The 2014 world cup showed us just how welcoming and tolerant the country of Brazil can be for all those that are lucky enough to travel there. Brazil is a vast and beautiful country, a melting pot for many different nationalities, cultures and traditions. Over half of Brazilians are connected to some form of European heritage and the amount of mixed ethnic backgrounds in Brazil is steadily growing year on year.
After having lived and studied in Rome for five years, here are some tips on things to do in the Eternal City to discover the authentic Roman culture and make your stay special!
1) PEEP THROUGH THE AVENTIN KEYHOLE TO SEE THE ST. PETER’S BASILICA
Walk up the Aventin hill, away from the main tourist spots, and you will find a long white wall with a large green door leading to the ‘Priority of the Knights of Malta’, a religious order created in the Middle Ages and still active. Just look through the keyhole on the door and you will be amazed at what you can see: a stunning framed view of St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of a beautiful tree-lined path. It is incredible how the keyhole vista lines up perfectly with St. Peter’s cupola!
Last year I studied in Brighton for four months and now I am doing an internship in England to become fully immersed in the language. I decided that after two years of studying literature, culture and the language itself, it was time for me to go to England and experience it. I am really glad that I did! When I moved to England I did not know anybody and I was forced to talk in English. Not many people there speak Dutch! This really helps you improve and I really recommend that everybody, as much as possible, learns the language in the country where it is spoken. It really is the quickest and best way to learn! This is why Apple Languages offers Dutch language courses in Amsterdam!
Do you want to experience an important part of German culture and one of the country’s most incredible festivals? In that case you definitely shouldn’t miss the November Carnival in Cologne!
The traditions connected to this 5000- year old festival are just as diverse as the places where it is celebrated and even within Germany you will find numerous different customs surrounding the February carnival week that marks the beginning of Lent. However, there is no region where carnival is as firmly anchored in the local culture as in Cologne – experiencing the celebrations in the German ‘capital of carnival’ is something you will never forget!
If you happen to stumble upon this post, you’re probably considering taking an English language course in Ireland. You may have even chosen Ireland because you’ve been told this unique country boasts dramatic landscapes of green pastures and rolling hills, with the occasional picturesque flock of sheep grazing by the verge of its country lanes. Well, you’ve never been so right! But to get the very best of both the culture and the scenic natural beauty of Ireland, there is but one place – Galway.
As we discussed in our earlier post on specific Christmas Language Courses, Christmas and New Year is a really special time to visit a country and immerse yourself in a language course, as this is a time where culture and tradition come to the fore. You will also find people are even more eager to tell you about how they will be celebrating, giving you even more opportunities to flex your linguistic muscles!
Some of our schools offer special Christmas courses, as we mentioned. However, many more also remain open over this period. In general, most will close for a couple of public holidays during this time; typically 25th December and 1st January, although this does vary depending on the location, so please do check this with us before you book.
The shops are already starting to fill with Christmas gifts and the season of goodwill is fast approaching! What better present for yourself or a loved one than a Christmas language course? The festive season is a wonderful time to take a language course, particularly if you are staying with a host family, as you really will have the most unique insight into the local culture. Several of our schools offer very special Christmas programmes, which are designed to give you the best experience possible!
Murcia is a great city situated in Southeast Spain. This is one of the sunniest Spanish cities and you will never need to be worried about the weather because it is perfect! In addition, during the summer you can enjoy the sun by relaxing on the beach with your friends. It is very easy making new friends in Murcia since people here are all really friendly. Murcia, Spain’s seventh largest city, is situated near to the coast and you can get to the Mediterranean beaches in just 30 minutes driving. Do not worry at all if you do not have a car, the public transport is really efficient thanks to the bus and also the tram lines.
Murcia is certainly the right place for people who are looking to immerse themselves completely into a new culture and is an absolutely ideal place to learn Spanish!
As we get closer to Christmas the conversation in our office keeps coming back to how we each celebrate over the festive season and the family traditions we have. We are very lucky here to be able to work in an office with so much contact with different nationalities. It’s always nice to hear about Christmas elsewhere, but it’s even nicer to be able to experience Christmas fully immersed a different country!
Below you can read about how Dominik, our German translator, spends Christmas and New Year:
Torquay and the English Riviera is an ideal place to combine a high quality English language course with a special kind of vacation. With a mild microclimate and often having received maximum sunlight per day in the UK, Torquay is the place to go to learn English, to work on your tan, enjoy wonderful seafood or just relax in the stunning natural surroundings of the seven hills backdrop and beautiful harbour!