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Advice, Culture

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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Culture

Was My Study Abroad Experience Authentic Enough?

There is no right way to enjoy study abroad. This writer asks what an “authentic” experience in another country means, and explains how the most educational moments can arrive from challenging situations. On any given morning, I’m on my bike:…

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Advice, Culture

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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Advice, Culture

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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Advice, Culture

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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Advice, Culture

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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Culture, Inspiration

A Primer on BBQ from Around the World

The Fourth of July is the number one grilling holiday of the year, a tradition 87 percent of Americans plan on honoring according to CNN.  Given this is a country of immigrants and a multitude of diverse foods, we were…

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