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16 Unexpected Things International Students Face

16 Unexpected Things International Students Face

Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've explored the best cities to visit in Spain, taken a foodie tour of Korea, and even learned about fun festivals like Germany's Oktoberfest. But what about the unique experiences international exchange students have when they come here to the US? You might be surprised to hear the things that baffle everyone else. Curious? We were too, so when we came across an article over on the StudentUniverse blog sharing these revelations from an international exc … Read More

16 Unexpected Things International Students Face
Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've explored the best cities to visit in Spain, taken a foodie tour of Korea, and even learned about fun festivals like Germany's Oktoberfest. But what about the unique experiences international exchange students have when they come here to the US? You might be surprised to hear the things that baffle everyone else. Curious? We were too, so when we came across an article over on the StudentUniverse blog sharing these revelations from an international exc
Why Is College Writing So Much Harder Than High School?
Struggling with your college assignments? Learn the truth about college writing skills, and the changes you'll need to make to succeed, in this article by NJ teacher Matthew H...   In another post, I had discussed the relationship between academic and creative writing. Bottom line: no difference. Good writing is good writing. So why is it that most university level expository writing (and similarly titled courses) demand so much more than even AP level high school English classes?
4 Ways to Learn a Language Like a Kid (and Why It Works)
As an adult, learning a foreign language can be tough. But it's certainly not impossible! Check out these tips from French teacher Carol Beth L. to bring out your inner kid and make learning easier...   Last week, we shared how learning a language as an adult is different from what you may have experienced as a high school student (or even earlier on, if you were raised bilingual). While recognizing the challenges and advantages is a great first step, it's also important to put
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines
Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of

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