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Announcing World to the Wise Academy!

You perhaps already know my blog, or my podcast, or maybe the cultural tours my wife Becky and I lead in the summers. In the same vein of promoting cultural intelligence, we are happy to announce World to the Wise Academy, where we will initially be offering courses on foreign language learning, and later various […]

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Facing That Foreign Language

Sometimes there are myths that take root and become really difficult to dispel. One of them is the notion that Americans — and English speakers in general — are simply not capable of learning a foreign language well. Oh, we all know someone who has done it with some degree of success, but most of […]

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Cultivating Curiosity

We are all born curious. Show me a baby who isn’t drawn to shiny objects or who doesn’t believe everything is intended to be put in the mouth. Then the baby becomes a toddler and all of a sudden the entire house has to be childproofed. Everything at eye level is fair game to be […]

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A Family Ruined for the Ordinary

Meet my friend Dwane Thomas. Dwane and I have known each other for a number of years, and both live and work in the greater Nashville area. But this interview comes to you from Athens, Greece, where Dwane and his family, along with Becky and myself, have been volunteering with and observing some of the […]

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On Being a Polyglot

polyglot [pol-ee-glot] (n). A person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages. If this podcast is about crossing cultural bridges, learning other languages has been a major vehicle that has helped me cross multiple bridges. Find out here why this is not something to boast about, but, like all gifts, is intended to serve and […]

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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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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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Bill Gates: “I feel pretty stupid that I don’t know any foreign language”

Almost all of us have lived long enough to have regrets. Some of those regrets — like a missed opportunity way back when, or a botched relationship — we can’t always do anything about; but others can be remedied. It’s actually surprising what deficiencies in our lives are within our power to correct. Learning a language […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part 2

(For Part 1 to this story, go here.) We are in the year 1965 and have been aboard the SS Canberra for about two weeks, having sailed from Perth, Western Australia. Leaving the squalor of Colombo, Sri Lanka behind, we boarded the ship and headed for the tip of the Arabian peninsula, a voyage of several […]

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