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Oh Mio Dio! Phrases and Gestures to Avoid Using in Italy.

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Italy is an amazing country to explore and visit, especially if you’re learning the language. You’ll have more than enough opportunities to practice a few key phrases while drinking a caffé or chowing down on some delicious antipasti. Coming from North America, you may find some cultural differences in Italy that are hard to adjust(…)


Foreign Language Grammar vs. Vocabulary: What’s More Important?

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When learning a foreign language, for whatever reason mistakes are going to be made. Which of those are worse – grammar or vocabulary? And which is more important to learn, initially? Grammar’s role in speaking a foreign language Grammar is an important aspect of speaking a foreign language. Language is a system that is defined(…)


4 Of The Most Terrifying Must-See Korean Horror Movies

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  Korean horror films are some of the weirdest and goriest mash of paranormal events, family relationships and amputations you will ever see. That being said, there are some definite gems mixed in with the strange. We’ve compiled a list of 4 amazing Korean horror movies for you to sink your teeth into (from the(…)


South Korea – More to See Than the DMZ: 3 Tourist Hotspots

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Travelers looking for the iconic history and the gracefulness of Asia might not immediately think of South Korea. Westerners tend to envision the bloody war that our fathers and grandfathers fought in, and endless miles of barbed wire fences, land mines, and soldiers in a perpetual military standoff, rather than ancient temples, beautiful parks, modern(…)


8 Top Tips For Learning a Second Language

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  If you’re new to the world of language learning, you may be nervous about what lies ahead for you. Just like with any other type of undertaking, you’ve probably heard the good, the bad, and the ugly from friends and family on what it’s like to learn a second language. Is it tough? Yes.(…)


Indonesia: A Guide to the Good, the Bad, and Avoiding the Ugly

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In a country consisting of over 17 000 islands, it’s easy for the adventure-minded to get lost in Indonesia. While it’s a country of opportunistic, kind-hearted people, Indonesia also suffers from a bit of a bad rap. Don’t let the negatives put you off seeing a land of contradictions, rich with history, as well as(…)


4 Must-Eat-At Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta is one of those destinations that keeps visitors coming back for more. Those who have the chance to visit find it difficult to prolong a return, with it becoming an annual trek for the luckiest of the bunch. So what is it that attracts them? The shopping, the boardwalks, the beaches? Of course!(…)


The Growing Presence of English in Latin American Spanish

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Perhaps one of the most attractive things about the Spanish language is just how far reaching it is. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and more than 15 other countries recognize it as their official language, with some 350 million people around the world speaking it every day. Anyone with even the most elementary knowledge of Spanish knows(…)


Language Through Idioms: from the Mundane to the Obscure

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Idioms are fun! Whether translatable or not, rich in imagery and meaning, idioms are an essential part of our day to day language. Apologies in advance… Let’s not get off on the wrong foot about idioms. As funny and senseless as they might come across, they are not merely just small cogs in large wheels:(…)


Dating in Japan: Express Yourself (& Impress Others) in Japanese

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Japanese dating culture can be a minefield for people who aren’t familiar with the culture. Politeness and cultural hierarchies dictate very specific language to be used (along with certain rules) that should be kept in mind while exploring you romantic interests. Perhaps you’d like to tell your Japanese-speaking romantic interest how you feel? How about(…)