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The Best Book to Learn Spanish (Reader’s Choice 2019) | GringosAbroad

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What is the best book to learn Spanish? Choosing the best book can help accelerate your learning process. In this post, you’ll read about 11 books for learning Spanish – and which one is our readers top choice in 2019. But first, a little about our methodology. How We Choose the Best Book To Learn Spanish While polls and surveys are okay, they aren’t very accurate. Why? Because people are notorious for lying on surveys. It seems that either a hypothetical and/or social desirability bias makes us give less than honest answers. The best way to vote is with your wallet. A purchase of a product […]

Speak Cantonese loud and proud – there is no need for it to play second fiddle to Mandarin

Every now and then, the political rumour mill in Hong Kong is abuzz with talk of replacing Cantonese with Mandarin as the medium of instruction in schools. It happened again earlier this month, but this time it wasn’t the usual brand of gossip setting passions aflame. Education chief Kevin Yeung Yun-hung suggested experts should look into whether the official tongue of mainland China should be used instead of Cantonese to teach the Chinese language. Most Hongkongers were particularly offended by his comment, in which he said “the future development of Chinese language learning across the globe will rely mainly on […]

Present perfect tense – grammar explanation – Games to learn English | Games to learn English

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Our Favorite American Celebrities Who Speak French!

When you think of American celebrities who speak French, Jodie Foster automatically comes to mind. She attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles and she not only acts in French films, but also dubs herself in French versions of her English-language movies. Foster started learning French at a young age, but other inspiring celebrities like Serena Williams or Joseph Gordon-Levitt managed to master the language as adults! Here’s our list of our favorite American celebrities who speak French and whose American accents make us swoon. American accents can sometimes be really sexy, and it especially helps if you look like […]

Florida Taco Bell employee fired after refusing to serve customer who wouldn’t speak Spanish

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A Taco Bell employee in Florida has been fired after refusing to serve a customer who wouldn’t order in Spanish.  (iStock) A Taco Bell employee in Florida who refused to serve a woman in the drive-thru line because she wouldn’t speak Spanish has been fired. The incident took place Wednesday night in Hialeah, a predominantly Spanish-speaking town, when Alexandria Montgomery tried to place an order in English, the Miami Herald reports. Video of the argument between Montgomery and the employee who identified herself as Luisa was shared on social media. MICHAEL KORS ACCUSED OF ‘STEALING’ TRADITIONAL MEXICAN SWEATER DESIGN FOR […]

Best Way to Learn Spanish: Beginners Guide [Immersion, Books, Classes] | GringosAbroad

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Looking for the best way to learn Spanish? This guide will help you learn about the primary ways to learn Spanish, and help you choose the one that’s best for you. In this guide, you’ll also get the resources and Spanish basics to learn Spanish for beginners. Author is English-speaking Canadian who moved to Ecuador with no Spanish (and is now fluent). Ready to learn Spanish? Congratulations! This is a huge step. Whether you’re planning to move abroad, travel to Latin America (or Spain), or simply as a mental exercise, this guide will help you learn Spanish quickly. While there are […]

Read Chinese Pastor’s Powerful Letter Released After His Arrest – Open Doors USA

Last week, Open Doors reported that one of China’s largest house churches had been raided by police resulting in arrests of more than 100 Christians, including church leader Wang Yi, one of China’s most well-known pastors. Pastor Wang Yi has been charged with  “inciting subversion of state power”–a “crime” that could result in a sentence of up to five years, but up to 15 years in extreme cases. The high-profile pastor, who met with President George Bush in the White House in 2006, had previously urged Christians to resist the religious regulations in a legal and nonviolent manner. Two days after he was arrested […]

Duke Prof Is Sorry For Urging Chinese Students Not To Speak Chinese. China Weighs In : Goats and Soda : NPR

Megan Neely’s email to Duke University graduate students in biostatistics was circulated in a tweet. @siruihua via Twitter/Screenshot by NPR hide caption Megan Neely’s email to Duke University graduate students in biostatistics was circulated in a tweet. A Duke University professor’s email asking Chinese students not to speak their native language in the buildings that house the department of biostatistics has created quite a stir both in the United States and in China. The email was sent by Megan Neely, director of graduate studies in the biostatistics. After two colleagues complained to her about Chinese students speaking their mother tongue […]