Celebrating French women

  Ahead of International Women’s Day next month, we take a look at some of the many influential and inspirational French women through the ages. Here are just a few: Coco Chanel The reason the LBD (little black dress) is so iconic and desirable, Chanel is one of the most innovative fashion designers of the… Read More

Learn a new language together – sharing is fun!

How many times have you been on holiday and one of you has a smattering of the local language and the other doesn’t? The person who knows the language must be the translator while the other relies on their partner for the service and often feels left out. Or maybe you’re the one who knows… Read More

Make a New Year’s resolution you’ll want to keep

Before the golden haze of Christmas carols, too much food, the odd alcoholic beverage or two, and the potential stress of holidays spent with the family, take their toll on your intellectual judgement, why not make a New Year’s resolution to do something for yourself which could reap many health and wellbeing benefits? Learning another… Read More

Christmas traditions around the world

It’s that time again! If you’re learning another language with The Language Guru, or even if you’re just interested in how other countries do it, here are some festive ways the holidays are celebrated in France, Spain and Germany. And to help you organise posting all those gifts to loved ones abroad, there’s a link… Read More

12 easy ways to work on your language skills on a daily basis

Wondering how to practise the language you’re learning with The Language Guru when you’re not in class or talking to us on Skype? Here are some quick and easy tips to help you do just that. Why not use your mobile devices in your language of choice – as well as your social media accounts…. Read More

Why you should learn German with The Language Guru

  Another useful language available through us is German. It’s mainly spoken in Central Europe and is the most widely spoken and one of the official languages in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. Here’s an interesting fact (according to Wikipedia): German has the largest number of native… Read More

Take your language skills and visit the delightful French Caribbean islands

  It’s the stuff of which daydreams are made. Beautiful tropical islands, balmy sea breezes, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, a slow and delightful pace of life, cocktails by the shore, dramatic rain forests, stunning scenery, picturesque villages and local boutiques. Welcome to the French territories in the Caribbean, part of… Read More

Bastille Day in France: Le 14 juillet

  ‘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

How to play pétanque

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

5 reasons to practice talking in your chosen second language

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