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Leah Simon

June 23, 2017

Ever hear expressions said in contexts that make no sense? The English language, with its kinks, twists and quirks, can seem complex, when in reality it is a truly a fun language with beach bags of character. With the heat of summer and the hope of vacation upon us, here are 20 unique phrases and their meanings relating to the holidays that’ll definitely help you seem like a native speaker!

Leah Simon

June 20, 2017

Apart from being just downright fun, idioms are also a window into a language’s cultural origins and an amazing way of blending into a new place as a local.

What is an idiom? This is an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements. In other, a bunch of words put together in an unusual way to mean something completely different!  

In the spirit of summer and all the upcoming vacations to be enjoyed, here is a list of some unique travel-themed idioms from languages around the world.

Leah Simon

June 18, 2017

How's your Thai etiquette? With the arrival of summer come the vacation plans and getaways, and what better place for a holiday than one of South East Asia’s most popular travel destinations, Thailand? With its beaches, national parks, benign climate and incredible culture, Thailand continues to dominate at the forefront of South Asian tourism, and with good reason. The year of 2016 saw 32 million foreign visitors in Thailand, with Bangkok ranking first in Euromonitor International's list of "Top City Destinations" with 21 million visitors.

Leah Simon


Add color to your language and sound like a native speaker!

A primary means of describing any object is to talk about its color. It immediately paints an image of the object in the mind’s eye and allows for more creative expression during a dialogue. However, the real challenge is to go beyond the monotony of the reds, blues and yellows to really describe an object using a specific, nuanced color.

Make sure your English is red hot, with our quick guide to how colors are used in the English language, including examples and idioms so you get the picture.

Moaz Khan

June 15, 2017

Father's Day, which orignated in America, is celebrated in the Western world on the third Sunday, in the month of June. In much of the developed world, Father's Day is celebrated in the same fashion, where folks go out to eat, dads get a few presents (tie), and children come home from school with paper-crafts to show their appreciation. However, as the day has gained popularity around the world, many countries have come-up with their own unique ways of thanking dads and making their day special!


June 13, 2017

English is the most widely-spoken language in the world, having the distinct status of being the official language of multiple countries. While the English language is uniform with major variations in spelling present between American English and British English, the dialect or accent is usually the factor that enables one to distinguish the various types of English out there.

Sue Brett

June 11, 2017

Over the past 2 decades, the UAE has become a significant business and leisure destination. From its stunning architecture to its irresistible beaches, the UAE has redefined the art of hospitality in its central geographical location where "east meets west".

Make sure you know the ins and outs of UAE cultural etiquette to make the most of your trip or relocation to this fascinating Middle Eastern hub.

Leah Simon

June 1, 2017

 “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” This famous quote by Charlemagne is especially significant in an increasingly globalized world, where functionality in multiple languages may be considered as the passport of a true global citizen. Therefore in a world with over 6000 spoken dialects, what languages would be the most useful to maximize communication?

Moaz Khan

May 29, 2017

Ramadan is a holy month in the religion of Islam and is marked by a time of required fasting. Observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.  Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is lunar-based., and therefore falls on a different date in the Gregorian calendar every year. 

Here's our quick guide to useful phrases you should know in Arabic during the holy Month of Ramadan.

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