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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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Driving the Romantic Road through Germany

It seems impossible that a route billed as the “Romantic Road,” winding through medieval villages and tiny Bavarian towns with half-timbered homes and cherry-red flowers in window boxes, could remain romantic for half a century—yet it has. Germany came up…

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An Author’s Picks in His Hometown of Barcelona

Say adiós to touristy Barcelona, Spain and dive deeper into the city with handpicked spots by native-born writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. You can chat with the locals in Spanish at these hidden oases during your trip. In Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s…

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How to Say “Thank You” in German

No matter which language you speak, you’ll find expressing thanks is one of the most common courtesies you use. Grabbing a cup of coffee, buying groceries, taking a cab ride, or passing through a door being held open all involve…

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Speaking of French: How to Be More Conversational

If you’d like to learn to parlez-vous français before visiting France, it’s important to focus on not only learning French vocabulary but also getting comfortable with speaking French like a local. Those that learn French in academic settings may end…

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10 Italian Sayings You’ll Use Every Day

Common Italian sayings run the gamut from practical greetings like buongiorno to colloquial phrases like che bello (“how beautiful”). Using these expressions can not only help you sound like a local but demonstrate respect for the Italian culture and way…

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Speaking of French: Cafe Basics

If you’re addicted to your customized coffee order of a double skinny caramel macchiato, ordering coffee in France is going to be an adjustment, but it’s a sacrifice worth making. Cafes are a vital part of French culture and an…

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How to Say “Thank You” in Spanish

“Hello,” “goodbye,” “please,” and “thank you” are some of the first words you learn in any language. That’s because these words are the hallmarks of courtesy that are common in nearly every interaction, both between strangers, acquaintances, friends, and family….

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How to Say “Thank You” in French

Expressing gratitude is a universal sentiment, but it holds a special place in the French language where social niceties are an integral part of the culture. It’s likely you’re familiar with the most basic way to say “thank you,” the…

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