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November 16, 2018

History and Hebrew in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel I feel fortunate to have had a multicultural upbringing, not only at home but also in my community. Believe it or not, growing up as a Spanish, Australian Jew was not that unusual in Miami, Florida, a city filled with Latinos of every color, religion, and ethnicity (my best friend is “Jewban”––Jewish/Cuban––and […]

November 8, 2018

From New Delhi to New Haven: My Hindi Journey

New Delhi, India After three plane rides, around 48 hours of cumulative travel, and some suspicious-looking curry on my flight, I finally stumbled into the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport around noon. As I soaked in the heat and swatted away my first of the mosquitoes I would come to know all too well throughout […]

October 17, 2018

Homesick for My Home Away from Home: Colombia

Cali, Colombia I took the red-eye flight from LA and arrived in Cali early in the morning feeling rather exhausted and grumpy, as one would expect. My deliriousness instantly evaporated when I was greeted at the airport by an old friend bearing buñuelos (basically fried, doughy, cheesy corn balls––amazing, I know). He drove me to […]

July 31, 2018

10 Greetings in French That Aren’t Bonjour

Even if you aren’t familiar with French, you probably know a few words that have fallen into common usage in English. In addition to tasty terms about food like hors-d’oeuvre and bon appétit, English speakers have also adopted chic, fiancé, and French concepts like déjà vu. Moreover, you’re likely to know one of the most […]

July 24, 2018

From Novice to Speaker: My Vietnamese Journey

​It’s another typical family dinner. I am sitting around a table of at least 10. Everyone is laughing, shouting, and exchanging jokes and stories over delicious food. But I may as well be eating alone. See, we are at my boyfriend Derek’s family home. Derek is Vietnamese, and while I will never turn down a […]

July 17, 2018

Should English be the Official Language of the U.S.?

​About half of the countries in the world have official languages. The official language of Germany, for instance, is German. The official language of Spain is Castilian Spanish. In Italy, the official language is Italian. So what’s the official language of America? Trick question. The United States has never had an official language. 32 states […]

July 13, 2018

A Foodie in Paris: What to Eat, Drink, and Do in the City of Light

When you think incredible food, you probably think Paris, and that’s for a good reason. Not only has the City of Light, or La Ville-Lumière,  given us foodie icons like Julia Child, it’s also the epicenter of cuisine and an incubator for some of the best chefs in the world. With a reverence for wine, […]

July 11, 2018

6 Famous Mistranslations and What We Can Learn from Them

​Most language learners have tasted more than a little humble pie when trying to translate something from their native language. But these minor, very human mistakes can become international incidents when improperly handled by professional translators. Let’s take a look at a few mistranslations that have had far-reaching consequences and see what lessons these famous […]

July 2, 2018

5 Sustainable Travel Destinations You Should Consider

Sustainable destinations are gaining momentum this year as travelers think about how to invest vacation dollars wisely to support communities. While ecotourism has been around for a while, you may not be as familiar with some of the basic tenets of sustainable travel that make for a green destination. Here are five trendy locales that’ll […]