Culture & History


9 Interesting Facts About Korean Culture Culture & Cuisine / Culture & History

I truly honestly believe that learning a bit about the culture(s) of the language(s) that you’re studying can go a long way in helping you to feel more attached to the language. Earlier, 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...

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9 Interesting Facts About Chinese 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. I’ve partnered with Kuperard to create this series and I’m really excited to share a few cultural tidbits...

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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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