A short and fascinating trip to Quebec City!

Quebec4Being French, I have always been fascinated by Canada and its French-speaking provinces. Travelling to Toronto last summer, I took the opportunity to visit a friend in Quebec City and see it for myself.

One of the most striking things for me and for anyone from France, I believe, was the accent. Quebeckers sound so exotic to me! It was really refreshing to hear different manners of speech and a whole lot of new idioms and even vocabulary. This lovely accent also makes them sound incredibly welcoming and friendly. Actually, that might not be the whole truth since they are genuinely welcoming and friendly people anyway!

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Typical German Christmas biscuits recipe!

Typical German butter biscuitsChristmas time is baking time! This is probably even truer in Germany than in any other country! When the first door of the advent calendar is opened children around the country start asking when the first ‘Plätzchen’ will be baked.

But it’s not only the little ones – year by year people of all ages are looking forward to this wonderful tradition with an excitement that none of the delicious Christmas treats sold in supermarkets could ever cause.

The German Christmas baking tradition is not really about amazing flavours or fantastic recipes – it is all about celebrating traditions, creating special moments and enjoying times with loved ones!

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Studying in Valencia

Below is a guest blog from Renée about her time studying in Valencia.

Valencia-1Valencia is an enchanting city with lots to do, but also has a safe small-town feeling. It was one of the reasons why I decided to study there! Another reason is that they speak with the ‘real’ Spanish accent, which is great when you are practicing the language. Valencia has two universities and is very near to a beautiful sandy beach.

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An insider’s guide to the French

France1For a better understanding of the French, this post is a must read if you’re planning on studying French, taking a language course in France or simply stopping by the most visited country in the world!

Here are three things you should  know before meeting us ‘froggies’.

 

 

 

 

 

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Italian idioms

ItalyIdioms3Italian is a very rich language, full of idioms and proverbs that are commonly used in everyday conversations. If you are learning Italian, want to sound like a native speaker and want to understand Italians when they speak, you should really make an effort and try to learn at least some Italian idioms. Taking an Italian language course where the language is spoken will definitely help!

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Travelling to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

brazil1The 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.

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7 Insider tips for Rome!

keyholeAfter 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!

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The language of Dutch – “It’s another biscuit”

dutchLast 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!

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Carnival in Cologne – 11th November

Koln1Do 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!

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Charming Galway

galway1If 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.

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