Horny Queen and Sad Eddie: Chinese Nicknames for Your Favorite 'Game of Thrones' Characters

Horny Queen and Sad Eddie: Chinese Nicknames for Your Favorite 'Game of Thrones' Characters

While death-by-dragon, incest, and a casual beheading or two is fun to watch, ultra-popular HBO series Game of Thrones can also serve as a useful language learning moment. It's time to go full nerd and learn some of the character names in Chinese, so you can casually drop them into the conversation.

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How Knowing A Second Language Helped Me Learn A Third

How Knowing A Second Language Helped Me Learn A Third

I never expected to move to China, nor begin to learn Mandarin. Yet while the language may be totally unfamiliar, the process of learning a language from scratch is not. I wrote about how already speaking French has helped me to tackle this third language for Babbel Magazine, which is the official online publication of one of the worlds largest online language learning resources.  

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Hey You! Yes, You: Meet Bianca, a linguistic gymnast

Hey You! Yes, You: Meet Bianca, a linguistic gymnast

I met Bianca in the boxing gym, but in real life she is a translator and interpreter. She has been in France for 10 years now, and has built a strong and successful business. I’m fascinated and impressed by the way she has completely mastered the language, and the mental gymnastics she performs every single working day. 

In exchange for Thai takeaway, Bianca let me grill her on the ins and outs of her fascinating job. 

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How I overcame my fears and spoke French on national TV

How I overcame my fears and spoke French on national TV

Speaking French is not a simple matter of flicking a switch and carrying on with life. It is inextricably related to feelings of legitimacy, falsehood, belonging and alienation. It is associated with anger and frustration, inadequacy, stupidity, and triumph. It is related to who and what I am, my place in the world around me and a constant negotiation and re-negotiation of meaning, intention and power. 

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