Archive for June, 2013

How I changed my mind about learning languages

How I changed my mind about learning languages

I’d never been interested in other languages. My grandfather spoke a Sicilian dialect that was equal parts scary and impossible to understand. It was his only language, and so many people in my family spoke it with him, but not me. I was the youngest and the least interested.

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Weekend in Hamburg

Weekend in Hamburg

As winter was ending I decided to put my German-learning into practice and try out my new language skills in a new city. So I left Berlin for a weekend and went to visit Hamburg for the very first time—a city that I always thought I’d love.

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The minds of our little monkeys

The minds of our little monkeys

I’ve lost count of the times, when posting my dad’s credit card down a crack in the floorboards, or generously covering my little brother’s face in lipstick as a little girl, that I was called a little monkey. But new research suggests that our ape cousins and toddlers have a lot in common.

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The language-led job market?

The language-led job market?

International assignments, study overseas, or meeting your new partner’s parents may be a time when you need to pick up a little more than a stilted “how are you?” Mandarin is often cited as the language of champions—hard to learn but the language of a nation powering towards global dominance.

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Learning a Language the Tasty Way

Learning a Language the Tasty Way

A great way to support learning a new language is to immerse yourself just as much in the culture and cuisine as in the language itself. To that end, I’ve been cooking and reading about Japanese food lately. Here, it’s the turn of katsu curry.

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The Chinese Dragonboat Festival

The Chinese Dragonboat Festival

On the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar we will celebrate the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.

You might have seen or heard of Dragon Boat Races in your hometown or in other cities around the world – and as you might have guessed, they all have their origin in this traditional Chinese festival.

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