Bilingual is better (just don't believe all the hype)

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THE BEST WAY TO BOOST YOUR BRAINPOWER? LEARN A LANGUAGE

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9 reasons why English rules

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10 best summer cities in the world

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10 best places in the world to learn a language

Language learning   |   Travel tips

10 best places in the world to learn a language

By on 07/24/2016

So, you are thinking of learning a new language abroad. Great! You’re about to embark on a journey that will give you a valuable life skill that looks [...]

6 British English phrases that make no sense

Culture calling   |   Language learning

6 British English phrases that make no sense

By on 07/22/2016

Strop. Codswallop. Knackered. Just like the picture of a chair in the street above (no, we don’t get it either), we Brits do say some strange things [...]

Student stories

MOA

MOA - So many new smells, sights, feelings; it’s dizzying

MOA
“I have experienced so much, more than I ever thought I would experience.”

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Student stories

Nadja

Nadja - Life is magical

Nadja
“Life is magical. I don’t think I have ever appreciated every day in my life as much as I do now. And I guess it’s something I have learned by being here, and hopefully something I will bring home with me.”

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Student stories

Sandra

Sandra - Many experiences richer

Sandra
“I knew before traveling that I would probably be a little bit homesick. I also knew that I would regret it my entire life if I didn’t go...”

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Student stories

Denise

Denise - Life in paradise

Denise
“Guys, I live in paradise! Even the way to school is one of the highlights of my day...”

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Student stories

Begonia

Begonia - Oxford love

Begonia
“You know how it is in Oxford. Everything is always so wonderful, even when it rains! I believe that this city is comparable to love…”

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10 things that only those who lived in the UK understand

By on 07/19/2016

The UK moves to its own polite, rainy rhythm, and for those of us who’ve lived in the world’s greatest country (OK, I’m a bit biased), there are unique traits to British life that only we know to be [...]

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24 facts about the Olympics that will blow your mind

Culture calling

24 facts about the Olympics that will blow your mind

By on 07/17/2016

Even if you don’t care much about sports, there’s something magical about the Olympics: Athletes train for years to give their all and deliver the [...]

Language learning

9 reasons why English rules

By on 07/12/2016

Go anywhere in the world and you’ll find someone who speaks English. But when and why did English become the de facto tongue for communities as far [...]

Culture calling   |   Travel tips

9 books that will inspire you to travel the world

By on 07/10/2016

“That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” - Jhumpa Lahiri Reading is the door, the key, and the welcome mat to [...]

Travel tips

How to document and share your travels

By on 07/08/2016

It’s hard when a dream trip comes to an end and you have to unpack, get used to routines and work again, and tell and retell stories about your [...]

Language learning

You ask, we answer: Which English exam should I take?

By on 07/05/2016

You want to take an English exam to get your level certified, but have no idea which test out there is right for you: Is it the International Language [...]

Career advice

Useful phrases for a job interview

By on 07/03/2016

Few prospects get butterflies fluttering in your stomach like a job interview. Scary though it seems to sit down and discuss yourself with a hiring [...]

And the most spoken languages in the world are…

By on 06/29/2016

How many languages do you think there are in the world? 1000? 3000? 5371? You’re getting closer. According to the 2009 catalogue by Ethnologue, there are over 6900 distinct languages in the world. [...]

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Travel like a pro: Packing checklist for any kind of trip

Travel tips

Travel like a pro: Packing checklist for any kind of trip

By on 06/28/2016

Whether packing weeks in advance is your jam, or your pre-departure ritual involves you throwing crumpled shirts into a bag and praying you’ve grabbed [...]

The time is now: 8 reasons to learn a new language

Language learning

The time is now: 8 reasons to learn a new language

By on 06/26/2016

Almost everyone can name one language they want to learn – Japanese is on my bucket list. But almost everyone has myriad excuses why they are not yet [...]

14 (more) Japanese words with no English translations

By on 06/24/2016

While my first post about Japanese words with no English translation was centered around words that have to do with work, this second part takes a look at another pivotal part of Japanese culture: the [...]

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Paris like a Parisian: 9 insider tips for summer

Culture calling   |   Travel tips

Paris like a Parisian: 9 insider tips for summer

By on 06/21/2016

Every season in Paris has its appeal and summer is no exception. The summer months are a great time to explore the Parisian outdoors and to linger on [...]