The Luo of Kenya and Tanzania are a Nilotic-speaking people whose main occupations are fishing, farming, and animal husbandry. In this article you will learn the basics of their language.
Have you ever wondered what's going to become of the English language now that we have BFF's and LOL's running rampant in text? Maybe it's a good thing...maybe not.
This tutorial explains how to say goodbye in Italian and when to use the word depending on the situation.
Latin verbs typically have four principal parts. This article will explain each of these and how they're used.
An ostensibly principally cultural organization, the Organisation Internationale de la francophonie is an excellent example of the politics of culture.
Filipinos use specific gestures, titles, and honorifics to address older relatives and strangers to convey respect.
English, as we know it, has been in use from about the 1400's. However, much of it vocabulary derives from a much older form of the language. This article traces the ways in which we still use Old English today.
Reasons students should consider majoring in Spanish including what you can do with a Spanish major and how you can leverage your degree in your future career after graduation.
Adverbs are confusing to both native and native speakers of English alike—once mastered, one can really harness the full beauty of the language.
Gĩkũyũ is written with seven vowels. Two of the additional vowels are i-tilde (ĩ) and u-tilde (ũ). These are: a (low /central), e (ɛ Mid-low/Front), i (high/front), ĩ (e Mid-high/Front), o (ɔ Mid-low /Back), u (High/Back), ũ (o Mid-high/Back). Kikuyu and Italian seem to share the same vowels - /a/, /e/, /ɛ/, /i/, /o/, /ɔ/, /u/
Anybody who knows more than one language and has been asked to translate from one language to another, or has even just asked someone, “How do you say this in X language?” has either answered the request or encountered the response, “You can’t really say that in X.”
If love is the universal language and "I love you" is the most important thing to say, how will you tell the world how you feel? Here are more than 165 ways to say "I love you" in different languages.
The naughty grammarian instructs on the finer points of English usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is about the confusion between the verbs "lie" and "lay."
Common prefixes with detailed explanations to help you understand longer, more complicated English words.
Do you know how to use the word "myself?" Incorrect use of "myself" will not be tolerated...by me, myself or I!
Begin by holding out your non-dominant hand out in a fist. Then use your dominant hand to clamp down on the wrist of the non-dominant hand. Begin by signing 'red' which is made by sliding the index finger down your chin. Next the four fingers are...
Simple, free German essays, ready to use straight away. Based upon my experience working at schools in the UK, this article covers the popular topic of writing about your house.
Within the French language, there is really only one true irregular verb ending in -er! That verb is 'aller' - to go. It has its own unique set of endings for the different tenses. All the other -ER verbs have slight variations of the standard...
If you're starting work as an ALT or other type of English teacher, you'll want to brush up on your Japanese. While your dispatch company or supervisor will help with the language barrier, knowing some basic words will make things go more smoothly.
It was in 4th millennium BC that the writing system appeared for the first time in the Indus River Valley civilization in India, but it disappeared in 3rd millennium B.C and reappeared in 500 BC.
Index finger slides across the brow. Palm is set open palm on the chest, then slides out and the fingers close. Open fingers slide back and forth in front of the chest. B hand twists back and forth. Index finger slides down the chin. B...
Index finger points starting at the ear and ending at the mouth or vice versa. Index finger is held sideways in front of the mouth and does a circular motion. Index finger points inward at the chest. Open palm faces the chest. Index finger...
Using apps to help you learn Japanese keeps your motivation up and helps you learn more quickly. Use this list to grab the best Japanese language apps for iPhone and Android.
55 dog related idioms and phrases as used in everyday language. Dogs have long held a special place in our lives and it is therefore unsurprising that so many idiomatic expressions and phrases involving dogs have entered our vocabulary.
Idioms can be particularly confusing, especially when English is not your first language. Discover the meaning of popular Christmas themed idioms and phrases, together with practical examples of their use in sentences.
I learned that language-less people in the deaf community have cognitive abilities despite their lack of language. This article is a review of my research.
It is an unfortunate tendency for English-speaking North Americans to lack knowledge of foreign languages. Here I outline quantifiable justification for a more cosmopolitan North American outlook
In case you thought Chinese had no Curse words. I say, "you have to know what to listen for." Here we have a list of all the most common Chinese Curse Words, Chinese Insults, Chinese Swear Words, et
Siktir is a Turkish curse word meaning "buzz off." But in a recent phenomenon, it has become a popular slang term in Farsi as well. In this article, therefore, we'll investigate this interesting transfer between two of the popular languages in Asia.
