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Japanese – One of the Hardest Languages in the World?

According to the American Foreign Service Institute, which provides intensive language training to American diplomats before their placements overseas, Japanese is one of five languages that are considered the most difficult for native English speakers to learn (the others being Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Arabic). Diplomats learning these languages undergo 88 weeks of fulltime language training Continue reading

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Why French is Still a Great Language to Learn

Whenever I tell someone that I`m focusing on studying French these days, there`s about an 80% chance that they`ll reply with “Why don`t you learn Spanish instead?”  While it`s true that Spanish has become an important language and it has more native speakers than French (Spanish has around 400 million while French has around 75 million Continue reading

Are Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew the same?

How Different are Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew?

The revival of Hebrew as a spoken language in the 19th century is one of those amazing linguistic stories that makes people wonder.  How could a religious-cultural group recreate the language of their ancestors and re-adopt it as a mother language after not speaking it for 2000 years? Is that really possible? Well, yes – they did it. But did they do it perfectly? Of course not. That would be inhuman. Continue reading