How a Year of Language and Travel Made Me a Better Global Citizen

This isn’t the pretentious ‘global citizen’ that you hear in hostels from hipsters who think their own passport isn’t cool enough to warrant a straight answer when you ask where they’re from. I mean the actual philosophical, civic, and social idea of being a global citizen and…

16 Ways to Study a Language Abroad for Free

Language immersion is not only the best way to learn a new language, but also sort of the reason this blog exists. When I turned 21, I only spoke English, and one of the reasons was that I thought I’d just never have the time…

The (International) Cocktail Party Effect in London

If someone were to kidnap and drop you blindfolded into the streets of London, you’d almost certainly have no idea where the hell you’d been smuggled away to. Perhaps you’ll hear a few instances of that same aristocratic British accent that every single wise old…

Poppies at the Tower and Eagles at St. Pancras

On my way out of Europe, I spent just over a week in London, my first time visiting the city. I found the enormous diversity of language there absolutely overwhelming — in the most positive of ways — so in a few days I’ll have…