Culture & History


How to Ring in the Chinese New Year (with a recipe for Spring Rolls) Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

The following is a post from Hanbridge Mandarin. You can learn more and enter their red envelope lottery by visiting their website. As a side note, Chinese New Year starts today – February 8, 2016! How to Say Chinese New Year in Chinese Chinese New Year 中国新年 Zhōnɡ Guó Xīn Nián Spring Festival 春节 Chūn Jiē Lunar New Year 农历新年 Nónɡ Lì Xīn Nián When...

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Language Reading Challenge 2016 Culture & History / Language Resources

Hello dear friends! I am excited to announce that this next year, I will be hosting a language reading challenge along with a few awesome language bloggers. Starting January 2016, we’ll tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language and share our experiences as a linkup. Please feel free to join us. As part of the challenge, the books cover everything from...

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Christmas in the Philippines with Ron Gullekson | 12 Days of Christmas Day 12 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Author // Ron Gullekson is a ‘language enthusiast’ with a background in German, Spanish, Arabic, and English. He runs Language Surfer where he shares his advice to language learners and his progress with the languages that he studies. Christmas in the Philippines The Long Tradition of Christmas In the 16th century, Spanish colonizers brought Catholicism to the Philippines. Now 85% of the Philippines’ 98...

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Christmas in Korea with Esther Julee | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 10 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Contributor // I want to extend a huge thanks to Esther Julee of Local Adventurer for helping me research this post! Esther is a photographer and blogger currently based in San Diego, California where she writes about her travels along with her husband Jacob. A History of Christmas in Korea Korea began celebrating Christmas as a holiday in the year 1949. Since the...

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Christmas in France | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 10 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

Today is the tenth day of the 12 Days of Christmas Around the World, so the countdown is on! And today, I’d like to share my second (and last) contribution to the series, before I let the other wonderful bloggers take over once more. In this post, I’d like to talk about Christmas in a country near and dear to my heart – France. How...

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Christmas in Italy with Chiara Grandola | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 9 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Author // Chiara Grandola is the founder of Runaway Daydreamer. She’s a native Italian speaker and is passionate about all things languages, travel and entertainment. The origin of Christmas in Italy Italy stay true to its roots when it comes to Christmas and continues to focus on the same values the lie at the foundation of its culture: faith, family and food. As...

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Christmas in England with Lindsay Dow | 12 Days of Christmas Day 8 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Auther // Lindsay Dow is an awesome language learning videoblogger and writer over at Lindsay Does Languages. She is based on the UK and earned her degree in languages from Open University. She currently has a fantastic course on Phrasal Verbs and plans on releasing more courses in the near future. Hello there! I’m not Shannon. I’m Lindsay and I blog over at...

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Christmas in Germany with Kerstin Hammes Cable | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 7 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Author // Kerstin Hammes Cable is a German native currently living in the UK. She has produced several fantastic courses including Speak Like a German Native and two notable books including Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook. You can learn more about her and her teaching at Fluentlanguage.co.uk. Christmas Diary German Christmas has a head start for food, relaxation and board games...

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Christmas in Mexico with Siskia Lagomarsino | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 6 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Author // Siskia Lagomarsino is a translator and language tutor currently based in Mexico. She is a native English and Spanish speaker who discovered her passion for language learning when she began studying Japanese at the age of 20. Christmas in Mexico with Siskia Lagomarsino The way in which Mexicans celebrate Christmas almost always comes as a shock to visitors to this country;...

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Christmas in Russia with Helga Drogan | 12 Days of Christmas Around the World Day 5 Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History / Language Resources / Travel

About the Author // Helga Drogan is a talented Russian tutor who offers lessons through iTalki. She is currently located in Moscow, Russia where she has earned a BA in Linguistics and a Master’s Degrees in Pedagogy and Educational Psychology. In Russia Christmas Day has been celebrated since the 10th century when Christianity spread throughout the Russian lands. How Christmas was Celebrated in Russia in...

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