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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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Inspiration, People

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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Inspiration

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with…

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Inspiration, People

Ben Learns Portuguese: Episode 2

Hey everyone! This week, I dove into Unit 2: Greetings and Introductions. I learned a lot about food, a little about friends and family, and a few things about food. Just kidding. Unit 2 taught me a lot of foundational…

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