Before you read this article, be sure to take a look at the most delightful attractions and sights of Nice. Done? Okay, let's dive in! Nice offers a wide variety of entertainment to people from all walks of life. It's impossible to count them all! I'm happy to share with you some of the most interesting ones. … [Read more...] about What to do in Nice – France
Last year I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in France and visit the marvellous Côte d'Azur. We're in the middle of summer now, so it seems like the perfect time to look back at my amazing trip and share some of my favourite memories with you. As I photographed, explored and discovered the French Riviera, I couldn’t help but be over-awed by the beauty of this place and its surroundings. Once I set foot in Nice, I fell deeply in love with the city. … [Read more...] about What to see in Nice (France) – Free City Guide
Language and culture go hand in hand. They are inseparably intertwined. Learning the history and culture of a country will help you understand its language to a deeper level. That’s why I want to share with you three online magazines about Italy’s cultural scene and lifestyle. … [Read more...] about 3 Magazines about Italy You Should Read
Runaway Daydreamer has been nominated for the second year in a row in The Top 100 Language Lovers 2015 competition hosted by bab.la and Lexiophiles. Hooray! That's a wonderful accomplishment and I have to thank all of you for your support. Merci beaucoup! Now it's time to vote and I need your help to make it to the Top 25. … [Read more...] about Top 100 Language Learning Blogs: it’s time to vote!
There was an interesting discussion on Twitter last night during the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages hosted a very entertaining live chat using the hashtag #EuroLangParty to celebrate one of Europe’s most popular TV traditions. Bloggers, language lovers and people from all over the world reunited to tweet their opinions and talk about their favourite songs throughout the contest. We had a lot of fun! So many thoughts were shared but there’s one particular topic I’d like to mention. It sparked a debate. … [Read more...] about Eurovision: Should we call it ‘Anglovision’?
Mandarin Chinese is always up there with Japanese, Arabic and Korean as one of the hardest languages to learn. Beyond a doubt, it is a complex language to tackle, but it’s not as hard as you think, especially if you get off on the right foot. You’ll certainly have a jump-start in learning Mandarin if you don’t waste your time with ineffective materials and tools. That’s why I decided to share with you this infographic created by LearnMandarinNow.com. Here’s what they have to say about it: "Using our blog, we contacted 50+ bloggers and asked them about the resources they prefer to use when learning Chinese. The results of all of these ideas and suggestions can now be found in our colourful, informative Infographic and, now, we are happy to share details with you on Runaway … [Read more...] about What’s the best way to learn Chinese?
Today’s guest post comes from Akansha Arora and I'm sure it will encourage you even further to embark on a language learning journey. --- A common observation shows that most people take a foreign language course because it’s one of the hobbies they want to pursue. But it’s amazing to know that learning a foreign language can do so much benefit for the brain. The following article lists some benefits that learning a foreign language can bring. … [Read more...] about Why Should You Make the Effort of Learning a Foreign Language?
Did you know that, prior to the invention of the telephone, the term “hello” was used to draw attention to something as opposed to greeting someone? Nowadays almost every English speaker answers the telephone by saying “Hello.” However, before the telephone was invented by Scottish scientist Alexander Graham Bell, saying hello was used to express surprise or to bring notice to something. … [Read more...] about The Influence of Technology on the English Language
Though the English language contains many unsavory four-letter words, perhaps the one with the worst reputation is “like”. Indeed, there’s no faster way to make yourself seem vapid or incompetent than to constantly utter the word “like” in your conversations. Though “like” has many accepted uses, most people think that misusing it is a sure-fire indicator that you’re, like, kind of stupid. But “like” is more than a meaningless filler that indicates stupidity. In fact, the word “like” has evolved to take on a variety of uses that are not only useful, but also semantically rich. Moreover, the word “like” fills lexical gaps in the English language, conveying sentiments that its alternatives simply can't express. Let’s review some of the uses of the word “like” to show that it’s not so bad … [Read more...] about In Defense of “Like”: It’s, Like, Actually a Pretty Great Word
It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of excellent French-language music. From timeless vintage classics by stalwarts like Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet to more modern French-language tunes that have infiltrated the mainstream (Stromae, anyone?), there’s really nothing quite like French music. But in addition to producing deep, memorable, and marvelous songs, these French artists have also -- albeit inadvertently -- given learners of French a great opportunity to practice their grammar. Here are two excellent French-language songs that will help you tackle some of the trickier aspects of French grammar. … [Read more...] about Brush Up on Your French Grammar Through Music