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Episode 4: Scenes from an Italian RestaurantFeatured

In my most recent Italian lesson, the Rosetta Stone in-app police stringently discouraged me from moving on and told me to go back and retake the last lesson, which, well shit, I kinda thought we were past that, so I skipped ahead and oh mercy goodness was I not ready for that. I will say this though: up to now I’ve been sober as a judge when I’ve done these things and this time I kinda let my natural proclivities towards being a wild and crazy individual fly and decided to do this one with two drinks in me.

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Inspiration, People

Ben Learns Portuguese: Episode 4

Olá, meus amigos! This week, I started Unit 3: Work and Play. Unit 3 expanded my vocabulary to numbers, days of the week, meals, and more. Agora eu sei Segunda, Terça, Quarta, Quinta, Sexta Feiras, e Sábado e Domingo! I…

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Inspiration, People

Episode 3: Approaching the Shore

Here’s an extremely obvious take: Language is, first and foremost, a tool of communication and understanding. To be sure, there is art and whimsy and all of that wrapped up in what a language is, but without understanding, without language’s primary function as a tool of communication, there can be no whimsy or art.

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Episode 2: Man with a Mission

I recently read an article about this kid who was a pretty dyed-in-the-wool missionary from California, which, that seems a little weird in this day and age, right? Who knew? To put it mildly my interest was pretty piqued right away.

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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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Inspiration, People

Ben Learns Portuguese: Episode 3

Hi guys! This week, I decided I’m ready to try my first major challenge. I’m going to speak to my roommate, who is a native Portuguese speaker from Brazil! We tried basic questions and answers in Portuguese, and I made…

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Inspiration

Putting Los Niños in Charge

It really seemed like a brilliant plan. We would go to a Spanish-speaking country, and our children, who have been in a Spanish immersion school for four years, would be in charge. Finn and Kiki, ages 8 and 10, would…

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Inspiration

Do You Speak My Language? You Should

In January, the Modern Language Association made an astonishing announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education: From 2013 to 2016, colleges across the United States cut 651 foreign language programs. French was the hardest hit, losing 129 programs, followed by…

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