Gobble, gobble, gobbledygook?

How do you say “turkey" in Turkish? The answer?  Hindi. What?! Now I’m confused. So what does a turkey have to do with Turkey and why do Turks think my Thanksgiving dinner is from Bollywood? The bird is, in fact, native to North America but looks suspiciously like the African guinea hen. Back in the day, guinea hens were imported... Continue Reading →

Not-So-Scary Dos and Don’ts

It’s officially spooky season, and we’re very very afraid…of these common language-learning mistakes! Here are some pitfalls and perils to look out for this October. Stay safe, language lovers. DO: Find people to practice with!DON’T: Restrict your learning to books and worksheets. Language is all about communication! While memorization and grammar are very important, you... Continue Reading →

Summer Learnin’ (Have You a Blast)

We’re officially in the Dog Days of August – and we don’t know about you, but we’re more than ready to close the laptop and hit the beach. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few little tips and tricks to keep your language practice going during the last flash of summer. Don’t worry:... Continue Reading →

ABC’s Guide to Summer “Revenge Travel”

‘Tis the season to finally make good on those long-delayed plans! Call it “revenge travel” or just plain old “summer vacation,” there’s never been a better time to throw up that out-of-office message and dip your toes in the surf. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our well-traveled team’s best tips and tricks for making... Continue Reading →

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 →

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