The Borrowing Dilemma: How Should I Pronounce a Foreign Word That I Insert into My Conversation?

The words for “coffee” in English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish all point to the same thing, and yet their pronunciations differ ever so slightly in each language. These words,…

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International Santas: Iceland’s Mischievous Elves

Tiptoe. Tiptoe. It’s Christmas Eve, and a merry soul slides happily down the chimney. He relishes the smell of still-warm cookies, baked by tiny hands that very night. Quickly. Quietly.…

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International Santas: Bring in the New Year with Russia's Ded Moroz and Snegurochka

Illustration by Lucy Burrows The Grandfather Frost legend dates back to pagan traditions, wherein the oldest man in the family would lean out the window and…

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International Santas: La Befana, Italy's Christmas Witch

An old woman gazes through a frosted pane on Christmas Eve. She knows it’s time again. With no small effort, she stands. In preparation for the night’s events, she meticulously…

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Rosetta Stone Rolls Out Its Game Prospero to More Customers

We’re excited to announce that our popular and challenging Rosetta World game Prospero is now available for Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe learners of French, Italian, German, English (American), and…

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International Santas: Krampus Is Checking His List Twice

Fire. Horns. Mayhem. Castigation for last year’s misdeeds inflicted by a skulking fiend at midnight. Such chaos doesn’t sound like part of a time-honored Christmas festivity, but it is when…

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