Monthly Archives: September, 2017

The Key to Health, Wealth, and Happiness may be Learning a Foreign Language!

Most people have pretty common goals when it comes to living a full life. We want to be happy. We want to be healthy. And, at a lot of us wouldn’t mind being wealthy too. You may be wondering how in the world you can manage to achieve all three of these things in a(…)


How Far Can You Get in the World Only Speaking English?

There are plenty of people who travel and live abroad, yet somehow manage to get by with only knowing English. The falling rate of people learning languages in the U.K. and U.S. perhaps points to a sort of English-speaker arrogance—because English is considered such a global language, we tend to assume that everywhere we go(…)


The Coconut: Rising Above the Shame of Being a Second Generation Language Learner

“You’re not really Mexican. You can barely speak Spanish. You’re more like a coconut, brown on the outside, white on the inside.” You can laugh, just not too hard. As a second generation Mexican American raised in predominantly white neighborhoods, I’ve heard it all.   Language is powerful Strong command of a second language can(…)


How the Stereotypes of Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, and Gender May Affect Your Expat Experience

The scope of my expat experience is limited to Asia. However, an informal survey of random online expat forums – as a member and visitor – confirms my suspicions: It’s the same everywhere, and by “it”, I mean the conditional happiness of people trying to make the nut* in foreign countries. *Make the nut =(…)