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The Essentials: The 12 Websites You Need to Learn a Language


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just order a language?

If you could be served up Russian fluency within minutes of deciding, “Hey, I think I’d like to speak Russian”?

If you could say, “Hmm, Spanish sounds good,” then …

How to Overcome the Dreaded Language Barrier


Parlez-vous français ?

¿Habla español?

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

If you live on planet Earth, then there’s a pretty high chance that, at least once in your life, you’ve come up against the dreaded language barrier.

Language barriers can crop up …

The 8 Fastest Ways for Super Busy People to Learn a Language


So, you want to learn a language.

Makes sense. Only good things can come from being bilingual, trilingual or straight-up poly.

There’s just one problem.

You can’t find the time.

You’ve tried and tried and just can’t seem to …

Polyglot Problems: 21 Hilarious Problems That Only Polyglots Understand


Do you speak multiple languages?

Did you ever expect that it would be anything less than pure, multilingual bliss?

Whether you grew up speaking several languages or you took the time to learn them in adulthood, you may know …

9 Penpal Websites for Starting Foreign Language Exchanges Online and via Snail Mail


You know, they say the world is getting smaller and smaller.

It’s a small world after all—and thanks to this, it’s an excellent time to be a language learner.

The truth is, we’re all being brought closer together

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 …

What’s Your Language Learning Style? Here’s How to Discover Your Inner Straight-A Student

language learning styles

When it comes to learning, one size does not fit all!

Everyone’s different, and that’s okay.

If you were one of those people who struggled through school, you may have felt like you weren’t smart enough and that you’d …

Eat Your Heart Out, English! 12 Beautiful Words in Other Languages

beautiful words in other languages

Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. A picture is worth a thousand words.

The truth is, words tend to get a bad rap.

Our world is inundated with visual stimulation. People need to see to believe. We …

6 Surprisingly Easy Second Languages for Native English Speakers

easiest second language for 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 …