An unfiltered look at the emotional rollercoaster that is my personal journey of learning a language, which by the very nature of me writing them means it’s highly likely that some people will be offended—especially if you have an aversion to the occasional swear, poor grammar, and general surliness.
Sh*t’s Getting Real with Brendan Kelly
Episode 2: Man with a Mission
Episode 3: Approaching the Shore
Episode 4: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Episode 5: Catching Flies with Chopsticks
Episode 6: All I Know Is That I Don’t Know Nothin’
Episode 7.2: Putting My Shirt on One Leg at a Time
Episode 8: Lost in the Supermarket
Episode 9̷ 666: Sh*t’s Getting Spooky
Episode 10: Your Guess is as Good as Mine
Episode 11: The Point of No Return
Episode 12: Sh*t’s Getting Real, The Final Chapter
Calliope Zarpas, writer and graphic designer, is a collector of foreign words and experiences. She loves trying traditional foods and drinks from all over the world (ask her about the “happy water” she had in a tiny Vietnamese village) and making friends despite language barriers.
She blogs at www.ournotsosecret.com.
Celinne Da Costa
Words Beyond Translation: Ojalá
Words Beyond Translation: Ichi-go Ichi-e (いちごいちえ)
Words Beyond Translation: Hacerle Ganas
Words Beyond Translation: Retrouvailles
Words Beyond Translation: Lagom
Words Beyond Translation: Waldeinsamkeit
Words Beyond Translation: Vale la Pena
Words Beyond Translation: Saudade
Words Beyond Translation: Kefi
Words Beyond Translation: Rasa
Errol De Jesus
From Wisconsin to southern Spain, Jackie Dreyer is a bilingual writer, editor, and translator. Never not looking for a great cup of coffee and that friend who stops to pet every dog.
Kristen Kellogg is the founder and creative director behind Border Free Travels. When she's not out exploring and filming the world, she's planning trips for others through her sister company, Salt & Wind Travel, showing clients how to have more meaningful experiences around the world.
Mexico’s Most Unique Celebration—Noche de Rábanos
A Spanish Journey through Latin America
Día de Muertos—A Mexican Tradition Celebrating Life
Lost with Locals: A Look Over Switzerland
Lost with Locals: Spanish Immersion in Mérida
Lost with Locals: Learning La Vaquería
Lost with Locals: On the Go with Phrasebook
Lost With Locals: Tastes of Merida
Journalist. Photographer. Wanderer. Passionately curious. Powered by caffeine.
Ecotourism 101: Your Guide to the Future of Travel
2020’s Top 5 Eco-Friendly Travel Destinations
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrate Thanksgiving by Honoring Indigenous Food
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrating Chuseok and Steaming Songpyeon
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrate Makar Sankranti and the Sesame Seed
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Mooncakes
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrate Olivagando with Olive Oil Cake
Traditional Table: A Persian Food Primer
Traditional Table: An Italian Food Primer
Traditional Table: A German Food Primer
Language Tricks and Treats From Around the World
Honoring the Harvest: Celebrating Sukkot and Breaking Challah
Traditional Table: A Soviet Food Primer
Traditional Table: A Vietnamese Food Primer
Traditional Table: A Chinese Food Primer
Nathalia Ramos is a film and television actress. She has a degree in Political Science from The University of Southern California and works part-time as the Social Media Director at Berggruen Institute. She was born in Spain, speaks fluent Spanish, and is learning Vietnamese with Rosetta Stone.
It’s That Time of Year: How to Celebrate Hanukkah
“Language Is Culture”: An Interview with Israeli Hollywood Writer and Director, Gideon Raff
Your Unofficial Guide to Madrid with Nathalia Ramos
Nathalia Ramos: Language Learning Q&A
Trying Out Seek & Speak in France
Celebrating the Holidays between Hemispheres
History and Hebrew in Tel Aviv
Homesick for My Home Away from Home: Colombia
From Novice to Speaker: My Vietnamese Journey
My Trip to Mexico City: Spain vs. Latin American Spanish
Pontia Fallahi writes and blogs about all things Iran: culture, language, and travel. She was born and raised in the US and has lived in Tehran for four years, the combination of which gives her an unbiased perspective on Iran and a unique ability to explain cultural nuances to foreigners. A teacher and lifelong learner, she delivers cultural explainers and language tips for Iranophiles.
Nowruz Around the World