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When Speaking Is Not Enough

Many times we can assume that someone learning a foreign language is looking to add a language to their skill set. In some cases, this just isn’t the reality. Many people reach a point in life where they realize the deficiencies in their native language skills and want to get better. Allow me to explain. […]

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Posted on February 11, 2014 by

Russian Vocabulary The Olympics

We are just days away from the XXII Olympic Winter Games when athletes from all over the world will gather in Sochi, Russia to compete. Historically, the Olympics has been a way for countries to unite in a peaceful and inspiringly competitive environment. The last time the Olympic games were held in Russia was in […]

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Posted on February 4, 2014 by

East vs. West: When Concepts Of Time and Culture Collide

I remember the first Filipino party that I ever attended. The host told us to be there at 5:30pm and so my husband and I (very naively) arrived at 5:25pm, on-time yet a little early. From the moment we stepped inside we were greeted with absolute chaos! Tita Fay still had her hair in curlers; […]

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Posted on January 28, 2014 by

Mobile Apps for Language Learning

You spend some of your hard earned money on learning a new language online. It’s really the best and easiest way for your busy schedule. You get to take classes when you want, talk about what you want, and have the ability to speak to whom ever you want. It really doesn’t get any better. […]

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Posted on January 7, 2014 by

Great Foreign Language Films To Watch During The Holiday Break

This week the Academy Awards announced their short list for the Best Foreign Language Film of 2013. While the following films are not officially in the final decision, they are in the running to win Best Foreign Language Film: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen, director Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an […]

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Posted on December 26, 2013 by

Merry Christmas Around The World

The holiday season is upon us as countries all over the world prepare for the Christmas holiday. To begin, here’s a quick preview of how you might wish someone a “Merry Christmas” around the world: Spanish ¡Feliz Navidad French Joyeux Noël German Frohe Weihnachten Italian Buon Natale Chinese 圣诞节快乐 Shèngdàn jié kuàilè Portuguese Feliz Natal […]

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Posted on December 19, 2013 by

Golf Around The World

Recently, my brother-in-law returned from an amazing father and son golfing trip to Scotland. His pictures were breathtaking, filled with picturesque Scottish towns and the beautiful greens of places like St. Andrews. They rented a small car and drove for days, soaking in the backcountry, eating local fare and simply enjoying a sport that’s been […]

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Posted on December 12, 2013 by

New Years Resolution – Learn A Language

I personally stopped making New Year’s resolutions many years ago. Depending on the year, I either tried and failed to give up caffeine, exercise three days a week, learn a new word everyday or get up early each day to meditate and pray. As we face the end of 2014, I have been toying around […]

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Posted on December 10, 2013 by

Involve The Grandparents In Language Learning

My mother-in-law is Filipino. She comes from the city of Iloilo on  Panay island. She is a spirited, bright, and creative individual who embraces her culture. While she lives in America, she resides in the Midwest and my husband, children and I live in Southern California. Our main means of communicating with my in-laws is […]

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Posted on December 3, 2013 by

10 Things Every International Student Should Know

As a family, we have spent a lot of time on college campuses. Since I have two degrees and my husband is currently pursuing his fourth, we have met students from all over the world who have come to the United States to pursue their educational goals. From Thailand to South Korea and Brazil to […]

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Posted on November 21, 2013 by