So, you’ve decided to start learning Portuguese and want to find out how easy or hard of a time you have to look forward to? There’s some good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that no one can really tell you what you will find difficult about Portuguese or any other language. Most of language learning comes down to the learner’s motivation and perseverance, that’s what really decides whether you will become fluent, or give up.

The good news is that for English-speakers, Portuguese is actually widely considered to be one of the easiest languages to…


So, you’ve decided to learn Italian? I mean, who can blame you? It is just an amazing language, so passionate and beautiful. Italian is the language of melody and music. After all, the most beautiful opera masterpieces are sung in Italian and the music itself is written in the language. But you already know all of this! You are poetic, you feel the music living inside yourself and, what’s more, you love singing. If that is the case, you know that Italian is the perfect language for you to learn.

There is just one tiny problem. When you speak Italian…


If you’re looking to settle in Amsterdam for the medium to long term, or are just interested in getting a better hang of Dutch, the city offers you a lot of options for practicing your language skills. We’ve already written about how hard you might find learning Dutch (with a knowledge of either English or German, not too difficult), so if you’ve already started your lessons, and are looking to get some conversation practice to improve your speaking skills, you should visit the language exchange events organised by the Amsterdam Dutch Language Meetup Group.

As the name would suggest, the…


Amsterdam, with its legendary canals, plentiful cyclists, and masterful mixing of new with the old, must be among the most famous of European cities. In addition to being an incredibly popular tourist destination, it is also a cornerstone of global economy, and boasts a very high standard of living for its lucky inhabitants. With such a track record — is it a wonder that people from everywhere flock here, making it one of the most diverse cities in Europe?

Being such a kaleidoscope of different cultures, Amsterdam is also a language learner’s paradise. If you’re looking to get some excellent…


The good news for language lovers in Munich is that the city provides ample opportunity for improving your skills. From professional language schools and readily available private teachers to an abundance of ways to practice your target language, it’s a wonderful place for bettering your active and passive language skills.

One of the best ways of seeing quick progress in your spoken language, is to take part in an organised conversation exchange. We already wrote about the meetups organised by the München Conversation Exchange group that help you improve your German, English, Spanish, and sometimes French skills. …


Ever had a situation where someone was talking to you in Hungarian and you understood the words but didn’t quite know what they meant? They might have been using an idiom or proverb. These are terms or phrases used in certain situations that have a second, implied meaning which is usually a bit difficult to guess.

While successfully using idioms and proverbs in conversation is probably a task for the more advanced speakers, they can really help you sound like a native. …


Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and home of the famous Oktoberfest, is a beloved destination for both tourists and expats. It’s a vibrant city that offers great quality of life and career opportunities to foreigners, who flock to the city. In addition to housing some of the biggest names in German economy (like BMW and Allianz), Munich is also the gateway to the Alps that lie just a short drive from the city. Considering all of that, it’s no wonder that Munich houses a huge expat community.

Although English is widely spoken throughout Munich, taking German classes either at a…


Dutch is a peculiar language. A fair few people seem to think it sounds like a mix of English and German muddled together. That’s is probably not a surprise, since Dutch does belong to the same, West Germanic, language group as both English and German. That also means that if you have previous experience with learning either of those languages (and you reading this blog post in English suggests you do), you’ll find at least something familiar in Dutch.

But, as with every language, Dutch also has its own quirks and aspects that are not so easily grasped for English-speakers…


If you’re thinking of working or studying outside of the Czech Republic then it’s important that you score highly on a recognised English exam so you can prove that you’re capable of functioning in an English speaking environment.

With several different exams you can take, doing well involves knowing what questions you’ll be asked and understanding how to answer them. This guide will help you know what to expect from English exams.

The most recognised ones are the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) and CPE/CAE (Cambridge Proficiency English / Cambridge Advanced…


Since moving to another country is one of the most compelling reasons for learning a foreign language, as many of our teachers and students have discovered, it seems only natural we occasionally recommend great sources for expats.

EasyExpat is definitely one of those sources — providing would-be and current expats with everything from relocation services to news.

So, if you’re thinking of moving abroad any time soon, make sure to first take a peek at their website.

EasyExpat.com: Information for Expatriates, Expat Guides
EasyExpat.com: Information for Expatriates, Expat Guides

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