Too Old to Learn a Language? Think Again…

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but question how realistic it is since you didn’t grow up hearing and speaking the language? I had this fear in high school and college, and for many years this prevented me from taking language classes. If I had known then what I known now, I wouldn’t have hesitated… Continue reading “Too Old to Learn a Language? Think Again…”

A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be

During college, I studied abroad in Spain during my junior spring semester. I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience, and therefore I should take advantage of every opportunity given to me, including living with a host family. While this was a daunting and almost scary idea—living with people I never met who didn’t speak English—I knew that I probably would never have this opportunity again. And so I checked the box in my application requesting a family homestay. Continue reading “A Case for Living with a Host-Family, and Switching Families if Need Be”

Language Brain

Studying a new language can be tiring, and if you’re studying abroad and immersing yourself in a new language and culture, your days can be exhausting. I studied in Spain. I remember my first day listening to and speaking in Spanish, with no English breaks. I walked home that evening and my brain felt like a bowl of mashed potatoes. While learning a new language can be exhausting, it is one of the best things we can do for the health of our brains, not matter the age. Learning new things strengthens our brains, and the more you learn, the stronger and more connected the parts of your brain will become. Continue reading “Language Brain”

Study Abroad Beginnings and Uncertainties

Have you just arrived in a new city for study abroad? All that hard work of filling out your application and Visa, buying plane tickets, and packing your suitcase has finally paid off. So, now what?  If you’re like me, you may have found a sudden stillness and uneasiness since arriving in your new city. What you did at home in the United States may not fit into your new life abroad. 

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