26 January

Faux Amis: French-English False Friends

False friends are words in different languages that look similar but have different connotations or entirely different meanings. French-English false friends, or faux amis, are especially tricky because modern English …

21 January

Russian Roundup

Today we’re going to cover some of the major differences between Russian and English. Russian forms part of the Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Closely related to …

15 January

Tips for Learning a New Language

We’re going to start off a new year of the Language Island blog with a few useful pieces of advice for anyone considering learning a new language. These general tips …

Indian Person
29 December

Hints and Tips for Learning Hindi

Today, we’re going to look at some of the basics of Hindi, the primary language of India. Learning Hindi offers a very practical advantage to professionals who routinely conduct business …

Great Wall of China
22 December

Mandarin Chinese Challenges

Chinese is often considered one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn. While this reputation is somewhat deserved, much of the perceived “difficulty” stems from how …

Japanese Green Tea
16 December

Reflections on Japanese

Japanese is not an inherently more difficult language to learn than English or one of the Romance languages. However, it is a very different language than English. Japanese and English …

Portuguese Language
10 December

Portuguese Problems

Portuguese and Spanish are very closely-related languages. Already knowing one of them makes learning the other considerably easier. Many aspects of Spanish that we talked about in the “Spanish-English Differences” …

12 November

Differences between Spanish and English

Many English speakers believe that Spanish is a relatively easy second language to learn. This is a natural assumption, as the languages do have much in common. Spanish and English …

12 November

Cognates and False Friends

Cognates Cognates are words that share a common etymological origin. They can occur both within and across languages. Cognates are very helpful when learning a foreign language whose linguistic background …

07 November

French Faux Pas

Today we’ll touch on various aspects of the French language that native English speakers tend to struggle with. French, like Spanish, shares the same writing style and nearly the same …