Sidewalk or stoop? Has your English evolved into Expat Speak?

12th February 2020

Living in another country, such as the Netherlands, can influence your mother tongue with the Dutch  language over time. However, it might not be a...

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Moving to the Amsterdam Area in 10 easy steps

4th February 2020

Relocating to another city can be a bit of a challenge but also very exciting. If you are thinking of moving to Amsterdam and not sure where to sta...

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8 Most Useful Languages to Learn in 2020 and the New Decade

31st January 2020

To be proficient in a language can take a decade. There can be various...

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The Best Way to Learn a Language: What the Science Says

30th January 2020

Which is the best way to learn a language? It all depends who you ask. Some learn by memorising words, other by reading or listening and then there...

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Happy Chinese New Year!

24th January 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!  新年快乐 We at Languagematters wish everyone celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend joy and happiness with family an...

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Chinese New Year 2020: Rats, luck and why you should avoid medicine, laundry and crying children

The Chinese New year is approaching and the celebration will begin on Saturday 25th January across the world.  With the celebration of t...

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Amsterdam Attractions

22nd January 2020

If you are looking to explore Amsterdam, there are numerous attractions to visit. Have a look at some of the sights of beautiful Amsterdam in the a...

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Is this the most powerful word in the English language?

17th January 2020

The word “The” might be the most commonly used word in the English vocabulary. However, we don’t really reflect on the purpose of the individual wo...

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Where Dutch directness comes from

13th January 2020

The Dutch people are known for their straightforwardness and they have a word for it “bespreekbaarheid”. But where does this directness come from. ...

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When speaking a new language, what matters most is your attitude — not your accuracy

8th January 2020

The fear of speaking a new language can seem very intimidating and can make us feel judged and reluctant to converse. According to a study, the les...

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