Spanish Expressions with Tener

Elizabeth Zackheim Tuesday July 20 3:51pm One thing that can be a bit of a curve ball for the beginning Spanish learner is that certain expressions use the verb tener (to have), in places where English would use the verb “to be”. For example, to say things like “I am 25 years old” or “I... Continue Reading →

Learning in the Time of Covid

"My classes have been a life saver""I feel a sense of community""It is something I look forward to every week"I feel like I am really doing something for myself"I can see see the progress I am making" These are just a few comments we have received from our students during these unusual times. Since restrictions... Continue Reading →

How to Make Language Apps Work for You

Struggling to learn a new language with popular apps? If you are frustrated by your progress thus far, you are not alone, and it's not your fault.  Apps are not meant to be an exclusive teaching tool. They don't work that way. They are meant to supplement in-person or virtual instruction so you can strengthen... Continue Reading →

Learning Russian with Russian Cinema

A major motivator for many Russian students is the desire to experience Russian culture more fully. However, sometimes we can lose sight of that. Russian is for sure a difficult language to master. The grammar is completely different and there’s so much vocabulary to remember. Because of that, many beginner Russian students spend the bulk... Continue Reading →

Easy Tips for Etiquette Abroad

While fall may be fast approaching, summer is not over yet! If you have an upcoming trip abroad, here are some tips to show your hosts that you have put in some time to learn about the country, culture, language and customs. While most folks understand that we are newbies to the country and will give us slack,... Continue Reading →

Is it Fall or Autumn?

Today it’s a matter of regional usage (e.g. North America vs Great Britain) but how did we get here? Pre-16th century, the season was known as “hærf-est”, basically “harvest”. Interesting to note that this root is still in play in modern Germanic languages (Dutch herfst, German Herbst and Scottish hairst). The word “autumn” is thought to... Continue Reading →

Finding Your Second Language

Finding your second language: An invitation to compare yourself to…yourself There is a wonderful article in the New Yorker about hyperpolyglots (those who speak at least 6 languages) that is worth a look-see. Hyperpolyglots are basically the Olympic-level champions of language acquisition. A fascinating world to say the least! And just like their athletic counterparts,... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Russia

The World Cup is upon us and the eyes of the world will be glued to their TVs over the coming months to watch the games taking place in Russia. That said, here’s a little linguistic trivia on where the word Russia likely comes from: While much of the ancestry of modern Russians can be... Continue Reading →

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