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10 Reasons Why We Love Summer in the U.S.

May 22, 2017

If you’re staying in the U.S. this summer, you’ll find there’s no shortage of things to do. Though every season offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy and engage with our local communities, there’s something particularly special about the summer time. In anticipation (and celebration!) of upcoming season, we’re sharing 10 reasons why we love summer in the U.S.

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What’s with Those Red Party Cups?

May 19, 2017

Today, we’re diving into the background and history of an American icon. No, we’re not talking about a famous celebrity or public figure; and no, this isn’t a post about some important monument or moment in United States history. Instead, we’re talking about something that might arguably be even more famous than a celebrity or historical moment. This icon has become a main fixture in media depictions of college and parties in the U.S, and even has an American country song devoted to it. That’s right – we’re talking about the red Solo cup.

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Idiom of the Week: Know the Drill

May 18, 2017

Idioms are figurative sayings, proverbs or phrases with meanings that cannot be understood through a literal interpretation. Idioms are also some of the toughest phrases to master when learning a new language, and are often used repeatedly by native speakers in everyday conversation. For these reasons, we’re sharing an English-language idiom and its meaning every week, so you can become more comfortable using them in your own conversations.
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May Resource Round-Up

May 17, 2017

We know it can be difficult to sift through all of the noise on the Internet. You likely come across hundreds of articles on a regular basis, trying to filter through which are gags and others worthwhile reads. That’s where we come in with our “Resource Round-Up” series. We’re curating our current favorite articles, blogs, videos, and information from across the Internet and narrowing it down to a few “must-reads”.

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State Spotlight: Colorado

May 15, 2017

Colorado might just be the place of your wanderlust dreams. Between its geographic marvels – expansive mountains, deserts, rivers and canyons – and an almost palpable positivity that emanates throughout its communities, Colorado is deserving of its accolades as one of the happiest states in the U.S. But that’s not all – with increasingly growing and diversifying urban areas and towns, the state is certainly poised to be a must-see destination, and even potential home for many young professionals, which is more than reason enough for it to be the subject of this month’s State Spotlight.Continue Reading »

Mastering the Skype Interview

May 12, 2017

Technology has transformed the way we do a lot of things – talk to each other, hail a taxi, go shopping, and recently, have job interviews. Skype interviews are now a regular method for job candidates who aren’t local to a potential employer, and sometimes, a necessity for international students looking to find jobs in the U.S. As much as Skype (or any other sort of video conferencing tool) has eliminated geographical issues related to long-distance job candidates, it has also posed some challenges for making sure you still ace that interview, despite being far away. To help you secure that job, we’ve come up with seven tips for mastering the Skype interview.

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Idiom of the Week: Miss the Boat

May 11, 2017

Idioms are figurative sayings, proverbs or phrases with meanings that cannot be understood through a literal interpretation. Idioms are also some of the toughest phrases to master when learning a new language, and are often used repeatedly by native speakers in everyday conversation. For these reasons, we’re sharing an English-language idiom and its meaning every week, so you can become more comfortable using them in your own conversations.

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6 Reasons Why It’s Great to Live with an American Host Family

May 10, 2017

For international students studying or staying long-term in the U.S., one of the best (and quickest) ways to immerse themselves into American life and culture is to live with an American host family. There are plenty of living options to choose from, but by living with an American host family, students have the opportunity to have a truly unique experience, and one that’s special to just them and the family they stay with. As you’re weighing your accommodation options for your experience in the U.S. – or even if you’re just reflecting on your own home-stay experience – we’re sharing the advantages of living with a host family:

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May Pop Picks

May 8, 2017

Every month, we’re sharing our “pop picks” — the TV shows, films, or videos we’re watching; the music and podcasts we’re listening to; and the books we’re reading. We’ll select our a few of our entertainment favorites and tell you why you’ve got to check them out so that you can stay up-to-date on what’s popular in American culture.

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Everything You Need to Know about Prom in the U.S.

May 5, 2017

Considered a rite of passage for the American high school student, prom marks the end of the school year and the ascendance into adulthood (as most proms are generally held for upperclass students). There’s so much mystique and interest surrounding this American high school tradition that not only is it regularly the subject of TV shows and movies, but it’s actually a major industry and “season” for businesses. If you’re attending or about to attend an American high school, we’re offering a breakdown on this cultural phenomenon to give some insight behind the media stereotypes and to understand what the prom experience is actually like.

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