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Hello to you all in 2020!

Happy New Year, my wonderful readers! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and so were the New Year’s celebrations. I think January is a good time to reflect on the past year and dream about what the New Year will look like?! For me, personally, 2019 was a challenging year. With the arrival of our…
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What would be the perfect present this Christmas?

As the festive time approaches, we would like to thank you for this wonderful year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Veselé Vánoce! / Счастливого Рождества! (Schastlivogo Rozhdestva) / С рождеством Христовым!  (S rozhdyestvom Hristovym!) / Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia! / Feliz Navidad! / Buon Natale! / Joyeux Noël! / Bon Nadal! / Feliz…
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Travelling corner: My sentimental trip to Śląsk in Poland

I spent part of my childhood and youth in Śląsk (Silesia), it’s a province in the south of Poland. As I wasn’t born there, there were some aspects which always attracted my interest: the regional history, the industrial character of the region and their regional dialect (gwara śląska). I left this part of Poland in…
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Book review: The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking

The author Meik Wiking is probably mostly associated with the concepts hygge and lykke, as he wrote two books exploring those Danish lifestyle ideas (you’ll find my book reviews here and here). So when I saw his new publication, I knew I wanted to read it to learn more about how to live a happier…
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Interview with Cate Hamilton, co-founder of Babel Babies

Cate Hamilton is a linguist, teacher, mum, entrepreneur and co-founder of the popular Babel Babies. Hello Cate, thank you for being our interview guest today. You’re a great advocate for learning languages. What’s your educational background? When was your passion for languages born? I learned French and German at school, and went to Oxford University to study English…
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Book review: Growing Up with Two Languages. A Practical Guide for the Bilingual Family by Una Cunningham

What a fantastic compendium of practical knowledge for bilingual families! I found the publication interesting to read, as it implements stories from the author’s own experience and quotations from bilingual families, and these make the whole reading experience much more alive and real. As we read on the back cover, the author Una Cunningham is…
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Travelling corner: Camping with baby

Is it easy? Is it worth doing? Is it manageable? Yes, you ask yourself all those questions before barking upon a family holiday under a tent. It wasn’t easy for me to decide when to go camping for the very first time, so today I’d like to share with you some advice/tips if you plan…
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Book review: Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A little book of festive joy by Beth Kempton

“A calm Christmas does not have to be a small Christmas or even a quiet Christmas.” [p. 121] It’s a beautiful read which attempts to prepare readers for Christmas; calm Christmas. I read it in October which may seem to be too early, but actually no, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the…
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Learning a language: Learn Dutch with BLS online & FREE!

As you remember, we introduced a new series of blog posts (see Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic & Polish) where we teach you some useful phrases in different languages. Sounds amazing? And it’s DUTCH today! Do you travel frequently to Brussels or Amsterdam? Are you planning to learn more about the Flemish painters? Do you dream of going for a…
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Book review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

“There used to be a kind of unspoken nobility about living in Britain.” [253] When I started reading the book, I knew I would laugh unstoppably, enjoy the off-track travel stories & sentimental retrospective mentions. But in this publication, I feel I discovered more; a land that the author calls home. His sentiment for the…
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