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The 10 most popular GO articles you should have read in 2021

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‘Tis the season to look back over the last year with nostalgia. The lows, the highs and – of course – some of our favorite GO Blog posts from 2021.

We covered a lot of ground this year. Thanks to our wonderful authors from around the world, we’ve continued to explore new topics and bring you the best content around all things language and travel. Take a gander at ten of our top picks and get into the festive spirit of reminiscing.

We’ll see you again in January. Happy new year!

1. 7 common phrases that even English speakers get wrong

It may seem like native speakers have these expressions down pat – but do they? From a “doggy-dog world,” to nipping problems “in the butt,” here are a few common expressions you might be messing up.

2. 50 unbelievable facts about the world to make you seem cultured

Want to knock your friends’ socks off at the next dinner party? Arm yourself with some unbelievable fact nuggets about the world that will wow your audience and make you seem thoroughly cultured.

3. Is “flow” the secret to happiness?

Studies have found that achieving a “state of flow” is a big driver of happiness and can help you live a more satisfying life. Curious? We’ve broken down five happiness boosting activities for you to try for yourself!

4. 10 Netflix teen drama shows to learn a language with

Volume up, dubbing off. What’s better than learning while you indulge in a new favorite TV series. As these Netflix shows prove, you can learn a lot from fictional high schools – maybe even a new language.

5. Here’s how your brain changes when you learn a language – what a University of Tokyo study showed us

In a joint research project withEF Education First and the University of Tokyo, it was revealed for the first time that significant changes in brain function occur during short-term language study abroad. This study of first-time learners of Japanese measured how their brain activity changed after just a few months of studying a new language.

6. 9 of of the best destinations to enjoy both city and nature

Torn between an action-packed city trip and a nature-filled getaway? Fear not – you needn’t choose only one! Here are nine destinations around the world where you can experience the best of both worlds.

7. 10 more fantastic facts about languages

Did you know the word ‘language’ comes from the Latin word ‘lingua’, which means tongue? Or that language first evolved during the time of modern homo sapiens, 50,000–150,000 years ago? If you’re hungry for more linguistic tidbits, give this one a read!

8. 6 body language cues that show you’re open to making new friends

Making friends can be life-changing. It can, however, also be incredibly daunting. This cheat sheet of body language cues will help you communicate that you’re open to meeting new pals – before you even speak a single word.

9. 10 English slang terms you need to know in 2021

Slang is a fickle beast and it can be tough to stay on top of the latest terms. This list breaks down ten terms you should be familiar with. Ready for the next dose? We already have a handy list of slang terms to know in 2022.

10. What is the best age to learn a language?

While our understanding of language is ever-changing, it’s long been thought that children are superior language learners. However, the truth is that everyone can – and should – learn a new language, no matter their age. This post dives into why.

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