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5 Ways Learning a Language Makes You a Smarter Traveler Posted by on Dec 30, 2013

Preparing for a trip? Toss aside your guidebook. Astute travelers know that successful travel depends less on how much you prepare, and more on how well you prepare.  While many of us spend countless hours mulling over hotel reviews or crafting perfect day plans, smart travelers spend their time doing something else entirely: learning a…

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Christmas Traditions Around the World Posted by on Dec 23, 2013

‘Tis the season… but not just in America! People around the world are in the holiday spirit, so let’s take a look at how they celebrate Christmas. You might not think to associate Christmas with the Arab world, but the holiday is widely accepted by many Arabs, and rightfully so considering that the birthplace of…

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22 Hilarious, Useful, and Bizarre Foreign Words That Monolinguals Are Missing Out On Posted by on Dec 18, 2013

English speakers get a small dose of foreign languages every day, whether you’re watching your favorite football team blitz the quarterback, stringing up a piñata for your child’s birthday party, or searching for something chic to wear. Loan words give us just a small taste of other languages, but there’s so much more out there…

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Immerse Yourself Without Traveling: Join a Cultural Organization in Your City Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

One of the problems with learning a language is that it is often a solitary endeavor. Unless you’re sitting in a classroom with other students or you move to a foreign country and immerse yourself in the language, you’re usually left to your own devices. And this is why it can take years before we…

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5 Ways to Raise a Bilingual Child When You Don’t Speak the Language Posted by on Dec 9, 2013

I always imagined my children would speak fluent Arabic, Spanish, French and English. Before having kids and up until the time they could talk, I thought this was totally realistic. Arabic they would get from their dad, a native speaker, Spanish they would learn from me, a non-native speaker but fluent, and French they would…

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