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Expats: why bother learning the language when they all speak English anyway?

October 13, 2011

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It’s a common experience. You arrived in your new country full of enthusiasm, or at least good intentions. But six months in, you’ve found that it’s harder than you thought to get past the initial stages of language learning. You’ve found, too, that English is perfectly sufficient to get by, both with the locals who […]

Expats: 7 ways to make the most of the language all around you

October 3, 2011

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It’s easy, these days, to live with your feet in one country but your mind in another – to stay connected to your home country almost 24/7. I lived in Spain in 1999; email was in a special computer place over the road, via telnet (anyone remember telnet?), and ridiculously expensive. Half an hour a […]