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The Revival of Irish

The language St. Patrick must have learned in order to evangelize the Irish hasn’t always been looked on very favorably by other people. Under the British repression that lasted hundreds of years, Irish Gaelic was actually banned from the country of its origin. Fast forward and you find a bit of a revival of the […]

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Let the Countdown Begin!

In exactly one month from today, we launch the World to the Wise podcast! I’m looking forward to it for so many reasons. It will give me a chance to connect in a more personal way with friends, readers, and subscribers around the world. And that’s the exciting part — you can listen from practically […]

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Should Your Children Learn Chinese?

I was recently invited to a Chinese New Year celebration as the Year of the Monkey opens. One of the hosts was Dr. Ming Wang, whom I have mentioned in earlier posts and who is going to be my guest on an upcoming podcast later this spring. Dr. Wang spoke briefly on the evolving relationship […]

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The Unfinished Bridge

I’ve seen it so many times. As I’m sure you do, I know quite a few people who are second generation immigrants to the US. Many are Hispanic, but there are lots of other ethnic and linguistic groups represented. And one of the saddest things I see is when the children speak only English. For […]

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Family First

I am excited to announce the upcoming launch of my new podcast! Tentatively entitled the World to the Wise podcast, in keeping with the name of our company, we will explore new perspectives on culture, including language learning, as well as listen to compelling stories from fascinating people. One such person is Dr. Ming Wang, […]

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Riding a Bike and Learning a Language

A student of mine recently sent me this video. Find out what riding a bike and learning a foreign language have in common: We English speakers often have the mistaken notion that a) we’re just not gifted in the area of foreign language, or b) we’ll just check that off our list in high school […]

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Sunni? Shiite? Why Care?

For years now, the news has been chock full of the words Sunni and Shia (or Shiite). What do they mean and why should we care? For Westerners not directly affected by the conflicts in the Middle East, it is easy to just ignore these labels. Or worse, some will say “those Arabs are all […]

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Why Every Student Should Globalize Himself

My wife and I recently watched an interesting historical fiction movie called “The Physician,” in which a young English lad in the Dark Ages hears of a Persian healer who is training other healers in anatomy and medicine. The young Englishman begins his odyssey to the fabled city of Isfahan in hopes of studying under this […]

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Looking Out for the Outsider

When I was five years old, my parents moved to Australia. As children started first grade at the age of five there, I was thrown right into the deep end. No kindergarten, no cultural orientation class…boom, I was in school. Of course, I had two things working in my favor: 1) I spoke English, albeit a […]

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Stepping Outside, Pt. 3 – How International Experience Will Improve Your Job Prospects

It’s undeniable. We are in a global age where business, education, technology, and entertainment happen on a global scale. Most employers agree on a certain number of advantages that spending time abroad will add to your resumé. According to mba.com, here are six reasons why international experience — whether study abroad, internships, or extended stays — […]

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