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26 March 2017

What is the difference in Italian between ‘buono’ and ‘bene’?

People learning Italian sometimes use the words ‘buono’ and ‘bene’ incorrectly. They associate ‘buono’ with eating well and ‘bene’ with how good the food is. Unfortunately this doesn’t work in Italian.

26 March 2017

Are you on holiday or on vacation?

What a strange question! If I’m on holiday then I’m also on vacation. They mean the same after all. But as a result of the economic crisis,…

26 March 2017

Italian expressions - In vino veritas

Drinking good wine, within limits of course, is so much part of Italian culture that the language is peppered with sayings and expressions to do with wine. Here are five of them.

26 March 2017

Into the jungle, armed with Portuguese

One of the first organisations to send employees to Regina Coeli to learn Portuguese was Mammoet, the company that many people will have heard of in relation to the transport, assembly and removal of oversized objects. The red cranes and heavy transport equipment that belong to this originally Dutch concern are often seen in action on, for example, Discovery Channel when they report on huge projects that have involved Mammoet.

26 March 2017

The differences between Spanish and Portuguese

Despite the close relationship between Spanish and Portuguese, there are important differences. What are significant differences between Portuguese and Spanish?

26 March 2017

Understanding the Dutch better by adopting their communication style

Finn Niina Pussinen made the radical switch to using Dutch for her job. “At first, speaking Dutch felt like running a 100m dash on one leg and with two hands tied behind my back."


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