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Gifts for a Language Geek!

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and what language geek wouldn’t want language related gifts? If someone has a trait as specific as being a lover of X, it’s always nice to give a gift that fuels that love and equally just a lovely to receive a present that has to do with…

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Learn the Language Your Heart Tells You to

Or alternatively, “Why You Should Learn the Language You Want to Learn.” If you and your family or friends are familiar with your language learning endeavors, you’re probably not a stranger to “What? Why THAT language? Why don’t you study X language instead?” or something along those lines. Most language learners probably just roll their…

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Things English-Speakers Should Know About Portuguese

So this is exactly what the title implies. Whether you are familiar with Portuguese, are learning Portuguese, work with Portuguese speakers, or are just looking to learn something about the language, I have complied a list of things that I believe are important and imperative to the successful learning of the Portuguese language that is…

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The Struggles and Perks of Learning Lesser Studied Languages

*Please excuse my face on the front cover photo. Thank you.  Every language learner faces struggles, whether you have neighbors that speak your target language or whether they speak your target language half way across the world. Each of us face our own individual struggles as language learners, but there are a few struggles (and…

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Things You Don’t Learn in a Language Class (Usually)

Language classes usually consist of, well, language learning. You learn the grammar, how to listen and speak, how to read and write, you learn how to communicate. But when you take your skills outside of the classroom, do you realize how little you know? And I’m not talking about language-wise, I’m talking about everything else-wise.…

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Linguistics Classes: The Good, The Bad, The Agglutinating

I’m currently finishing up the last three weeks of coursework to get my undergraduate degree in Applied Linguistics from a university in the United States. I wanted to write a little blurb about my classes and my experiences to give you a view of what kind of classes linguistics majors take, for those of you…

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Spanish vs. French?!

The two most popular languages offered in high schools in the United States are Spanish and French. Going into high school as a freshman, I had to make a decision about which foreign language I wanted to take. Most of you may know the end result of which one I ended up picking (Spanish), but…

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Why My Portuguese is Better Than my Spanish: Some Advice

I studied studying Spanish long before I studied Portuguese. I studied Spanish in high school consistently for 4 years and I had friends who would talk to me in Spanish. I’ve also visited three Spanish speaking countries, and is way more accessible where I live. My first contact with Portuguese came 3 years after high…

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51 Reasons Why I’m a Language Geek

By definition, a geek is someone who “has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity.” Ding ding we have a winner. Sometimes I can’t believe some of the things I do in regards to language; I even find myself dumbfounded (sometimes) by how excited I get over the smallest things,…

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If You Want to go to Barcelona, Don’t Learn Spanish

If you want to go to Barcelona, learn Catalan. If you want to go to Barcelona, don’t learn Spanish. Before I started getting interested in the Spanish language and Spain as a country, I thought that they just spoke Spanish in Spain. Natural, right? I was mistaken, but intrigued and a little curious to learn…