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Shannon Kennedy

I'm a language lover, traveler and musician sharing my adventures and language learning tips over at Eurolinguiste. Join me on Facebook for daily language learning and travel tips!

How the Serbian Alphabet Differs from the Russian Alphabet (And Croatian from English)
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How the Serbian Alphabet Differs from the Russian Alphabet (And Croatian from English)

Learning to read in your target language is a great way to improve your pronunciation. When this requires learning a new writing system, this can be a challenge. One might think that because Serbian and Russian both use Cyrillic, that their alphabets are the same. But this isn’t the case. Cyrillic is a script, not necessarily just an alphabet, so it’s used for a variety...

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20 Nov 2017
Botanic Gardens Singapore
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Botanic Gardens Singapore

One of the only three gardens honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site are the Botanic Gardens in Singapore. And their they only tropical garden with the title. Founded in 1859, the Botanic Gardens played an important role in the rubber trade boom as it served as a major research location. Spread over 82 hectares, the Botanic Gardens are home to more than 10,000 species...

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16 Nov 2017
Energy Management in Language Learning
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Energy Management in Language Learning

When we talk about fitting language learning into our schedules, we most often talk about time management. And while it often seems like we’re low on time, it’s very rarely the case. Instead, we’re low on time when we have the energy to study language. Do you have the time or energy to learn a language? Let me sketch out a scenario for you. You...

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13 Nov 2017
Speechling Review: Gain Confidence in Your Speaking & Pronunciation
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Speechling Review: Gain Confidence in Your Speaking & Pronunciation

Pronunciation is often one of the biggest reasons we feel insecure or lack confidence in our ability to speak the languages that we’re learning. It’s also one of the hardest things to work on because there are few resources available to help you improve it. Even professional tutors aren’t often able to offer more than “listen and repeat”, so you have no choice but to...

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06 Nov 2017
The Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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The Getty Museum, Los Angeles

When I travel, I admit, I visit a lot of tourist attractions. Well, historical attractions. And while there’s so much more to places than these sites, they are attractions for a reason.  My mistake, in my opinion, is not that I go to these places. It’s that I often forget that I have a fair amount of them just outside my door. I don’t have to...

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02 Nov 2017
30 Day Language Learning Challenge
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30 Day Language Learning Challenge

There are a ton of language challenges out there, so I thought it would be fun to get in on the game and start a 30 day language learning challenge. I recently started the Add1Challenge (well, fairly recently) and I thought that this could be a fun way to boost my Croatian and make sure that I’m doing it everyday. But I didn’t want to...

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30 Oct 2017
Cases in Croatian + a Free Cheatsheet
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Cases in Croatian + a Free Cheatsheet

As a Croatian language learner, one of the things that I’ve struggled with is the case system.  In an earlier post, I wrote about cases and how they are used, but it wasn’t specific to Croatian. So instead, today I’d like to share the cases that are used in Croatian specifically, offer examples and a free PDF cheat sheet to help clarify things for you. ...

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23 Oct 2017
Scuba Diving with Manta Manta Diving in Bali, Indonesia
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Scuba Diving with Manta Manta Diving in Bali, Indonesia

I first earned my diving license at the age of fourteen. It’s something that I’ve done for a while. And it’s something for which my adoration and awe has yet to fade. Each time I slip below the surface, it’s, to use what is probably and over-used metaphor in terms of diving, like entering an entirely new world. I’m filled with the kind of wonder...

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19 Oct 2017
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