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Shannon Kennedy

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages in the World

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Feb 24, 2020

What are the most spoken languages in the world? Here's a list of the top ten languages in the world in terms of native speakers.

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Goodbye in German: 13 Ways to Say Bye in German

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Nov 27, 2019

Learning German? Knowing how to say farewell in German is a good way to smoothly end your conversations in the language. Learn how to say “goodbye” in German.

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Hello in German: 9 Ways to Say Hi in German

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Nov 25, 2019

Learning German? Starting with a greeting like “hello” in German will help you make a good impression and get the conversation rolling with native speakers. 

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Top English Phrases You'll Use Again and Again

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Aug 6, 2019

Are you learning English? If so, you might be looking for phrases to help you gain confidence in conversation. Here are the English phrases you should know.

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136 Terms of Endearment in Different Languages

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Aug 5, 2019

When we have a special someone in our lives, we often call them by pet names or nicknames. Here are terms of endearment used around the world.

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How to Say Hello in 30 Different Languages

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jul 31, 2019

Want to learn to say hello in different languages? “Hi” is one of the first things you’ll want to know in a new language. Here's how to do it.

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12 Samoan Words and Samoan Expressions You Should Know

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jul 25, 2019

Learn these 12 Samoan words that capture the spirit of the language and offer insight into Samoan culture.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Spanish Translator Berenice Font Works

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
May 2, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Spanish translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spends her day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: The Final Mission

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Apr 28, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, reveals her secret Hungarian language project to the rest of the Drops team by surprising the founders.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 7

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Apr 18, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, talks about how she used practicing Hungarian around Budapest to build her confidence in the language.

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Learn a Language Before You Travel: Is Studying on the Plane Too Late?

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jun 7, 2019

In this post, our resident polyglot Shannon Kennedy tests if waiting until you're on a plane to learn a language is too late. Learning Icelandic with Drops.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Spanish Translator Anna Suades Vall Works

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jul 18, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Spanish translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spends her day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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An Interview with a Translator: How German Translator Christiane Hesse Works

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jun 14, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the German translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spend their day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 6

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Apr 4, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares how she kept up her motivation for learning Hungarian after missing one of her milestones.

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An Interview with a Translator: How Drops' Italian Translator Viola Librenti Works

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Mar 28, 2019

A peek behind the scenes at how the Italian translator at Drops works--her favorite tools, how she spend their day, and what it takes to be a translator.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 5

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Mar 21, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares clips from her first lesson in Hungarian and shares how she creates scripts to build confidence in a language.

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10 Maori Words and Expressions You Should Know

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Feb 21, 2019

These 10 words capture the spirit of the Maori language. Learn these Maori words and others with Drops in jist 5 minutes a day.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 4

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Feb 7, 2019

There are a few different ways to get feedback on your language skills, but the one that I find most effective is studying with a tutor. Why?

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 3

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jan 24, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares her first ever video chat in Hungarian and the script she used to prepare for the conversation.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 2

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jan 17, 2019

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares the steps she took to reach her second Hungarian language learning milestone - scheduling a chat in the language.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part II: Foundations

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Sep 18, 2018

You know why you want to learn a language, but you're still having trouble getting started. Here's what you can do to kickstart your language studies.

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Why You Should Learn Languages to Use at Home

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Nov 2, 2018

We often learn a language to connect with people abroad or to have better travel experiences, but here's why you should learn a language to use at home.

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8 Best Language Learning Apps to Download This Holiday Season

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Dec 14, 2018

Looking to learn a new language this holiday season? Here are 8 of the best language learning apps you can download to get started.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with these 25 Words

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Dec 20, 2018

We’re in the midst of the holiday season and it’s filled with celebration. Around the world, this time of year has a rich collection of words to go with it.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Language Project Introduction

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Dec 6, 2018

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, introduces her two month language mission, learning Hungarian to surprise the Drops founders in Budapest, Hungary.

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Learning Hungarian with Drops: Milestone 1

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Dec 27, 2018

Resident Polyglot, Shannon Kennedy, shares the steps she took to reach her first Hungarian language learning milestone - getting into the Drops Dojo.

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11 Hawaiian Words that Capture the Spirit of the Language

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Oct 4, 2018

Learn these 11 Hawaiian words that capture the spirit of the language and offer insight into Hawaiian culture. Includes audio and where to learn more.

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Spanish Halloween Vocabulary: Keep it Spooky in Spanish with these 20 Words

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Oct 30, 2018

Learn these 20 Spanish words to keep things spooky this fall. Learn Spanish vocabulary for Halloween and Día de los Muertos.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part III: Commitment

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Oct 29, 2018

You know why you want to learn a language, but you're still having trouble sticking with it. Here's what you can do to build a language learning habit.

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How to Keep Up Your Summer Language Learning Efforts in the New School Year

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Aug 21, 2018

Summer is the perfect time to build a new language skill, but keeping it up during the school year can be tough. Here are tips to keep your language fresh.

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How to Learn a Language Like a Memory Champion

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jul 13, 2018

Have you ever wondered how memory champions do what they do? In this article, we share their tricks and show how you too can use them to learn a language.

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The Ultimate Language Learning Guide Part I: Your Blueprint

Written by:
Shannon Kennedy
Published:
Jun 29, 2018

In this article, we take a look at a few of the myths we tell ourselves about language learning and share tips for how to overcome them.

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