Native speakers play a huge role in your language learning journey. You can buy all the textbooks you want, watch all the foreign movies you like, but nothing beats conversing directly with native speakers. It’s undoubtedly one of the most important steps in acquiring a new language and yet one of the most dreaded ones! The problem is… where do you find someone to talk to, especially if you’re not in the country where your target language is spoken and won’t be in the near future? This is where the HelloTalk App comes in. … [Read more...] about HelloTalk App Review: Practice Your Target Language On Your Smartphone
2016 is just a few hours away, ladies and gents. Everyone is getting ready to celebrate the New Year and so am I. As a full-time dreamer, I look forward to a New Year filled with possibilities, adventures and, of course, dreams becoming reality. There's no better way to wish you all a great time than a multilingual video, don't you think? So, here it is! The team at Move Hub put together the following clip in a bid to capture as many languages as they could: "We clocked up 27 languages and captured many happy revelers wanting to wish their friends and family overseas a happy 2016. While you may have heard some of these languages (for example, English, if you are reading this without Google Translator), but others like Garifuna may be new to you. Garifuna, listed on UNESCO’s … [Read more...] about To a Dreamful New Year…
Is it the end of November already? Woah. Where does the time go?! During the past few months I struggled to keep the blog updated. I had lost my motivation, I couldn’t find the time, I thought I wasn’t making any progress… DOES IT SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU? I bet it rings a bell to all language learners. That’s because the keys to succeed in blogging and language learning are pretty much the same. I realized how much maintaining a blog relates to language learning while I was trying – and failing - to do both. … [Read more...] about How Blogging and Language Learning Are Very Much Alike
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?