10 Ukrainian Words I Learned in Kiev

Russian and Ukrainian are approximately 60% similar. So, knowing one does help with comprehending the other. However, there are many things that make each language unique. Such as the alphabet, the vocabulary and the grammar. Keep reading to learn more about these differences ❤

Two Exercises for Improving your German Vocabulary

Hello everyone! Glad to have you on my blog =) I wanted to share a quick post today with two exercises for improving your German vocabulary. You can use the exercises for any of your target languages, but since I have a B.A. in German, attended all sorts of classes to learn German, tried (nearly)Continue reading “Two Exercises for Improving your German Vocabulary”

Tips for Native English Speakers Learning Russian (Part 2)

If the grammar blows your mind, you get tongue-twisted by common words or you still seem to not be able to express yourself, you’re not alone–you have to work hard, but a rich cultural world opens when you understand Russian that will ultimately enrich your life. Immersion is the best thing you can do to unlock this world. Therefore, I suggest these learning options for students of Russian:

My Resources for Learning French

Dear readers, My post Why I’m Learning French has been one of your favorites. So, I wanted to share how I am getting on with French 🙂 French is the third foreign language I have studied (after German & Russian.) One thing working in my favor is that I already have my own methods for learning aContinue reading “My Resources for Learning French”

Going beyond the textbook~ learning to speak a foreign language (Pt. 2)

You can find Part 1 here—> “I want to improve my speaking in a foreign language” (Pt. 1) “Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.” – Rita Mae Brown     1) A great way to learn authentic modern language is to find a language partner. I personally like learning through real conversationsContinue reading “Going beyond the textbook~ learning to speak a foreign language (Pt. 2)”

“I want to improve my speaking in a foreign language” (Pt. 1)

    1. Reading is a great way to improve your vocabulary, accent, rhythm and overall relationship with a new language. There are many methods to learn from reading: by reading aloud and training your accent, by finding unknown words in a text, and, simply, by immersing your thoughts in a new language you areContinue reading ““I want to improve my speaking in a foreign language” (Pt. 1)”

So, you want to start learning Russian? (Five Quick Tips & Book Recommendations)

Dear readers, This will be a short post about tips on how to learn Russian efficiently. These were suggestions from my Russian sociology professor (a Russian historian, Chekhov fan and funny guy) for our five-week stay in Russia 😮 For Part 1 in this series click here —->               1.Continue reading “So, you want to start learning Russian? (Five Quick Tips & Book Recommendations)”

Inspiring Quotes for Language Learners

Here are three inspiring quotes for hacking your language learning approach.
German is known as the language of poets (Dichter) and thinkers (Denker). Test your German reading with these insightful quotes in German language!

Tips for Native English Speakers Learning Russian (Part 1 of 3)

“Повторе́ние — мать уче́нья.” (= Repetition is the mother of learning.) Learning Russian… you need to master a new alphabet then move to reading syllables until you can read words and short sentences—but that’s not the hardest part! Russian grammar is very complex and there are few Russian-English cognates (mainly modern vocabulary dealing with tourismContinue reading “Tips for Native English Speakers Learning Russian (Part 1 of 3)”

Why I’m Learning French

Hello hello! Learning a new language is hard work and a big time investment, so we better have good reasons for why we want to do so. Knowing why helps us with our goals in the language (making learning it more structured) and will also help keep us motivated. Here are eight reasons why I wantContinue reading “Why I’m Learning French”

Effective Tips ~ Language Learning

The closer the target language is to your native language, the easier it will be to learn. Don’t get discouraged. It takes years to get really good at a language. You’re not bad at languages. You just need to step out of your comfort zone and go all in 🙂

My Goals for a Year-long Exchange in Germany (A Bilingual Text )

This essay was the final step in the application process at my university before I was officially nominated to study at FAU in Erlangen, Germany. I share how I studied German back home, what my goals were for studying here, what I may want to do in my future and how I will make the most of my time here.

How I learned German (A Bilingual Text)

This is a text I originally wrote in German and translated into English. It’s about how I learned German (before I began my year-long study abroad here).

New language, new life

For instance, the beginning of your foreign language-learning journey is similar to the first time you hear a beautiful song where you are first captivated by the overall sound; then, you develop the ability to slowly pick out words, next grasp a gist of the meaning, and then, finally, the philosophical richness of the language.