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Mademoiselle or Madame: Why Madame is Legally the Right Choice

When you hear the word “mademoiselle,” the words “French,” “Paris,” and maybe even “Coco Chanel,” a very famous mademoiselle, might pop into your head. But if you ask a French person about “mademoiselle” they’ll most likely think, “interdit” (prohibited) and…

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Culture

The Ultimate List of 231 French Slang Terms

Slang is one of the most important things to learn when you’re learning a new language, especially if you want to sound like a local. While textbooks and high school French lessons are great, it’s usually not until you find…

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Advice, Culture

Mexican Words with Special Meanings

Google will tell you there are 10 main Spanish dialects, but that doesn’t even begin to cover the intricacies of the Spanish language. Latin American Spanish is one of those 10, but it’s an all-encompassing term that covers Mexico, Colombia,…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of German: Biergarten Basics

So you find yourself at a Biergartenーwunderbar! Below, find a few tips to get the most out of the experience.  First things first, you’ll want to know how to order a drink.  Typically, you’ll be able to spot a central…

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Advice, Culture

Speaking of Spanish: How to be More Conversational

Learning Spanish? Being conversational is more than the perfunctory ¿cómo estás?, but instead involves using everyday phrases throughout your chats. Earn approving nods when you’re in Mexico City with these tried-and-true expressions:  ¿Qué onda?  In U.S. English, “what’s up?” is…

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Speaking of Spanish: Tacos in Mexico

If a pang of hunger strikes in Mexico City, a quick taco is the ideal fix to hold you over before that fancy dinner reservation. Mosey to a shop or stand, then follow these tips for munching on a tortilla-wrapped…

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Speaking of Spanish: Mexican Slang

If you’re learning Spanish, sometimes you’re only taught the proper words. Let’s change that—here are some key phrases you can use when out and about in Mexico: Chido for cool.  It doesn’t get more Mexican than chido. If you’re in…

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