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How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany

How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany

Are you planning a trip to Germany? One of the keys to staying safe and not getting sucked into tourist traps is to blend in with the culture. In other words, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. Most American tourists don’t realize that there are certain things they wear that make them stick out like a sore thumb. A large backpack or fanny pack, for example, screams tourist. But it’s not just what American tourists wear, it’s also what they say and do. Certain gestures or greetings, … Read More

How to NOT Look and Act Like an American Tourist in Germany
Are you planning a trip to Germany? One of the keys to staying safe and not getting sucked into tourist traps is to blend in with the culture. In other words, when in Germany, do as the Germans do. Most American tourists don’t realize that there are certain things they wear that make them stick out like a sore thumb. A large backpack or fanny pack, for example, screams tourist. But it’s not just what American tourists wear, it’s also what they say and do. Certain gestures or greetings,
Italian Words and Phrases for the Summer [Slideshow]
Are you traveling to Italy this summer or simply want to brush up on your Italian vocabulary? Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian words and phrases for the summer... It's summertime, which means it's time for some fun in the sun. In addition to your sunblock and hat, don't forget to bring along these helpful Italian words and phrases for the summer (or, in Italian, l'estate). In doing so, you can continue to enrich your Italian studies, while also having some fun. It
8 Places to Visit in France Outside Paris
Are you planning a vacation to France? French teacher, Carol Beth L. shares eight wonderful places to visit in France outside of Paris... Chances are the "City of Light" is one of the top places to visit on your travel itinerary. Visiting Paris, however, doesn't mean you've seen all that France has to offer by a long shot. There are many other wonderful places to visit in France. Lucky for you, Europe has a relatively good rail system, which means you can visit places in France with ea
5 Helpful French Pronunciation Hacks for Beginners
Are you having trouble nailing your French accent? Below, French teacher Jinky B. explains how to sound like a  français or française in just five easy steps... The French have an undeniably distinct accent that can be difficult for non-native speakers to perfect. Nevertheless, it's not entirely impossible for non-natives to learn how to speak French. All it takes is some direction from your French teacher and a whole lot of practice. Below are five helpful French pronunciation h
Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th

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