Author Archives: Shannon Kennedy



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!

The Forbidden City | Things to Do In & Around Beijing, China
in Travel

The Forbidden City | Things to Do In & Around Beijing, China

Originally closed to the public, the Forbidden City is now one of the most visited sites in not only Beijing, China, but the world. With 980 buildings that span over 180 acres, the Forbidden City served as the Imperial palace from the 1400s to the early 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is the largest collection of preserved wood...

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10 Nov 2016
How We Learn | A Book About Learning Strategies | Language Reading Challenge
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How We Learn | A Book About Learning Strategies | Language Reading Challenge

Welcome to the eighth official Language Reading Challenge Update and Linkup! As a quick recap of what we’ve read so far this year, you can check out the previous months’ challenges here: January // Book about the culture of the area you’re studying February // Book in your target language March // Travel book or travelogue related to region that uses the language you’re studying...

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07 Nov 2016
Learn a Language Online with Lingoda | Review
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Learn a Language Online with Lingoda | Review

When I first started studying languages on my own, I took the term “independent study” a little too literally. I thought that I was capable of learning a new language on my own, with my head buried in textbooks and study sessions occupied with piles of flashcards. But I quickly learned that going about language study this way is not an effective strategy. To really...

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31 Oct 2016
Wangfujing Night Market | Beijing, China
in Travel

Wangfujing Night Market | Beijing, China

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of street foods, and so, I couldn’t miss out on a trip to one of the most famous street food spots in Beijing – the Wangfujing Night Market. The Wangfujing Night Market is located in the Dongcheng district and it’s both a popular tourist hotspot and a local hangout. The Wangfujing snack street hosts a variety...

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27 Oct 2016
No More Language Learning Excuses
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No More Language Learning Excuses

Today I’d like to share a little bit about someone who has recently inspired me and talk about making excuses. Excuses are easy to make. They make us feel better about not doing things we either should be doing or want to be doing. It’s easier to blame our lack of progress on things that are external to us, to shift the fault elsewhere. So...

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24 Oct 2016
9 Interesting Facts About Serbian Culture
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9 Interesting Facts About Serbian Culture

In a past post, I discussed the importance of sociolinguistics – how culture ties into language – and to continue that conversation, I’d like to share culture guides for various countries around the world to help you make your travels and language learning that much more enjoyable. Thus far, I’ve shared posts about Croatia, Korea, China, and Russia, and today I’d like to talk about...

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20 Oct 2016
Homemade Baked Tater Tots Recipe
in Culture & Cuisine

Homemade Baked Tater Tots Recipe

So, this is going to be the first recipe in quite some time that doesn’t belong to a country who’s language I am studying. But… tater tots… Need I say more? For those of you unfamiliar with this American treat, tater tots are a croquette of sorts, but much smaller and without ingredients in addition to potato. They’re typically fried, but I opted to bake...

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13 Oct 2016
What Should I Study to Learn a New Language?
in Eurolinguiste

What Should I Study to Learn a New Language?

As language learners, we ask ourselves this one question almost every single day: “What should I study?” When you think about it, this seems like a pretty big question. In fact, for some, it might even be overwhelming. But, when it comes to learning a language, there isn’t really that much you have to work on. There are JUST four core skills – speaking, listening,...

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10 Oct 2016
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