May 26 2016

Por v/s Para- The Spanish “for”

In English , the word "for" can take many connotations: 4kgs of rice for 60 $ This present is for my mother In these two sentences, the word "for" has different meanings. In the first sentence, we have used for to express a rate, where as in the second sentence it is an intention. English is quite practical, and uses the same word for different connotations. However, this is not the case with Spanish. European languages always like to keep things specific. The same specificity can […]

May 23 2016

The essential French “Politeness”- Politesse

The French are known to be extremely polite- even if they don't really mean it from the bottom of their heart. This is pretty similar to British culture. I guess it is a colonial thing 😉 German culture doesn't over emphasize on politeness, but being more direct and frank. French culture on the other hand seems more towards beating around the bush.Let's take a look at some key points, as to how one can be polite in France. 1. When you interact- "Smile" Whether the […]

May 19 2016

Common German beginner mistakes- (II)

Continued from the previous post……. Learn Online German with us @ TODAY! Enroll quick! in / im The word im is actually a contraction of two words: in dem, meaning in the. The definite article dem is only used with masculine and neuter nouns and only when they are in the dative case. So you could say for instance: Wir übernachten im Hotel. We're staying in the hotel. Ich kaufe im Supermarkt ein. I'm shopping in the supermarket. Hotel is neuter, Supermarket is masculine, so the use of im to mean in the prior to these two nouns is appropriate. However, with a feminine […]

May 18 2016

Common German beginner mistakes- (I)

German is often percieved as a hard language to learn. This is not entirely true. It is a cousin of English, so many words are actually understandable. German Grammar however, is a different from English, and following it's rules could be quite hard. Possibly, this aspect makes learning German hard. In this article blog, we would be covering the common mistakes English speakers make ,while learning German in the initial phases. 1. Also/Auch The German adverb also does not also, too as many English-speakers assume it does. Also means so,therefore, thus. Es […]

May 17 2016

Language Preservation- need and significance

In the next few decades, 100 languages shall soon be extinct- yes, just like Dinosaurs. Several Indian languages are almost on the verge of "death". Just like endangered spieces, we also have "vulnerable" or "endangered" languages. On the other hand, some very new and unheard languages are originating in the world. "Korro" a tribal language in India, which is currently spoken only by 800 people, is one of them. There are also talks that, the Italian language , due to Italy's staggering economy, may soon […]

May 15 2016

Common beginner French learner mistakes

French is a romantic, artisitic, soft and sweet language, aspired to be learnt by many. Bu there are a lot of hiccups one has to face in the formative stages. In this blog article, we would be going through the same hindrances in detail: 1. Genders Like all European Languages, in French too, every Noun, whether living or non-living has a Gender, and one has to memorize them with no particular logic or ground rule. For eg: a house is feminine- "La maison" where as a pen […]