Speak A Second Language To Escape Those Tourist Traps

Speak A Second Language To Escape Those Tourist Traps

They’re classic stock characters—the American tourists. You know them when you see them—no matter the weather, they’re wearing sunglasses and visors. He’s all decked out in a Hawaiian shirt and a pair of rumpled shorts. She’s got her worldly belongings tucked into a...
Find The Path Less Traveled When You Learn A Second Language

Find The Path Less Traveled When You Learn A Second Language

A friend of mine was on a short vacation in Ireland and was spending the day bicycling the length of the Aran Island of Inishmore.  The day was drawing to a close, and she was cold and tired and looking forward to a nice hot dinner back at the Pier House Hotel.  But...
Learn A New Language To Keep Your Brain Young

Learn A New Language To Keep Your Brain Young

I don’t know about you, but I intend to keep “thinking young” for decades.  As scientific research has shown, there’s a way you can keep your brain youthful and healthy in a way that’s fun and doesn’t involve eating a mountain of walnuts. Babies’ brains grow at a...
Boost Your Confidence: Learn A Second Language

Boost Your Confidence: Learn A Second Language

In Swahili soksi means socks but ushuzi means to fart. I’m gearing up for another trip to Tanzania in two weeks and I’m brushing up on my Swahili. Languages are important to me for all the reasons I said yesterday.  They make me feel safer when I’m traveling… I like...
Why There Are More Reasons Than Ever To Learn A New Language

Why There Are More Reasons Than Ever To Learn A New Language

I just finished two straight weeks of traveling alone with my kids.  My daughter Charlie and I went to the Grand Canyon and Moab, UT.  And my son Warner and I went to Paris. When I travel with them and my husband Terry isn’t with us, my biggest fear isn’t about them...
Be An Ambassador: Speak A Second Language

Be An Ambassador: Speak A Second Language

Unfortunately “the ugly American” is an expression for a reason… We’ve all seen the U.S. traveler who thinks that that yelling loudly in English at a non-English speaker will somehow translate into magical comprehension.  But it never does, does it? There’s a better...

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