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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany

Are you moving to Germany for a job, a significant other, or simply a change of scenery? Whatever the reason, moving to Germany—or any foreign country for that matter—is downright terrifying. Not only are you away from your closest friends and family, but you’re living in a country you know little about. Sure you’ve read all the travel books and even learned some German, but nothing can prepare you for the adventure in which you’re about to embark. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed s … Read More

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Germany
Are you moving to Germany for a job, a significant other, or simply a change of scenery? Whatever the reason, moving to Germany—or any foreign country for that matter—is downright terrifying. Not only are you away from your closest friends and family, but you’re living in a country you know little about. Sure you’ve read all the travel books and even learned some German, but nothing can prepare you for the adventure in which you’re about to embark. Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed s
10 Milestones to Celebrate As You Learn Spanish
Learning Spanish takes a lot of work -- so don't forget to celebrate when you've made progress! Here, Spanish tutor Joan B. shares the significant milestones to be on the lookout for...   Learning a language can be an exhilarating experience, as you master concepts, increase your vocabulary, and discover a whole world of communication! When learning Spanish, there are several points along the language learning-process that are indicative of where you stand in your fluency with the lan
20 Spanish Traditions, Customs, and Superstitions
One of the best ways to improve your understanding of the Spanish language is to learn more about Spanish traditions and culture. A major aspect of any culture is its traditions. Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries have distinct traditions that are fascinating to learn about and may inspire you to plan a visit. No matter where you are in your Spanish lessons, you will love learning about these Spanish holidays, superstitions, customs, and Spanish traditions! Spanish Traditions
Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette
When you're studying a foreign language, it's helpful to also learn about culture, history, and traditions. Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. introduces the Japanese concept omotenashi... As someone who learned English as a second language, I truly believe in the importance of finding something positive from a new culture, and adopting it in your own life. This doesn’t just help you learn a new language, but it will also help you grow as an individual. Courtesy for Others Omotenashi is a r
French Vocabulary Basics: Prefixes and Suffixes You Need to Know
Have you noticed repeated beginnings or endings in French words? French tutor Tyler S. breaks down the most common French prefixes and suffixes you need to know... Why Prefixes and Suffixes? Have you ever wondered why languages have historically developed what grammarians call “prefixes” and “suffixes”? Why do almost all languages demonstrate these two types of word alteration when there are other ways to express the same changes of meaning? The answer is simple: prefixes and suffixes save

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