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10 Crazy (and Awesome) International New Year’s Eve Traditions

Getting tired of watching the ball drop every New Year’s Eve? Maybe it’s time to adopt a new tradition. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of these from around the world. Smashing pomegranates in Greece Pomegranates have an important place in Greek history, art, and cuisine, so a pomegranate is always a welcome housewarming gift. In Greece, they’re on the table for important holidays and religious ceremonies, but at midnight on New Year’s Eve, they’re rolled forcefully against the front door of the house or smashed directly on the ground. The more seeds that spill out, the more good fortune…

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I Spy a Whole New World

Most of us have played “I Spy,” a classic game that helps while away the minutes—or sometimes hours—when there’s nothing better to do. It conjures up memories of long road trips or rainy days spent inside. But for leading cognitive scientists at Indiana University, it’s about much more. The “I Spy” Study To study attention and memory, researchers had children play “I Spy” games in two different ways: by giving the target image only, and by giving the target image while saying its name. Children’s focus and speed improved dramatically when language was used. In the words of one researcher,…

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Volunteerism Can Tip Scales For Millennial Recruits

Companies that wish to keep their pool of talent fresh and innovative need to learn how to attract millennials – people born between 1980 and the early 2000s. People in this generation tend to stay on top of the latest technology and work hard to earn recognition. When it comes to the latter trait, one attraction that job recruiters and employers cannot overlook is millennials’ interest in volunteer opportunities, as reported by Human Resource Executive Online. Still, this does not mean that just any volunteer project will do, and companies need to know how to make their opportunities look more…

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¿Tu Propósito para el 2015? ¡Aprender Inglés!

    Falta poco para llegar al 2015. ¿Ya tienes listos tus propósitos de año nuevo? Si quieres unas ideas, puedes ver la lista que recopiló el gobierno de los Estados Unidos de los propósitos más populares. Y si pones el aprender inglés como tu propósito número uno, hay por lo menos tres más en la lista que también puedes lograr. Aquí vemos cómo. Obtener una mejor educación La mayoría de los programas técnicos requieren que antes de tomar los cursos para tu carrera, tienes que lograr un nivel básico de inglés como uno de los prerrequisitos. Y si deseas…

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Language and International Student Satisfaction Linked?

A new report on international student satisfaction is out, and the results are mixed. Students in the three countries surveyed are generally satisfied with the academic side of things, which is good news. But satisfaction levels are noticeably lower in important areas such as networking, “friendship with domestic students, organized social activities, and visa or immigration-related advice.” It is also apparent that schools with higher concentrations of international students from a specific country tend to rank lower in overall student satisfaction—likely indicating integration problems. How are U.S. institutions responding to international student needs? Even though the number of international students…

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Why Learning a New Language is the Best New Year’s Resolution

How about, “All of the above!” The new year is just around the corner. It’s time to decide what your goals for 2015 will be and to set yourself up for success. In a list put together by USA.gov, three of the most popular resolutions for 2014 were get a better education, get a better job, and take a trip. Imagine fulfilling all three simultaneously without having to juggle—and commit to—them all! Impossible, you say? Not in our book. Here’s why. #10 on the list: Take a trip This is the year! You’re finally going to take that international trip you’ve…

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Like Christmas Traditions? You Can Thank the Germans.

Did you know that the Germans practically invented Christmas as we know it today? Okay, they clearly didn’t invent the story of the baby in a manger, but many of the symbols and items that we associate with the Christmas season have come directly out of Germany. For proof, take a look at five Christmas traditions we wouldn’t have without our friends in Deutschland. The Christmas tree Before the first Christmas occurred, the ancient Gauls in Western Europe decorated their homes with evergreen branches during winter solstice in order to freshen the stale inside air and warding off evil spirits.…

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3 Grandes Diferencias Entre Las Tradiciones Navideñas de los Estados Unidos y de Latinoamérica

El sentimiento de paz y buena voluntad durante la Navidad es algo universal entre las personas que la celebran. Sin embargo, la manera en que celebran la Navidad varía drásticamente de país a país. Incluso en la misma ciudad, dos familias pueden celebrar las fiestas de una manera muy distinta. Cuando comparamos los Estados Unidos con Latinoamérica, vemos que existen unas diferencias. Aquí compartimos tres de las más sobresalientes porque siempre es bueno saber de la cultura del idioma que estás aprendiendo. La Hora de La Cena Navideña En la mayoría de los hogares latinoamericanos, la cena navideña ocurre justo después de la medianoche en noche buena. Dependiendo…

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The History of 3 Sweet Holiday Favorites

When you think of the holidays you can’t help but think of all the goodies that come with it: candies, cakes, chocolates, and confections. But where do these tasty treats come from? Here’s a brief history of some of our favorite, and maybe not-so-favorite traditional holiday sweets.  Fruitcake – The good, the bad, and the heavy Despite the jokes about its heft and perpetuity, fruitcake endures as a holiday staple—like it or not. So where did this dense cake come from and why do we eat it at Christmastime? Versions of the fruity cake have been around for centuries. The…

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Make Gift-Giving Easy – E-Gifting with Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone’s award-winning programs can now be delivered as e-gifts!  The gift of learning is one that’ll last a lifetime. Now you can easily send e-Cards and personalized notes with your gifts to friends and family in time for the holidays and other special occasions. Find that perfect gift for your special someone Wow them this year with a gift from Rosetta Stone—which isn’t just language learning any more. What’ll you find? Language learning? Of course! Brain fitness? Yep! Kids reading? You bet! We’re pleased to share with you the most expansive collection of learning programs we’ve ever offered. From our latest release—Rosetta Stone Kids Reading, which…

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