Family means a lot to Chinese people. It is considered to be the most important aspect of interpersonal relationships and social communication in China. Chinese people often refer to family relationships as 骨肉之情gǔ ròu zhī qíng, 手足之情 shǒu zú zhī qíng (as inseparable as flesh and bone, as inseparable as hands and feet). Because of the traditional hierarchy values, it is essential to address each family member, especially those older than you. It is not acceptable for the younger generation to address the older generation using just their names, as it is not respectful. Continue reading
A fun way to learn a new language is by listening to songs – here is Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” in Spanish – “Irreemplazable” with the lyrics below in Spanish with the English translation.
Note: The Spanish version is slightly different to the English version.
Ya lo ves, ya lo ves
Now you see, now you see
Te olvidé, te olvidé
I forgot you, I forgot you
Ya lo ves, ya lo ves
Now you see, now you see Continue reading
Here is the Russian Alphabet, and as you may have noticed the letters are not the Latin ones, we Russians call them Cyrillic letters, as Russian is written in Cyrillic scripts. The Russian alphabet has 33 letters. It was created in the 9th century by the Saints Cyril and Methodius and originally contained 43 letters. The good thing is that some Russian letters are identical to the Latin ones such as: A, E, K, M, O, T.
Some are pronounced absolutely different. For example Russian letter В is pronounced as V, C as S, P as R, H as N, Y as U, Х as H.
There are some completely new letters which do not have any resemblance with Latin ones: Б, Г, Д, Ё, Ж, З, И, Й, Л and others.
Below is the table with the Russian letters which I think will be very helpful. The first column will be the letter itself (A a), the second column will be the name of the letter, how it is pronounced (A), the third column will be the sound, which the letter actually makes [а].
As I always say to my students it is of course good to know all the letters and how they are pronounced when spelling words out loud, but the most important thing is to know which sound the letter gives, as when speaking you will use the sounds and the good thing about Russian letters is that they give just one sound, they do not have different sounds (see the table below), so the letter A will be always [а], nothing else! Isn’t that fantastic? And finally in the fourth column you will find similar English sounds that Russian letters make (like the long ‘a’ in “car”).
Well, don’t worry if you make mistakes, you are making the first steps and if there is anything you would like to ask you are welcome!
After you become familiar with the Russian letters I will give you a few words to read! Good luck! Continue reading
When you first start learning Spanish you are normally told that adjectives, (descriptive words) should be placed after the noun. As you become more advanced you realise that this is not always the case. You do sometimes see adjectives before nouns. The truth is that there are some cases when it is better to put the adjective before the noun and how it can sometimes change the meaning. Here we will look at where to place adjectives in different contexts: Continue reading
Learning Russian can open up many doors when travelling or building relationships. It is an excellent language to learn, it is unique to the more common languages that people usually choose to learn, such as French, German and Spanish and it is the ideal choice for anyone with a keen interest in getting to know people, culture and food.
Let us consider importance of learning Russian. I guess everybody knows that learning any foreign language widens his or her horizons, as while we are learning a language we are destined to know its culture, history, literature, people, customs and traditions and what not, isn’t that a good reason? I am sure it makes a person think deeper and understand many things even in politics and the surrounding world. Continue reading
Do you want a new challenge? Do you think life has become too boring and mundane? Cheer up! I have found you a new challenge! Start learning Russian! Are you scared? No need for that! You will find learning Russian so interesting, it will be like a big adventure, full of fun, amusement and delight! Continue reading
As many Spanish learners know, saying whether you are feeling hot or cold and talking about the weather in Spanish isn’t as straightforward as in English. In Spanish you tend to switch between the verbs “estar” and “hacer”. Without going too much into grammar, in this blog we will try to make it simple. Continue reading