February 2017: Learning a New Language Can Make You More Tolerant
February 20 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
Learning a new language is always a great endeavour. Whether you do it for professional purposes or simply because you love it, deciding to pick up a new language is a huge achievement. You are probably aware that some of the benefits of learning a new language include: lessening the likelihood of developing dementia, expanding your work opportunities, and helping you to develop your more creative side, but did you know it can also make you a more tolerant person' Given that our world seems to be angling more and more towards intolerance, investing in learning a new language should be a... (Read
6 Fascinating Facts About Swearing
February 20 2017 (Language Trainers USA)
Swear words: we all know ‘em, hear ‘em, and use ‘em. Taboo language always commands attention, whether we’re talking about your typical profanities, racial slurs, or sexual language. While it’s clear why some of these are off-limits, swear words are such a comfortable, and natural, part of our vocabulary that we really shouldn’t feel ashamed about using them. Do you have a love affair with swearing (no judgement here)' If so, you may find these 6 facts about profanities particularly fascinating!
1. You swear more than you think
According to statistics, swear words make... (Read
Men Speak Martian and Women Speak Venutian
February 13 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that men and women communicate differently. Whether we’re talking about body language or spoken language, the methods we use to talk to one another can differ depending on our gender. But are our languages so different that the ‘men are from Mars and women from Venus’ theory rings true' Is the gap between male and female communication really all that big' Read on to find out!
Many experts say that the belief that women are fundamentally better than men at communication is a myth. Often, women are perceived to be more... (Read
6 Strange Traditions Practiced Around the World
February 06 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
If you spent your entire life travelling the globe, you’d probably never be able to bear witness to the thousands of different traditions practised by varied cultures. As our world evolves and progresses, some customs die while new ones are born. Nations become more multicultural, and once isolated traditions may find themselves influenced by foreign stimuli. Still, there remains so much mystery in the world and some interesting, and strange, customs that have survived for hundreds of years. Check out these 6 fascinating traditions and awaken the wanderer in you!
1. India’s... (Read
January 2017: A Brief History of Koh Pha Ngan and the Full Moon Party
January 30 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
A popular destination for party goers worldwide and home to the infamous Full Moon Party, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand is a sight to behold. The way in which the Full Moon Party evolved from small beginnings into a multicultural event attracting tens of thousands of people cannot be understated. Moreover, the history of the island and how it came to be is one that is rarely explored when discussed. Join us as we take a look into the history of the festival and how it has evolved into the event it is today.
Many sources provide differing years in which settlers came to the... (Read
Be a Spanish Festival-Goer for Life
January 25 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
There is an undeniable truth that Spain has a strong command of festivals and food. A country that is viewed as unique for taking a 3-hour long siestas or naps in the middle of the day (not actually true in many areas of Spain) is also unique because they certainly know how to throw a cultural-themed festival like no other country. Each comunidad, or province, in Spain has several festivals that they celebrate each year, and within these comunidades each pueblo, or town, has their own unique festival. Combine that with national holidays and you can see why the Spaniards are renowned for... (Read
Your Guide to Celebrating Chinese New Year in 2017
January 23 2017 (Language Trainers USA)
Chinese New Year is fast approaching and if you’re living in a city that has a strong Chinese presence you’ll soon see preparations underway for the January 28th holiday. If you’re new to Chinese New Year, you may be intimidated at the prospect of taking part in local festivals and events because you’re afraid you’ll do something culturally inappropriate. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to celebrating Chinese New Year so you can welcome the Year of the Rooster in style!
Chinese New Year is similar to the West’s Christmas in that... (Read
Dropping the Bomb: Why Your Brain Wants to Swear
January 16 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
Profanities are a part of everyday language. Sure, when our parents are around we tend to clean it up (and pretend like we’ve never said a foul word in our lives), but for most of us swearing is a common way of expressing ourselves. If you really think about it, it’s funny how a certain combination of letters and syllables can hold such power over us. Parents want to protect their children from these utterances which in turn can make you feel guilty for using them. If you wouldn’t say it in front of your five-year-old nephew, perhaps you shouldn’t be saying it at all,... (Read
Why German Sounds Harsh to You (and Why You Shouldn’t Care)
January 09 2017 (Language Trainers USA)
People who don’t speak German often like to joke about the harsh sound of the language. Truth be told, German isn’t the gentlest-sounding language. It doesn’t seem to flit off the tongue the way Spanish or French do, despite having some of the same linguistic bases. Still, German can be a useful language to know in this day and age and is one of the easier tongues for native English speakers to learn. If you’re still not convinced German is the language for you and you’re trading it in for the more melodic trills of Italian or Portuguese, read on to discover what makes German seem... (Read
10 Signs You’ve Been Living in Thailand Too Long
January 08 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
For those who have been to Thailand, I think it’s safe to say that it would be almost impossible to spend too much time in the Land of Smiles. For Westerners, Thailand is so attractive that many people decide to move here permanently after taking a short holiday. While it is important to acclimatise and fit into a certain extent, some people take things to a whole different level and find themselves shedding their western identity altogether. If you find yourself doing some of the things on this list, it might be time to take that long put off trip home.
1. Speaking Tinglish comes... (Read
What Our Emoji Use Says About Us
January 02 2017 (Language Trainers UK)
In the last several years, emoji have become a pervasive part of our technology-driven culture. More and more, people are using these images as replacements for written language – so much so that emoji have become a language in their own right. You’re probably guilty of using them yourself. Often emoticons serve as a great way to express emotions that don’t always come across in words. In fact, your favourite emoji that you love inserting into each and every text conversation can say an awful lot about you, as can how often you use them.
Emoji may be... (Read
December 2016: 10 New Traditions to Bring in Your New Year
December 26 2016 (Language Trainers UK)
Many of us may feel our New Year’s celebrations are predictable: drunken revelry with possible feasting beforehand. However, what if there were traditions that you could adopt that would change how you partook in ringing in the new year' Imagine, suddenly this year when the clock strikes twelve you have an entirely new tradition with which to get better acquainted.Sound enticing' Let’s take a look at ten New Year’s traditions from around the world so you can take your festivities to another level.
First up we have Spain, where as the clock strikes twelve for... (Read
5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays Far From Home
December 19 2016 (Language Trainers UK)
One of the most difficult parts of adjusting to life abroad can be spending the holidays far away from family. Whether your family traditions revolve around Diwali, Christmas, or Hanukkah, being on the other side of the world while your loved ones celebrate without you can be an extremely tough reality of expat life. Don’t let the expat blues get you down though; there are plenty of ways to deal with spending the holiday season overseas. They may not be a replacement for celebrating with your friends and family back home, but these five tips will help ease that longing for the familiar just... (Read