June 20, 2015 by Iván

Father’s Day

Image courtesy of Kyrre Gjerstad at As this festivity is approaching and being a father for 20 months myself, I have recently felt increasingly curious about how this day is celebrated around the world.   And after a little research, I have come across some interesting facts that I did not have any idea […]

May 4, 2015 by Boris

French Pronunciation

Image courtesy of Pat Guiney at There’s that charming sound to the spoken French language that everyone finds very pleasant to hear. How the words seem to melt together to end up in a nice melody. Whether you are beginning to learn the language or you only need to brush up on your intonation, […]

April 14, 2015 by Boris

German Pronunciation

After our last post on Spanish pronunciation we are thrilled to give you an idea about German pronunciation! …and it is not going to be as straightforward as the Spanish one. The German pronunciation takes its origin from the Indo-Germanic languages. It evolved over the centuries leading to what we nowadays know as ‘Hochdeutsch’. The […]

March 6, 2015 by Iván

Spanish Pronunciation

Spanish language writing is based on Latin (or Roman) script. This system is mostly used by Western languages. However, unlike the rest of them, Spanish has a unique particularity: it is pronounced the way it is written. Taking this into account, let´s have a look at some characteristics worth mentioning: – Letters associations, ‘CH’ and […]

February 17, 2015 by Iván

Chinese New Year

Image courtesy of gubgib at Are we welcoming the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram? The answer isn’t as easy as we thought! Many things are being said these days about this Chinese new year zodiac sign. Even for many Chinese people it isn´t easy to explain the diversity of different animals for […]

February 12, 2015 by Boris

The English Genders

After our previous posts on German, French and Spanish genders welcome to our last post of this mini series. Does English know grammatical gender like other languages? If you speak another language like Spanish or German, you are familiar with grammatical gender. In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. In French, a […]

February 6, 2015 by Iván

The Spanish Genders

This week we would like to turn to the Spanish genders. Unlike English or German, Spanish and French (along with Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) are different evolutions of Latin, called Romance languages or Neo-Latin languages. Therefore, all of them share some similarities either in vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation.   Spanish noun genders work differently for […]

January 28, 2015 by Boris

The French Genders

After last week’s post on the German genders we are sure that you want to know more about the genders in other languages. What about the French genders then?   French gender is a constant headache for many students of French. Why is le manteau (the coat) masculine and la montre (the watch) feminine, when both men and women […]

January 22, 2015 by Boris

The German Genders

Welcome to our first Blog post! Unlike other European languages, such as French or Spanish, the German language knows three different genders. (Almost) every noun belongs to one of the following three gender groups: Masculine (der), feminine (die), or neuter (das). To be able to use the correct article, it is essential to remember the gender […]