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How To Say “Hello” In 18 Languages For World Hello Day

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November 21 marks the 43rd annual World Hello Day! World Hello Day was created in response to conflicts between Egypt and Israel in the 1970s. The peace discussion at the end of the war was the first time that Arab and Israeli officials met for…

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Meet NECTFL Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Katrina Griffin

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Recently, we learned one of our program leaders, Katrina Griffin, was named Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. We were thrilled to learn of the honor, as we know firsthand how dedicated she is to her students and their…

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New Year’s Eve around the world

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Happy (almost!) New Year! As we prepare to welcome 2016, we thought we would look at how cities around the world bring in the New Year. Many of them include impressive firework displays, along with local festivals and traditions. But first, a couple of fun facts…

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Halloween Around The World

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Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays. It is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France,  would light bonfires…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Auschwitz

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Auschwitz – hearing the name sends chills down your spine and sadness in your heart. The horrific Nazi death camp, located in southwest Poland, exterminated prisoners from 1940-1945. Now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Auschwitz is a reminder of the Jewish Holocaust –…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Oktoberfest

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Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Oktoberfest is a 16 day long festival. It celebrates German and Bavarian history and culture. Flowers are used to decorate the floats in the parades, similar…

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How German Is German Food?

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How German is German food actually? It is traditionally very international. Let’s start with the world famous currywurst, (chopped fried sausage in a curry sauce) it’s one of Germany’s food stars. We have even a currywurst museum in Berlin where the first currywurst was served…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

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A few minutes away from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is another symbol of the Cold War – Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie is the most famous of three checkpoints built at the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. This checkpoint served as a point of entry (or…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Heidelberg, Germany

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The Holy Spirit Church (Heiliggeistkirche) in Heidelberg, Germany, is the most famous church in Heidelberg and has served both Catholics and Protestants. The current church was built in 1398, on a site that had housed two different, earlier churches. This church, located right in the…

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SMS-Kürzel: How German Teens Shorten Their Text Messages

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“Kürzel” is a short form for “Abkürzung,” which means abbreviation or short cut in German, but let’s talk about abbreviations or “KÜZ” instead of short cuts. Can you decipher the following German text message abbreviations? Take a guess at their meanings. When German teens send…

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