Homonyms…

Have you ever gotten confused using a word which has so many different meanings depending on the context, especially if you didn’t know which meaning was applied to each context? Well, I have… I’m talking about the Homonyms: words which have the same spelling and pronunciation, but have different meanings.

Let’s talk about a Spanish homonym that paid my attention: MONO

According to the Spanish Dictionary RAE (Real Academia Española) mono means: Continue reading “Homonyms…”

What do they say/do?

When we Italians listen to someone who is explaining something we don’t understand, we say: “They are speaking Arabic!”; Spanish say: “They are speaking Chinese!”; Brazilians, Norwegians and English say: “They are speaking Greek!/This is Greek to me!”. It is curious right? Each of these three languages is complicated grammatically and culturally, they are three different worlds. Continue reading “What do they say/do?”

What is typical?

Here I am today to write a short list of typical cultural factors of the countries whose languages I speak:

I am a curious person and I always try to discover and learn new things; I can tell you that lately I have taken the B2 level norwegian exam and one of the most popular questions is “What is typical in Norway?“, so then I asked myself: “And what about Italy, Spain, Latin America, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, Portugal and Brazil?“. So I have been asking all my friends who belong to these cultures and I found out that (I chose the most important 5 typical things):

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Let´s have fun!!!

Why do we smile every time a foreigner tries to speak our native language?

We smile because his/her pronunciation sounds funny to us, or am I wrong?

But today I propose to you a few italian tongue-twisters read by some foreigners who live in Oslo, because I would like you to listen to their different accents and underline the beauty of each. That means I laugh because every accent sounds incredible to me and I don´t laugh at them, to be clear ;D!

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Five different pangrams

The word pangram comes from the Greek language (pan gramma) and means “every letter”; so a pangram is known as a short sentence which contains every letter of a given alphabet.

I decided to search for five pangrams according to the five languages I know, just because I was curious on the kind of sentence that could be constructed using every letter of a specific alphabet:

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