Tag Archives: French

How to Step Up Your Language Game with Upcoming Brexit

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English might be perceived as the lingua franca of this world, and we’ve touched on many reasons why that’s not the case, but what happens when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving behind it 27 other nations who, by majority, do not have English as an official language? Will English still be listed as(…)


From Coffee Shop Corners: First Novels in Their Original Language

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There is something very magical about slipping into a comfy chair in your favourite cafe with a coffee within your reach and a book open on your lap, ready for you to delve into. As we continue our look at first novels in original languages, perhaps we can let our minds wander and imagine those(…)


The Most Confusing Consonants in Europe

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When you are learning a new language or even just travelling to a new country, you can find yourself wrapping your lips around tongue twisters that you never even expected. Letters are not necessarily pronounced the same abroad. Adventures in paella To illustrate that point, take the humble paella. To an English speaker who has(…)


7 Great Child-Friendly Activities in Switzerland

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Visiting another country can be an educational and exciting trip for children and adults alike.  When you’re traveling with your kids in Switzerland, you’ll find many great things to do, and fun, educational opportunities abound.   Take a look at our list of 7 great “must do” activities for you and your kids during your vacation(…)


What Makes a Language?

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Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated – okay, let’s not get our wires crossed here. This is not a pining revisit to Valentine’s Day and about falling in love. What we are talking about is communication and the fact that we all do it, we all use language to communicate – even animals. But(…)


3 Crazy Christmas Customs Around The World

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Christmas is a magical time for most around the world – whether it’s sitting by the fireplace with the family, hanging up the stockings, or placing presents under the tree and waiting (impatiently) to open them. But there are certain traditions that don’t quite fit into the stereotypes we have of good, clean fun. Take(…)


Wine-Tasting Around the World (on a Budget!)

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If one thing is adored across cultures, it is the undeniable delight of wine. Vineyards across the world devote themselves to producing the very best Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernets. But often times, the world of wine is also a world of prestige and privilege, and for those of us on a budget, steep prices are(…)


Our Top 10 Tourist Activities in France

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While France might seem like a place full of charm and romance (and it is!) there’s so much more to it than most people realize. Visitors should definitely take note of both the most well known attractions (Eiffel Tower, I’m talking to you), as well as the stunning natural wonders of spots like Gorge du(…)


Everyday Words The English Language Has Stolen

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English as we know it has only really existed since the 17th century (not to say it hasn’t been developing since around the 5th century as Old English).  Considered a Germanic language, with Scandinavian influences, the tongue has gone through quite the transition to reach the YOLO stages we’re currently experiencing.  English is a language(…)