Today we are going to talk about summer… en français. I’ve been to France over the summer season two times thus far and there’s no way I would’ve survived without memorizing these vocabulary words first! Well, okay, that might be a tad bit extreme, but the list of words and phrases that I’m about to share with you definitely came in handy during my summer trips. When we think of summer, we inevitably think of holidays - “les vacances”. Traditionally, families and friends take advantage of sunny days (les journées ensoleillées) to travel (voyager) or simply go to the beach (aller à la plage). “Je suis en vacances!” (I’m on holiday) This is what you can excitedly exclaim once you’re off your study or work duties. French people have a specific term to indicate the summer … [Read more...] about French Summer Vocabulary – Vocabulaire de l’été
One thing you may have noticed about me is that I get ridiculously excited about holidays. I love holidays and traditions. Traditions are one of the reasons why foreign cultures intrigue me so much. I always ask myself: “What is it like to spend New Year’s Eve in Spain?” or “I eat Pandoro for Christmas, what do they eat in Croatia?”. Since holidays are the best time to take a break, relax, and enjoy time with the family, some people find it harder to keep practicing their target language. You too? Well, fear not! I’ve prepared some fun Easter-themed activities so you can get your Italian language practice even when your mouth is full of chocolate and you’re surrounded by eccentric Easter eggs. … [Read more...] about Fun Easter Activities to Review Grammar + Vocabulary in Italian
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)
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)!
Simply put: language learning should be fun. If it’s not fun 80% of the time, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re wondering why it is so important to enjoy your language learning process, read this article very carefully. Language learning is a journey, not a destination. This quote basically sums up everything. Would you go on a vacation knowing the journey would be horrible and boring as hell? Probably not. That’s the way you should approach the language learning experience. Sure, there will be ups and downs on the road. You’ll find some hurdles along the way. But, overall, it has to be an exciting and incredible journey. A journey you’re impatient to start. A journey you don’t even want to end. Because languages are always evolving and there’s always more to … [Read more...] about Are you planning to learn a new language? Read this post first!