Folium: International Dining Etiquette Rules via BudgetTravel.com

International Dining Etiquette Rules via BudgetTravel.com Food and culture are inseparable ideas. They are symbiotic concepts, you cannot embrace one without the other. Learning to love food is learning to love the people who grow, prepare, and consume the food. And for many people, food is the first baby step to learning about different cultures. In […]

Folium: From Apron Hunters to Matricide – Idioms from Around the World via IO9.com

Folium: From Apron Hunters to Matricide – Idioms from Around the World Idioms are a great example of the use of metaphor in modern language, and English isn’t the only language that utilizes metaphor to express ideas! IO9 gives us a few great examples of how idioms are used across the world. Many of these […]

Folium: Tipping Etiquette Around the World – via the Mint Blog

Folium: Tipping Etiquette Around the World – via the Mint Blog Tipping is a concept that is natural for most US/Canadian citizens, however you’ll find that this practice is not the same around the world. For many countries, tipping is either a new concept entirely or is just automatically built into the price of the […]

Folium: Hearing Bilingual – How Babies Sort Out Language via NYTimes

Folium: Hearing Bilingual – How Babies Sort Out Language While this article doesn’t exactly address this issue, I’m amazed at the standpoint that teaching bilingualism somehow confuses our children. Isn’t it the case that children all over the world can live in multilingual environments and yet somehow turn out successful. I dream of the time […]

Folium: Verbling Pairs You with Native Speakers So You Can Practice Speaking New Languages

Folium: Verbling Pairs You with Native Speakers So You Can Practice Speaking New Languages This sounds like a great way to speak with native speakers of a language! I remember several years ago wondering about how I was going to engage my students in “real” speaking tasks utilizing the target language. I tend to believe […]