Stained Glass, Art, and Murals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

I’ve heard Chernobyl, Ukraine is best described as a living museum. It’s perhaps the best way to explain what is now referred to as the exclusion zone because it truly feels like even the cities decomposition is a way of preserving what happened there. The exclusion zone – the region now off limits due to residual radioactivity from the 1986 power plant accident – is largely deserted, apart from the military and scientific staff that are rotated in shifts to maintain its borders and keep a close eye out for fires or illegal settlers. Continue reading “Stained Glass, Art, and Murals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone”

Fluent in six months?! Well, maybe. But…

In recent years societal views about multilingualism in the US seem to be shifting. In the past, children growing up in a home where a language other than English was spoken were thought to be at a disadvantage as compared to their monolingual classmates. I remember heated discussions with my own son’s elementary school teachers when they would recommend that I stop speaking to him in French; they believed the exposure to another language would hinder his acquisition of English!

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Top 5 Countries to Get an International Degree

iewDay by day international education gains fame among youngsters. College students tend to continue their studies in a foreign country for different reasons. Their motives include improving language skills, exploring new cultures, connecting with people from all over the world, and of course getting high-quality education. Taking into account student reviews, living conditions and the quality of education, here are best countries to study abroad. Continue reading “Top 5 Countries to Get an International Degree”

How to Prepare Yourself so You Can Have a Pleasant Homestay

Staying with a host family is a very exciting idea. After all, you are going to meet new people, make friends, learn a new language, eat new food, and a host of other things. You actually cannot wait to go stay with them but going about it with a fixed mindset will spoil the fun and make you a pain to your host family. To avoid such a scenario and make your stay enjoyable for everyone, you have to be open-minded and flexible. Use the following tips to get along well with your hosts. Continue reading “How to Prepare Yourself so You Can Have a Pleasant Homestay”

How to Prepare Yourself in order to Have a Pleasant Homestay

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Staying with a host family is a very exciting idea. After all, you are going to meet new people, make friends, learn a new language, eat new food, and a host of other things. You actually cannot wait to go stay with them but going about it with a fixed mindset will spoil the fun and make you a pain to your host family. To avoid such a scenario and make your stay enjoyable for everyone, you have to be open-minded and flexible. Use the following tips to get along well with your hosts. Continue reading “How to Prepare Yourself in order to Have a Pleasant Homestay”

7 Dos and Don’ts of Learning a Foreign Language

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Learning a new language is both exciting and challenging. Follow this list of 10 “dos and don’ts”, to ensure your smooth path to learning success.

Motivate yourself!

Find something about a foreign language and culture that motivates you. Cinema, sports, cuisine, travel – whatever. Are you a fan of Tour de France or Barca? Are you a fashionista? Are you curious about escargot sauce or Tuscan picci? Start with something you like and build on your passion. Continue reading “7 Dos and Don’ts of Learning a Foreign Language”