Culture & History


International Festivals in Southern California | Experience the World Without the Plane Ticket Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Travel

Going abroad isn’t always possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on experiencing new foods, exciting music, or on exploring different cultures. Living in Southern California, I don’t have to go far to get a taste of what it might be like to visit Greece, Romania, or Lebanon. Various international festivals are held across Southern California throughout the year. This means that...

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

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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The Riverwalk | Things to Do In San Antonio, Texas Culture & History / Travel

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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10+ French Books, Songs, TV Shows, and Films to Improve Your French Language Skills Culture & History / Language Resources

When we hit that intermediate stage of our learning, we’re often told that now’s the time to start switching over to native source material and to step away from resources aimed at learners. But how do you know just what native source material to choose? Our hopes high, we take to Google hoping to find great French books or films, but lo and behold, the...

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9 Interesting Facts About Irish Culture Culture & History

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 Serbia, Croatia, Korea, China, and Russia, and today I’d like to talk...

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9 Interesting Facts About Serbian Culture Culture & History

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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9 Interesting Facts About Croatian Culture Culture & History

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 Korea, China, and Russia, and today I’d like to talk about –...

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A History of East Asia Book Review | Language Reading Challenge Culture & History / Language Resources

Welcome to the seventh official Language Reading Challenge Update and Linkup! As a quick recap, 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 April // Book about the language that you’re learning...

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