In Italian, “primavera” is the word to describe the beautiful season of spring. It can be traced back to the Latin roots “primus”, meaning first, and “ver”, meaning spring. In Italy, as in many other countries, is common tradition to do some “pulizie di primavera” - or spring cleaning - during this time of the year. Feeling inspired by my own spring cleaning, I have decided to collect into this post a handful of Italian words, expressions and proverbs that will have you ready to jump into “la bella stagione”. … [Read more...] about Essential Italian Spring Vocabulary Words and Expressions (+ Proverbs)
Today’s guest post comes from the very talented Yang, who has already previously written about Mandarin Chinese on Runaway Daydreamer. --- Learning Mandarin Chinese has become an increasingly popular endeavor in recent years, with more people undertaking the challenge every day. There are as many different reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese as there are people who take up the language. Some people learn Mandarin Chinese in order to get a new job, a promotion, or a raise. Some are planning a trip to China or another area where the language is widely spoken. Some people take up Mandarin Chinese just because they love learning new languages, or perhaps because they enjoy the sound of Mandarin. Many people take up learning Mandarin Chinese for a combination of reasons. Just as … [Read more...] about Improve Your Mandarin Chinese with These 10 Cultural Tips
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’?