Languages

English

English is required to work in multinational corporations, study abroad, or find a job around the world. English is also the language of the web and social media.

Italian

Those who are keen to learn Italian must consider that in each region, even though they all speak Italian, tones, accents, rhythms, syntax, and even words can vary.

Afrikaans

"Language of the oppressors", as it was called by the Black population in South Africa. Never forget that Apartheid (separation in Afrikaans) was abolished only in 1994.

Albanian

Its origins are still a matter of debate among linguists, but they all agree that Albanian is the oldest language in Europe.

Amharic (Ethiopian)

It uses an alphasyllabary composed of 260 syllabic signs, divided into various orders according to vowel sounds.

Arabic

The letters of the alphabet change shape depending on their position in a word, and you write from left to right, unlike other languages.

Belgian French

It is almost identical to French spoken in Paris, but the pronunciation of certain terms may differ.

Bosnian

The official alphabets are the Latin, in the Croatian version (the most widely used writing method), and the Cyrillic in the Serbian version.

Brazilian Portuguese

Portuguese is also spoken in Brazil, but its pronunciation is different from European Portuguese.

Burmese

Monosyllabic language: each word is a root to which suffixes are added. The same happens with verbs.

Catalan

It is a language and not a dialect, as many believe, and it has various dialects, developed over the last centuries.

Chinese

We are referring to a very large language family, including hundreds of languages and dialects that are often not mutually intelligible.

Croatian

This language utilizes the Latin alphabet, but special diacritic marks are added to some letters to vary their sound.

Czech

Also called Bohemian, it is divided into Literary Czech and Colloquial Czech. The Literary is used for writing and the Colloquial for speaking.

Danish

Based on the Latin alphabet, with the addition of these three letters: æ (same sound as e in red), ø (equivalent to an ö) and å (same sound as o in horse).

Dutch

With France, Germany, and England bordering the Netherlands, Dutch evolved into a mix of German, French, and English.

Finnish

Finnish only started to have a written form after 1500. Before then, it was only a spoken language.

French

The nasal vowels and the uvular r characterise this language, plus three accents and the cedilla, which turns the letter c into an s.

German

If you are planning to study German, be aware that it has one of the most complicated grammars. Let alone the pronunciation.

Greek

When speaking about Greek, you can refer to ancient Greek, medieval or Byzantine Greek, modern Greek, or Neo-Greek, the Greek spoken today.

Hebrew

The modern is very different from the biblical Hebrew because it contains neologisms and words borrowed from foreign languages.

Hungarian

The Hungarian language utilizes the Latin alphabet, enriched with diacritical signs and accents.

Icelandic

A few decades ago, the letter Z was still used in the Icelandic alphabet, but the rules for using it were so complicated that it was changed to S (the pronunciation is more or less the same).

Indonesian

According to an Oxford University study, Indonesian is one of the easiest languages to learn.

Irish

Commonly called Irish, this is a Gaelic language, spoken on the island of Ireland, where it is an official language along with English.

Japanese

The Japanese language has two separate forms of phonetic alphabets, which are used along with the Chinese ideograms.

Kazakh

In the past, it used runic characters, then the Arabic alphabet. From 1929 to 1940 it switched to Latin and then to Cyrillic, which is still used today. A return to Latin characters is planned for 2025.

Korean

Since 1443, Korean has a distinct alphabet and a writing system. Before, Chinese ideograms were used for writing.

Kurdish

The alphabet varies according to the countries where Kurdish is spoken. A modified Arabic alphabet is used In Iraq and Iran, the Latin one in Armenia, Turkey, and Syria. Cyrillic is used in the former USSR countries.

Languages of India

India has a multitude of languages. At least 23 different languages and about 2,000 dialects have been identified in this large country in South Asia.

Latin

Romance languages are all those idioms that descend from Vulgar Latin, such as Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Romanian.

Maori

It is a peculiar language: the sentence is not organised in subject-verb-object, but verb-subject-object.

Norwegian

There are two written forms, both official: Bokmål (based on written Danish), and Nynorsk (also called New Norwegian: a fusion of various dialects and used by a minority of the population).

Other Languages

Afghan, Armenian, Nigerian… Once the number of pronunciations increases, each of these languages will have a dedicated page.

Polish

Originated from Slavic, Polish has been influenced by foreign languages such as Latin, Greek, German, Italian, French, Russian, and English.

Portuguese

Less “musical” than Brazilian Portuguese, the two languages also differ in the pronunciation of some vowels and consonants.

Romanian

By Romanian, we mean Daco-Romanian, one of the 4 language variants. The other 3 (Aromanian, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian) are minority languages in Romania.

Russian

Its Cyrillic alphabet has 33 letters: 10 vowels, 21 consonants and 2 silent letters. Consonants can be hard or soft (they are soft when followed by an apostrophe).

Serbian

Both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabet are used in this language. Using the Latin alphabet, diacritical signs are added to some consonants (Ž Ć Č Š).

Slovak

 This language follows the Latin alphabet with the addition of diacritical signs on some vowels and consonants, changing their pronunciation.

Slovenian

This language doesn't use articles, it is the context that makes it clear whether the noun is one of many or a specific one.

Somali

Many of its words are borrowed from preceding colonial languages. Arabic and Persian influence was left by the maritime trade of the earlier centuries.

Spanish

The Spanish spoken in Spain is not the same as the one spoken in Mexico or Cuba: there are differences, both lexical and in pronunciation.

Swedish

It is the official language of Sweden only since 2009, although it was already spoken by the majority of the population.

Thai

The Thai alphabet consists of 44 consonants, 32 vowels and four tone indicators. Nouns have no gender, there are no articles, verbs do not change form for person, tense, or mode.

Turkish

Turkish was spoken in the Ottoman Empire and was written using the Arabic alphabet. They switched to the Latin alphabet in 1928 to modernize Turkey.

Ukrainian

Ukrainian is very similar to Russian. Both use the Cyrillic alphabet (with a few minor differences), share some of their basic vocabulary, and have similar grammatical rules and pronunciation.

Vietnamese

The Vietnamese alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet with the addition of several diacritical signs and accents which change the pronunciation of some letters.

Zulu

Once apartheid was finally abolished, the Zulu, which are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, finally received the same rights as all other South African citizens.

The pronunciation in Italian

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