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Language “Tourists” vs Language “Travelers” Posted by on Oct 24, 2016


When traveling, you try to stay off the beaten path. When language learning, you try to find it. Or do you? I love travel, and I love learning languages. Luckily the two are quite intertwined, so I often get to indulge in one while working on the other. But there’s one key way in which travel…

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Does English Have Tones? Posted by on Oct 19, 2016


In tonal languages like Thai, Vietnamese and Mandarin, a different tone can often completely change a word. But don’t we also have tones in English? Now, full disclosure: I do not speak a tonal language. This must have been immediately apparent to my readers, who pointed out that intonation in English or other western languages is not exactly…

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Talking Baseball: A Crash Course on the American Pastime Posted by on Oct 17, 2016


Are you ready for the World Series? Baseball is often referred to as “America’s Pastime”, the quintessential sport of the United States. While football may now be more popular, baseball has remained an indelible part of our culture. The drama, joy, and heartbreak generations have experienced as they followed their beloved teams has transcended the…

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Shed Light on Diwali with this Free Hindi Lesson Posted by on Oct 12, 2016


Happy Diwali, language learners! Every fall marks the celebration of Diwali (दिवाली) or Diipaavali (दीपावली), the Celebration of Lights. This five-day festival is eagerly awaited by Hindus and Indians irrespective of their religion. It is celebrated by Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains alike.  Diwali also knows no bounds in terms of region and is celebrated all…

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Picking Your Language Learning Battles Posted by on Oct 10, 2016


You can’t do everything all at once, even if you’d like to. Better to choose one route and stick to it. This particular comic has a special place in my heart, because it inflamed the passions of people on both sides of this situation. I had commenters saying, “Yeah! This comic is so true. Tourists get…

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