Languages

Universal Language More

The Universal Language

They say Love is the universal language, and that may well be true… And English may be the International Business Language, but there are more than 3,200 languages spoken in Asia Pacific, and Ethnologue 2009 (published by SIL International) has 6,909 distinct languages catalogued. English, universal as it is, at some point needs to be…

Standard Mandarin More

Standard Mandarin

Standard Mandarin, or Standard spoken Chinese, is the official modern Chinese spoken language used by the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. The of Standard Mandarin is based on the Beijing dialect, which in turn belongs to Mandarin, a large and diverse group of Chinese dialects spoken across northern and…

cantonese language More

Standard Cantonese Language

Standard Cantonese Standard Cantonese is a variant, and is generally considered the prestige dialect of Cantonese Chinese. It is spoken natively in and around the cities of Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau in Southern . Standard Cantonese is the de facto official Chinese spoken language of Hong Kong and Macau, and the lingua franca of…

Chinese Language More

Chinese Language

China, situated at the juncture of the East Asian continent and West Pacific. Ocean, is an ancient cultural country with a history of 5, 000 years. Here is 9.6 million square km of land, towering mountains, vast stretches of plains, calm lakes and long rolling rivers. It has a population of 1.2 billion, one-fifth of…

Norwegian language More

The History of the Norwegian Language

The Norwegian language is spoken in the country of Norway, a Nordic nation whose coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean is the location of many beautiful and celebrated fjords. Norwegian is closely linked to, as well as reciprocally understood with, the Swedish and Danish languages. It is a Germanic language, specifically a North Germanic language,…

Czech Idioms More

Our Top 10 Czech Idioms

Every language on earth boasts a rich variety of idioms – and Czech is no exception. In fact, it has some of the most unusual and inventive idioms of any language. As proof, here are just ten of our favorites… 1. ‘Chodit kolem horké kaše’ In the Czech language, ‘kaše’ can mean any food of…

Czech Words that Don’t Exist in English More

Czech Words that Don’t Exist in English

For a language with only 12 million native speakers, Czech is incredibly expressive – boasting a variety of terms that have no real equivalent in English. From the helpful to the humorous, here are our top ten… 1. ‘Prozvonit’ The Spanish call it ‘Dar un toque’ (to give a touch), the Germans call it ‘Anklingeln’…

Using Iberian Spanish in Latin America More

Using Iberian Spanish in Latin America

If you have spent hours honing your Iberian Spanish and then turn up a destination in Latin America, it can be a shock to discover that you don’t understand everything that everybody says. The key, however, is not to worry – these issues can be easily overcome. Just like with British and American English, there…

polish language More

Polish Language

The Polish language is the official language of the country of Poland, a nation located in Central Europe, which is bordered by Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Belarus, and Russia. The languages of all of these neighboring countries exercised great influence over the Polish language over time. There are approximately 46 million speakers of Polish,…

swedish language More

Swedish Language

The Swedish language is a Scandinavian language that is spoken today by more than 9 million people in Sweden, parts of Finland, and elsewhere in Europe and worldwide. The Swedish language has seen a great deal of evolution over the past several hundred years, mostly due to influence from religious factions and other European nations….

danish language More

Danish Language

The country of Denmark, located in Northern Europe, is the smallest and southernmost of the Nordic nations. Its capital is the famed city of Copenhagen, and the country is populated by nearly 5.8 million people. The Danish language is the official tongue of Denmark. The Danish language is spoken by 5.5 million people chiefly in…