It’s National Aboriginal Day in Canada and when I read the following American article, I couldn’t help but think about the...
I’ve been here a couple of days, but
a) forgot to bring a plug adaptor for my dead laptop
b) grandparents’ computers are ancient
Welcome to the inaugural Chatterbox! Each month we’ll be bringing you all the important language learning news, scientific developments and advice, as well as the blogs we’re reading and a heads up on the best online competitions of the month. Enjoy and feel free to chip in with your suggestions for the Chatterbox! Read full post
From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, the small country of Italy historically punched above its weight in influence and power. Later centuries proved more unkind but Italy still stamped its mark on world affairs, particularly with 19th and 20th century mass migration…read whole post.
It’s no surprise to discover that Paris is the most visited city in the world… but what is surprising is that most visitors to French capitals seem perfectly happy to trudge around the same three museums: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Natural History Museum. But what if you want to break the mold and discover a fresh perspective on the French capital? Well, here are some of the finest lesser-known museums in the city, organized into the three pillars of modern Parisian life: food, fashion and fine art…read whole post.
The business world today is a global one and to succeed you need to look beyond your own shores to the opportunities in the rest of the world. While the process of globalisation can make it feel like cultural differences are being gradually eradicated, and the etiquette of business itself is largely a global language (dressing smartly, practicing good timekeeping and communicating clearly and directly are the golden rules across the world), manners are still highly culturally specific. Everything from the way colleagues greet each other to dining table etiquette can make all the difference in ingratiating yourself with a new business contact and making your deals a success. While customs can vary across nations, and are ever evolving, here is some broad advice to help you avoid getting caught out…read whole post.
To some, the whole notion is sheer bunkum, yet for others, the concept of alien life is one of entire plausibility, and constant hope. For those who fall into the latter camp, we’ve drawn up a list of the places where you run the best chance of experiencing a close encounter of the first, second or third kind. Just don’t come running to us if you end up being abducted…read whole post.
Long-haul flight in the offing? Forget the drab in-flight movie and the questionable sustenance sitting on the tray in front of you. This is how a savvy flyer goes about their air travel… read whole post.
The French love their meat – that the classic steak frites (steak and fries), served rare, is often referred to as the national dish tells you all you need to know! Most main dishes are focussed on meat and fish (and plenty of it!), and with animal protein-heavy classics like bœuf bourguignon and coq au vin at the heart of the national cuisine vegetarians can worry if they will be able to find anything to eat at all when they visit France. But if you are a vegetarian traveler, don’t despair! … read whole post
As you’ve doubtlessly witnessed in the news, 2012 is already (ship)shaping up to be an ominous year for cruise liners. We’ve seen two major incidents in the space of two months, while April 15 marked the 100th anniversary of the fate of the Titanic. Here, we explore the famous, and the less famous, cruise liners that unknowingly departed from the docks on voyages into doom…read whole post.
The Pimsleur language learning system is a fast, effective way to learn Spanish. In fact, you’ll find yourself learning so quickly, you’ll want to seek out additional ways to supplement your studies. When you’re “on a roll” with language learning, it’s only natural that you would want to take the next step. Finding ways to have fun while you learn additional language material is essential to your success…read whole post.
As a foreigner in Spain, if you want to open a bank account or get a job, it’s necessary to register with the local town hall. This lets the local authorities know that you are now a resident in Spain and sets you up for paying taxes or applying for health care…read whole post.