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5 reasons why you should learn French

French is beautiful. It makes pastries like croissants and pain au chocolat sound like drops of heaven. It makes the most basic objects sound incredibly sophisticated, like le bateau, which means ‘boat’. It can also make names sound so exotic that they ...

10 things you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, everyone’s a little Irish. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in a handful of places ...

Is “flow” the secret to happiness?

Can you think of a time when you’ve been so engrossed doing something that everything else melted away? You didn’t che...

Language learning

12 expressions about spring from around the world

This time of year soaks us with new beginnings, bird songs and chocolate bunnies. The Germans have named it “Frühlings...

10 Netflix teen drama shows to learn a language with

Volume up, dubbing off. As these Netflix shows prove, you can learn a lot from fictional high schools—maybe even a new...

12 French words with no English translation

French is known as a “poetic” language, but what does that really mean? It might be that the French are genius at comi...

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Culture

6 Valentine’s traditions from around the world that we love

Ah, romance. Nothing gets the heart fluttering like candlelight, flowers and the sound of sweet nothings. We love it so much we have a day dedicated to celebrating all the love in our lives – Valent...

How to help a student with homesickness: 7 tips for host families

The key to a student having a fantastic, enriching study-abroad experience is embracing all the new experiences and the culture that their new city has to offer. Missing their hometown and pining fo...

50 unbelievable facts about the world

Have you ever sat around the table with friends or family, enjoying a perfectly acceptable lunch or dinner, and listened – powerless – as the conversation slowly turns to the topic of “culture” or “...

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Student life

6 body language cues that show you’re open to making new friends

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet.” That quote, from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats,...

Your guide to moving abroad: 10 things to do before you leave

Moving abroad is one of the most interesting and exciting things a person can do – but that’s not to say it can be don...

The ultimate guide to the perfect gap year

A previously published EF GO blog post described a gap year in two ways: gap year(gæp jɪr) noun an amazing way to win...

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12 French words with no English translation

French is known as a “poetic” language, but what does that really mean? It might be that the French are genius at comi...

10 things you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, everyone’s a little Irish. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in a handful of places ...

10 more fantastic facts about languages

The wonderful world of language offers us endless opportunities for growth and communication and is rooted in a great ...

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