Europe in one day

language learningToday is the European Day of Languages and what better occasion for a European day than today? Our top-tips:

Baci! This is a perfect opportunity to avoid the daily confusion and embarrassment on how to greet your friend. Just greet the Italian way! Friends in Italy kiss each other on the cheeks – that includes male friends amongst each other too. In the North it’s two, in the south it’s three kisses. It generally starts out with the left check – good to know to avoid unwanted meeting in the middle.

Siesta! The Spaniards know a thing or two about the quality of life and one of them is the siesta. If your day allows it (or even if it doesn’t), why not try to hold a siesta between 2pm and 5pm? It should start with a long lunch with friends and family and finishes with a 15 to 30 minute powernap in bed (with pyjamas on).

Fika. This Swedish custom is not much more than meeting for a coffee (and chit-chatting while maybe eating something sweet). But the Swedes don’t just have their own word for it, fika, which can be used as a verb or a noun, they’re also among the countries with the highest coffee intake worldwide, which says a lot about the status of fika-ing. What they also like: candles! Apparently, Swedish love sitting in candle lit rooms!

Bom apetite! If you want to go really European today, why not have your fika in a Pasteleria, a portuguese patisserie?  They do amazing pasteis de nata – egg tart pastries – that go well with a galão (white coffee).

Prost – drink german beer: That’s an obvious one, but what I’m talking about here is a non-alcoholic German wheat beer. And why should you drink it? German researchers have found that athlete’s health benefits from the consumption alcohol-free wheat beer. And what’s good for them can’t be bad for us! Even bigger stores of a big supermarket chain (the orange one) store it.

Bien sûr – After such a European day, why not throw a French movie in to round it off? The favourites of our office-French: L’Auberge Espagnole, Le Prénom, Intouchables and Les Petits Mouchoirs. 

Anissa is Content Editor at Rosetta Stone Europe. She is from Germany and has lived in Portugal, Mexico and is now based in London. She speaks German, English, Spanish and Portuguese and is currently learning Persian. Do you want to learn a language, too? Try a free Rosetta Stone demo.

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