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Juan Nario

The Four Chinese Tones and How They Affect Meaning

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Just when you think you’ve mastered the Chinese alphabet, they throw something else at you. You guessed it: Chinese tones! Mandarin Chinese has four distinct tones that can completely change the meaning of a word. To be able to read the “pinyin” (拼音), which is the system of phonetic transcription of Chinese characters, it is(…)


Our Favourite Foreign Films of 2022

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International film festivals are wonderful adventures. From attending advanced screenings of groundbreaking foreign films, to meeting directors and actors, and participating in film workshops and discussions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As you run (quite literally!) from one cinema to the next, you find yourself surrounded by like-minded movie lovers who share your(…)


The Five Best French Films On Netflix

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French cinema has a long and rich history dating back to the late 19th century. In 1895, when Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the Cinematographe, the first machine was used to record and display the first moving images. Today, French cinema is as popular as ever, and, lucky for us, there are many great French(…)


The Best Jokes in Italy and What They Tell Us About Italian Culture

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Anyone who’s been to Italy will know that the Italian sense of humour is positive and upbeat. Italians tend to find humour in everyday situations, and they are also known for their ability to laugh at themselves. Their good-natured approach to life helps to create a fun and friendly atmosphere, and their wonderful hospitality extends(…)


The Netherlands Travel Guide: 15 Must-See Places

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The Netherlands is a small but mighty European nation where everyone can find something to enjoy. Do you love nature? Then you will be spoilt for choice when visiting the Netherlands, as the country is home to gorgeous tulip fields, windmills, and picturesque canals. Are you looking for an exciting city with vibrant nightlife?  Then(…)


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),(…)


5 Great Books in Spanish for Intermediate Learners

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Most people think of language learning as a dry, academic exercise. But what if you could make the process more enjoyable and creative? That’s where literature comes in. Reading books in Spanish – even if you don’t understand every word – can help you learn the language in a fun and enriching way. Not only(…)


Our Foreign-Language Winners of Cannes Film Festival 2022

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The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important film festivals in the world. Held every year in the south of France, it is a prestigious event that draws some of the biggest names in cinema. Some of the most successful movies to premiere at Cannes include “The Godfather,” “The Intouchables,” “Pulp Fiction,” and(…)


Essential Idioms in Italian to Use at Work

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English speakers who travel to Italy for a work conference often feel self-conscious about their pronunciation or their command of Italian grammar. But it turns out that a marked accent and a few grammar mistakes are not the real problems. If you’ve been to Italy for business a few times and you always feel like(…)