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Airbnb’s sudden price increases and what to do!

Recently, we noticed that the Airbnb raise prices incrementally with each website visit! As any language learner will know, staying with locals is a great way to practice the language and get to know the culture better. Sites like Airbnb and Wimdu became popular with...

Improving Your Listening Skills (with subtitles)

In a recent article in ‘Debates in Modern Languages Education’, Robert Vanderplank talks about the issues of listening and understanding in foreign languages. Often listening is singled out as one of the most difficult aspects of language learning and often claimed...

Language Learning Apps on the Appstores

Creating a language learning app for the Appstore is no easy no task and the delivery is increasingly difficult. High cost of development: Combining content with programming Apple’s Appstore was originally envisaged as a marketplace to download small widgets, games as...

November updates and news

It's been a while since I posted an article but that's mainly because it's been very busy time these past two months. But with that busyness came a lot of progress. First of all, we completed the transnational EU-funded project, NEPTUNE - better known as...

Useful phrases – buying or renting property in Spain

Spain is a popular market for buying property, particularly the south of Spain where properties offer excellent all-year climate, are located near the coast or within lively towns and yet are still affordable - especially in comparison to northern European prices....

Project management – getting things done

During the development of complex technical projects, such as ArabicOnline or HandsOnTurkish, we can often have hundreds of tasks open or still "to do" (upates, bugs, ideas features etc). There is no way that any human being can keep all of these tasks in their memory...

Turkish iPhone Apps and Cucumbers

Last week we completed the first version of the Turkish iPhone App for the Appstore. In the process of uploading, Jeroen asked me where all the apps get checked and approved. I simply assumed it would be in South Asian Tech centre. Not so, it seems. "People have this...

Learning Portuguese as a Spanish Speaker

Learning Portuguese as a Spanish speaker Spanish and Portuguese have the same Latin origin and as a result both their vocabularies and their grammars are very, very similar. They say it is easier for Portuguese speakers to understand and speak Spanish than it is for...

Arabic Language Mission to Oman

First reconnaissance mission to Oman a huge success! Neal Taylor recently went to Oman in order to lay the ground for an upcoming Arabic language trip in Muscat! When I was learning Arabic, I wished I could take part in a language journey where there would be a focus...

New Icons for the Language Learning Apps

Our language learning courses are now spread over various media including: online, chrome apps, desktop downloads and apps: Android and iOS. In an attempt to reach some consistency over the different platforms, we've started redesigning the icons. The icons are...

Stopping over in Istanbul

I stopped over in Istanbul Airport en route to Muscat with Turkish Airlines. I had a 12 hour stopover and decided to head into the city. I landed at 4am from London. Going into Istanbul city during a stopover If you have a stopover in Istanbul, it's definitely worth...