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Shannon Kennedy

I'm a language lover, traveler and musician sharing my adventures and language learning tips over at Eurolinguiste. Join me on Facebook for daily language learning and travel tips!

24+ Inspirational Proverbs from Around the World
in Culture & History, Language Resources

24+ Inspirational Proverbs from Around the World

Every language has its own share of proverbs. Knowing a few in your language can give the impression that you’re well-versed in the culture that speaks it.  In my studies, I’ve had the pleasure of coming across a wide range of proverbs in different languages. Whether they’re the chengyu in Chinese, idiomatic expressions, some other adage, it’s clear that many of our values are shared across...

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25 Jun 2018
The Riverwalk | Things to Do In San Antonio, Texas
in Culture & History, Travel

The Riverwalk | Things to Do In San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas is known for many things. It’s home to the Alamo, the Natural Bridge Caverns, and historic manners. But one story beneath the streets of the city, you’ll find a lively, bustling scene. It’s here that the San Antonio Riverwalk, a commercial development of a bend in the city’s river protected from flooding by the Olmas Dam. The construction was completed in the...

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21 Jun 2018
The Ultimate List of Resources for Intermediate Spanish Learners: Books, Songs, TV Shows, and Podcasts
in Language Resources

The Ultimate List of Resources for Intermediate Spanish Learners: Books, Songs, TV Shows, and Podcasts

Engaging with the language that we’re learning in meaningful ways is not important to our learning the language, but also to staying motivated, connecting with the language, and learning more about the culture.  Discovering music, podcasts, books, tv shows, and movies in Spanish is an amazing way to dive into the language.  But how do you know just what native source material to choose? Hopes...

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18 Jun 2018
Where to Find Croatian Food in Southern California + Croatian Food Vocabulary
in Culture & Cuisine, Language Resources

Where to Find Croatian Food in Southern California + Croatian Food Vocabulary

Los Angeles is often deemed the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. Its inhabitants speak more than 224 recorded languages,  so it’s no surprise that restaurants in and around the area reflect this diversity. Growing up, I unknowingly ate quite a few Croatian dishes. These were recipes that were passed down and that were just things my dad made when he was in charge of dinner –...

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14 Jun 2018
Stop Planning to Learn a Language and Just Do It | Why To Do Lists are Counterproductive
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Stop Planning to Learn a Language and Just Do It | Why To Do Lists are Counterproductive

I’m always the first two write things down, make lists, plan projects out and wait to start until I feel I’m organized enough to get going. I often write down my goals because there’s something about the process that makes them more tangible and I use a variety of apps and systems to track what I’m doing when I’m doing it and how. Writing down...

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11 Jun 2018
Two Days In Asunción, Paraguay (and Where to Go Next)
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Two Days In Asunción, Paraguay (and Where to Go Next)

Paraguay is a wonderful country so often skipped or passed through quickly on multi-country trips to the region. But that’s a shame as the place has a lot to offer. Take the capital for example, Asunción. It’s not quite as huge and daunting as other capitals in the region, and can easily be enjoyed in a couple of days like a local if you follow...

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07 Jun 2018
The Top 5 Tools I Use to Keep My Language Projects and Resources Organized
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The Top 5 Tools I Use to Keep My Language Projects and Resources Organized

When I first started studying languages on my own, I was constantly distracted by the next, new, shiny thing. I’d purchase a coursebook, start to work through it and then stumble across a web-based language learning tool. Immediately, my attention would shift and I’d dive into the new resource, abandoning the first.  Eventually, I’d reach the stage where the material grew challenging. I, of course,...

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04 Jun 2018
Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | June
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Clear The List | Monthly Language Learning Strategies Update | June

This month, I’m entering the end of my Add1Challenge with Korean. It’s my second effort at learning the language and while, to be honest, it’s still one of the languages I’ve struggled with most, it’s all starting to click.  I’m glad I decided to come back to it. On to #clearthelist If you’re new around these parts, #clearthelist is a linkup where we share our monthly...

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31 May 2018
Learning to Read Kanji as a Chinese Speaker
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Learning to Read Kanji as a Chinese Speaker

When I decided to learn Japanese, I kept hearing and reading one complaint from other Japanese learners: “Ugh, Kanji are so hard to learn.” “Just wait until you get to Kanji.” After learning Chinese, I wondered why Kanji was such an obstacle for so many Japanese learners. Was it because it was yet another writing system on top of Hiragana and Katakana? Was it because Kanji...

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28 May 2018
Ocho | Where to Eat in San Antonio, Texas
in Culture & Cuisine, Travel

Ocho | Where to Eat in San Antonio, Texas

With only a few hours before our flight back to California, M and I were whisked away to Lulu’s Bakery to share a three-pound cinnamon roll by my aunt and uncle. We arrived only to discover that the wait was more than an hour; it wouldn’t work. We quickly whipped out our phones, scrolling through alternative options nearby when I stumbled upon Ocho.  It was...

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24 May 2018
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