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What Did You Call Me?! Slurs and Slang for Americans Abroad

What Did You Call Me?! Slurs and Slang for Americans Abroad April 27, 2010 | Around the World, Featured, Talk Like a Local | Read More
He rocks cargo shorts and a baseball cap, tilted at a jaunty angle day and night; he swigs from a bottle of cheap beer wherever he goes; he smothers his steak in ketchup; he waves his American passport like a carte blanche; he yells at the top of his lungs and dishes out high fives like his palms hold...

Travel Like a Local: Scandinavian Soot, Rocking Out in Beijing, Obama the Turtle in Florida

Travel Like a Local: Scandinavian Soot, Rocking Out in Beijing, Obama the Turtle in Florida April 23, 2010 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Wondering what’s going down in Vegas? Perplexed about the rock scene in Beijing? Dying to know about Georgia’s wine industry? Our team around the world has got you covered! Local Expert Lottie in Hawaii “The ideal pirate will be between 18-60 years of age, with noticeably unusual...

Talk Like a Local: Becoming British

Talk Like a Local: Becoming British November 12, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
It’s a well known fact that the British have special powers when it comes to slang. They can turn the dullest sentence into something at once amusing, sarcastic and adorable just by shortening a word and inserting a nickname. For example: Regular English: I just hung that picture up completely...

Talk Like a Local: Would You Like to Dance?

Talk Like a Local: Would You Like to Dance? November 4, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Asking someone to dance is nerve-wracking enough in your own language (What if they say “no”? What if they sweat on me? What if I step on their feet?), but add to that an unfamiliar destination, weird music and a foreign tongue? No, thank you. See the below formula: [ DancePartnerRequest...

How to Say Boo Around the World: Halloween Slang

How to Say Boo Around the World: Halloween Slang October 28, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Halloween is celebrated, in one form or another, all over the world. In Belgium people light a candle in memory of dead relatives. In Germany, they hide their knives (in case returning spirits find them). In Hong Kong, pictures of fruit or money are burned in hopes that they will reach the spirit world...

Talk Like a Local: Hiker Slang 101

Talk Like a Local: Hiker Slang 101 October 21, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
In today’s economic climate, more and more people are turning to the great outdoors to get their travel fix. There’s a lot to be said for hiking and backpacking; not only is it great exercise, but it’s affordable, fairly easy to organize and local. However, there already exists a devoted...

When Barney Is More Than a Dinosaur: Movie Slang

When Barney Is More Than a Dinosaur: Movie Slang October 14, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Hollywood culture fascinates the entire world. We “average” folks just can’t seem to get enough of the people we see on the silver screen. But despite the fact that everyone knows when Brad and Angelina adopt a new kid, or one of the Olsen twins goes to Starbucks, few people know about...

Talk like a (Traveling) Girl: Decoding the Language

Talk like a (Traveling) Girl: Decoding the Language October 7, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Whether it’s a rapid-fire cell phone conversation with her “bestie” or a market place haggle, girls speak…differently than boys. The real meaning of their message is often disguised within undercurrents of sarcasm, hidden meanings and subtle calls to action, making interpretation...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Like Bros: Man-speak for the Savvy Traveler

Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Like Bros: Man-speak for the Savvy Traveler September 30, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
The traveling Bro is a dangerous beast. He’s easy to spot by location (predominantly bars, tourist traps and crowded beaches) and look (dragon decals on clothing, lack of shirt, sunglasses worn at night), but is far more difficult to avoid. While outward appearance is an easy way to determine his...

Talk Like a Local: Sound Bites

Talk Like a Local: Sound Bites September 23, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
The foodie world is an intimidating one. Whether you’re in an upscale restaurant trying to order Filet Mignon without embarrassing yourself, or in a competition that involves celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey, a dinner challenge and some choice expletives, talking about cuisine can be hard. That’s...
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