The Riverwalk & The Alamo | San Antonio, Texas Travel

During our summer concert tour, M and I had a stop in San Antonio, Texas to perform at the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival. We were there with just enough time to perform and fly back, but before our return flight, we had a few hours free during the afternoon and we wanted to make the most of it.  With the Riverwalk and the Alamo only...

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12 Things to Do In & Around Beijing, China Travel

Beijing, the capital of China, is a pleasant mix of historic and modern sites and architecture. There are so many things to do in and around the city, so here are a few of my favorites from my recent (and first) trip to the country. 1. Visit the Summer Palace // A short metro ride away from Beijing, the Summer Palace is an expansive park...

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Language Learning Reading Challenge 2017 Language Resources

The following post includes the guidelines for the 2017 Language Reading Challenge. For the 2018 guidelines, please follow this link. The Books that make up the Language Reading Challenge 1 January // Book about your native language 2. February // Book in your target language (translation of a book from your native language) 3. March // A book about someone who learns a language (can be fiction or non-fiction)...

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The Dim Sum Field Guide Review | Illustrated Book or Comic Book | Language Reading Challenge Language Resources

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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Hutongs in Beijing China Travel

In my opinion, one of the best things about Beijing are its hutongs, or alleys. These narrow streets are lined with old homes and shops, particularly in the traditional courtyard style. Sadly, these areas are slowly disappearing. Many of the hutongs have been demolished to make way for more modern constructions, roads or buildings. Thankfully, however, many efforts have been made recently to designate the...

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Dual Language Reading | Beelinguapp Review Language Resources

Once you figure out how to get started, the beginning stages of learning a language are a breeze. The learning curve is steep and you really get a quick sense of accomplishment from the time you spend studying. The intermediate stage, however, is an entirely different beast. If it isn’t plaguing you with frustratingly difficult grammar, you’re stuck in the doldrums of a learning plateau,...

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