Can Learning a Foreign Language Be a Privilege?

How many languages did you get a chance to learn while you were in school? One? Two? Could you choose between a few? Did you have the option to learn one at all? Chances are your experience with learning a foreign language as a kid depends on a number of factors that you had little … Continue reading Can Learning a Foreign Language Be a Privilege?

Let’s Talk Language: What Do You Know About Jamaican Patois?

Hey! Wah gwaan? It’s February again, which means it’s Black History Month in the U.S. It’s been a bit quiet on the blog so far, but I want to start celebrating this month by introducing something a little different: an interview. Today's language topic is Jamaican Patois in honor of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican-born man … Continue reading Let’s Talk Language: What Do You Know About Jamaican Patois?

Don’t Let Depression Stop You from Learning a Language

Learning a language isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and an endless trail of Duolingo hearts. It’s forgetting words you thought you knew, mixing up grammar rules, and choking when you try to speak. It has bad days. We don't always talk about the real bad days, either. For anyone whose suffered with depression at any point, … Continue reading Don’t Let Depression Stop You from Learning a Language

LGBTQ+ in Any Language

You've got vocabulary lists for food, directions, and family members, but do you know how to talk about all things LGBTQ+ in your target language? Well, there's no better time to learn than during Pride month! Pride is great for both celebrating and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, but it also reminds us to take a … Continue reading LGBTQ+ in Any Language

Road Trip Problems: Why the Hassle to Find Non-White History?

Last month, I made plans with my mom to drive down with her to Florida. She recently bought a house in one of those 55+ communities. I admit to a bit of encouraging, mostly because she does way too much for her kids. She hates the cold anyway. So, I half-planned, as I always do, … Continue reading Road Trip Problems: Why the Hassle to Find Non-White History?

Does Learning About Culture Really Help You Learn a Foreign Language?

"What's up?" It's a familiar English expression. In Spanish classes, teachers always told us to use "Qué tal?" to say the same thing. They didn't tell us that might change depending on where you are in the world. There was only one answer. Some of the other answers I didn't know were: "Qué onda?" "Qué … Continue reading Does Learning About Culture Really Help You Learn a Foreign Language?

A New Year’s Travel Resolution for Venezuela and the Family I Won’t See

My mom always told me Venezuela was like one big party from Christmas through New Year’s. These days, I can only imagine what the streets look like. I'd like to think there will still be music and dancing to keep spirits high, though I doubt the food will be plentiful. Would you still dance if … Continue reading A New Year’s Travel Resolution for Venezuela and the Family I Won’t See

How to Have a New England Christmas Wherever You Are

Sometimes, no matter what you do, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas. If you're a Massachusetts or New England native, traveling or moving can also make you feel a bit homesick for the holidays. You might not be able to make it back to Beantown for the holidays, but you can certainly try to bring … Continue reading How to Have a New England Christmas Wherever You Are

10 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Language Learner

It's that time of the year again and you need to finish your shopping. You might not have a list or you might just want to be unique or a little extra this year. Either way, you've got to get something and you want to encourage someone who's learning another language. So, whether you're shopping … Continue reading 10 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Language Learner

A Merry Little Christmas in Japan (Don’t Forget the KFC!)

Christmas in the United States is absolutely everywhere. Most of the time, the jingling bells show up before Halloween has come and gone. Other stores might at least wait until November. Still, as a national holiday, Christmas is widely recognized and celebrated, even if it means something a little different for each person. When we … Continue reading A Merry Little Christmas in Japan (Don’t Forget the KFC!)