According to Oscar Wilde, ’life is too short to learn German’. However, since the days of Wilde have long passed, it can be argued that the German language is now worth mastering during our short time on earth. Respectively, with a booming economy, a thriving capital city, a strong education system and plenty of culture to go round - Germany is rapidly becoming one of the most popular countries to migrate to. That being said, here are five reasons to start learning German today!
With summer on the horizon, we’re sure many of you are planning (or at least dreaming of!) a European trip! Europe has so much to offer, whether you’re interested in culture, with its rich history, arts and music background. Or maybe you just want to relax on a gorgeous Mediterranean beach in the sun, or perhaps you want to explore as much as possible in just a short time. With interrailing becoming increasingly popular and a very cost effective way to travel, the wonderful continent of Europe is a great place to travel around.
So you’re making progress with a new language, you’ve made some native speaking friends and have maybe even found love - but what’s next? Just like learning foreign swear words, one of the fun parts of language learning is discovering funny slang words and nicknames.
Learning a language is no easy feat. From complicated grammar to tricky pronunciation - every learner faces different hurdles when acquiring a new tongue.
From the highlands of Scotland to the beaches of Australia - every English speaking country has their own unique slang. As a result, these unusual words and sayings can often sound like riddles - not only for non-native English speakers, but for native speakers from other parts of the world. Consequently, if you are thinking of learning English abroad, or are simply planning a trip to Scotland, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand - here are some common sayings from each country along with their meanings.
My first impressions of Hamburg were far from perfect. I was told I would fall in love with its Harbour city charm, but instead I was greeted with gloomy weather, a distinct lack of WiFi and endless rows of boring redbrick housing. I soon learnt, that first impressions are not everything and this beautiful and vibrant city has a lot more to offer, not only tourists but for those who have the pleasure of living there also.
Language learning apps have opened up a new world of smartphone schooling - allowing us to learn new vocabulary with just a few taps and clicks. However, although these apps are useful for digesting bite sized information on the move, they fall short in providing us with authentic cultural experiences. As a result, here are some reasons why language apps are no competition for immersion trips abroad.
Moving to a new country can be a very daunting prospect. Even for the most seasoned traveller, being plunged into an alien culture, language and way of life can be extremely testing. For Silva, a 22 year old from Syria, this challenging and life-changing experience has been made a lot easier with a helping hand from a local Abroadwith host, Leyla.
Whether you are a "cash strapped student", someone with a spare room gathering dust, or a parent whose child has flown the nest – hosting is a great way to replace social media scrolling with meaningful interactions and friendships.