Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many wonderful ways around the world. uTalk’s Language guru, Brian, presents five countries and their colourful customs all done in the name of love! Argentina Argentineans are so passionate about love that in addition to Valentine’s Day, they celebrate an entire week in July called La Semana de la Dulzura … Read more

Learning Quebecois French: Top 7 Online Tools

Learning Quebecois French can be an amazing choice for your career, personal life, and even your creative life. But because so much international emphasis is on learning Parisian French, finding online resources for learning Quebecois French can feel difficult. So since we ourselves are big fans of the Quebecois French dialect, we’ve built a list … Read more

10 Gifts to Buy the Language Lover in Your Life (Updated for 2020)

The holidays are coming and with them, the most stressful part of all (except maybe the cooking!): buying presents. Luckily, you can find almost anything on the internet—and we’ve decided to save you some time by putting together a list of gifts to please that person in your life who just loves languages. If that’s … Read more

Why Nature is at the Heart of the Scottish Gaelic Language

uTalk’s Scottish Gaelic translator, Iona Macritchie, has grown up using one of the last remaining endangered languages of the British Isles. To mark St Andrew’s Day (Nov 30), she told us all about the dozens of different words Scottish Gaelic has for types of rain, the way the letters of the alphabet are linked to … Read more

The Greatest Thanksgiving Mystery of Them All – The Origins of the Turkey

One of the greatest mysteries to perplex the curious language lover during a Thanksgiving dinner is the ubiquitous turkey itself. Some people call them “Turkey”, others call them “India”, “Peru” and some even know them as “Roman”! Seriously, it’s enough to get our feathers in a ruffle! What we call the turkey is a tangled … Read more

Learn Spanish Through Podcasts! An Interview with Tamara, from Learn Spanish Con Salsa

If you’ve been learning languages for a while, then chances are good you’ve heard of using podcasts – even if you haven’t managed to give them a try. We spoke to Tamara Marie, a language coach and host of the podcast Learn Spanish Con Salsa (as well as the brand-new Dominican Spanish 101)! Find out … Read more

Distant Cousins From Across the Oceans

Imagine speaking a language separated from its closest relatives by thousands of kilometres. Imagine if these languages were part of an immense family that spanned more than three-quarters of the globe. Before Europe’s Age of Exploration, speakers of this language family had navigated the oceans without a compass and colonised a massive area from Madagascar … Read more

Women’s Words

If you’re a native English speaker, then you may not ever have noticed your gender affecting the way you speak – at least, in terms of the words you use. However, this is not true across all languages. In this blog post, uTalk’s Language Guru, Brian, set out to find some languages where women in … Read more