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Felix Funes

Understanding Japanese Culture in Business Contexts

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It is said that business is war without bullets. This is especially true in Japan, where the deep-rooted nature of its culture may oftentimes be alienating for those who are not familiar with Japanese values and traditions. But, what are the particularities of Japanese culture in business contexts? On the surface, Japan may seem like(…)


Essential Restaurant Phrases in French

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There’s no doubt that French cuisine is considered some of the best in the world. In France, food is more than just a necessity—it’s a way of life. From simple farmer’s markets to Michelin-starred restaurants, the country is full of culinary delights. If you’re planning a trip to France with ta chérie (your significant other),(…)


Essential Phrases to Get By in Arab Countries

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Do you ever picture yourself walking through the street bazaars in Cairo? Do you ever imagine what it’d feel like walk into the pool of one of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels? Or perhaps you would rather lie on a Moroccan beach… I definitely would. Whatever it is you picture yourself doing during your stay in(…)


Hebrew Idioms: Not As Serious-Sounding As You Might Think!

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Because Hebrew is the language of the Bible, people who travel to Israel sometimes think that in order to mingle with the crowd they have to act all solemn and wise. Modern Hebrew, however, is anything but solemn. On the contrary, it is a vibrant, ever-changing, fast-paced language full of colourful expressions that make just(…)


5 Things Expats in Italy Should Know (But Usually Don’t)

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Living in Italy offers expats a life of cultural richness in a country that has a fascinating sense of history. Once home to groundbreaking painters and ancient civilizations, present-day Italy boasts world-class gastronomy, lush vineyards, and of course, an ever-present air of romance. Complemented by a thriving economy and a rich and lively culture, it(…)


Learn French With Emily in Paris: What to Say and What Not to Say

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Emily in Paris is the story about how an American travels to Paris and falls in love with the city. Yet, things are not as perfect as she had imagined, mainly because she does not speak French. Though she was able to survive thanks to her amazing bilingual friends, such as Hannah or Gabriel, chances are(…)


5 Things You Should Know Before Learning Turkish

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If you are planning to learn Turkish, you probably already know some of its most noticeable differences with English, like its alphabet. But the more you study the language, the more discrepancies appear! Let’s explore some below. 1. Turkish Has a Different Word Order One of the things many learners are not aware of before embarking(…)


12 Simple Russian Phrases You’re Guaranteed to Need

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Russian is one of the hardest languages for native English speakers to learn. Still, this shouldn’t keep you from studying the language. Doing so will allow you to visit the beautifully diverse Russia, where you can find modern cities to rival the Western capitals, as well as vast natural landscapes. If you want to get ready(…)


The Best 5 Beer Festivals for Language Lovers

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If you love languages and beer, you can combine them at a beer festival! They are the perfect place to party, taste exotic beers and brush up on your informal vocabulary in your target language. It doesn’t matter if you’re learning German, French or Chinese, you’ll be able to find a beer fest for you anywhere(…)