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15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

How Switzerland overcame its national embarrassment

How Switzerland overcame its national embarrassment

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It took a controversial break from tradition for Switzerland to erase its national embarrassment: it started handing out heroin and drugs to addicts.

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German

Diccon Bewes: False friends in German

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It would seem the sole existence of 'false friends' is to trip up foreign language learners and land them red-faced in embarrassing situations.

Life in the Swiss Alps: Swiss drinking culture compared

Life in the Swiss Alps: Swiss drinking culture compared

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Switzerland's drinking culture is more liberal than the controlled drinking the US – and yet statistics show the US has more problems with alcohol abuse. How can this be?

The Swiss are a 'hard nut to crack'

The Swiss are a 'hard nut to crack'

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Is Switzerland a difficult place to meet people and fit in? In a recent expat survey, Switzerland ranked last for having the worst social life.

How do children address their teachers across the globe?

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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

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

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

22 New Year's resolutions every expat should cross off

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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

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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

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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

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

Planning a Thanksgiving meal: recipes, tips and decoration ideas

Planning a Thanksgiving meal: recipes, tips and decoration ideas

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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

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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

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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

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

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