Insider Views
Expatica's guides for all you need to know about: rss
Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

Calling young expats: Complete a survey for your chance to win a prize!

0 comments

If you're aged 18–28, have your say in ThinkYoung's survey for your chance to win an iPad mini or a Spotify Premium three-months voucher!

10 good reasons to be Belge

10 good reasons to be Belge

6 comments

Together Magazine offers a sideways glance on why it’s easy to love the flat lands of Belgium and its cultural quirks.

Itchy Feet: When you lose the fluency battle

Itchy Feet: When you lose the fluency battle

0 comments

It's a hard climb to the top of mount fluency – especially when those linguistic nerves are determined to trip you along the way.

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

0 comments

Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

Dancing in the Fountain: The best – and worst – of expat friendships

1 comment

Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.

Bitterballenbruid: 20 amusing Dutch translations

1 comment

Giving someone 'lovable maggots’ (madeliefjes) is completely acceptable in the Netherlands – and demonstrates why Dutch shouldn't be translated into English.

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

0 comments

As an expat it's more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

An expat wife: Why rituals are important for expat families

1 comment

Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday

Expatica wishes you a merry multicultural holiday

0 comments

There's no better time to mix the best of our cultural traditions than at Christmas. The Expatica team shares personal favourite Christmas traditions, as we reflect on the best of Expatica 2015.

The Mobile Life: Why I want 'European' nationality

The Mobile Life: Why I want 'European' nationality

0 comments

Europe is about incorporating diverse cultural values, free movement and sharing ideas – would you vote for 'European' nationality?

The quirkiest French expressions (and how to use them)

The quirkiest French expressions (and how to use them)

0 comments

A French person won’t comment on your 'broken French' but they’ll let you know you speak French 'like a Spanish cow'.

Planning a Thanksgiving meal: recipes, tips and decoration ideas

Planning a Thanksgiving meal: recipes, tips and decoration ideas

4 comments

Anne Caborn of 'Make It And Mend It' offers a short guide to Thanksgiving, with tips, recipes and decoration ideas for non-Americans out there.

In search of the 'Great American Thanksgiving Feast' abroad

In search of the 'Great American Thanksgiving Feast' abroad

2 comments

American expat Eric Asp does some soul-searching and asks why Thanksgiving is, for him, one of the hardest days of the year to be living in Europe.

Being Multilingual: Why music is important to language learners

Being Multilingual: Why music is important to language learners

0 comments

Just like the alphabet song, Madalena explains why foreign languages can be picked up easier when using rhythmic clues and music.

Geek Madel: Learning languages through music lyrics

Geek Madel: Learning languages through music lyrics

0 comments

How does 'Gangnam Style' sound in other languages? Meg McFarlane finds an intriguing way to boost your foreign language skills – get your earphones ready.

Expatica Offers