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8 Wacky English Words that Sound Completely Made-Up

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The English language is both complex and quirky. Its idioms, words that aren’t pronounced at all like they’re spelled,  and confusing (or contradictory) rules, all from a part of the wonderful language we call English. So don’t be a nincompoop and stop your lollygagging, and read onto to learn about some of the craziest English(…)


Things to Know if You’re Spending Sakura Season in Tokyo

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There are many fascinating aspects to Japan, but sakura season (or cherry blossom season) is probably one of the most well-known and iconic parts of visiting this country.  Not only is cherry blossom season gorgeous to see, but Spring is an incredibly meaningful time of year in Japan. Come springtime, multitudes of locals and tourists(…)


5 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Living Abroad, Even When You Don’t Like It

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Living abroad can be a glamorous and exciting venture, but it can also be incredibly tough—especially if you don’t particularly like where you’re living. We don’t always get to choose where we live; you could be stationed abroad, or perhaps you moved for a better job, or maybe your company has transferred you to a(…)


Has Politically Correct Language Gone Too Far?

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In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the term politically correct is defined as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” While erasing problematic language from our rhetoric is great, it seems these days that people tend to get offended over every(…)


Learning More Than One Language at Once? Here are Some Tips to Help

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A common theme that seems to come up amongst most language learners is whether or not it’s actually possible to learn and maintain more than one language at the same time. If you identify as an overachiever who has to do everything at 100% (or more), then you’ve probably played with the idea of tackling(…)


8 Things to Know Before You Move to South Korea

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Have you been playing around with the idea of moving to South Korea? This nation is a great place to dive into a brand new culture and way of life, and also offers many opportunities for travelers looking for a place to settle a little more long term. Moving someplace completely new is never a(…)


What is ‘Feminism’ And Why is it the 2017 WOTY?

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Feminism has been named the WOTY (word of the year) for 2017 by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and you probably won’t have too hard a time guessing why. Feminism has been huge in the last year, especially with the downfall of powerful figures like Harvey Weinstein, the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the(…)


Moving Abroad for the First Time? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Out

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If you’re planning some big changes for 2018 and moving abroad is one of them, you’re probably feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety as the new year gets closer and closer. Living overseas can be an extremely fulfilling experience, and definitely the best way to open your eyes to new cultures and ways of(…)


5 Creative Ways to Study a Foreign Language

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Because language learning is, well, a type of learning, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to treat it like a graduate thesis. The result is often that you either fall into a rut, get bored and give up, or, most importantly, stop having fun picking up that new tongue! While(…)


10 Must-Know Phrases for Your Diwali Celebrations

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Diwali is one of India’s biggest festivals of the year and an incredibly important holiday for Hindus. The celebrations occur over a period of five days and include numerous traditions, activities, and, yes, tasty treats. If you’re celebrating the Festival of Lights for the first time this coming week, you may find yourself overwhelmed (and(…)