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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(…)


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(…)


6 Facts About Japanese Culture that Every Tourist Should Know Before Traveling

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Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia for a number of reasons. Boasting centuries-old architecture, amazing cuisine, and enchanting cherry blossoms that seem to have popped out of a fairy tale book, this fascinating country holds surprises for the whole family. However, if you want to have a truly immersive experience(…)


The Best TV Shows to Learn Different American Accents

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Have you ever heard an American person trying to imitate a British accent? Then you may have noticed that they still usually go for the posh, clipped voices you could hear on the BBC thirty years ago. However, as everyone who’s been to Ireland, Scotland, or even talked to a working-class person from London knows,(…)


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(…)


Les Petits Noms d’Amour: 11 Must-Know French Terms of Endearment

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Cookie Bear, Honey Bee, Apple Pie… Outside their natural context, English nicknames can seem extremely corny or just plain weird. But let’s be honest: how many times have we resorted to them to say “I’m sorry”, or just to express our love? →Sign Up Now: Free Trial French Lesson With a Native Teacher!← Terms of(…)


Essential Chinese Phrases For All Occasions

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Are you planning an adventure trip to the Yellow Mountains? Do you want to reconnect with a Chinese family member? Do you just want to be able to greet your Chinese colleagues in their language in your next conference call? No matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Chinese, you’ve come to the(…)


Work and Travel in Asia: The Best Working Holiday Visas for British Citizen

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Every year, hundreds of young people travel to countries as distant as Canada, Denmark and Japan for an open-ended trip known as a working holiday. These ‘work and travel’ experiences, which are just starting to catch on in the UK, allow students to visit a country for longer than the average tourist while they gain(…)