30 September

Even More English Words with Foreign Language Origins

This week, we’re going explore another six everyday words rooted in languages other than English. Modern English contains many such loanwords that have been “borrowed” from other languages. While English loanwords usually …

30 September

Italian Vocabulary Quiz Round 2

Test your Italian vocabulary with this new matching exercise containing an additional thirty words. Match each Italian word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. As always, …

30 September

Italian Words with Multiple Meanings

This week we’re going to look at five tricky Italian words with multiple meanings. These are words whose meanings change depending on the context and/or grammatical role in which they …

30 September

Top 10 Favorite False Friends

This week we’re going to revisit my personal favorite false friends from French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. These false friends have stuck with me because the potential misunderstandings they could …

Japanese Green Tea
06 June

More Japanese Idioms

In this lesson, we’re going to look at ten more commonly-used Japanese idiomatic expressions. Knowing basic idioms can increase your understanding of any language, not to mention your degree of …

25 May

Spanish Idioms

In this lesson, we’re going to examine the meanings behind ten more Spanish idioms. Knowing basic idiomatic expressions can increase your understanding of any language, not to mention your degree …

Great Wall of China
25 May

Chinese Vocabulary Quiz Round 2

Test your Chinese vocabulary with this new matching exercise containing an additional twenty-six core Chinese words. Match each Chinese word on the left with its English equivalent on the right. …

Japanese Green Tea
16 May

Yet More Japanese-English False Friends

  As we’ve talked about in the past, Japanese-English false friends are largely the result of how the Japanese language assimilates foreign words. A word with no native Japanese equivalent …

28 April

Falso Amico: Italian-English False Friends Part 2

Italian and English possess are surprisingly-large number of cognates. Italian words such as farmacia (pharmacy), intelligente (intelligent), and necessario (necessary) mean exactly what a native English speaker would expect them …