Jul 18 2016

Significance of the German Flag

These days, when you come across a larger number of German flags, you are probably running into a bunch of soccer fans or walking through an allot settlement. But as many state flags, also the German one has quite an interesting history. Even though the Federal Republic of Germany wasn’t founded until 1949, the country’s flag, bearing the tricolors black, red, and gold, is actually much older than the year 1949. 1848 – A Symbol of Revolution The year 1848 was probably one of the […]

Jul 11 2016

Personal Correspondence in French

Personal correspondence in a foreign language can be quite overwhelming if you do not know how to start and end. Most of the phrases used are standard phrases and cannot be just translated, so one has to memorize them and their usage. What lies in between the beginning and ending of the letter/correspondence is totally up to the writer. Below are some handy French correspondence phrases and some tips to look into them: I. Greetings (you can either use the salutation alone, or the salutation […]

Jul 09 2016

Think you can learn Spanish only in Spain? Think Again!

It seems to be a typical stereotype that Spanish can be learnt only in Spain. I recently visited Barcelona, and found that Spain does have quite a number of Spanish courses, but the Spanish accent in Spain is not really one of the best- it is not extremely clear, with apparently thick lisps in the “S’es”. Spain lies in Europe and therefore seems to attract most Spanish learners- but there is much more beyond the horizon that can be explored. One of my closest friends […]

Jul 04 2016

Get to know Germany through it’s city names

Germany is a very old country, with its oldest cities dating back to hundreds of years BC. Its name in many languages hints at the tribes and languages of its past: Germany, named after the Latin word “Germania” Deutschland, named after the Germanic word diutisc, meaning “people” or “folk” Allemagne in French, named as a reference to the Allemani tribes Saksamaa in Finnish, named after the Saxons With such a rich range of previous inhabitants, it’s no surprise to notice Germany’s cities also take their […]

Jun 09 2016

Spanish Origins for days of the week

The names of the days of the week in Spanish and English don’t seem very much alike. But in fact they have similar origins. Surprisingly, however, the day with the names in the two languages sounding the most alike — Saturday in English and sábado in Spanish — has names that aren’t connected. The etymology of most of the days of the week is linked to Roman mythology. The Romans saw a connection between their gods and the changing face of the nighttime sky, so […]

May 31 2016

Funny French Food Expressions

The French are extremely passionate about their food, just like art and cinema. It is quite obvious in their culinary scenario. Today we shall have a look at some funny french expressions/sayings, expressed through food, which imply something completely different. It would be quite difficult to interpret them without having aknowledge of French language and culture. 1 – French Food Idiom: "Avoir un Coeur d'Artichaut" Literal meaning: To Have an Artichoke Heart   Implied meaning: To be Very Sensitive This means to be very sensitive. To cry easily. […]