Modern foreign teaching methods are easier to understand and develop if you are well acquainted with the foreign teaching methods used in the past (most of them are still used today in some form and integrated into new teachings).
The Naughty Grammarian instructs on the finer points of English usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is about when to use, "I" vs. "me" and "who" vs. "whom."
This tutorial explains how to say hello in Italian and when to use the word depending on the situation.
Everyone has tried to learn a language at some point in their lives. Some were more successful than others and some gave up without getting very far. In this article I will show you how to learn a language to fluency in a short period of time and for free.
Choosing to learn Arabic is a big commitment, but what kind of Arabic you choose to learn is equally important. Explore some of the most common dialects in the Arab World to help you make your decision.
Learning French is easy if you know where to find the right sources and the best teachers. There are many websites offering outstanding learning material but there are also many e-learning companies that provide French lessons with a native French teacher.
Recognizing languages spoken in East Asia and Southeast Asia is a very difficult task. This hub suggests some tips in recognizing important languages spoken in East Asia and Southeast Asia.
This article details the famous last words of 20 writers, artists, politicians, musicians and businessmen. Some of the last words included are those of Steve Jobs, John Adams, Kurt Cobain and Marie Antoinette.
This article contains 50 idioms related to cats. We use idioms in everyday speech, but I had no idea that so many include a reference to cats. How many do you recognize?
Throughout history, the English have shamelessly stolen words from other languages as diverse as Arabic and Norwegian.
While idioms provide color to language, did you ever wonder: "Why do we say that?" Read what common idioms mean and where they came from.
When do you use "I" or "me"? If you've ever met "Jimmy," you'll be begging to use personal pronouns just so you won't have to hear Jimmy talk about himself in the third person all the time. But before you gang up on Jimmy, find out when you're supposed to use "I" or "me" in a given statement.
Here are some handy Ilocano phrases for everyday use in a variety of common occasions. Whether you're a traveler looking for some handy phrases or you're serious about learning to speak the language, this list of translations should prove useful.
A new series of essays to support you with your German homework. This article covers the popular topic of writing about your daily routine.
I've read about the supposed difficulty of many languages. Some I don't know at all (like Chinese or Arabic, which I'd imagine are difficult), but I did have the opportunity to learn one of the hardest, and supposedly the most grammatically-complex...
Farsi is a language spoken by 1.5% of the world population and has offered lots of terms to other dialects in time. In this article, however, you'll find out how this precious language has influenced English vocabulary and why the interrelation of Farsi and English cannot be neglected.
It's amazing how many of our common sayings of today come straight out of the Bible. They don't always have the same meaning, sometimes they do.
An explanation of the Japanese verb conjugation system, highlighting its clever relationship with the kana system.
Adapted from a IB extended essay, this article examines the linguistic and cultural history resulting in the evolution of Spanish and the regional differences in the language.
A new series of essays to support you with your homework at school. They are based on my experience working at schools in the UK. Part 1 covers the popular topic of describing your own family.
Let's have some fun learning Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, with over 20 hip and Filipino millineal slang words. Even outdated Filipino slang are in this list of Tagalog slang words.
20 easy ways to talk about the weather in Japanese, including temperature, types of weather, and some advanced phrases.
What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor? A simile is actually a type of metaphor. This article explains the similarities and differences between metaphors and similes.
Idioms or idiomatic expressions have such deep meanings that they often cause confusion among learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. Here are some examples of school-related idioms.
With self-confidence, motivation to communicate, and constant practice, people can become successful in learning a second language. This hub suggests ten characteristics of the good language learner.
My hub is all about Basic Kuwaiti Arabic words and phrases that I learnt in Kuwait when I worked there years ago and I am going to translate them in English. It was easier to learn the spoken Arabic language first by learning the Arabic words and phrases then use them in sentences later.
The distribution of Wolof and French in written form in Dakar helps one understand the dynamics of the two languages in Senegal.
English teacher and author J. J. Murray examines, defines, deciphers, and illuminates 100 English words and phrases that have plagued writers for centuries—a must-read and ready reference for writers (and students) of all ages.
There are a number of good reasons for studying and learning a foreign language. Better communication with and knowledge of different cultures are important reasons for becoming multilingual.
