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Seven amusing Filipino expressions and how to use them

The Philippines has a rich linguistic diversity, with a total of 187 native languages and dialects and two official languages, Filipino and English. Filipino, the national lingua franca based on Tagalog, has evolved in unique ways over time. Originally spoken …

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Must-know words for Japanese summer festivals

June marks the beginning of the intensely hot and humid season in Japan. At the same time, and possibly to help cope with this weather, the entire country celebrates countless summer festivals or natsu matsuri (夏祭り) from June to August. …

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Endearing ways to say “Father” around the world

First celebrated in 1910 to recognize the important role of fathers and to complement Mother’s Day, Father’s Day only became a permanent national holiday in the U.S. in 1972. It has been annually observed every third Sunday of June …

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Endearing ways to say “Mother” around the world

A time dedicated to pay tribute to mothers all over the world and celebrate motherhood, Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914 and usually falls on the second Sunday of May in most countries worldwide. The date changes …

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The history of hanami

After the cold bleakness of winter, nothing gets the Japanese more excited than the blooming of the cherry blossoms, or sakura, in spring. Not only is it an indicator that spring has officially arrived, but it’s seen as a …

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French language day: Seven must-see movies of the last decade

As the sixth most widely spoken language in the world in 2016, French has over 220 million speakers worldwide and is estimated to rise to over 700 million by 2050. In celebration of UN French Language Day also known as …

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