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History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day

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The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand

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

UK map of English pronunciation

The UK map of accents: how should you speak in the UK?

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Struggling with the British, Irish, Scottish or Welsh accents? Use this UK map of accents to help you understand English pronunciation.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?

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Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

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Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

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The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

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Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Move abroad with children

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

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The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

Learn a language

The easiest and cheapest languages to learn

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Learning a foreign language? Dutch, French, Spanish, German and Italian are the quickest languages to learn – but also among the most expensive per hour.

International schools

How do I choose a good international school?

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International education expert Kathleen Ralf shares 10 questions parents should ask to help them choose the best international school for their child.

Study abroad

Study abroad for free

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Study abroad for free? It sounds too good to be true but this is now the reality in Germany and other European countries – even for foreigners. What's the catch?

Expat travel

Itchy Feet: The life of an expert expat

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You can spot an expert expat a mile away when they're in their national habitat of being 'anywhere new'.

Xenophobe's® Guides: English government and bureaucracy

Xenophobe's® Guides: The English approach to politics and red-tape

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Bureaucracy and red tape is an accepted facet of the English way of life as much as their love of complaining.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.



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