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Merry Mingling: Festive Food Guide

Before you pull up a seat at the holiday table, study the rules of etiquette so you can avoid a faux pas (yes, that’s French for lack of tact, or rude foreigner, depending on who you ask). While taking cues from your host or hostess is never a bad idea, it’ll also impress them if you come equipped not just with a symbolic gift but with the kind of consideration for their cultural values that money can’t buy.

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Merry Mingling: Your International Guide to Holiday Gifting

When you’re popping into a holiday party, it’s considerate to bring a gift for the host or hostess. Many people choose flowers since they’re a beautiful and gracious way to extend thanks, but different flowers can have different meanings across cultures. In South Africa for instance, it’s customary to give flowers during the holidays, but in Egypt, they are only appropriate as gifts when attending a funeral.

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Merry Mingling: How to Write Holiday Cards

Thoughtfulness and a little cultural sensitivity translate well in any language.We may have different names for Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but the reason for our joy across the world remains the same. During the holiday season, we unite in…

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I Can’t Learn a New Language as an Adult, Right?

You’ve probably heard this already––that after puberty, learning a language just isn’t worth it. Reality: it’s all a myth. The origins of this tale come from a body of research that highlights children’s natural inclination to acquire language. A young…

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How to Find the Easiest Language to Learn

If you’ve come expecting a definitive answer on which language is easiest to learn, you might be disappointed. Because the truth is that language learning is challenging and the language that you find the most approachable can be influenced by…

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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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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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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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