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Travel Past, Present, and Future

Rick Steves | Posted 12.04.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

TripIt, a popular app designed to help you organize your travels, just did a quality job of producing a series of four-minute interviews with me about...

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small t...

Why I Decided To Learn A New Language After 50

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.

The Language I'm No Longer Embarrassed To Embrace

Yii-Huei Phang | Posted 08.18.2014 | Teen
Yii-Huei Phang

When I was a kid, I wasn't inspired to learn another language because I simply thought it was insignificant. I thought, "Well, if I live in Australia, all I need to know is English, right?"

How To Learn A New Language No Matter What Your Age

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

When we first moved to Latin America, back in 2001, our Spanish language skills were minimal. We had what we call 'restaurant and taxi' Spanish, allowing us to get where we were going (usually a restaurant) and order our food once we got there.

Why Learning Chinese Was Harder Than I Thought

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 07.25.2013 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Being able to "master" Chinese would be a constant reminder to myself that if I can learn an entire dictionary of words in Chinese, my other work seems insignificant.

The World Has Changed: Foreign Languages Make a Huge Difference

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

If we want more Americans to be successful and to be able to compete in the global marketplace, we must teach them cross-cultural skills and more foreign languages earlier, not less later.