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Host and Visitor Activities from a Homestay Coordinator’s Perspective

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, April 22, 2013
As the homestay coordinator at Global Immersions, my job involves making successful matches between visitors and host families.  I take into consideration the visitor’s interests and try to match them with a host family that shares similar interests.   The goal in doing that is so that the visitors and host families can spend meaningful time together doing things they both enjoy.

At the end of every group program, I always receive the feedback from both visitors and hosts on what they did.  It is always amazing to me that every family provides a unique experience by bringing the students to different places of cultural interest.  In March, we had 3 large groups of Japanese students staying in Global Immersions homestays.  Here are some of the things that hosts did with their visitors:

Going to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, and watching the street 
        performers there
Walking part of the Freedom Trail in Boston
Shopping:  local malls, Prudential Center, supermarkets, errands, 
        specialty shops, etc.
Playing cards and board games at home
Making Origami
Having an American brunch with waffles, pancakes, etc.
Having an American BBQ with the grill in the backyard
Having a pizza party
Athletic activities including rollerblading, laser tag, 
        playing basketball outside, etc.
Giving the visitors a tour around Boston 

Back in the fall, we had many European visitors from Denmark and Austria.  Here are some of the activities that hosts enjoyed with these visitors:

Celebrating Halloween (introducing Halloween candy, 
        costumes, visiting Salem, etc.)
Watching American Football
Walking through the North End
Watching presidential debates and American news channels
Going out for ice cream
Doing American activities including going bowling and to 
        the movies.
Dinner with friends and eating out at restaurants

There are many more activities than those listed above that hosts do with their visitors.  With the spring here and summer approaching, the opportunities to spend time outside only increase.  Activities as simple as going to the grocery store or a family gathering are fascinating for international visitors, as they are a valuable insight into American culture.  It is always so great to hear the stories that come across my desk, so please share your stories with Global Immersions!

Free Events in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Boston is well known as a city with lots to do – all easily accessible by the MBTA. It could be the variety of our neighborhoods, the many institutions of higher learning, or the fact that Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Whatever the reason, there’s always a good event to inspire you to get out and explore. The best part - they’re often free! At Global Immersions we are always looking for ways for our visitors to learn more about Boston, and for our hosts to share the experience. We search high and low for events all over the city, and are always finding fun, cultural, educational and low cost activities. Here’s a quick guide:

Boston.com is the go-to site for “things to do in Boston”. You have the option of picking events, music, restaurants, or just plain free! You can also target a specific neighborhood or day, so you can find exactly what you want, when you want it. Their calendar also offers a user friendly way of searching upcoming Boston area activities.

For people who are more interested in Boston’s sub-culture than the everyday tourist, the newspaper The Phoenix offers an online calendar that focuses on local’s events. It's also easy to navigate - you can pick what type of event you’re looking for, the place and the neighborhood. They don't offer a specifically free section, but we enjoy the ideas for food "on the cheap"


Feast Days in the North End

The site “21 Free Things to do in Boston” is a great hub for free activities. Our favorite comes from all of Boston’s history and diversity, which means most months there are parades and festivals catering to any interest.  Here’s a quick (and very incomplete) list:

  • Lion Dance Parade – mid-February- Chinatown
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - mid-March - South Boston
  • Boston Marathon - April (third Monday) - Copley Square
  • Patriots Day Parade- April (third Monday) - City Hall Plaza
  • May Fair - May - Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill - May (third Thursday) - Beacon Hill
  • Street Performers Festival - Late May - Faneuil Hall
  • Performing Arts Series at Hatch Shell - June - Esplanade
  • Scooper Bowl (Ice Cream Festival) - early June - City Hall Plaza
  • Dragon Boat Festival - June (second Sunday) - Charles River
  • Cambridge River Festival - mid-June - Banks of the Charles River
  • Boston Harborfest - July 4th week - Boston Harbor
  • Italian Feast days - July - North End
  • Boston Pops 4th of July Concert and Fireworks - July 4th - Esplanade
  • Copley Square Concerts - July
  • Boston Caribbean Carnival - August (third weekend) - Franklin Park
  • Italian Feast Days - August - North End
  • Copley Square Concerts - August
  • Boston Arts Festival - September (second weekend) - various venues
  • Boston Blues Festival - late September - Banks of the Charles
  • Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival - late September - South End
  • Columbus Day Parade - early October - East Boston - Downtown
  • Head of the Charles Regatta - late October - Cambridge

Head of the Charles in Cambridge

Jordan Hall at NEC

Besides all of these events, you can tour the State Housevisit a museum, see a concert at the New England Conservatory, or take a tour of Harvard  – all for free. And this is just the beginning! Like our Facebook and follow our Go Global blog for many more ideas to get out and explore Boston! 

