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Reading Translated Books: What You Might be Missing

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The rise of the translation industry has opened up a whole new world of literature. We’re able to enjoy more texts than ever in a multitude of languages. This has made world literature a far more inclusive place and has enriched the reading experiences of readers across the globe. However, as great as it is(…)


4 Incredible Russian Idioms

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A penny for your thoughts? In English we have a ton of different idioms that sound a little ridiculous. The same is true for other languages, especially if you’re approaching them as a language learner.  Listening to native speakers use proverbs and idioms in natural speech can throw you off, like when they say something that(…)


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(…)