.دوست آن باشد که گیرد دست دوست در پریشان حالی و درماندگی Dust ân bâšad ke girad dast-e dust dar parišân hâli o darmândegi. English equivalent: A friend is known in adversity, like gold is known in fire; A friend in need is a friend indeed. Paczolay, Gyula (1997). European Proverbs in 55 languages. DeProverbio.com. Fārsī or Persian? It’s one

It wasn’t until 3:30 PM that I actually decided on a language. I know, I KNOW. I was out until 3 AM ringing in the new year at a casino in Northern California. Did I win? Let’s just say I started the New Year with a bit of a bang!

It’s the last Saturday of the year and I want to invite you to join me on a 31 Day Aspiring Polyglot Challenge, an e-mail mini course to help you get your language learning goals on the right track for the New Year.

Challenge yourself and watch a game in Spanish and see how many words you can remember!

Alle beetjes helpen – Nederlandstalige spreekwoorden Translation: Every little helps Dutch proverb If you’ve been looking to get your feet wet in the Dutch language, the Introduction to Dutch course on FutureLearn might help. The beginners’ course by the University of Groningen goes fast in three weeks total and covers the basics such as greetings, talking

I went back to find my friend who was three aisles over with a disappointed look on my face. “I can’t believe I couldn’t communicate with her,” I said, “You just don’t know when you’re going to need to use sign language, but I should have known this!”

I then explained that I gathered how Germans (at least in Berlin) were domineering, yet friendly, assertive, but also timid. Perhaps it was the ever presence of authority in the form of police and if you didn’t see them, you definitely heard the sirens. Later in our conversation he would say, “I’m not sure. It’s like they sense danger and appear out of nowhere!” Despite that, Berliners were also carefree like children at the playground or teenagers at a mall with unlimited funds. Even I was surprised to see open bottles at the park, on the train, and as I walked on rugged streets. My first instinct as an American was, “OMG!! You’re going to get arrested!!” At the same time, I found order. People weren’t even pushing others to get into the Bahn. Is this real life?!

As always, if you are in need of a physical book it goes without saying that your local library can assist you. Some libraries and schools offer access to Mango Languages, which is essentially a better and free version of Rosetta Stone. By the way, never buy Rosetta Stone. That’s just my two Euros.

Nothing is more disheartening than the realization that you have spent thousands of dollars only to travel 60 miles west of your home.