ESL language studies abroad Blog

Why is English spelling so irregular?

As the world’s international language, English has a lot going for it. For one thing, it’s quite easy to learn for speakers of other European languages. Nouns only have a...

Superb Spanish festivals

If there was a European championship for partying, Spain would be a shoo-in. Long after most nations have gone to bed, Spanish people keep going and going, showing a unique...

Der Weißwurstäquator

You would be forgiven for expecting Germany’s biggest cultural divisions to be between the West and East: two different countries until the start of the 1990s. But the differences between...

Must see… Buenos Aires

At once elegant and sprawling, hyper-charged and laid-back, Argentina’s capital city is a treat for the senses. It may look a bit like Europe, the locals definitely consider themselves more...

Why language summer camps are good for teenagers

Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues? Of course there is! Eddie Cochran didn’t consider a summer language camp in Europe to ease the melancholy. The school summer holidays are...

Schlagers

Music is a great way to become familiar with a language. If you are learning German or trying to maintain your level of German, one particular niche of European pop music is absolutely...

Must See… London

Samuel Johnson famously told his mate James Boswell, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Johnson moved to London in 1737 at the age of...

Great street parties in the USA

Did you know that the average American working in the private sector gets just fifteen paid days off per year, nine of them as vacation and six as public holidays...

Must See… Madrid

Spain’s capital is a wild, pulsating beast of a city. Its nightlife is as intense as the sunshine on an August afternoon. You’ll find some of the world’s greatest artistic...