Inspiration, People

Episode 3: Approaching the ShoreFeatured

Here’s an extremely obvious take: Language is, first and foremost, a tool of communication and understanding. To be sure, there is art and whimsy and all of that wrapped up in what a language is, but without understanding, without language’s primary function as a tool of communication, there can be no whimsy or art.

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Advice

Study Abroad 101: Everything You Need to Know

Studying abroad is attractive to many students, but the benefits go far beyond having some stamps in your passport and bragging rights on your grad school resume. Today’s study abroad programs aim to provide immersive experiences that will help students…

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Culture, People

Solo Travelers Talking: Part 4 of 4

Today we hear from Suma Das, a London-based solo-traveler who’s always making plans for her next trip. In addition to working full-time in public policy, this polyglot has traveled all over the world, photographing her journey and picking up new friends at every destination. With a trip to South America slated for the fall, Suma has a plan to learn to speak Spanish more confidently in time for her next big solo-travel adventure to Argentina.

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Inspiration, People

Episode 2: Man with a Mission

I recently read an article about this kid who was a pretty dyed-in-the-wool missionary from California, which, that seems a little weird in this day and age, right? Who knew? To put it mildly my interest was pretty piqued right away.

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Advice

What’s Up With The Upside Down Question Mark?

Inverted punctuation such as upside-down question marks or exclamation points are found in the languages of Spain and Latin American Spanish. This punctuation marks the beginning of interrogative or exclamatory sentences or clauses and is mirrored at the end with…

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Advice

Should I get a language exchange partner?

Experts say that immersive experiences are one of the best ways to learn a language. By practicing speaking with other language learners or native speakers, you’ll build confidence having impromptu conversations that don’t follow a script. You may have heard…

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Culture, People

Solo Travelers Talking: Part 3 of 4

We caught up with Michelle Luong, an extreme solo-traveler who’s moved over 20 times, setting up shop in 10+ countries, four of them in Latin America. She works as a brand manager; schlepping her laptop from the jungle to the city to the beach and back again. She admittedly loves change, which is a good thing in the hustle and bustle of her current homebase, Mexico City.

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Culture, People

Traditional Table: A Soviet Food Primer

You might be surprised to hear a discussion of Soviet food. Isn’t that the same as Russian food? The answer is both yes and no. Russian cuisine focuses on a very specific area while Soviet cuisine embraces a more complex…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of Spanish: How to be More Conversational

Learning Spanish? Being conversational is more than the perfunctory ¿cómo estás?, but instead involves using everyday phrases throughout your chats. Earn approving nods when you’re in Mexico City with these tried-and-true expressions:  ¿Qué onda?  In U.S. English, “what’s up?” is…

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