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Interesting article about #Coimbra #Portugal’s cultural capital #learnportuguese #Portuguese

Michele Bondesan - The Euroglot

First of all, apologies for not posting anything for a whole month. Let’s get back to my story now.

I think Coimbra was the city I was most curious about, mainly because of its role as “cultural capital” of Portugal. Coimbra’s university is the oldest in the country, which makes this small city the most requested destination for foreign students. As a result of this, a big part of Coimbra’s population is formed by students from Brazil and other former Portuguese colonies. Therefore, the closer you move to the university, the bigger chances you have to hear a mix of European and Brazilian Portuguese.

February is an ideal time to visit Coimbra, as there are almost no tourists, especially in comparison with Lisbon. The weather was very warm and sunny during the day and half I spent there, so I can certainly say this was the most enjoyable part of…

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A nice introduction to some favourite Portuguese words #Portuguese #learnportuguese #portugueselanguage

Braziliaans Portugees Leren

The first documentary about the Portuguese language spoken outside of Brazil. A production of the cultural organization Brasil em Mente, with the sponsorship of the General Consulate of Brazil in NY.
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O primeiro documentário sobre a língua portuguese falada fora do Brasil. Uma produção da organização cultural Brasil em Mente, com patrocínio do Consulado Geral do Brasil de NY.

 

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This is a very interesting and informative post about the different German dialects that I wanted to share with my readers.

 

German Dialect Map

 

 

Different German Dialects found in Germany

Within any language or language group there may be significant changes in speech, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The term used to describe these changes is called a dialect. Some words or phrases that exist in one dialect may exist or be absent from different German dialects. A Few German Dialects exist today because of various German dialects merging together through German history.

 

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I love these truly terrifying children’s tales from the pre-Walt Disney era. I think they really make children think, and also confront the complexity of the world, in very subtle and psychologically challenging ways.

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Die deutschen Kinder vor 100 Jahren wuchsen nicht in Mr. Rogers’ Welt auf.

German children 100 years ago did not grow up in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Sie lernten Manieren mit dem “Struwwelpeter” von Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann.

They learned manners with “Der Struwwelpeter” by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann.

Hoffmann, der von 1809 bis 1894 lebte, war Psychiater und Autor.

Hoffmann, who lived from 1809 to 1894, was a psychiatrist and author.

Bei Mr. Rogers lebten Kinder in einer positiven, behüteten Welt.

With Mr. Rogers, children lived in a positive, sheltered world.

Bei Heinrich Hoffmann erlebten ungehorsame Kinder ein trauriges Schicksal.

With Heinrich Hoffmann, disobedient children met a sad fate.

Dem Daumenlutscher Konrad schnitt der Schneider mit einer Schere die Daumen ab.

A tailer cut off the thumbs of thumb-sucking Konrad with scissors. daumenlutscher

Kaspar, der seine Suppe nicht essen wollte, schwand dahin und starb innerhalb von fünf Tagen.

Kaspar, who did not want…

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Did you know that in most universities in Germany, there are no tuition fees at many universities?

The maximum charge (which was introduced only a few years ago) for an undergraduate is usually 500 euros per semester, because most universities are state funded. This comparatively low fee does not only apply to nationals but to foreign students as well. So whether you are from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, or wherever your don’t have to pay exorbitant tuition fees in Germany.

That makes studying in Germany very cheap, compared to other places. You still have to pay other fees, but they don’t amount to

Read More at Study in Germany for Free

Brilliant post. “Toilet culture”, for want of a better phrase, can be surprisingly different from country to country.

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Jeder Mensch muss mal—auf’s Klo. 

Every person has to go some time—to the bathroom. 

In Deutschland kann das aus verschiedenen Gründen hin und wieder schwierig werden. 

In Germany, that can get difficult sometimes, for various reasons. 

toilettehannoverErstens steht nicht immer eine kostenlose Toilette zur Verfügung. 

First of all, there is not always a free restroom available. 

An vielen öffentlichen Orten muss man für den Gebrauch des “stillen Örtchens” bezahlen. 

toilette3In many public places, people have to pay to use the “privy.”  

Das gilt nicht nur für die McCleans, sondern oft auch für Autobahnraststätten, Bahnhöfe, Kaufhäuser oder sogar Restaurants. 

That is not only true for the “McCleans,” but often also for interstate rest toilettehamburgareas, train stations, department stores, or even restaurants.  

Der Preis kann zwischen 0,10 Euro und mehr als einem Euro schwanken. 

The price can vary between…

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Whether you are young, old or maybe in the middle, now might be just the right time to try something new and start to speak another language, which is why looking into how to learn German might be the most logical next step for you. Many people think that learning a new language is going to be really difficult and are probably put off of doing it because of this, but, German is one of the easiest languages to learn so nothing should be stopping you taking the next steps.

You don’t even have to go back to school to learn German, with hundreds of books, audio books and PC programs now available to help you to master the language in your own time, allowing you to learn and practice when you have some free hours, rather than being forced to attend college all the time.

And, you now have…

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Learn German

More people speak German as their native language thanany other language in Europe.It’s no wonder, since Germany’s 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. But not only the residents of Germany speak German.

It is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe.
While learning German can connect you to 120 million native speakers around the globe, remember that many people also learn German as a second language. It is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.

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The US Department of State is giving out scholarships to students to study what, in their opinion, are the best languages to learn. They have chosen 13 languages which are deemed crucial to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Korean Scholarship Winner, 2013

Winner of 2013 CLS Scholarship to study the Korean languagePin It

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Winner of 2013 CLS Scholarship to study the Korean language

The list is as follows:

Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu.

While some are perfectly understandable, others are curious to say the least. Let’s go down the list, shall we?

 

Read More At Best Languages to Learn According to the US Government: They’ll Even Fund Your Study.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for best Korean textbook, possibly knocking Korean Grammar in Use off its pedestal. While browsing my university library collection of Korean resources I hit the jackpot – Modern Korean: An Intermediate Reader by Nam-Kil Kim.

Modern-Korean-Review

Modern Korean is the ideal textbook for intermediate learners, divided into 2 sections with 12 chapters each. If have completed Level 1 and 2 TOPIK, this book should be great for your level.

Chapters begin with a reading passage, followed by notes on the dialogue,  featured vocabulary, grammatical patterns and a glossary. The exercises are extensive – substitution and grammar drills, comprehension questions, translations and more. I particularly love the inclusion of translation exercises – they are not included often in Korean textbooks despite being a useful exercise.

Modern Korean 2

 

Another great feature of this book is the inclusion of 한자 in the second half. Like translation exercises, I…

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