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How to Type Accents in Any Language

Take a glimpse at other languages, and you’ll discover all sorts of accent marks and punctuation that looks unfamiliar. Accent marks are called diacritics and they’re used in languages derived from Latin, like French or Spanish. Usually, these marks indicate…

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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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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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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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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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How to Make the Most of a Solo Business Trip

No matter how glamorous the job or how exciting the destination, business travel can be challenging. The airport-to-plane-to-office-to-hotel slog can wear you down, and it isn’t always easy to navigate a strange city, live out of a suitcase, or get…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of Spanish: Tacos in Mexico

If a pang of hunger strikes in Mexico City, a quick taco is the ideal fix to hold you over before that fancy dinner reservation. Mosey to a shop or stand, then follow these tips for munching on a tortilla-wrapped…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of Spanish: Mexican Slang

If you’re learning Spanish, sometimes you’re only taught the proper words. Let’s change that—here are some key phrases you can use when out and about in Mexico: Chido for cool.  It doesn’t get more Mexican than chido. If you’re in…

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All Your Solo Travel Questions—Answered

There’s something special about traveling alone. After all, no matter how great a travel buddy you have, nothing quite beats the perfectly selfish sense of autonomy that comes with putting a pin in a map, boarding a plane, and venturing…

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Advice, People

Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success

It’s not about what language is the easiest. It’s about which language means something to you. And, thanks to Angela Duckworth, now we have a name for this previously mysterious predictor of success: grit.   Angela Duckworth was teaching math when she…

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Study Abroad’s Seven Deadly Sins

Traveling can be an essential experience for language students studying abroad. Peter Coclanis, professor at the University of North Carolina, breaks down the common pitfalls to avoid during study abroad, so you can maximize your time in another country. We’ve…

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