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Advice, Culture

Merry Mingling: Festive Food Guide

Before you pull up a seat at the holiday table, study the rules of etiquette so you can avoid a faux pas (yes, that’s French for lack of tact, or rude foreigner, depending on who you ask). While taking cues from your host or hostess is never a bad idea, it’ll also impress them if you come equipped not just with a symbolic gift but with the kind of consideration for their cultural values that money can’t buy.

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Merry Mingling: Your International Guide to Holiday Gifting

When you’re popping into a holiday party, it’s considerate to bring a gift for the host or hostess. Many people choose flowers since they’re a beautiful and gracious way to extend thanks, but different flowers can have different meanings across cultures. In South Africa for instance, it’s customary to give flowers during the holidays, but in Egypt, they are only appropriate as gifts when attending a funeral.

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Merry Mingling: How to Write Holiday Cards

Thoughtfulness and a little cultural sensitivity translate well in any language.We may have different names for Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but the reason for our joy across the world remains the same. During the holiday season, we unite in…

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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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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, Culture

Speaking of French: How to Be More Conversational

If you’d like to learn to parlez-vous français before visiting France, it’s important to focus on not only learning French vocabulary but also getting comfortable with speaking French like a local. Those that learn French in academic settings may end…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of French: Cafe Basics

If you’re addicted to your customized coffee order of a double skinny caramel macchiato, ordering coffee in France is going to be an adjustment, but it’s a sacrifice worth making. Cafes are a vital part of French culture and an…

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How To Say Cheers in 21 Different Languages

Raise a glass We think celebratory phrases are like champagne: Always good to have on hand in case something happens worth toasting. Maybe you got a promotion. Maybe you’ve met The One. Or maybe you finally remembered to drink water…

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Motivational Phrases in 20 Languages

What better time to get a jolt of motivation than now, when resolutions seem far less attractive than happy hour or catching up on Black Mirror? Below you’ll find loose translations for how to say, “You can do it” in…

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