Now more than ever, we live in a diverse, multicultural world. As our world changes, so does our definition of intelligence and what it takes to be successful. Many of us grew up with the idea that your IQ, a test score designed to measure your intelligence, is a key indicator of your future success. More recently, the idea of emotional intelligence, your ability to identify and manage your feelings and those of others, is factored into your ability to succeed. Now, the trifecta is complete with the rise of cultural competency (CQ): your capacity to successfully work and build relationships in multicultural scenarios.Read More
Here in the United States, many of our most widely celebrated holidays are winding down. With the new year already underway, we’re looking for something new to celebrate — which brings us to Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, and usually falls between late January and end of February.Read More
During the first two weeks of February, Easter Island transforms into one of the most magical cultural celebrations on the planet. Tapati Rapa Nui Festival, meaning “Rapa Nui week,” is the most important — and largest — cultural celebration on Easter Island. The festival took root in 1968 with the goal of celebrating the unique culture of the Rapa Nui and to teach and promote their traditions to the next generation.Read More
Here in the United States, January has a reputation for being a pretty dreary month. We’re still recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and gray skies and freezing temperatures keep much of the country hibernating indoors. We don’t know about you, but we could use a little color in our lives right now.Read More
You’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it, you’ve probably even Googled how to spell it: millennials are taking the workplace by storm. Making up more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, understanding what makes the modern millennial worker tick is more important than ever before. More organizations are focusing on investing in training and learning opportunities that suit how millennials learn best.Read More
Anaheim, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, and now Atlanta — the librarian takeover is in full effect. In our humble opinion, librarians make the world go round. We’ve witnessed their magic firsthand: in partnership with these fierce fighters for literacy, community, and access, we’ve connected more people than ever to language learning and cultural resources that can change lives. So for us, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Midwinter event is our Disney World.Read More
Picture this: sweeping snowscapes filled with towering ice sculptures, illuminated by brightly-colored, twinkling lights. Children slide down the side of spectacular ice skyscrapers that make up this expansive Ice City, covering 148 acres in China’s northeastern city of Harbin. Everywhere you turn, winter fun is unfolding - from families riding sleighs down the frozen Songhua River to the world-famous ice lantern art fair.Read More
Calling all language buffs and culture aficionados, we’ve got good news for you: you’re among the most hireable candidates out there. We know that you got into the language-learning game for the love it, but all that that love could actually translate into your dream career. You’ve already put in the hard work, now it’s your time to shine. Did you know that language skills are listed as one of the top experiences that recruiters look for on a resume?Read More
There’s something in the air, we can feel it — 2017 is going to be the year of the language learner. It’s lucky number 7: now’s the time to go all in on those language-learning aspirations you’ve been harboring away for years. While we’re all for keeping that plank challenge and penny-saving plan on your list of 2017 resolutions, the stars are aligned for language learners this year.
Snow is falling, the holidays are here, and we’re going into full hibernation mode. Nothing says winter like cuddling up with a warm drink and a good book — and for a language learner, every book is a new adventure. Language lovers and cultural junkies know that the magic of books is in their ability to transport you to another world — each page introduces you to new and exciting people, places, and ideas. Books that tell stories from around the world are the perfect motivation for a language learner, whether you’re gearing up for a big trip or filling your wanderlust between adventures. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 language-filled, culturally diverse books to keep your bookshelves stocked with instant inspiration.