Ready to understand about half of all Japanese words? Yes, you read that right. With only about 100 words under your belt, you can understand about 50% of all Japanese you hear or read -- if you choose the right words! Starting off by learning the core Japanese words can be an incredible tool to reach fluency faster. Based on the analysis of either newspapers, novels, or even Wikipedia pages, the core 100 words in a language can make up between 50% and 60% of what you hear or read. Think about that a moment. With only 100 words, you could understand 50% of written Japanese. With 1000 words, you understand about 70%, while 10,000 words equal about 92%. You have to learn 10 times the amount of words to increase your understanding by only 20%! Why do these words show up so much...
Australia’s expertise in the digital tourism space will be front and centre at a prestigious conference in Sri Lanka on October 30. The Cinnamon Travel Bloggers Conference 2018 is Asia’s only travel blogger conference and awards event, bringing together six global travel specialists and 60 of the world’s most influential travel bloggers. Now in its third year, the conference has as its theme ‘Creating Transformational Digital Content for Travel’ and Liz Ward, CEO of Tourism Tribe and one of Australia’s foremost experts in digital transformation, will be sharing her expertise with the audience. Liz is no stranger to the topic, having spoken about innovation at numerous conferences and events in her role as CEO of Tourism Tribe, an online community of more than 1,600 businesses
Comment allez-vous ? - “How are you?” When it comes to greeting your fellow French speakers, there are many ways to ask how they’re doing. In this article, I’ll teach you how to ask someone how they are in French. That way, the next time you greet your French friends, you’ll be equipped with plenty of options beyond comment ça va? Plus, I’ll share several fun ways to respond to the question. 1. Comment allez-vous ? - “How are you?” When you first crack open almost any French language learning resource, one of the first expressions you’ll learn is comment allez-vous?, literally “how are you going?” It is, by far, one of the most well-known French phrases for asking someone how they are. The nice thing ...
Slurping, chewing, chomping, and binging. Would you watch others scarf down large platefuls of foods? Thousands of people are watching these Korean videos, called “mukbang.” What’s a mukbang? It’s a YouTube trend from South Korea that started around 2010. In a mukbang video, the YouTuber or BJ (“Broadcast Jockey,” a unique-to-Korea term for a vlogger) eats loads of food while narrating and interacting with their audience. While the craze started in South Korea, it’s migrated across the world. Here’s how it’s trended on Google search over the past five years: And believe it or not, these food-crazed YouTube stars are making a lot of money eating food! If you’re ready to dive deep into the world of mukbang, then here’s what you need to know about the viral Korean tr
*This travelling memories post is a collaboration with El Camino Bracelets, but as usual, all views are my ownTravel is never about how long you spend in a place, rather how much you let it change you. When I left over four years ago to travel the world solo, I traded a life of things for a life of memories and I’ve never looked back. Over time, travelling memories become a currency among new friends, as stories are traded and connections are forged, eventually becoming their own tales. We all cling to our travelling memories like the precious jewels that they are. Keeping traveling mementos close can be difficult when you’re living out of a backpack, but it’s so important to keep a little piece of your experience with you. When you cut down on stuff, memories become all the more precio
I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up in Canada, Siberia had a certain notoriety about it. It was the sort of place where bad people ended up. Or it was the sort of place where good people ended up if they tried to expose bad things. It all depends on which side of the Hammer & Sickle you fell I suppose. In any case, the Siberia in my mind’s eye was full of dissidents and exiles and political prisoners and all manner of ne’er-do-wells toiling away in gulags; fighting each other tooth and nail in the streets for morsels of bread and spoonfuls of borscht. If they even had streets that was. Their only solace being bootleg vodka to stave off, as well to fuel, the unimaginable depression. It was eternally frozen and abysmally dark and dreary, but one thing was entirely cert
Luang Prabang is the former capital city of Laos and one of the oldest cities in the world, and the entire old town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, so of course, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Luang Prabang. From gorgeous natural surroundings, incredible Buddhist temples, delicious food, and a truly fascinating culture, Luang Prabang has everything a traveller could possibly want from a travel destination. I just spent the better part of a week exploring Luang Prabang as part of the “Oh Luang Prabang, You’re Simply Beautiful” event, and I have curated a list of some of the best activities, excursions, and tours in and around this amazing city. Here is just some of what to do in Luang Prabang: 1. Mount Phou Si Mount Phou Si is one of the biggest Laos touri
On April 1st, I went for a short walk to watch some Florida marsh hens rustle through the reeds and cackle at the wind. The date marked one month since I started walking again. I sat there, awkward and sore on a tiny bench facing the water, fighting back tears. Despite a newfound infatuation with the local wildlife, this was not where I planned to be. I was grateful to be walking, but April 1st also marked my 10-year anniversary of leaving New York. It was the date I set off for Chile, leaving behind a comfy law job and half a decade in a city I called home. In the years since, I planned to commemorate my 10-year travel anniversary with a giant party in a city I loved. Once I moved to Oaxaca, it proved to be the perfect spot. The occasional idea would pop into my head during
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNHhYrNOHSU This year I've average 3 flights a month. I travel a decent amount. So how do I afford it? Today I'm flying from Seattle to Los Angeles for a few days to go to a meeting and tour a studio space. Its a quick trip, then back to Seattle for the weekend. I bought my flight the day before leaving, which lead me to talking to you guys about why I buy last minute flights, how I do it and afford it.. mainly how I've gotten to this point and some advice for you to become a frequent traveler. Source...
