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How to pass for a native speaker

I was amazed by the response from last week’s post on “looking the language”. If truth be told, I’d had some second thoughts before publishing it. The whole subject of appearance, identity and cultural acceptance as a native speaker is – needless to say – a sensitive one, and one that I have been dealing with my whole life. Yet in the emails, …

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Israel and the Balkans: getting ready for the summer

The summer is nearly upon us, and that means that we’re in for an exciting few months on RawLangs. You may have noticed that technically this is a “Language and Travel” blog, and you may wondering why we’ve had a lot of posts about the first, but not so much about the second. We’ve had a heavy year so far …

Ten ways to learn Greek for free

The internet has changed how we learn languages, such as Greek, forever. Suddenly all sorts of resources are available for free, wherever you are in the world, and companies such as Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur are having to really struggle to stay competitive and justify their extortionate prices. But that doesn’t mean that it’s always obvious how you can put …

Christmas in Greece

Greece is at its most beautiful at this time of year. The tourists are gone, and have taken the raging heat with them, the parched mountains have suddenly turned green and have a dusting of snow on them, the streets are filled with the smell of woodsmoke from people’s fireplaces, and the days are about three hours longer than in …