Year of the Snake - Chinese New Year

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, February 07, 2013

Lion Dance Parade in Boston
"Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the 'Spring Festival', the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year". This year's Chinese New Year's Day falls on February 10th. The New Year will be the year of the snake."

"Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is celebrated in China and in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar New Year celebrations of its geographic neighbors."

Did you know?

  • According to the legend, Chinese New Year began with a battle against a mythical beast called Nian. Nian would always come to terrorize villages on the first day of New Year, eating wild stock, crops and even children. To protect themselves villagers would leave food in front of their doors, with the hope that Nian would be filled. They also noticed he wouldn't eat children wearing red, and was scared by loud noises like firecrackers. As a result villagers would hang red lanterns, make lots of food and light off firecrackers, all Chinese New Year traditions that continue to this day. 
  • The first through 15th days of the New Year all celebrate different things. Some people celebrate the second day as the birthday of all dogs. The eighth day is when people are supposed to resume going to work and school. The 13th day is celebrated by eating all vegetarian food, and in Malaysia and Singapore, the 15th day is marked a sort of eastern Valentine’s Day.
  •  The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest event of its kind outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America.
  • In China, so many people travel from urban to rural areas to visit their families for the New Year that their commute is the largest annual migration in the world. 

Chinese New Year's in Boston

Boston has the third largest Chinese community in the U.S, so New Year’s is a time of great celebration! The Chinatown neighborhood is located within the boundaries of Downtown Crossing, the South End and runs adjacent to the Theatre and Leather Districts. It is easy accessible by the Orange Line Chinatown stop. There is no shortage of restaurants available for traditional New Year’s dishes such as dumplings, noodles, and smoked meat.  Nearly every corner has a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal. For a New Year’s favorite, the annual Lion Dance Parade is particularly popular

NOTE: this year’s parade will be held on February 17th, not the 10th! 
source: wikipedia 

Culture Shock for International Students

Global Immersions - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Now that it’s January, many international students are coming to study in Boston!  Whether they are returning after the winter holidays or arriving for the first time, it is not uncommon for seasonal blues, homesickness and culture shock to set in.  Why is this?  More importantly, what can be done to overcome it?

English fluency appears to strongly affect homesickness.  As the stress of learning English is an ever-present challenge for many international students, these students often find themselves longing for the ease of speaking and learning in their native tongue.  This pressure in social and academic situations to speak English can be the reason alone why a visitor seems a bit down.

Academic performance is another stressor that affects culture shock in international students.  The role of classroom participation in American culture may be new to international students, many of whom are used to just passively listening to the lessons.  Differences in essay-writing styles, exams and coursework level of difficulty are other factors relating to this.  Students who are struggling in certain courses, or those overwhelmed by the start of a new semester, may experience bouts of culture shock this time of year.

If a student has returned to his or her native country over the winter holidays and is now back in Boston, another wave of culture shock may roll in.  At this point, the differences between the two cultures will be more pronounced and fresh in the student’s mind.  After returning to that sense of familiarity and comfort back in the home country, the student may not be ready or excited to be back in the United States. 

International students may be a bit down this time of year simply because it is winter.  Days are short and dark, it’s cold outside, and it is a common time of year to get sick.  For visitors from countries near the Equator, they may find the cold winters in the Northeastern United States to be a bit of a shock.  Likewise, visitors whose native countries are in the Southern Hemisphere may be sad to be missing summer weather and time off from school back home.

Much of culture shock and seasonal depression stems from the visitor’s individual personalityIf your visitor is naturally quiet and spends most time studying or in a private bedroom, take each opportunity to make the visitor feel included in your family’s events.  This could be as simple as helping to prepare dinner or watching a movie/television together. 

While culture shock may not be the most fun experience for the visitor, this time period is a crucial opportunity to bond and develop strong relationships with the host family.  One of the best benefits of living with a host family is the knowledge that family can provide.  For instance, international visitors expect locals to have information on how to get places, recommended sites to visit, and other quirks of the culture.  The student also sees the family as a great resource to help them practice their English and help with their studies.  The more you can interact with your visitor in these ways, the better.

Here are suggestions for a homestay visitor to deal with culture shock.   Keep a journal Not only is writing a release of emotions, but having a personal record of reactions to an intercultural experience will soon become invaluable to the visitor once the experience is over.  Teach the host family about their home culture This can be done through dinnertime conversations or showing them a personal item, sharing images, holiday celebrations or a favorite food dish from home.  That way, the visitor can stay connected to the home country while the host family learns something new.  A win-win as we say!

