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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, […]

June 26, 2018

5 Things Successful Language Learners Do

Learning a new language is an exciting endeavor, but sometimes we set out to achieve an ambitious goal without fully committing to the time and effort it takes to be successful. It’s important to recognize that while practicing vocabulary a few minutes each day can be helpful to introduce a new language, being able to […]

June 22, 2018

My Trip to Mexico City: Spain vs. Latin American Spanish

Ciudad de México I was born in Spain but raised in Miami, so I’ve always felt equal parts Spanish and Latina. I often felt I couldn’t distinguish which parts of my life and language came from which continent. On the one hand, Miami is a wonderful and unique city—an exquisite melting pot of all things […]

June 19, 2018

Words Beyond Translation: Ojalá

Cusco, Peru How often does what we desperately wish for come true? Ojalá has always been one of my favorite Spanish words, perhaps precisely for the magic and the possibility that it holds. Although it is directly translated to “hopefully,” ojalá actually derives from an Arabic expression: “ma sha allah,” which means “should God will […]

June 8, 2018

Get a Taste of the World with These Iconic Drinks

Every corner of the world has a culture rich with traditional cuisine, but international cities also have unique tastes and flavors that have become iconic. From cosmopolitan cocktails to locally sourced sips, these destinations offer up drinks that you should definitely sample. Below you’ll find not only recommendations for travelers to try, but also recipes […]

May 31, 2018

Words Beyond Translation: Ichi-go Ichi-e (いちごいちえ)

A Japanese Encounter in Nepal  Think of all the people you meet in your lifetime. What if you recognized each of those encounters as irreplicable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and gave them your utmost presence and attention? Literally translated into ichi (one) go (time) ichi (one) e (meeting/encounter), ichi-go ichi-e is an old Japanese proverb that means […]

May 17, 2018

Know Before You Go: Insider Travel Tips for 2018’s Top Destinations

There are lots of trendy destinations that might be on the top of your bucket list this year. But before you scramble to learn the language and book that plane ticket, do a little research. Because having the trip of a lifetime is all about planning ahead and knowing what to expect. Here are some […]