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Let's Go Hiking ... in Russian!

Have you ever been on a hiking trip anywhere? Are you tempted to go in the near future? Do you want to learn special hiking-related vocabulary in Russian? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article might be of interest for you!

Tati  

El uso del “Tú”, el “Usted” y el “Vos” en Español

Este es el primer artículo en español de italki dedicado a todos los estudiantes que se encuentran en el proceso de aprendizaje del idioma. Aprovecharé también para aclarar una duda muy común entre las personas que están aprendiendo español: << ¿Cuándo uso “tú” y cuándo uso “usted”? >>

What You Don't Know About Obrigado

"Obrigado" is a magic word that can open many doors for you, but you have to fully understand how to use it in context, in order to avoid saying the wrong thing to the wrong people. Here's how Portuguese speakers REALLY use "Obrigado"...

Read and Speak Portuguese in No Time: 8 Suggestions

Are you interested in learning Portuguese? Here are 8 things you can use to incorporate Portuguese into your daily life and keep yourself practicing a little every day. Before long, you'll be glad you did!

Sophia  

No More Excuses: Three popular language-learning myths debunked

We often make excuses when attempting to learn new languages, but sometimes these excuses are just a mind game! Not enough time? Not enough money? Here we debunk the prevalent language-learning myths so that you will be confident in reaching your goals…

Chinese Sentences Using the 把( ba ) Construction

The word 把 (bǎ) in Chinese has many uses and the 把 construction is one of the most frequently used patterns. Here we diagram the rules for using 把, as well as outline the common mistakes people make, and what you should say instead!...

Peter  

Why Schools Get it Wrong, but You Got it Right

A lot of us have studied foreign languages for countless hours in the classroom, but does that really prepare us to really use the language? How can we get past the textbooks and exams to rediscover our inborn natural ability for language learning? Remember learning your very first language ...

Ustedes, Vosotros, Vosotras, and YOU: Second-person plural pronouns in Spanish

Why are there so many ways to refer to the second-person plural in Spanish, when in English there is only one? How do you choose which one to use? Study the uses of vosotros, vosotras, and ustedes in common speech here…

Marco  

Learn a language, gain a new soul: Language and Culture go hand-in-hand

Charlemagne once said that by learning another language, you gain another soul. Immerse yourself in the Italian culture, stemming from history, art, food, traditions, and even vacation spots! In this article, learners of the Italian language can take a deeper look into a day in a life in Italy…

Cultural Differences Between Canadians and Italians

Living in Italy for the past year has taught me some lessons about cultural differences between Italians and Canadians. For example, what should you expect when you meet friends at a restaurant? Read on so you know what to do...

Figurative Meanings of Russian Verbs of Motion (глаголов движения)

Переносные значения глаголов движения - One of the challenges of learning Russian is the use of verbs of motion in a figurative sense. Since many words have multiple meanings, it is essential to understand how these verbs of motion are used in context. Here, I'll provide some examples and phrases that you can practice and use in your speech…

Speak ‘Like’ an American: Formal and Informal Uses of ‘Like’ in the English Language

If you have studied English, you probably know what the word "like" means, but if you haven’t lived in the United States, you may be unfamiliar with the some of the more informal uses of the term. Here's what you’ll need to know in order to understand native English speakers...

Chris  

4 Chinese Grammatical Mistakes Often Made by English Speakers

A common mistake for Chinese learners is to pronounce words with the wrong tones. Besides that, English speakers often make mistakes with certain sentence structures, parts of speech, and word order because they are "translating" instead of really speaking. Learn what to do instead...

6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Language Classes on italki

You want to learn a language online, but how can you make the best use of your one-on-one time with your teacher? Here's what to do to prepare and make your classes productive and enjoyable. Take some notes...

altini  

How to Use a Mind Map to Improve your Vocabulary

Do you find it hard to memorize lists of words and phrases in large amounts? Deploy the use of a mind map, an invaluable tool that will help you organize vocabulary words, to-do lists and multiple processes in a quick and efficient manner…