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
I’m thrilled to announce that Paul Martin will be Runaway Daydreamer’s first ever Guest Editor. Paul is an English teacher currently living in Buenos Aires and he will take over the blog for the current month. He agreed to write a series of articles and in-depth features for us. I shall leave you in his capable hands. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Are Some Languages Faster than Others?
Those of you who have followed my previous projects will know that I've been learning French (on and off) for a while. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and I try to practice French at any given opportunity. I haven’t shared much about my progress with you but I definitely will. It’s a language I truly love, so you can expect a lot of French related posts on the blog. I would also like to know your very own experience with la langue française so don't forget to leave me a comment or, better yet, send me an email or a guest post (take example from Jimmy! ). ;) Today, however, I’m going to announce a new language mission! Exciting, uh? A week or so ago I entered a giveaway on Ron’s blog, “Language Surfer”, and I won! I won a brand new shiny Japanese book. Hooray! JAPANESE? … [Read more...] about New language mission: Japanese (日本語)!
Have you always wanted to visit Rome and experience a true Roman holiday? Here's your chance! This summer, from July 5 to July 14, you can make those travel dreams come true. My friend Melissa, who blogs at Diario di una Studentessa Matta, will be leading a trip to Rome with Kelly Medford, an American artist who lives and paints in the capital city. … [Read more...] about Come to Rome with Kelly and Melissa!
Lots of people dream of studying and then speaking Mandarin Chinese but they're too scared to give it a try. Are you one of them? Today's post is by Yang who will give you the encouragement you need to pursue your language learning goals. Enjoy! - - - … [Read more...] about Mandarin Chinese is easier to learn than you think
You may think that going to the country where the language you're learning is spoken is the ultimate solution. Well, that's not entirely true. Sometimes things just don't go like you expected. Ask Jimmy Monaghan, who is happy to share his thoughts with you. He's going to talk about his experience of learning French in France. Over to you Jimmy! - - - … [Read more...] about Why I didn’t learn French in France
I'm finally on my holiday break so -hopefully- I'll be able to reply to all my unanswered messages. I'm catching up with everything blog-related so bear with me, s'il vous plaît. As promised, today I'm going to share with you an interesting guest post written for us by Laurianne Sumerset. I'm sure you're going to find it useful and inspiring. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Four Lessons I Didn’t Expect from Language Learning
Previously on Runaway Daydreamer... A brave young woman leaves for France seeking adventure, love and a potion for eternal life. She wanders through Nice, admiring its beauty, exploring, taking everything in. She disappears from the web and she doesn't come back to writing. Until now. So, yeah, it’s been awhile. The good news is that I haven’t been eaten by a creepy zombie. Phew, I'm still alive. Yay for me! The bad news is that I'm not a female leader in a supernatural world... But I digress. What the hell have I been up to? In a few words: university has taken over my life. Completely. It sounds like a lame excuse, I know. I wish I could tell you that I was in Narnia this whole time. Life's been pretty hectic since I started my university life and I'm always … [Read more...] about Chi non muore si rivede.