Advice, Inspiration

15 Best Places to Eat Like a Local in Tokyo

Tokyo is quite likely the world’s ultimate dining destination. Tourists flood in from every which direction, often expecting something refined, elevated, if not Michelin-starred. Sure, those options are here (230 of them, in fact) and not hard to find. But…

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Advice

The Secrets of Second Language Acquisition

The process of learning a second language, sometimes referred to as second language acquisition or SLA, can be a challenging one. You’ll often hear that children are best suited to take on learning a second language because their brains are…

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Advice, Inspiration

The Best Language Learning Podcasts

We’ve entered the age of the podcast and as this method of media has risen in popularity, so has the use of podcasts as a way to learn a language. From Spanish to Russian to Chinese, there is a plethora…

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Inspiration, People

Episode 6: All I Know Is That I Don’t Know Nothin’

They say that you shouldn’t ever start out any sort of conversation or extended monologue with negative vibes, and I agree, which is why I’m bringing this up at the top of this entry. See, I’m about to talk about something I hate, and I didn’t want to offend the rules of order by starting this whole thing off negatively. I think the above is a smart maxim, and also, just to start off on an unrelated positive note, I think Townes Van Zandt’s song, “Nothin’” is a hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. Okay, on to the negative stuff.

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Advice

Everything You Need to Know About Umlauts

You’ve probably seen umlauts at some point—those mysterious little dots hovering over letters in languages. And while they may seem intimidating or unfamiliar to English speakers, umlauts and other diacritic marks guide pronunciation and can be extremely helpful for language…

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Inspiration, People

Episode 5: Catching Flies with Chopsticks

Are y’all familiar with the idea of “avoidance behavior?” Clearly, even if you’re not, it doesn’t take a brain scientist to figure out the gist of what it is, but for those of you who would rather not think, it’s a theory that posits that many, many facets of behaviors that we tend to lump in with the notion of addiction are really just ‘avoidance behavior,’ that is, something you train yourself compulsively to do rather than deal with the less savory parts of being a sentient human and all the messy frustrating crap that goes along with that.

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of German: Biergarten Basics

So you find yourself at a Biergartenーwunderbar! Below, find a few tips to get the most out of the experience.  First things first, you’ll want to know how to order a drink.  Typically, you’ll be able to spot a central…

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