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Japanese Honorific Suffixes

February 9, 2015

Honorific suffixes, or simply honorifics, are appended to the names of people who you are addressing or referring to. Although not technically part of Japanese grammar, correct honorific usage is …

Spanish-English Partial Cognates

February 2, 2015

Today we’re going to explore the world of Spanish-English partial cognates. Back in our first lesson, we talked about the difference between cognates and false friends. Cognates are words that …

French Vocabulary Quiz

January 30, 2015

This exercise tests your knowledge of twenty-six core French words that beginning speakers should know. Match the French words on the left with their English equivalents on the right. Remember …

Spanish Vocabulary Quiz

January 30, 2015

Today we present a quiz on twenty-six common words that beginning Spanish speakers should know. Match the Spanish words on the left with their English equivalents on the right. Then …

Faux Amis: French-English False Friends

January 26, 2015

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 …

Russian Roundup

January 21, 2015

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 …

Tips for Learning a New Language

January 15, 2015

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 …

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Hints and Tips for Learning Hindi

December 29, 2014

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 …

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Mandarin Chinese Challenges

December 22, 2014

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 …

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Reflections on Japanese

December 16, 2014

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 …