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TOP 7 Romanian Idioms

If idioms offer a unique insight into a language’s culture, wait until you read these Romanian ones!

Here are seven of our favourite Romanian idioms for you to read, so you don’t have to stare at someone “like a cat at a calendar” next time someone tells you one of these idioms! 295 more words

The Joy Of Languages

smallworldmakeitbigger reblogged this on It's a small world and commented:

As a Romanian, many of these idioms seem quite natural to me (my favs being the first two), among some not mentioned here :)) Still, there are several that I, at least, didn't get to hear very often, but it sure is funny when that does happen! Take a look and have a good laugh ^_^

10 things about learning languages I wish I'd known 10 years ago

I started learning languages as a serious hobby just over ten years ago. It started out as a slow and frustrating process, and I never truly believed that I would ever really be able to speak and understand any language as well as my native English. 1,224 more words

The Joy Of Languages

smallworldmakeitbigger reblogged this on It's a small world and commented:

For all people who need a little motivation to begin or continue learning a language ;) I find this article truly inspirational, and surely you will too!

Why Writing is like a Playtex Bra

‘It lifts and separates’ is a slogan that will be familiar to those of my generation – it was advertised as the chief virtue of the Playtex ‘cross-your-heart’ Bra. 1,033 more words

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Which will be the next world language?

World languages are as old as the world itself. As far as history can remember, certain languages were used by different nations to communicate. In the past some notable auxiliary languages have been Latin, Greek, French, Persian and Arabic, which were each spoken across the vast empires that spread them. 966 more words

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'Like, yet unlike.'

‘Like, yet unlike,’ is Merry’s comment in The Lord of the Rings when he first sees Gandalf and Saruman together: Gandalf, returned from the dead, has assumed the white robes formerly worn by Saruman, who has succumbed to despair and been corrupted by evil and is about to be deposed. 2,112 more words

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St. Anselm and the Blackbird

Blackbird

Its eye a dark pool
in which Sirius glitters
and never goes out.
Its melody husky
as though with suppressed tears.
Its bill is the gold… 1,526 more words

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Expressing conviction

In an earlier piece (‘For us, there is only the trying‘) I observed that one of the insights that come with being a writer is the tentative nature of all writing, that it is… 1,734 more words

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