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Culture shocks for the Irish in Spain: My personal experience

By Conor Lynch / May 28, 2020

From regular lobster-esque sunburn to the all-too-familiar “are you from London” question, let’s just say life in Spain hasn’t been all rosy since my move from Galway to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, back in June of 2018. Culture shock after culture shock has constantly dominated my Spanish life so far. Not to mention the […]

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Jack’s COVID-19 music self-care

By Conor Lynch / May 22, 2020

County Cork-born musician Jack O’Rourke has certainly made the most of his time spent in lockdown during this global pandemic, indulging in what one can call a COVID-19 music self-care journey. Secondary school teacher by day, O’Rourke now has the time to turn his attention to his eclectic music with influences ranging from blues to […]

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Covid-19: Graduating to (un)employment

By Sofiya Volvakova / May 22, 2020

Graduates have always struggled to secure a job. Despite the good grades one may have been getting in college, stepping into a real-world experience is a story of its own kind. Little experience, poor interview skills and unrealistic salary expectations are among the most common reasons for graduates failing to find a job after leaving […]

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Talking to Children About Coronavirus

By Lucía Ramírez / May 5, 2020

Quarantine is becoming more and more widespread in the world, and it is very likely that your children are feeling a little anxious about staying at home for so long. They’ve probably already asked you why they can’t go out and play with their friends or visit their grannies. But how do you explain Coronavirus […]

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The global pandemic gives us a glimpse of Japanese apology culture

By Ayumi Miyano / April 29, 2020

During this pandemic, a type of news that shocks us is when high-profile people announce that they are Covid-19 positive. We often feel emotional when politicians, actors, or singers, who used to feel invulnerable, show their vulnerability on their social media, and are inclined to compassion towards them. In Japan, this global and common practice […]

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Productive Quarantine: Develop Your Hidden Talents During Lockdown

By Tami Pereira / April 11, 2020

There are two types of people during quarantine: the ones who watch Netflix all day and all night long and procrastinate and the ones that try to be productive. If you are part of the ‘productive quarantine’ group, keep reading, we have some ideas for you!   Playing an instrument Music heals. The vast majority […]

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The challenges and opportunities for autodidacts under lockdown 

By Ayumi Miyano / April 9, 2020

Under the coronavirus pandemic there are various things we are not able to do. In addition to the day-to-day stress, the students or self learners who are learning foreign languages are facing challenges in which they cannot directly communicate with their teachers and friends as much as they used to. What are the challenges for […]

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Heroes of the quarantine

By Tami Pereira / April 6, 2020

Although the world appears to have stopped, a lot of people continue to do their bit for society. It can be said that this situation has split the population into two: the ones that still work and those who go out on their balconies to applaud them. Jokes aside, it’s time to reflect and show […]

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