Language Skills: What They Are, How to Max Them Out

Have you ever wished that you could just mix the right ingredients, say the magic words and—poof!—be fluent in the language of your choice? In the real world, it’s not that easy: Language learning requires concentration, dedication and …

32 Cool Foreign Names You Wish Your Parents Gave You

Imagine if we were all named Bob or Sue. From Bangkok to Montreal, say every man and every woman had the exact same name. Bob and Sue. Feeling a little uncomfortable about the idea of global name homogeneity? Yeah, me …

10 Obscure Languages You’ve Probably Never Heard Spoken

Europe has close to 100. The United States, over 300. Africa, nearly 2000. We’re talking about spoken languages. From the indigenous to the transposed, the spoken word—or spoken sound, we’ll get to that later on—is vast. It’s fluid. Languages …

6 Surprisingly Easy Second Languages for Native English Speakers

There’s no such thing as an “easy” or “hard” language—it’s all a matter of relativity. There are tons of weird rules and linguistic details to which our English-reading eyes aren’t quite accustomed. Gender nouns, reflexive verbs and a wide array …