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10 Important Differences Between Spanish & Portuguese

10 Important Differences Between Spanish & Portuguese

The 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. For language-learners everywhere, it was and still is a great time to explore Portuguese, their official language! And if you're already learning Spanish, you're at an advantage. There are a lot of similarities between the two languages -- in fact, there's even a name for speaking a mixture of the languages to help speakers of different backgrounds communicate (Portuñal or Portunhol, in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively). … Read More

10 Important Differences Between Spanish & Portuguese
The 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. For language-learners everywhere, it was and still is a great time to explore Portuguese, their official language! And if you're already learning Spanish, you're at an advantage. There are a lot of similarities between the two languages -- in fact, there's even a name for speaking a mixture of the languages to help speakers of different backgrounds communicate (Portuñal or Portunhol, in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively).
5 Common Fears Of New Spanish Learners (And How To Overcome Them)
Thinking about learning Spanish, but terrified of feeling (or sounding) silly as a new learner? Don't fret -- everyone goes through the beginner stages! Here, online Spanish tutor Emmanuel M. shares his helpful tips...   Learning a new language can be difficult, but just like with anything else, all it takes is practice, confidence, and helpful tools. Common fears that new Spanish learners have tend to center around pronouncing words, understanding others, having a conversation, forge
Follow These Accounts: 10 Ways to Learn French on Instagram
Bonjour! French is such a beautiful language that it doesn't need accompanying pictures - except on Instagram. In this article, French teacher Annie A. shows you the best Instagram accounts to follow to practice your French... Instagram is a fun way to learn new words and expressions in any language. It's great because it doesn't require much time to view, and since it's designed specifically for your smartphone, it has enormous social appeal. I'd say it's one my favorite ways to learn Fr
20 Popular German Expressions - And What They Mean [Infographic]
German is a language that scares many non-native speakers as it can appear complex and confusing. With proper instruction and practice, however, this widely-used language can be easy and fun to learn. One of the keys to learning German--or any new language for that matter-- is to look past the typical travel dictionaries and absorb some of the more common expressions or idioms that are used throughout daily life. Getting familiar with typical German expressions will help you better communicat
Japanese Etiquette: How to Be a Polite House Guest
Every culture has its own set of social graces, and following rules and minding your manners can prevent awkward encounters. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're just interested in other cultures, learn essential Japanese etiquette with Montgomery, TX teacher Emily G... There are some specific cultural rules you should keep in mind when you visit a Japanese person's home. Japanese etiquette is incredibly important, unfortunately it's not always as intuitive as you might thi

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