Portuguese Contractions →


As my Portuguese teacher puts it, Portuguese is the queen of contractions. Take a look:

in (em) + the (o, a, os, as)
em + o = no (singular masculine)
em + a = na (singular feminine)
em + os = nos (plural masculine)
em + as = nas (plural feminine)

Eu estou no correio / I’m in the post…

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celestialbackground asked: For Turkic languages, how come only Turkish is mentioned? There are many Turkic languages, including Gagauz, Crimean (and Kazan)Tartar, Karachay, Balkar, Nogai, Kyrmyk, Azeri, Turkmen, Kazakh, Chuvash, Uzbek, Kirgiz, Uighur, and Yakut.

I will definitely add those! I didn’t purposely leave them out. For a majority of the languages on that list, I added ones that I thought most people would be interested in or ones that I could find a lot of resources for. But I can definitely add those to the list, and hopefully I can put some resources up for them as well. Thank you for letting me know that I was missing so many! 

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itsatomictangerine asked: Hello girls! I'm studying translation. I speak Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. I really, really love this blog. I would like to ask how do you manage with learning so many language at the same time. I find really interesting talkin with people who also love learning languages, and I find pretty useful sharing tips.

Hi! I’m Emily. Thank you so much! That’s awesome that you’re studying translation. I wish you the best of luck with all of your studies! 

For me, it’s kind of hard to manage sometimes. Right now, I’m studying Dutch and German, which are both new languages for me. I’ve been studying German for about a year or two and Dutch, I just started recently. I’m also continuing to learn French, which I’ve been learning for about 6 years now. I’m not yet fluent though, though I hope I will be one day! I’m also kind of learning Spanish with the help of my boyfriend’s family.

In high school, I was learning Spanish, Italian, and French all at the same time. (I also briefly studied Greek and Chinese during that time) Because of that, I learned that I needed to keep the languages separated in my mind, or else I would get them all confused (which I still do, to be honest.) I’ve noticed that when learning multiple languages, I need triggers to turn them on and off. When I don’t have that, I confuse the languages or I will start in one language and end up in another. So, these are just some of my triggers that help me turn them on and off:

  1. Music
    I usually try to listen to music in each language while I’m driving. But I never look up the translations of each song, until I’ve heard it just about a million times and have an idea what it could mean. I try not to put songs of different languages onto the same CD. That way when I think of a song, I usually think of words in that language that I know. It also really helps me learn sentence structure and pronunciation
  2. Comparing them
    As counterproductive as that sounds, it really helps me to acknowledge the differences and makes me remember the words more. It also helps me to remember the words that are really similar to each other or even the same. Also, when I learn a word in one language, I try to think of it in all the other languages I know. Sometimes I can’t remember it, which makes me restudy it and helps me keep everything fresh. 
  3. Social Media
    I follow as many people on Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and make friends with as many people on Facebook as possible that speak/write in other languages. Twitter is great because it’s whatever can fit in 140 characters. It has helped me learn slang, abbreviations, and even culture. It also really helps tweeting in other languages. Usually, if you follow native speakers of that language or if they follow you, sometimes they’ll correct you. Even if they don’t, it’s always good practice. 
  4. Traveling
    I’ve tried to make it a goal to travel at least once a year, if not twice. I’ve been to France, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Greece in the past four years. By traveling to places where I know the language or am currently studying the language, it has made learning it a lot easier. I’ve also been forced into situations where I had to speak the language. I was in France during my winter break last year with my boyfriend, and my boyfriend doesn’t speak any french at all. We went into a tea house, and the woman who worked there started asking me a bunch of questions. I was not confident in speaking at all, because I didn’t think I was very good. But I managed to have a whole conversation with her for probably a half hour about tea. Even though I made a lot of mistakes, the woman was understanding and kept talking to me. It made me realize I was a lot more fluent then I thought I was. Traveling is also great because being surrounded by the language, makes you start to think more in that language, consciously or subconsciously. And whenever I’m reminded of those places, I remember the language more easily. 


