Language Learners

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Asking for information when travelling, in English

Our previous article gave you examples of how you could make travel suggestions. We’re now going to show you some phrases you can use when asking for information. You may need to go to a particular place or building when you are travelling. Use Is there … ? to ask… Read More
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Apologizing and attracting someone’s attention in German

Most of us know when we have to say sorry, but when we’re not speaking our own language, it’s important to know how to do it. In German, different circumstances call for different words and expressions for apologizing. The most common way of saying I’m sorry is Es tut… Read More
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How to apologize and attract someone’s attention in Italian

Most of us know when we have to say sorry, but when we’re not speaking our own language, it’s important to know how to do it. In Italian, different circumstances call for different words and expressions for apologizing. The most common way of saying I’m sorry is… Read More
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Learning Spanish: Common courtesies

Whether you’re visiting a Spanish-speaking country or even planning to live there, you’ll want to be able to chat to people and get to know them better. The nuts and bolts of conversations revolve around common courtesies. As in English, in Spanish there are several ways you can ask someone… Read More
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Ça va ? Asking after others

If you’re catching up with a French-speaking friend, old or new, you’ll probably want to ask them how they are, and vice versa. As with English, there are several ways of asking after somebody in French, and a variety of ways to reply as well. One important thing to bear… Read More
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Making suggestions when travelling, in English

The last article gave you a few words and phrases you could use when making plans for travelling. We’re now going to expand on this by looking at useful phrases you can use when making suggestions. If two or more people are trying to decide what to do when travelling,… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: orden

orden NOUN order There are a few weasel words in Spanish which have two genders, each with a distinct meaning. With the feminine article, la orden, una orden and so forth, orden means order in the sense of ‘command’. Dio la orden de disparar. He gave… Read More
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Talking about your plans when travelling, in English

This series of articles about travelling will help you to find out how to get to places and do things such as buy tickets. They will also help you to talk about travelling in clear, natural English. This first article will help you talk about your plans. Talking about… Read More
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Spanish word of the week: salsa

salsa NOUN sauce; salsa Salsa is the basic word for sauce or gravy: una salsa de tomate a tomato sauceEche la salsa sobre la carne. Pour the sauce over the meat. You’re just as likely to come across it referring to salsa, the dance. Read More