Looking for inspiration, or just curious about the most epic and awesome words in the English language? Read on to uncover the 60 most awesome sounding words and their meanings!
Want to learn the top 5 Farsi slang words that Persians use in texts? Here, I'll elaborate on the most frequently used cuss words in modern Farsi while giving you some tips on slanging like a native Persian! Read on to get to know Farsi vulgarism better.
Are you feeling a little peaked? Or maybe you are piqued or peeked? Or should it be pekid or peakèd? Would like to take a peak or peek or peep? Is that smell piquant, picante, or pungent?
This article explores 75 easy-to-learn phrases in Russian. It provides an introduction to the Cyrillic "alphabet," as well as introductory lesson in pronunciation.
Learning languages is best done at a young age, but you may notice a need to know more Spanish as an Adult. Below are some tips and ideas for broadening your Spanish abilities long after the crucial language-exposure years of youth are past.
We all know that love reaches beyond language barriers and continents, but it certainly doesn't hurt to to teach yourself a phrase or two to impress the Filipino or Filipina in your life.
What is the best way to become perfectly fluent in a foreign language? Many recommend complete and total immersion, but others are concerned about reducing anxiety in students and providing only a positive experience. However, in order to become a fluent speaker, one has to internalize the language and change one's thinking, something that very few people want to do.
So, I hear you want to learn French. Well, come on and embark on the beautiful journey of learning French. This lesson, we will be covering the very basics of French grammar and vocabulary. Enjoy!
When you begin to learn another language, you can really improve your listening and speaking skills by watching telenovelas. The following series are great for Spanish practice.
Everyone reads Regency era novels for the sex and violence, but the slang isn't so bad either! Let's bring back some of the classics, eh wot?
Even if your employer has reassured you that they'll help you with the transition abroad, they'll likely fall short at times. Here are words to listen for, look for, and be able to say in case of any problems while in Japan.
Japanese words and phrases said by people from the Kansai region. Brush up on your slang and impress the locals with your knowledge!
Deep amid 80-some perfectly legitimate albeit odd-sounding words nestles some fake words we just manufactured here at the facility. Test your mettle. Ferret the fakes while you learn a few new words.
We have the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan to thank for giving us a word that describes the use of a wrong word in place of another with a similar sound.
While learning Spanish is fun, there's not always an opportunity to do so outside the classroom. Here's a collection of various online websites and apps that would be useful no matter what's your level of expertise on the language.
Esperanto is a language invented by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof in the late 1800s. It is an artificial language as opposed to natural human languages whose vocabulary and grammars developed randomly over time through custom and usage, rather than a plan....
Creole languages take words from two or more languages to create a third tongue that becomes a common communication tool.
Do you want to surprise someone special with romantic Romanian phrases? Many of those who want to learn to speak Romanian are doing this because they are in love with a Romanian.
One thing that sets humans apart from all other animals is our ability to gain language. Language is such a complex topic and often debated, especially whether it has come from nature or nurture.
A step by step detailed guide on how to introduce yourself in Japanese using a Jikoshoukai. Audio clip included with lots of example sentences.
Here are basic Spanish grammar rules and shortcuts on how to make the accent marks over vowels and inverted punctuations.
For the majority of learners, the subjunctive is the most difficult aspect of Spanish grammar to master. Here is a comprehensive guide of the Spanish subjunctive that will aid your studies.
Spanish Lesson Seventy-One: Hacerse, Ponerse, Volverse. Learn the differences of each of these verbs and how they can mean "to become" in the Spanish language.
It's easy to get complacent with your mid-level Japanese - but you can improve by leaps and bounds without getting bored if you change up your learning methods.
The meaning of ba, pala, nga, naman and more explained with examples along with more Filipino or Tagalog words with no English translations.
Spanish Lesson Thirty: Writing About Yourself. This lesson concentrates on writing a paragraph describing what kind of person you are, where you're from, where you've been, and what you want to become when you grow older. It's useful for everyone! Take a look...
At some point in your life ... you did know the difference. ThePioneerWoman.com Let me begin this hub by stating a fact ... I am not an english major or an expert on the language. Let me also state another fact ... you don't have to be an expert to...
Spanish Lesson Fifty-Five:Doing Math in Spanish is for Spanish learners who wish to use mathematics terms in Spanish. Take a look for more!
A compendium, collection, and chrestomathy of words you will likely never use. How can you resist a sales pitch like that?