What are some of your tips? :)

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Sometimes you just need some different words

Aug 20  via  ©   2375 notes
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In Japan, there are 3 ways to say “I love you”:

You say “Daisuki (大好き) for the friends and person you like,

you say “Aishiteru (愛してる)”  for a more serious relationship,

and you say “Koishiteru恋してる) to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

And they follow this rule. They preserve the meaning of ‘I love you’ and never lose its essence unlike us.

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Words I Learned Living in Korea || Pt 1


A small collection of words & phrases my textbooks didn’t teach me.

1. 한입 (한모금): One bite. (One sip).

  • "한입에 다 먹어." Eat it all in one bite.
  • "한입만 줘~" Give me just one bite~
  • "한모금만 마실래." I just want one sip.

2. 식후땡: Smoking a cigarette after a meal. Combines the words 식사 (meal) + 후 (after) + 땡 (유행어).

3. 웃프다: When something is both sad and funny at the same time. Combines the words 슬프다 (sad) + 웃기다 (funny).

4. 느끼하다: Greasy. Can be used to describe food, but also commonly for sleazy, greasy guys as well. (Guys who are touchy, say sickly sweet things, so on).

5. 이빨 까지마: Slang for “Don’t lie!” Same meaning as “뻥 치지마!” Recommended only for use with friends.

6. 빡치다: To be angry. Same meaning as “화나다” or “짜증나다.”

7. 또라이: Crazy guy. Psycho.

8. 술고래: Literally “alcohol whale.” A word used for someone who drinks a lot.

9. 밀당: A combination of the words 밀다 and 당기다, or push and pull. Refers to the hot and cold actions guys and girls take towards someone they’re interested in. (Waiting an hour to text back, pretending to have other plans, so on).

10. 문자(를) 씹다: To ignore someone’s message, or read it without responding. Literally means “to chew up” their text.

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A Civil War Hits London, This Shocking One Second a Day Video Shows How it Destroys a Little Girl’s Life


Now let’s do something about it.

Useful Sites to Learn Spanish


Alhambra - Spain

Feb 24  via  ©   347 notes
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UNESCO’s map of extinct and threatened languages.


We’re losing a ridiculous amount of languages

This is extremely scary. We’re not only losing a ridiculous amount of languages, we’re losing a ridiculous amount of cultures….

Feb 14  via  ©   217 notes
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I finally finished unpacking my digital language library, I have grown from approx. 6GB to 13+GB representing approx. 70 different natural, created, dead, and living languages and dialects!

If anyone’s interested in borrowing (meaning I’ll send you something), let me know what language(s) you’re interested and I’ll let you know what I have.

I have Akkadian, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian (Classica, Modern Eastern, & Modern Western), Avestan, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belorussian, Catalan, Chinese, Coptic, Esperanto, Middle Egyptian, French, Georgian, German, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew (Classical & Modern), Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji & Sorani), Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Nepali, Ossetic, Pali, Panjabi, Pashto, Persian (Iranian, Dari, & Tajik), Middle Persian (Western & Eastern), Old Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European & Brazilian), Romani, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish (lots, including most all major textbooks used), Syriac, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Ugaritic, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Zhosa, Yaghnobi, Yiddish, and Yoruba.

Let me know if you’re interested!

Feb 2  via  ©   65 notes
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all-distance-is-darkness asked: Your blog is amazing and really helps with all my languages, but please can you change the text formatting/layout so that there is more spacing between each line, as it makes it quite difficult to read. Otherwise, thank you very much for an amazing blog!

You are so very welcome! Thank you for your comments and advice, recently we have noticed a lot of similar questions about changing the layout/font and so we are currently in the process of working on our theme!

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The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.

Yooo my country’s not in this list so here’s the suicide hotline for Indonesia: (+62)21-500454

Reblog this around!

Relevant or not, this is definitely an important post



There’s an app that teaches you how to write out letters in the Georgian alphabet.
It also teaches you how to pronounce them.

Getting this!

Jan 18  via  ©   64 notes


How to sound like a bird in 9 different languages

Available as a print from my Etsy shop

Here’s a link to the one about dogs if you missed it! WOOF WOOF HAM HAM
I’m starting a new tumblr for animal in different languages called SOUNDIMALS so follow that too if you like! 

Nov 4  via  ©   592 notes
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