New to Italian but want to get a great start at learning? Start with the 100 Most frequently used Italian words. I have been teaching Italian for almost 20 years, so people ask me what the best way to start is. Here is a great language learning hack – memorize the most frequently used vocabulary. you can start by learning the 100 most common Italian words. This will help you to build a base and form sentences in Italian. Most […]
Why do textbooks never teach us Spanish Slang? If you ever traveled to Latin America or watched Narcos, you may have noticed that the Spanish spoken by natives is slightly different than what you were taught in a traditional Spanish class. You may have memorized how to say “Donde está el baño, por favor?” but what if you just want to say “¡Voy a hacerme encima!” (I’m going to pee myself!)? Slang is part of everyday speech around the world, […]
What is an Idiom? Simply put, it is an expression that makes no sense when translated literally into another language. In our own language we take these expressions for granted. It may be a no-brainer or a piece of cake for us to understand the meaning in our own language (see what I did there?). But to a non-English speaker, these expressions make no sense. An idiomatic expression is something as simple as “to be hungry.” In Spanish, French, and […]
Being Bilingual is Good for your Brain. But will it counteract those years of binge drinking in college? We all know that learning a new language can help you with your career. Nothing quite pops of your resume like fluency in multiple languages. If you speak Arabic, or Chinese you are pretty much guaranteed a government job. Right? Learning a new language is also great for your love life. Dinners with your Mexican in-laws will be more fun and whispering […]
5 Tips: Learn A New Language In Time for Christmas Vacation Let’s face it, we all want to speak a second language. Some of us are pining to learn a 3rd or even 4th. Speaking a second language can help you in many parts of your life. Bilinguals have an advantage when it comes to getting work, getting around in a foreign country, and even finding love. A recent study found that 78 percent of Americans said they’re more attracted […]
Don’t make these classic mistakes. When traveling to France do you ever get the feeling that you just asked for something strange, or maybe did something wrong? Here at Strommen we help you to learn the language but also master the culture so that you can navigate foreign countries like a native. Check out this short video with 5 easy tips of what NOT to do in France.
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Yoán is a Musician, a Wordsmith and an Amazing Spanish Teacher with Strommen. Our teachers are the best and they deserve to be highlighted. In our new section, Strommen Teacher Spotlights, we will ask our best teachers a few fun questions and let them take it away from there. Where are you from and where have you lived? Yoán: I am from the glorious city of Miami, Florida. At 21 I moved to Brooklyn, NY, where I lived for three years. I moved to Los […]
Patricia is a dancer, a music-lover, and an Amazing Spanish Teacher with Strommen. Our teachers are the best and they deserve to be highlighted. In our new section, Strommen Teacher Spotlights, we will ask our best teachers a few fun questions and let them take it away from there. Where are you from and where have you lived? I was born in Bogota, Colombia and after finishing high school I went to study in England and lived in different areas of Great Britain for seven years. When […]