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Celebrating the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox

For 15 days each year, people in China, and many other parts of the world, mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring with the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Lunar New Year, the festival…
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Enjoy Vodka like the Polish

If you travel to Eastern Europe, you might notice the prevalence of one beverage in particular. The region is known unofficially as the “Vodka Belt,” and the spirit is a large part of the culture in…
Two men playing a sport. One is holding a shield and a sword, the other is standing on one leg, with the other leg high up in the air, and holding a metal pole.

Sports Played in India You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

India has a vibrant and diverse culture, and its sports heritage is no different. A variety of indigenous and unusual sports are played throughout the country, reflecting India’s many cultural…
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Nanga def? Wolof Words and Phrases to Know

Across West Africa, hundreds if not thousands of different languages are spoken. Nigeria alone is home to over 250. Senegal is home to over 30 languages, with Wolof as the most widely spoken. Other…
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How Brazilian Songs Can Help You Pick Up Portuguese

Listening to music from other countries is a fun and effective way to learn a language, improve your language skills, and gain a better understanding of a culture.
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Transitioning into Life Abroad: Understanding Culture Shock

Culture shock is a normal part of any transition to life abroad. Learning the language is key to adjusting to your new country. Meeting people and making new friends who can provide insights on the…
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How Pasta Got Its Name and a Place in Italian Culture

“Pasta” is a term used to describe traditional Italian noodles, which have become a staple in kitchens and on dinner tables all over the world.
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Don't Eat in Public, and Other Rules of Social Etiquette in Japan

No matter where you go in the world, you’re likely to be tripped up by social etiquette: how to use chopsticks, whether or not to smile, if small talk is common or if people get right to the point.
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Photographer Documents the Restoration of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

Award-winning photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg has spent more than 30 years chronicling life in Afghanistan.

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