Tag Archives: Culture

Language Learning: Is Fluency Worth It?

Captura-de-pantalla-2017-03-01-a-las-00.54.00-150x150.png

One of the pleasures of being a traveller in a new and exotic place is not understanding the language. Of course, being an English speaker you will always find a person with whom you can communicate. However, being oblivious to conversations on the streets and in the shops, to the television blathering away, or the radio gibbering(…)


Taipei Night Markets 101, Part 2: Things to Know Before you Go

640px-ShiLin1-150x150.jpg

Last week we covered the very basics of Taipei night markets in Part 1. Now that the stage has been set, we’re going to talk about getting you prepared. So without further ado, on with the show! 1. Bring: An open mind Forget all your homeland standards of sanitation, culinary taste and tradition, and human(…)


Taipei Night Markets 101, Part 1: A Brief Introduction

people-in-a-busy-night-market-in-taipei-taiwan-150x150.jpg

Depending on your perspective, Taipei’s night markets are either popular tourist destinations or mundane features of everyday life. The stereotypical Taipei night market (yèshì 夜市) is a combination of North American farmer’s market, flea market, and low-budget amusement arcade, while sharing similarities with a souk (Arabian Peninsula), bazaar (Middle East), mercado (Spain), tianguis (Mexico), and/or palengke(…)


12 Untranslatable Words You Can Use on the Daily

IMG_20170811_132444-150x150.jpg

Have you ever just wanted to punch someone in the face? Like something about them just brings out all of your repressed anger? It’s probably because of their backpfeifengesicht, a German word for “a face asking to be punched”. The term is a combination of backpfeife (punch/slap) and gesicht (face) and is absolutely untranslatable. I(…)


Defeating the Offence: Language, Sports & Racism

Photo_4-150x150.gif

Sport. Whether you’re an armchair commentator or a chess boxing champion, for the partakers of sport and its fans, sport means something. Be it a chance to keep healthy, or the rush that comes with seeing your rival team defeated, sport – especially team sport – unites people (hopefully) far more than it divides. Which(…)


Fandom Language and Their TV Origins

Photo_31-150x150.gif

To the casual viewer, phrases from some of our favourite TV shows may get used in passing, or as a joke. To those in fandoms (the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture), those same words become codes, identifiers of fellow fandom members when out there(…)


6 Things to Know About Drinking Culture in Spain

photo21-150x150.jpg

Food and drink plays a huge role in cultures all around the world and Spain, the land of bullfights, sangria, and paella, is no exception. If you ever have the chance to visit Spain, you’ll no doubt enjoy your fair share of alcohol. However, like with anything, there are certain rules and commandments to drinking(…)


Why Cursing In Another Language Feels So D*** Good

1709a11476d16de6ce424787238896ae_where-did-you-get-that-potty-mouth-the-toilet-store-brick-potty-mouth-meme_400-300-150x150.jpeg

A stubbed toe. That moment when you press send on a message that you really, really shouldn’t be sending. Waking up the morning after a night where go for a beer turned into doing shots. You know the word. We teach children that it’s rude to swear, cringe when they blurt out profanities learned on(…)