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The politics of language in the USA

October 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

Photo: Kristopha Hohn

Here’s a question for you: what’s the official language of the USA?

If you said English, you are wrong.

There is no official national language in the US, despite various attempts to give English that status over … Read more

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Five movies that will make you pack your backpack and go

September 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

You’re surfing the web, saying “should I or shouldn’t I?” Stop procrastinating: if there is one thing in the world that will make you a more interesting, more rounded and happier person, it is travel. Book that ticket!

Sure, you … Read more

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A weekend in Vienna’s coffee houses (Wiener Kaffeehäuser)

September 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

A weekend in Amsterdam’s coffee shops is a tourist cliché. Turn up, shell out, skin up.

Wanna go and see the Van Gogh museum? Nah, I’m comfy here and the hot chocolate is lovely.

Time spent in Vienna’s coffee houses, … Read more

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Five European national stereotypes that aren’t (entirely) true

August 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

It is much easier to have an opinion about people if you don’t actually have to meet them before forming that opinion. That’s just being efficient. Like a German.

Most stereotypes have some foundation in truth, but not all. And … Read more

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Aber doch! Some confusing German words

August 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

Munich

When you are learning a language, some words translate neatly back into your first language and others do not. If you are an English speaker learning German, the particles may prove particularly challenging. But your perseverance will pay off: understanding … Read more

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Five common mistakes when learning a language

July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

If you are learning a language, or planning to learn a language, get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. Different learning techniques work for different people, and it can sometimes be beneficial to mix and match … Read more

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I’m a million different people from one day to the next

July 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

If you recorded everything you said for seven days, you may be surprised at how many people you can be.

Consider two different situations. Firstly, you are in a job interview and keen to impress your interviewer. Chances are, you … Read more

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