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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 1, 2018

Words Beyond Translation: Hacerle Ganas

Antigua, Guatemala  The expression “hacerle ganas” in Spanish captures a sentiment of strength and perseverance that I’ve consistently found present in Latin American cultures: specifically, what it means to keep moving forward towards a goal, even when faced with adversity. Hacerle ganas roughly means “to create the desire.” It is rooted in the common idiomatic […]

April 19, 2018

8 Books to Read Before You Go To Japan

While you may still be saving up to take that trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, you can definitely afford to go on a literary journey. Japan is a unique blend of tradition and technology, where cherry blossoms and rural countryside give way to one of the most crowded cities in the world. […]

8 Useful Languages to Learn

Whether you’re learning a language to provide professional opportunities or just trying to check off that bucket list, you want one that’ll give you more bang for your buck. But how do you decide which languages are the most useful to learn? To be fair, all languages are useful. But the language you might learn […]

April 10, 2018

6 Surprising Benefits of Learning a Language

Whether you’re hustling to land a new job or expanding your horizons, learning a language can open the door to opportunity. In addition to making you a better value as a professional, science has suggested that speaking another language can unlock intellectual potential and may strengthen cognitive abilities. Here are just a few of the […]