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How different is French in Switzerland to France

How different is French in Switzerland to France?

Switzerland is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe with some of the most beauty scenery that the continent has to offer. In terms of languages, the country has 4 official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. In Switzerland, around 1.8 million people or 22.5% of the population speak French as their first language, mainly …

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Italian vs Spanish

How different or similar are Italian and Spanish?

I love traveling to both Italy and Spain (and Latin America, of course) and actually lived in Bologna, Italy where I learnt Italian. The year after learning Italian, I learnt Spanish while living adjacent to a Spanish-speaking barrio in Washington, DC in the US. Having learnt both languages in quick succession, I am really aware …

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The History and Roots of the Tagalog Language

Guest Post by Lingholic Are you confused whenever you hear a group of Pilipinos talking in what seem to be a jumbled language of sorts? What you are probably hearing is the Filipino language, the national language of the Philippines whose main basis is Tagalog. Filipino and Tagalog are essentially identical in all aspects: grammatical …

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5 most important differences between Spanish in Spain & Mexico

5 most important differences between Spanish in Spain and Mexico

Hi everyone! Today we are going to analyze the 5 most important differences between Spanish in Spain and Spanish in Mexico. The 2 varieties are mutually intelligible but there are differences in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. In this article, we are going to learn about the differences in vocabulary, the use of vosotros/ustedes, the distinción/el …

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How to Approach using Filler Words in Foreign Languages

‘Fillers’ exist in all the languages that I’ve learnt and serve a very specific purpose: to indicate to other people in a conversation that you have not finished what you are saying. ‘Fillers’ are tricky to get right in your native language never mind in a foreign one as they can be perceived in a …

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Hello Pal Review

Hello Pal Review

Hello Pal is a language partner app that I have been using lately for both languages that I already know like Russian and languages that I don’t yet, like Chinese (there are more than 50 languages to select from). The app is free to download and comes with an array of great features, such as …

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How to overcome locals replying in English when traveling as a native English-speaker

Being an English native speaker has huge advantages when traveling as it is often the international language most widely spoken at your holiday destination. However, as an avid language learner, the ubiquity of English can cause serious problems for you as you travel if you are learning the local languages. You spend hours back home …

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