Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy

7 reasons to go to Tropea

On the instep of the Italian boot lies a small town that will simply blow you away. Nestled on the southern coast of the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea, Tropea offers more than just sun and sand (beautiful though its beaches are!). The town is considered to be one of the finest holiday destinations in Italy, though its small size means that it has retained its own character.

Tropea has a timeless quality so typical of Italian towns, with its winding lanes and hidden palazzi. With a history dating back to the Ancient Greeks and an annual calendar of festivities, there’s also plenty to experience here.

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7 Reasons to go to Trieste

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most popular Italian cities – in fact, over 30 million people visit it every year! You’d be forgiven for thinking that its canals are the only thing that this area of Italy has to offer. However, less than two hours along the coast is the unspoiled capital of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Trieste.

Here are seven reasons to go to Trieste, whether you’re a tourist or – better still – a student on one of our incredible Italian language courses!

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Cusco? Alpaca my bags!

twelve-angled stone in Cusco, PeruCusco is the most fascinating and picturesque city I have ever been to; a place full of history with a rich cultural heritage. I would certainly consider this city to be the jewel of the Andes – it is a treasure that everybody should visit at least once in their lifetime! Cusco has so much to offer: its enchanting art and architecture, the many interesting museums, the nice bars and restaurants, and the beautiful landscapes around the city.

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Language courses for older students – Club 50+

Most students over 50 years of age are happy to join our normal language courses worldwide, at any of our schools, as the programmes are intended for adults of all ages. Indeed, at most of our schools a significant number of the students are often in their forties, fifties and over. This is especially true for locations that are more preferred by the older student, including Aix en Provence in France and Sorrento in Italy.

Some students aged 50 and above prefer to have their language classes and activities exclusively with students of a similar age. It is for these students that we offer our Club 50+ courses.

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Shut Up and Go with Apple Languages!

Many of you may already know that we have recently teamed up again with our good friends at Shut Up and Go – this time we’re providing an incredible two weeks of *free* language tuition in France or Spain to the lucky winner!

WHO?

Shut Up and Go was first set up by the itchy-footed duo that is Jo Franco and Damon Dominique over 10 years ago, as a way to share their experiences. Originating with Youtube videos documenting their travels, the pair now have over a million followers across various social media platforms. They’ve also grown the partnership. Now a core team of 4 with over 20 regular contributors, Shut Up and Go provides advice and guidance on what not to miss on your own journey, how to make the most out of your time in any of the hundreds of locations the team have visited, and even about learning new languages. Their Spunky Word of the Day is similar to our own Weird Word Wednesdays, giving viewers the opportunity to learn vocabulary as they browse.

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5 Reasons To Go To: Guadeloupe

Do you want to visit a location that offers sunshine, crystal blue seas, and stunning sandy beaches? Perhaps one that offers a vibrant, unique culture? Then why not take a French course in Guadeloupe? This Caribbean archipelago is actually an overseas département of France, and is therefore French-speaking, despite being nearly 7,000 km from Paris!

Guadeloupe is an excellent location for those interested in French and francophone literature, as it has been home to several authors including Maryse Condé and Saint-John Perse. There is also an energetic music and art scene in Guadeloupe, with artists often drawing inspiration from their magnificent surroundings! Read more…

Russian Language Day

Today, the 6th June, is the UN’s Russian Language Day! This day was created in 2010 by UNESCO to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity within the United Nations’ member states.

The UN Language Days serve to promote the equal use of all six official languages.

We mentioned French language day in a previous post from March, but the special focus today is on the Russian language!

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Game of Thrones filming locations

You may know that Ireland‘s tourism industry is seeing a real boost in Game of Throne fan tours. The majority of these tours are take place in Northern Ireland, starting from Belfast, about two hours from our English schools in Dublin.

If you are a GoT fan you may want to create your own tour! In this case you should be interested to know many of our other language schools are located very close to areas where scenes from the hit series were filmed!

 

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Writing systems of the world

Most of us are aware there there are thousands of languages spoken across the world – but do you know how many alphabets there are?

We’re not just talking about the difference between, say, the Latin alphabet (the one you’re reading now) and the Georgian alphabet (a sample of which you can see below) – we’re talking about the difference between abjads and abugidas, and between syllabaries and ideograms. Confused? Read on to find out more!

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The French language

Did you know that March 20th is the United Nations’ ‘French Language Day’? It has been recognised on March 20th every year since 2010 and celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity.

To celebrate, here are some interesting facts about the French Language:

French is one of the United Nations’ official languages. The other five official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish.

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