‘La Fête Nationale’, the French annual national holiday on 14th July, marks the 18th century ‘Storming of the Bastille’ in Paris. Similar to the USA’s 4th July, it’s a commemoration of the beginning of republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule. In 1789, the French economy was in disarray, contributing to a political… Read More
Pétanque (pronounced ‘pay-tank’), sometimes called boules, is a game that can be enjoyed by all the family and socially with friends for fun, or more competitively up to European and World Championship levels. French in origin, it is now played across the world in one form or another and is one of the most inclusive… Read More
You probably haven’t spoken a second language since school. Or you may have been abroad and done quite well ordering your lunch, getting from A to B, and bartering in the markets. Whether you’re already a student at The Language Guru, want to brush up your existing skills, or you feel you’d like to learn… Read More
You’ve booked the tickets. You’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink. You’ve even remembered your passport. You’re going on holiday!
You get to the airport and while you’re waiting to check in, you buy the obligatory duty-free perfume or after-shave, magazine for the journey, giant bar of triangular chocolate, then realise you’ve forgotten to pack the most important item on your list.
How can learning another language benefit you? If you’re already working for a global organisation, you’ll realise how. You’ll be able to communicate more effectively with your colleagues across the company. You get queries answered quicker, do business smarter and win loads of brownie points along the way. Some organisations make language skills a part… Read More
Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, said Anne Merritt, a Telegraph journalist, a few years ago*. She went on, “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great… Read More
As Cole Porter said in the 1920s: “Birds do it, bees do it Even educated fleas do it Let’s do it, let’s fall in love” No-one seems to know the origin of Valentine’s Day for sure but it may have been due to the pairing and mating of birds in mid-February, acknowledged by the giving… Read More