When I first started studying Latin, friends and family were skeptical. “What are you going to do with Latin?” they asked, “It’s a dead language,” they said. “Why don’t you study a language you can actually speak with people, like Spanish?” Even later when I was studying Latin in Rome, Italians were amused and bewildered that I was learning Latin, especially when my Italian still needed so much work. But to my mind, it was obvious why I should learn Latin. As someone interested in literature, history and art, everywhere I turned I would run into the influence of Latin literature and Roman culture. Let’s face it: until the 20th century, pretty much every major cultural figure in the West had an education centered around the stud...
You’re spending your day gazing longingly out of your office window, wishing you could work and travel. The only breeze you’ve got is coming from the fan collecting dust on your desk. But you’re imagining yourself somewhere like Turkey’s pebbled coastline. Perhaps the ancient city of Olympos, where the Mediterranean washes up Roman ruins on either side of the river valley that’s, with a breeze, swept back into the sea. You snap out of it and find yourself back in your cubicle in some high rise in corporate America. But you start wondering about all the T-shirt-clad pedestrians strolling the streets outside your window. It’s not lunch hour, but some are jogging, some are reading on benches and others are loading their luggage into the back of taxis. Don’t they have jobs? Envy consumes y
Manila is an underrated hub for art and culture, with a unique legacy of Chinese, Spanish, and American influences in architecture, cuisine, and customs. My hometown has a reputation for chaos. Overpopulation, traffic jams, natural disasters, and plenty of man-made ones. Manila is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, home to almost 13 million people. The streets are busy night and day. One of Manila’s marketing nicknames—the Pearl of the Orient—is apt: This sprawling city may not have the most charming exterior, but those who invest the time and effort to pry it open are amply rewarded. Manila is an underrated hub for art and culture, with a unique legacy of Chinese, Spanish, and American influences in architecture, cuisine, and customs. Spend time exploring th
November 15, 2017D ear Mr. Sheehan, I am deeply dismayed by the news today that your department has reversed a ban on the import of ivory and other elephant trophies in the United States from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Americans are deeply opposed to this ban reversal, and their case is much better supported than the case put together by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, 98% of all U.S. citizens oppose laws which support the import of ivory into the United States. As acting secretary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I urge you to resist and reverse this indefensible action by this administration. Here are the reasons: The Way we Protect Iconic Species Matters Animal rights are as old as civil
I’m sitting in a surf camp in a remote, dusty beach town on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, planning a few days’ respite from the sometimes deafening isolation. And the stress is high. Howler monkeys are swinging overhead. An iguana is inching closer, making menacing eye contact. And a friend just emailed me an hour-by-hour weekend itinerary in a Google spreadsheet. The chances I bail because I can’t commit to the seven thousand tours of the same cloud forest are not slim. I can’t even commit to the breakfast burritos en route there. What if I wake up wanting an Açaí bowl? Despite my rather detailed daily to-do list, I’ve never been much of a planner. Rather, I’m somewhere closer to a commitment phobe—at least when it comes to travel. A trip planned for two weeks from now, let alone two mo
Business plus leisure, plus indigenous coffee and some sick Nam Prik: acclaimed food writer, editor, and radio host Francis Lam talks about it all with Nathan in Chiang Mai. The morning after a wedding—any big party—is usually a little groggy. It’s not necessarily unpleasant, especially if it’s February in Thailand and the air is a little bit cool and very humid, and you’re kicking around in a quiet village along the Ping River with someone like Francis Lam. Francis, besides being a classically-trained chef, former New York Times columnist, lauded cookbook editor at Clarkson Potter, and host of The Splendid Table on American Public Media is also one of the truly good people in the world of food and letters. So, Nathan was pleased, not just to get some good stories from his time
For three centuries, Havana was a sort of center of commerce between the new world and the old world. It held a massive shipbuilding center, and was a stopover for gold-laden ships en-route to the Spanish motherland. It was, as you can see from the Malecón, impenetrable.A French Pirate had easily plundered Habana Vieja in 1555, burning the place to the ground on his way out. That’s a compelling incentive to fortify. Those fortifications protected the city, for the most part, for the next two hundred years. In 1762, the city was defended by nine ships-of-line, fresh from Spain, and eleven-thousand soldiers and sailors. Two immense fortifications stood at the entrance to the bay. In case these fortifications were breached, a boom chain could be
Legendary cookbook author Naomi Duguid talks fermented sticky rice wine, raucous Thai market culture, and the immeasurable value of unscheduled time. The Trip host Nathan Thornburgh would not be the first person to admit to falling deeply, darkly in love with the markets of Southeast Asia. There’s just something about the slurry of exhaust, sticky air and stickier rice, knockoff Premier League kits, fresh fruit, and dried worms, wild lime leaves, mango hawkers, and sausage mongers. They hit you in all the senses. They imprint on your brain. And nobody has helped Nathan and countless others decode that imprint and make sense of those markets more than Naomi Duguid—a guide, savant, author, and all-around bridge from West to East. Naomi basically invented a deeply popular genre o
Through colonial towns, mangrove forests and wet jungles, I look for the mysterious and multicolored Pedorrera bird. Source ...
