Should You Try to Speak the Local Language Badly?

March 13th, 2017

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Thank you to Aly Walansky and BravoTV for including me in their Jet Set article on Should You Even Try to Speak the Language Abroad… Or Save Everyone the Embarrassment? My tips are #2, 3 and 4! I have always TRIED to learn the local language. As you can read below from Aly’s article, sometimes it … Continued

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The cultural landscape of Bali in Indonesia is largely shaped by the traditional belief systems of its locals. Tri Hita Karana — roughly translated into English as “the three causes of prosperity” – is a philosophy that governs and guides the daily lives and attitudes of Balinese. This unique concept puts premium to the universal respect of and … Continued

The challenge posed by this site is to make sense of the scattered remains of a former strong Southeast Asian empire’s capital.  The historic city of Ayutthaya gained global importance due to its strategic trading location and strong diplomatic networks that were highly prized by the Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, and even the British. … Continued

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