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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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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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Culture, People

Solo Travelers Talking: Part 2 of 4

We’re fascinated by the fearlessness of solo travelers, so we asked Michelle Sander (a freelance writer and award-winning filmmaker) to find people living the solo-travel lifestyle and talk about what it’s really like behind the social feeds (with some honest…

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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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Culture, People

Solo Travelers Talking: Part 1 of 4

In this first installment, we hear from Maïté Batina, a Paris-based solo-traveler with an unmatched curiosity for exploring the unknown. She’s a mom and works full-time in marketing and consumer behavior, but that doesn’t stop this busy adventurer from making the time to head out to see distant locations all over the world.

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Culture

Truth, Lies and Culture in ‘The Farewell’

If you’re learning a new language, watching movies in that language is a great way to keep up the practice. Featuring Awkwafina, The Farewell will reinvigorate those Mandarin Chinese skills while teaching you about family life in China.  From the…

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Culture

Why Has Language Changed So Much So Fast?

The easiest language to learn in probably the one you already know, because there’s always something new to learn. Want proof? Because Internet examines how English has changed. Toward the end of “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language,” linguist Gretchen McCulloch…

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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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