Se habla Español: Nouns and Adjectives

When learning a new language, it is always useful to be familiar with its main grammatical units. This constitutes the first necessary step in order to understand and create meaningful speech. Here are the main grammatical elements in Spanish and some useful information about them: Nouns: A noun is a word which is mostly used […]

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Learning the Challenging Chinese Language

Mandarin is a language, or part of a group of languages, spoken by 1.3 billion people worldwide. If you define Mandarin as one language, rather than a grouping, it is the single most spoken language on the planet. Outside of Singapore, it is also spoken widely in China, Taiwan and Malaysia. If you are interested […]

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Writing Japanese: What is Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana

The Japanese language is intricate and fascinating. The tonal qualities of the language are quite unique and the inherent politeness of the Japanese people translates well into its language, which is, in turn, elegant, stylish and drips with respect. The Japanese script evolved from its original Chinese script beginnings to become something that is intrinsically […]

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Singapore: A unique case study

Singapore is a multicultural and multilingual nation with a unique approach to language. Although we have four main languages, English is the unifying lingua franca and is the language in which children are taught. In school, it is compulsory for students to also learn a mother tongue language. There are several reasons for this. After […]

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3 things you need when learning a new language

When I found out that my family would be moving to Singapore, I realised that I would need to pick up a ‘mother tongue’ in secondary school. Growing up in America hadn’t exposed me to the Singaporean system, but I knew enough from stories that my cousins told me to know it was tough. Scary […]

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