Free, ready-made German essays to use straight away. In this article, learn how to write about your town in German.
Some tips and strategies for tackling the challenge of learning Japanese, based on my own experience.
The French language has something known as a 'conjugation system'. This means that in order for you to say "I eat" (je mange) and "you eat" (tu manges) you have to change the verb ending of the verb that you used (manger = to eat). In this case, it...
I don't know about you, but I'm completely obsessed with finding out where words come from. The study of word origin is known as 'etymology.'
Delight in knowing what a word means, even or especially a foreign one? Want to broaden your understanding? Then read this article to learn some useful foreign words and phrases.
Language can be defined as a form of communication that allows intercourse between multiple people, is arbitrary (in words individually), generative (in word placement), and constantly evolving.
Let me be honest, learning a new language isn't easy, far from it. But, luckily for you, not all languages are equally difficult. Here is a list of the 5 easiest languages for English speakers.
Free, ready-made German essays to use straight away. In this article, learn how to write about your best friend in German.
Sometimes there are no words in the English language for our feelings. But we can turn to another language for the exact word we need.
A guide on how to say "Me/I" in Japanese, going through all the standard and universally accepted ways.
The evolving English language over several centuries is fascinating as 1,000 new words added annually. If you are an older adult, millenials and teenagers use several words and abbreviations you may not be familiar with, but they are discussed in this article.
An overview of the history and use of Korean Sign Language, with an introduction to some basic, everyday signs.
Struggling with writing a formal letter in Spanish? Here's some help with two sample letters proofread by native speakers of Spanish.
Writing about your school in German is very easy with the help of this article. Learn how to write about the positives and negatives of your school in splendid German!
In part 8 of my free German essays we look at how to describe a healthy lifestyle in a German, which is also part of the National Curriculum for schools.
The US Department of State is providing scholarships to study 13 languages which they deem crucial to US national security and economic competitiveness. The list is rather odd, I think.
The use of cleverly worded insults seems to have gone out of fashion replaced by short, abusive Tweets.
A new series of essays to support you with your German homework at school. They are based upon my experience working at schools in the UK. Part 2 covers the popular topic of writing about your hobby.
Different example texts in German of about 200 words you can use straight away and for free. With English translations to help you understand, and some handy vocabulary lists to save you some time!
Idioms or idiomatic expressions are one of the toughest English topics to master for many learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. They are quite complicated. Most of the time, the individual meanings of the words that make them up do...
There are many ways to expand your vocabulary. They can be easy to do and incorporate into your daily life.
English has become the common language of the world; it’s a pity its spelling conventions are so complex.
English idioms or idiomatic expressions come in many different forms. There are about 25,000 idioms in English. Many of these idioms, unfortunately, sound and look strange to most ESL students.
If you know the most common verbs in Spanish, then you're a long way to understanding the language. Here are 100 of the most common verbs with some different expressions of usage.
When wanting to talk about playing an instrument or sport, there's a way of going about doing so. I hope this helps clear things up and helps you along the wonderful journey of learning French!
Mrs. Twitches explains the rules for using WHICH and THAT. You might find yourself scratching your head at her rhymes and uncommon explanations for which and that and their respective clauses. But, you'll also find out if she gets hitched with Mr. Glitches.
The differences between British and American English are reflected primarily in the use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This hub relates experience with Brits and British English.
A comprehensive listing of schools offering ASL classes in the Detroit, Michigan area, including interpreter training and other degree programs.
Even if you're just a beginner, there is some Spanish literature you can tackle at your level. Read on to find out 5 easy reads in Spanish for learners.
Chinese culture is full of symbolisms derived from amalgamations of Chinese characters or from Chinese folklore. Here are 9 Chinese Symbols for wealth, luck, and other blessings you are likely to come across during your China vacation.
Most of us have heard of Esperanto, an attempt to create a universal language; but Volapük, or Solresol?
There are actually a number of ways Happy Birthday can be said in Japanese. The easiest way would be to use the Japanese phonetic alphabet which is called Katakana
Even though you may have never seen sign language, you may actually know some. Here are 21 basic signs you'll probably recognize right away.
This hub serves to teach french students about french pollution including french vocabulary, phrases and the english translations of the french.
Japanese phrases that are used everyday and will help fill in those gaps in conversation and build fluency. All phrases shown have audio examples added for pronunciation.