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Why a language course abroad is better than a year at school

A great school with great teachers and engaged peers is one of the most important things in a young person’s life. But when it comes to languages, even a great school usually isn’t enough. Here’s why studying a language abroad will fuel your child’s dev...

Having friends around the world will make you an all-round more awesome person – here’s why

Why be friends with someone who lives thousands of miles away? Why not just nip around the corner to your long-term be...

3 ways to trick your brain into learning a new language

Learning a new language is incredibly rewarding and fun, but there are times when our brains seem to be working agains...

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How to speak English better in 10 easy steps

Learning how to speak English confidently is incredibly important for anyone studying the language. There is simply no...

How to keep your language skills longer than your tan

You just came back from a study abroad trip in California. Your English is super awesome, everyone is jealous of your ...

10 Netflix shows to learn Spanish with

Ever feel bad about spending too much time binge-watching Netflix? Well, no need to feel guilty anymore because all th...

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How to pack like a boss – 6 invaluable tips from experienced travelers

Ever found yourself desperately stuffing your bag with a random set of clothes a few hours before dashing off to the airport? How about spending weeks packing and pondering which pair of shoes you’l...

5 types of people you’ll meet on a plane – and how to get along with them all

They say it’s about the journey, not the destination, but anyone who’s ever been on a long-haul plane may have a few qualms with this age-old adage. From screaming children lining cramped aisles, to...

10 best cities in the world for sports fans

Sport excites, unites and brings people around the world together in a way that few other things can. From the world’s best football in Barcelona, to chess boxing (yes, you read that right) in Berli...

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Go-to meals for host families

Sharing your culture with your international students at meal times is an easy way to welcome them into your home – an...

How to help a student with homesickness: 7 tips for host families

The key to a student having a fantastic, enriching study-abroad experience is embracing all the new experiences and th...

Why is the world obsessed with Korea?

Since Gangnam Style took the world by storm in 2012, weird and wonderful news stories about South Korea pop up literal...

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