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DC Author Festival: Best Advice on the Business of Writing I’ve Ever Heard

I didn’t know what to expect when I filled out the registration form on Google Docs. I knew that the DC Author Festival was organized…

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Wine Escape

We live in a city. This means that wherever we go, there’s people. And noise. And traffic. The peculiar sights and sounds for us, are…

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Getting Oriented in Seoul—Hiking Up to Namsan Tower

Korea has no shortage of mountains. Yet, in Seoul, they are easily missed. An industrial cloud from China that scatters yellow dust and hangs just…

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My Cat Walks on a Leash

She responds to commands like “come,” “sit,” and “shake.” She also likes to go on road trips in my car. This all started around twenty…

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On “Fluency”: My Chinese Language Learning Journey

For years now, a trickle of Chinese has come out of my mouth—occasional happen-stance interactions with strangers in airports, brief exchanges with people interested in…

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Making Language Part of My Life/ Preparing for a Fullbright

It’s the same advice you’ll find on any language learning blog. Define your goals, ask yourself why you want to learn a language, what you…

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Paul À Quebec: An Authentic French immersion experience

Reading Michel Rabagliati’s graphic novel, Paul à Quebec, feels like a real immersion. The opening scene takes place on a highway in Quebec with Paul’s…

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Why you should learn French on Netflix

You are never going to learn to speak French (or any language for that matter) if you treat is as a chore.  Continuous vocab drills…

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How Pimsleur Helped Me Learn Dari and French

In 2017, I was sent to Afghanistan to work as an advisor to an Afghan police unit. During my first few weeks in country, I…

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Experiential Learning—French for 48 hours in Montreal

I’m going to Montreal later this month to give myself the ultimate language proficiency test—by immersing myself in a French-speaking environment to see whether I…

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