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Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France

Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France

  Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there. If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy. After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed seve … Read More

Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France
  Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there. If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy. After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed seve
20 Popular German Expressions - And What They Mean [Infographic]
German is a language that scares many non-native speakers as it can appear complex and confusing. With proper instruction and practice, however, this widely-used language can be easy and fun to learn. One of the keys to learning German--or any new language for that matter-- is to look past the typical travel dictionaries and absorb some of the more common expressions or idioms that are used throughout daily life. Getting familiar with typical German expressions will help you better communicat
German Vocabulary List for Back to School
Are you planning on studying German this school year? Get a head start with this German vocabulary list created by German teacher Tyler S... It’s that time of year again when students in both the United States and Germany are getting back into the swing of things. If you plan on studying Germany this year or you’re already taking German lessons, the following German vocabulary list will be indispensable in your studies. If you take the time to study school-related German vocabulary,
4 Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks & Tildes
  As you learn Spanish, you’ll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article, you’ll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them. Most beginners ignore accent marks while learning Spanish. They don't know what they mean, or how to use them correctly. Beginners often assume that their word processor will help place them when typing in Spanish and that accent marks aren't mandatory to fully understand Spanish. This isn't true, and ignoring them only hinder
Japanese Honorifics: Formal & Informal Name Suffixes
When learning to speak Japanese, you'll come across suffixes used to address people called "honorifics." While these may seem confusing at first, they aren't that difficult to learn. Here, we break down Japanese honorifics for beginners... Japanese honorifics aren’t as scary as they seem. Think of them like the English title prefixes (Miss, Sir, Dr., etc.). Japanese honorifics are simply a collection of suffixes that get tacked onto the end of names, titles, and other labels. There are

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