Folium: 6 Multilingual Benefits via HuffPost

Folium: 6 Multilingual Benefits via HuffPost I have been a foreign language teacher for 15 years and the complaint that many of my middle and high school students have is “Why do we have to take this class?” I always share with them that taking a foreign language can help you with your other classes […]

Folium: Two Is A Crowd via NYTimes

Folium: Two Is A Crowd via NYTimes “Physical contact between two people…can be perfectly correct in one culture, and absolutely taboo in another”. Edward T Hall, 1968 So… about 93 to 97% of all communication between human beings is non-verbal – an encouraging statistic for those who never really understood the benefit of learning all […]

Folium: The World’s Messiest Festivals via WhenOnEarth

Folium: The World’s Messiest Festivals via WhenOnEarth Have you ever wondered what the world’s messiest festivals are? There are about a dozen or more held annually throughout the world. Some involve oranges, tomatoes, turnips, pastry, mud, clay, colored power, charcoal, pillows, wine, black oil, water, garbage, and dead rats. I am all about adventure but […]

Folium: How Languages Evolve via TED

Folium via How Languages Evolve via TED What is language? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, “language” is the “body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition.” The dictionary entry continues on through six […]

Folium: The 100 Most Beautiful Places via YourAmazingPlaces

The 100 Most Beautiful Places via YourAmazingPlaces Wow! As I look through the 100 pictures of the most beautiful places in the world, I am just amazed at what a beautiful world we live in.  I love to travel and I am an adventurer.  I believe that if you are learning a language that you […]

Folium: Dining Etiquette From Around the World via JoinDarkSide

Dining Etiquette From Around the World via JoinDarkSide (Click for Graphic!) “Do NOT talk with food in your mouth!”  Every child has probably heard this phrase at one time or another as well as “Keep your elbows off the table.”  Both of these phrases correspond to the dining etiquette that is part of the American […]

Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

Folium: The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker

The Science of Learning a New Language via Lifehacker It is a natural instinct for children to learn new languages, but as we get older, it becomes more difficult to learn and retain new languages. A child’s brain has much more plasticity, or the ability to create new neurons and synapses. By adulthood, this ability […]

Folium: Legitimate Voluntourism via NPR

Folium: Legitimate Voluntourism via NPR The Folium archives contain many articles on how you can volunteer and study abroad for little to no cost. But I must admit that this is the first article that actually discusses the impact of these new volunteer opportunities on the populations that they serve. Study abroad or travel experiences […]

Folium: The Taste of Chocolate via TwentyTwo Words

Folium: The Taste of Chocolate via TwentyTwo Words I will admit, over the past few years, that Americans have become more conscious of food origin. Buying “local” and “organic” now carries a greater weight, and understanding the role of the global supply network only encourages this line of thinking. I honestly believe that this is […]

Folium: Culturally Unique Breakfasts From Around The World via MyModernMet

Folium: Culturally Unique Breakfasts From Around The World via MyModernMet Pancakes and bacon…waffles with whipped cream…donuts…a spread of eggs and home fries with a side order of biscuits with sausage gravy; is there any meal more comforting than breakfast? Grab your guidebook and head out to enjoy breakfast in a foreign land.  Whatever time zone […]