This week on R&K, what to know before you go to Yangon, a lobster feast (and a herb bath) in Brazil, and talking borderless cuisine with Naomi Duguid. It’s Thursday, in a week that was equal parts confusing and horrifying, thanks to the UK parliament voting itself into anarchy over Brexit and this footage of Mitt Romney blowing out his birthday Twinkie-cake candles individually. Moving on. This week, we published an insider’s guide to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and its cultural and spiritual center. Yangon-based multimedia journalist Victoria Milko, who has spent several years shooting and reporting in Myanmar, shares with us her finest wisdom: where to enjoy hot tea, cold beer, the best time to visit the showcase pagodas, where to get a custom-made suit—and how to make
Perhaps the most popular brunch dish in the U.S., it’s actually quite basic. Eggs Benedict is poached egg, ham, english muffin, and hollandaise at its core – but it’s so much more. Scorned by brunch chefs everywhere because they’ve made more of these than they care to admit, making an Eggs Benedict at hope is a great marker of one’s technical skill on a semi-difficult sauce that’s only hard because it requires real touch to pull off. Countless home chefs have tried it and screwed up. Why? That damned hollandaise. You won’t get it right on your first try. In reality, you probably won’t get it right in your first half dozen tries. You’ll end up with scrambled yolks or a broken and forlorn sauce, but hollandaise? She gives her self up to no one on the first date.It’s a recipe that looks Fr
Keeping in touch with family and friends is important no matter what the season. But as someone who has been traveling for nearly four years, and as a recent expat, I know more than ever the importance of keeping these connections strong. This post is for anyone who travels a lot, those having a gap year, and for those who live far from their families, or who have even moved abroad. Christmas can be a tricky time, naturally your families and friends want you back home and you may feel torn between rushing back to celebrate with them and wanting to experience a different type of Christmas. I’ve never really been someone who suffers from feeling homesick, but I put that down to always making sure my family and friends are still a huge part of my life no matter where I am. Keeping in touch
I n the afternoon, Jesus and I motor out to the array of trails and roads that extend into the protected Celestún Biosphere Reserve. We’re at the edge of coastal scrub habitat. Unlike the nearly impenetrable mangrove habitat to the east of us, this coastal scrub consists of small thickets of dry forest trees, grasslands and open flats of dried mud. Estuary water mazes throughout this zone. It is walkable terrain. We walk slowly and deliberately through the habitat, looking for birds and other wildlife. Jesus, who grew up in Celestún, explains his love of walking. “I can be out here all day,” he says, his binoculars on the trees. And I agree, and to myself I note that walks like this are what I live for - quiet
It’s a month away, but like us, you know you’re already thinking about it. You’ve already looked at the calendar, saw St. Patrick’s Day (on March 17th every year, for those of you who aren’t in the know) is on a Saturday, and felt your own inner leprechaun tickle your soul. St. Patrick’s on a Saturday? Start early. Go late. Yeah, you know you’re making plans.Americans, and I guess really anyone, loves a good excuse to drink. Hey, it doesn’t even have to be our holiday (sorry about that, Ireland)! We’ve all but stolen Cinco de Mayo and made it into a tequila-infused day where everyone will readily tell you they don’t have a clue what they’re celebrating. Did you really think St. Patrick’s would be any different? Oh no, my friend. Oh no.So, with flights to be booked and plans to be made,
Sustainable fashion is the topic on everyone’s lips at the moment. With the world in chaos around us, it’s no surprise that individuals are starting to take a closer look at how we can find ways to reduce our impact on the environment. It’s a topic that I’ve always been very interested in, but even more so since I started traveling. When you live out of a backpack and constantly move between places, it really opens your eyes to the amount of waste in the world and the focus on materialism.I won’t lie, I’m very guilty of giving into the latest high street fashions and cheap clothing that was made in some factory in Asia. But just as I have done with my vegetarian diet, using less plastic and recycling, I’m trying to make small changes in my life which could make a big impact on the world