Author Archive | Anna Maria

Raise Your Glass and Say “Cheers!” in 18 Different Languages

No matter where we go, the gesture of raising a glass and proclaiming “cheers!” to all assembled is globally recognized. And while the gesture and sentiment are pretty universal, there are definitely cultural differences in this age-old tradition. Experiencing the …

Learning a Language? 8 Fun Flashcard Apps to Improve Your Vocabulary

Let’s take a walk down memory lane… To chalkboards, erasers, textbooks and… flashcards! You may think flashcards are “old school,” but they’re still around—and they’re neither dull nor dated. The amazing thing about today’s flashcards is that they’re …

13 Language Listening Resources (and How to Use Them Effectively)

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”—Geoffrey Willans Listen, I’ve got a question for you. It’s nothing personal, just something that happens to language learners and I’m wondering if it’s happened to you, …

4 Convenient Ways to Keep a Language Learning Log

Studying a new language? You could learn a thing or two from Harriet.  Who’s Harriet? She’s the titular character in “Harriet the Spy,” an award-winning kid’s book written by Louise Fitzhugh. The book was published in the sixties, …

The Magical Guide to Finding and Reading Bilingual E-books

Books turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. They transform and transport us. And sure, sometimes they tell magical stories about frog princes and enchanted worlds, but there’s something magical about all stories when you think about it. They allow …

10 Secrets for Learning Grammar in a Foreign Language

Grammar. It’s a love-hate dynamic for many people. Mostly, it’s more hate than love. If most of us were asked to give a talk titled “Grammar Tips 101″—using our native language as the focus—we’d probably try to find a way …

The Best and Brightest Online Language Courses

Weighing one online language course against the many others. Spending hours sifting through facts and making comparisons. Only reading positive reviews that don’t tell you the real ins and outs of each course. Wondering about scathingly negative reviews that …