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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.

Zwarte Piet debate

Can I be a good mother and still accept Zwarte Piet?

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If children survived the loss of golliwog figures, how about Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses if she can still be a good mother and accept her child's love of Zwarte Piet.

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.

Romantic words

101 cute, romantic and obscure French terms of endearment

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What's the French word for love? When it comes to cute and romantic French terms of endearment, the French get pretty obscure – and a bit raunchy.

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.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Being Multilingual: Multilingual rudeness

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Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses how attempts at 'multilingual rudeness' can go astray without learning the other vital clues associated with language.

Still feeling strange about kissing strangers?

Still feeling strange about kissing strangers?

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Former expat Maria Foley describes the five W's of European kissing culture.

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