Oliver Pritchard sheds light on the hot potato of English expressions including proverbs, idioms and metaphors as he helps us to not murder the language.
Get to grips with wordplay as Oliver Pritchard takes things in a pun direction with some light-hearted language learning.
Transform your language by learning how to make a noun into a verb and a verb into an adjective. Oliver Pritchard explains that it’s all about getting the beginnings and endings right.
If you think you already know your English adverbs from your adjectives, skip straight to the quiz – otherwise learn more about this handy language construct with Phil Stoneman’s guide.
Research shows that mispronunciation accounts for about two-thirds of communication breakdowns. So this month Oliver Pritchard shows you how to work on those all too difficult vowel sounds.
It’s easy to mix up words that sound similar in Spanish and English but have completely different meanings, Oliver Pritchard explains
Los dichos y refranes, Spanish proverb and sayings, are an integral part of a regional culture and identity. Mastering them can be particularly helpful, as a single line can convey thousands of years of oral history, and with it, an incredible amount of information.
'Trabalenguas', as the name implies, will get your tongue stuck trying to figure out their pronunciation. Tangle and torment your tongue with Diana Mejía’s tongue twisters.
Diana Mejía tells us how to transform words into a smaller, cuter and perhaps even less offensive versions of themselves using diminutives, or make them big and violent through augmentatives.
Katie Jacoby presents some of her favourite words in Spanish. Some because they’re beautiful, others because they’re fun to say, others because she likes how they’re used or their meaning, others because she gets a kick out of their translation, and others still because they just have a je ne sais quoi about them.
We’re nearing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and if you’re anything like us, your sporting Spanish could use a little brushing up. Katie Jacoby journeys the lexical road to Rio with a guide to give you everything you need to go for gold in Spanish.
While there are tons of animal-related Spanish words and phrases that are universal, Katie Jacoby focuses on ones that are either exclusively Colombian, ones that you’re especially likely to hear here, or ones that are just too ubiquitous to not include.