Rafter's Languages

How many languages are spoken in the world?

How many languages are spoken in the world?

Have you ever wondered how many languages there are in the world? I asked friends to give me a quick answer without looking up on Google or Wikipedia: most of them gave me a number between 100 and 200… The reasoning was simple: most people know that in the world there are about 200 states, […]

5 mistakes to avoid when learning a language

5 mistakes to avoid when learning a language

Let’s be clear: if you want to learn a language, you must be ready to make many mistakes! Mistakes are part of the process and are often an opportunity to improve. But there are some types of mistakes made by almost everyone who wants to learn a language, and if you avoid making them, you […]

Consistency and Patience in language learning

Consistency and Patience in language learning

Today the world of language courses is dominated by courses that promise you can learn a foreign language fast, in a month, in three months, with ease and so on. Let’s face it, if the course was called “The patient approach to language learning,” or “Learn a language in two years”, maybe no one would […]

How to start learning a language, right now!

How to start learning a language, right now!

Let’s face it: if I ask you if you want to learn a foreign language, you will tell me “yes”, right away. Everyone wants to learn a foreign language, to communicate with foreign friends or with locals when you travel. So why haven’t you started yet? Or maybe you started already, but you gave up […]

My Portuguese

My Portuguese

After English and Spanish, Portuguese was the third language that I tried to learn. It was in 2004 and it was mainly because, speaking Spanish already, I had the impression that Portuguese was quite similar to it, so I thought it would not be very difficult to learn. At the time, I […]

My Dutch

My Dutch

I learned Dutch a few years ago. I wanted to learn Dutch, because I already spoke English and German, so I thought Dutch would not be too difficult. And yes, for me it was not as difficult as for example German, but not too easy. Dutch as a foreign language is not […]

My Neapolitan

My Neapolitan

I speak Neapolitan because I’m from Naples, I was born and raised here and I still live here. Like all Neapolitans I was born bilingual, and already since we are little kids we differentiate between Italian and Neapolitan: at home, there are families who only speak Neapolitan, others who only speak Italian, […]

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