National Dessert Day: International Desserts

LLang-88-blog-546x350-dessert-a Today is National Dessert Day! To celebrate, we asked our e-Tutors to share some of their favorite international desserts. Sev, French: Pâté aux prunes The Pâté aux prunes (plum pie) is the Anjou region (Loire Valley) dessert par excellence (quintessential), a traditional specialty, … Continue reading

The story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival

475606237 In Chinese, the name for Dragon Boat Festival is 端午节 [duān wǔ jié], which is not a literal translation of Dragon Boat Festival, but rather is an ancient phrase that relates to the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The festival is always celebrated on 五月初五 [wǔ yuè chū wǔ], the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on June 2. Continue reading

Traveling to France? Don’t miss the Farmers’ Markets!

French Market A stay in France would not be complete without the experience of un marché (farmers’ market). Despite the ever-growing presence of supermarchés (m.)(supermarkets), faire le marché (going to the farmers’ market; lit. do the market) remains an important way of shopping for food, especially produits frais (fresh … Continue reading

Gift-giving etiquette – Part 2: For the business traveler

giftboxes Last year around the holidays, we put together a gift-giving etiquette quiz, which tested your knowledge of gift-giving customs in several countries.  This year, we’re focusing on the business traveler and how gift-giving customs differ across cultures in a professional … Continue reading