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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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Culture, People

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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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, 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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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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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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Advice, People

Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success

It’s not about what language is the easiest. It’s about which language means something to you. And, thanks to Angela Duckworth, now we have a name for this previously mysterious predictor of success: grit.   Angela Duckworth was teaching math when she…

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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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