Today we are launching our multilingual blog #milestones! This blog celebrates #milestones from language learners around the world.Read more »
Being brought up in a family that traveled quite a bit, my passion for traveling the world came early in life.
My parents had one of those Educational World Globes which you could spin, and as a kid I used to play a game where I would spin the globe, close my eyes and point with a finger to see where it ended up on the map when the globe stopped spinning.Read more »
Portuguese was my language choice for a variety of reasons. For one, the past couple of overseas holidays I’ve had have been in Portugal, and I hate the feeling of being the foreigner who can’t communicate in anything but English—even though the Portuguese are generally fluent and refuse to make you feel self-conscious.Read more »
It wasn’t very long ago that I would have had no idea and would have assumed either of these phrases was something nice. I often joked that Leo would be coming home from school speaking Greek while we all smiled and said how clever he was, when in reality he could be swearing and saying all sorts of things and we would have no idea!Read more »
There is a joke I have heard on a couple of occasions that goes like this: What do you call someone who speaks two languages? – Bilingual. Three languages? – Trilingual. Four languages? – Quadralingual. One language? – American. It’s true. The average American doesn’t speak a second language.Read more »
What do my Polish colleague, Russian best friend, Dutch physiotherapist and Greek dentist have in common? They all speak perfect English. Perfect, lilting, full-of-nuance, cracking-smart-jokes English. On hearing this kind of linguistic gymnastics, most of us English speakers revert to our tired excuses, like “Why do I need to learn a new language? It’s usually not hard to find someone who speaks at least a little English.” Or there’s this one: “But which language should I learn?”Read more »