Category: Language & culture

Your guide to Lunar New Year dos and don’ts

This year, January 28th marks the first day of the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. Also known as the “Spring Festival”, the Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days and is celebrated in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singap...


Eight interesting facts about the Arabic language

_December 18th marks Arabic Language Day, the day when the General Assembly approved Arabic as one of the official languages of the U.N. in 1973. To celebrate its 43rd anniversary, we’ve collected some lesser known facts about the fifth most widely spoken language in the world in 2016. 1. The wor...


Polite Japanese phrases you must know

Considered the world’s most polite country, Japan is particularly known to have a strict code of etiquette and unwritten social rules that are reflected in their language. The culture of omotenashi (hospitality), which combines exquisite politeness and the desire for harmony, is also a way of lif...


A guide to business culture in Asia

As Asia remains at the forefront of global economic growth, it is strategic for multinational corporations to expand operations in this region and capitalize on its strengths and long-term potential. To thrive in these diverse, emerging markets, a deeper understanding of cultural differences and ...


Top eight sites and apps for language learning

Tech-savvy language learning is becoming the norm, thanks to a wide array of exceptionally designed mobile apps and websites that can aid the learning process of global citizens with hectic schedules. Though mastering a language requires utmost discipline, commitment, and consistency, these compa...


Three fascinating Japanese holidays (and how they are celebrated)

Known for its multifaceted culture and amusing subcultures, Japan has a long list of national holidays rooted in its rich history, traditions, values and religious beliefs. While most of the youth are highly influenced by the west, older generations that make up over 30% of the population, still ...


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