Books for Cultural Diversity: April’s Picks

books reading April is National Poetry Month, so why not spend some time reading poems? We’ve pulled together a list of poetry books that range from translations of classic epics to contemporary voices.   Inferno by Dante, Translated by Henry W. … Continue reading

Why learning another language makes you a better communicator in English

Vocab-tips A recent BBC article titled Native English speakers are the world’s worst communicators reported on research that found that monolingual English speakers are generally worse than non-native speakers at communicating in international contexts. They introduce confusing language, misunderstand what others are … Continue reading

The Meaning of Flowers: Cultural Traditions in Giving Flowers

mar-546x350-flower Now that spring is here and flowers are in bloom all over the northern hemisphere, it reminded us of the powerful gift of giving flowers to brighten someone’s day. But which flowers do you give for which occasion? And do … Continue reading

Springing Into a New Year

Nowruz Persian new Year Sale no mobarak! That phrase—”Happy New Year”—was heard in countless households across the world today. When we welcome in the season of spring (or the vernal equinox) on March 20 each year, Persians welcome in their New Year: Nowruz (which translates … Continue reading

Phrase of the Day: Language

mar-546x350-language Learning a new phrase every day is a great way to build your vocabulary step by step. What more obvious phrase to learn in another language than… “language”? Language Phrase [Transliteration] Arabic لُغة [lughah] Mandarin Chinese 语言 [yǚyán] Dutch taal French … Continue reading