Language Learners

Asking about places to stay in English

Our last article showed you how you could tell people your name and how to say what you do. Moving the conversation further along, a simple way to ask for information about places to stay or live is to start your sentence with Is … ? Is it expensive?… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: historia

historia NOUN history; story In English the meanings of history and story often overlap. In fact they come from the same Latin word, historia (which, in turn, comes from the Greek ἱστορία). Spanish historia has kept the two meanings together under the umbrella of the Latin… Read More

Telling people your name and what you do in English

Our last article helped you to talk about places to live or to stay when you are away from home. When you are looking for somewhere to live or stay, you may have to talk about yourself. To say what your name is, use I’m … or My name’s …… Read More
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Learning German: Making sure you’ve understood

When learning a language, our understanding of what’s being said normally comes before our ability to be able to speak the language and become confident enough to contribute to the conversation. The use of gestures and visual clues often allow us to get the gist of a sentence. That said,… Read More
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Learning Italian: Making sure you’ve understood!

When learning a language, our understanding of what’s being said normally comes before our ability to be able to speak the language and become confident enough to contribute to the conversation. That said, there will be times when you might have a problem understanding what’s been said or may not… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: hueso

hueso NOUN bone; stone Like so many words in English and Spanish hueso has two different but conceptually related meanings. It can refer to the bones of a person or animal, or to the stones of fruit and olives. un corte de carne con hueso a… Read More

Asking for somewhere to stay or live in English

Our last article was the final article in the series giving useful phrases you can use when travelling. But what if you are staying away from home? These next articles will help you to talk about places to live or to stay when you are away from home. You can… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: destino

destino NOUN destination; posting; destiny If you’re travelling in Spanish-speaking countries destino is a useful word. You’ll hear it a lot at airports: el vuelo B777 con destino a Bogotá flight B777 for Bogotá Se ruega a los señores pasajeros con destino a Santiago permanezcan sentados. Read More