Category Archives: Vocabulary & Grammar

Tips for building your vocabulary

Tips for building your vocabulary

The sheer amount of vocabulary there is to learn when you start studying a second language can feel overwhelming. From vegetables to furniture, weather to numbers, classroom greetings, body parts, shops and transportation words, there is a seemingly endless list of terms. Should you spend time learning how to say tomato or is it more […]

To study or not to study grammar

To study or not to study grammar

Most people think of grammar as referring to the abstract rules that govern a language. But in practice grammar is far from the black and white tables, long-winded definitions and fiddly bits of word endings presented in a typical reference book. Rather, it is a set of norms that stretches and bends to accommodate different […]

Dealing with gender

Dealing with gender

Is the word “boat” feminine or masculine? If you are studying a language in which nouns are assigned a gender you’re bound to experience this kind of uncertainty on a regular basis. That’s because individuals who grow up speaking English are only used to dealing with gender when choosing pronouns to describe people and sometimes […]