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Vale: The Four Letter Word You Need More Of

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It’s a dog, it’s a plane, it’s… Vale. Pronounced Bah-Lay, emphasis on the first syllable. We all need a little more “vale” in our lives, and I’ll tell you why. After a recent stop in the coastal city of A Coruña, Spain “vale” is my new favorite word. What does it mean? To be honest I have absolutely no idea. I first heard this four-letter nugget of a wo[...]

This is what happens when you move to a country without knowing the language

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It’s funny - I come from a very small village with just about 3,000 inhabitants somewhere at the very edge of the Austrian Alps, so you could kind of expect that having lived in 6 different countries and speaking six different languages (and counting) would be exceptional. However, I am by far not the only one – most people here speak at least two or three l[...]

How I Benefited From Living in A Non-English Speaking Country

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‘Come ti trovi qui?’ my beautician in Florence asked me, as she casually continued plucking at my brows. A look of what would soon become all-too-familiar-confusion began to cloud my eyes, and I suddenly realized that this was just the tip of the iceberg to understanding how little I knew of the Italian language. I had learnt how to say my name, to ask ho[...]

Germanlish - talking like ,se‘ German

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A German Coast Guard is sitting in his office. Suddenly a radio signal from another ship comes in: „we are sinking, we are sinking“ The German Coastguard seems to be quite calm and asks „What are you thinking about?“ Oh yes, the ,th‘ is definitely not our strength and the poor captain might have survived if there wasn't this 'little' misunderstanding. Co[...]

Girl's guide to falling in love - in Chile!

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There are lots of reasons to visit Chile. A stunning and one of the most diversified landscapes is one of them. In about 4000km of coast offering the driest desert of the earth (the Atacama desert), a region called Lake District with volcanos, deep blue lakes and silent green forests and awe-inspiring Patagonia with its rain forests, fjords and glaciers, you[...]

Linguistic adventures abroad

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As a Brit living abroad my European friends & colleagues are often surprised to discover that languages are a huge passion of mine; yes stereotypically us English are not famous for our linguistic ‘flexibility’ preferring (when abroad) to continue speaking English but just LOUDER and S  L  O  W  E  R rather than trying our luck with the local lingo. [...]

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