Beginner Mistakes


Hoarding Everybody wants to learn a language fast and with the least amount of effort. Nowadays there is a plethora of books, apps, methods advertised and the beginner can easily find themself confused as to where to start. They try one  and they get bored of it or they realise that it might not have […]

If I Were a Rich Man


Probably one of the most widespread mistakes among non-native speakers is the use of the Second Conditional, the one where we express a rather hypothetical or unlikely event as opposed to the First Conditional where the idea expressed by the speaker is probable. Let’s briefly look at the grammatical structure of both. Conditional sentences always […]

Do You Have an Accent?


Yes, everybody does, including you. Many people think of accents as deviations from the norm, i.e. the correct way of speaking. Linguistically, however, we cannot distinguish between correct and incorrect accents as every native speaker’s accent has developed naturally and they are understandable within their speech community. Debating which accent is the most correct is […]

Transfer (Spanish-English)

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The phenomenon when your mother tongue influences the learning of a foreign language is called language transfer. This could be beneficial where there is no difference between the two languages, otherwise however, the transfer won’t be correct in the foreign language, and it is said to interfere with it. Here are the most common grammatical transfers Spanish […]