How to Dress Appropriately as a Westerner in a Conservative Country

It is in your best interest to dress conservatively when visiting a conservative country.  First, you want to properly respect the culture.  Second, not dressing appropriately could cause anything from unwanted stares and attention to possibly being face to face with law enforcement in very strict countries. American culture calls for freedom in every way including dress, but …

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Exploring the Landscape of Language

Whether you are a casual language learner or a serious student, you will understand how your world is opened up with the acquisition of a new language. The addition of a new language, no matter your age opens the door to a whole new culture, new experiences, new friends etc…. It’s a long road, but worth the trip.

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language-roadSome days I adventure without taking a single physical step outdoors. I begin by navigating the choppy waters of conjugations, conjunctions, and clauses. Then I arrive at an unknown frontier, one where I have to hack through the jungle of new vocabulary and construct a sentence that bridges the abyss from my vernacular to this new terrain: Spanish. My thoughts in this land are halting and deliberate. My ideas are simple:

El tiene muchos libros. He has many books.

Yo hablo ingles. I speak English.

Progress is difficult, some days impossible, and I am left struggling on the shore, repeating quiero, quería, querré for hours. I keep at it, however, a bit everyday because this landscape of language fascinates me. I have the keys to further my study of words and structures. Someday these keys will allow me to dream in this tongue. They will…

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