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Enseñar y Aprender un Idioma: ¿Gramática o Práctica?

To be able to speak to someone in their own language is powerful, indeed. Whether studying or teaching, which is most important to start with, correct grammar or conversational practice? Read on, en Español ...

Animals in French: Easy Introduction to French Genders

Animals in French have different genders. Different from what we may think, these genders are not biological; rather, they are grammatical. Read on to learn how to properly say each of the animals in French!...

Brazilian and European Portuguese: Origins, History, and Important Differences

The interesting history of the Portuguese language has resulted in many dialects. Do you know the differences between Portuguese from Portugal and Portuguese from Brazil? Read the history and compare phrases from both...

Sophia  

Everyday English: Common Phrases in Ireland and the UK

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Bob's your uncle," and not understand what it meant? "Sure look it," read ahead to find out! Here are some of the most common phrases you will hear in Ireland and the United Kingdom....

Laura  

Bring your italki Lessons to Life with a Virtual Field Trip

Before you travel to a foreign country, how about a foreign website? With smart use of browser extensions or plugins, you can organize the vocabulary you need and even take a guided tour of foreign websites with your online tutor...

5 Must-See Tourist Spots in Latin America

Ready to lace up your hiking shoes and put your Spanish to good use? Here are 5 fascinating and staggeringly beautiful destinations in Central and South America.

Marco  

The 3 Different Ways of Using the Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The "present perfect continuous" tense is one of the hardest to master. Saying "I have been busy" could mean many things! Learn to identify the present perfect continuous through context here...

The Ultimate Guide to Confidently (and Correctly!) Using the Particle: 是

Do you really know how to use 是 correctly in every situation? It's not as simple as you might think! This guide, full of examples, grammar constructions, examples, and dialogues, will set you on the right track ...

Baggio  

Ciao Bella! : The Origins and Use of the Word “Ciao”

"Ciao" is a commonly-used salutation in Italian that can be used in almost any situation. But where did this word originate from? What does it really mean? Find out! ...

How to Improve Your English Skills by Describing and Captioning Pictures

They say a picture is worth 1000 words -- so doesn't that mean pictures can be used for effective language learning? Here's a great new class activity: use your creativity to caption pictures and improve your English skills in the process!...

文字戏法秘诀:四种神招提高语言记忆力!

长期记忆, 流体智力, 工作记忆: 解译一个说母语的人的讲话所需的心智技能很像玩杂耍时所需的技能……

Chris  

Learn Chinese the Chinese Way: Tang Poetry 唐诗 and Children's Songs 儿歌

What if you could learn Chinese the way Chinese children do? Childrens' songs and poetry are a traditional and very useful part of learning Mandarin. Here are three lovely examples to get you started...

Julia  

Word Juggling: 4 Ways to Improve your Memory Skills for Language Learning

Long-term memory, fluid intelligence, working memory - the mental skills involved in decoding the speech of a native speaker are a lot like the skills involved in juggling. Here are four ways to practice so you don't drop the ball...

Chris  

Gender in French: The Cheat Sheet

Although many people dislike this part of the French grammar, with experience, predicting genders with great accuracy is easy. Practice French the right way with this ultimate guide to genders.

5 Strategies for Learning Languages from Movies and TV

You're watching a show to learn a foreign language, but is it going over your head? I learned Spanish from soap operas, and I’ve analyzed how new language learners learn from movies. Here are five techniques for effective learning...