Culture shock during a visitor’s stay is cyclical.  The initial reaction to a new culture is always the biggest shock, but it is not uncommon for culture shock to reappear in smaller doses throughout the visit.  Unless the visitor has just arrived, chances are that the shiny newness of attending school in the United State has worn off by now and that the visitor is realizing American life for what it really is.  You do not need to be an international visitor to know that winter here can often bring on seasonal blues and sadness.  Therefore, since we’re all stuck inside on these cold days, take the opportunity to speak with your visitor about culture shock.  Contact us if you have other suggestions or ways to overcome culture shock or how you as a homestay visitor have managed culture shock!

Sources: Compelling Counseling, The Psychology of Culture Shock, The International Student Blog

American Thanksgiving!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Thursday, November 22nd Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving - a time for food, family and giving thanks for the last year. The story behind the modern Thanksgiving is uniquely American, and one that school children can recite from memory - but some of us may need a reminder!      

According to popular tradition in September of 1620 a ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, destined for the New World. It carried 102 people, mostly an assortment of religious separatists lured by the promise of religious freedom and open land. The ship was sailing towards the Hudson River basin but strong winds took it off track and 66 days after departure the Pilgrims, as they are now known, dropped anchor off the coast of Cape Cod. A month later they sailed across the Massachusetts Bay and started building a settlement in Plymouth.  The Pilgrims were unprepared to live in the New World and had to rely on Native Americans from the Abenaki, Pawtuxet and Wampanoag tribes to teach them how to gather food and build homes in their settlement. 

Under the guide of these tribes in November of 1621 the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest was successfully gathered. The governor of the new settlement, William Bradford, called for a feast and invited their Native American allies to the meal, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Tradition has it that this was the first “Thanksgiving”, although the meal wasn't called by that name and the menu was quite different than a traditional Thanksgiving today! Bradford’s men had gone on a “fowling hunt” that day and probably came back with goose or duck. The Wampanoag’s brought 5 deer, and together they most likely ate local foods like yams, sweet potatoes and shellfish. 

For the next two centuries random days of “thanksgiving” were celebrated at different times, but often for religious reasons, by the colonies. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the American government and in 1863 Abraham Lincoln told Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving at the height of the Civil War as a way to “heal the wounds of the nation”. President Roosevelt signed the bill marking the fourth Thursday of November as the official day for Thanksgiving.


Today Thanksgiving has lost much of its religious significance and focuses simply on sharing a big meal with family and friends. Turkey is most often the centerpiece of the meal, and around 90% of Americans will eat turkey this Thursday! Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Parades, particularly the Macy's Day Parade in New York City are extremely popular. It's estimated that 3 million people will watch the parade in New York, with another 50 million tuning in on T.V! If you’re a visitor here in Boston this is a great opportunity to share a bountiful traditional American meal and spend time with your host’s family! Share any experiences you have with Global Immersions! 

source: History Channel 

Americans Love Sandwiches

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's true – American’s really do love sandwiches. You can get a variation of a sandwich just about anywhere in the world, but nowhere else is the sandwich such a staple of the lunchtime meal. Part of the homestay experience is trying new foods, and unless the visitor is completely opposed, we often suggest trying to make a sandwich that includes some familiar foods from home. Perhaps if you know the history behind sandwiches you’ll be able to demonstrate that while American’s might love sandwiches, they’re really a global meal.

Common wisdom holds that the “first” sandwich can be traced back to Rabbi Hillel the Elder, who in the 1st centrury B.C took lamb and herbs and sandwiched them between two pieces of matzo. “In simply interpreting a biblical mandate—‘They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the first; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it’—Rabbi Hillel unknowingly invented the ‘Hillel sandwich’ that has grown into one of the most important elements of the modern Passover Seder”. In Europe in the middle ages, what we consider an open faced sandwich today was fed to beggars and dogs – most often stale pieces of bread, or “trenchers,” smothered with meat. Sandwiches continued to make appearances all over Europe, from George Peele’s 1595 play The Old Wives Tale, to London’s men’s club the Shakespeare Tavern to John Montague, the 4th Earl of… Sandwich. However, American innovation really carried the sandwich to the prominence it enjoys today. In 1928 Iowa inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented a machine that could both slice and wrap bread, making bakeries more efficient while also preventing the bread from going stale. Sandwiches quickly became a lunchtime favorite all over the country.

What about some of America’s most beloved sandwiches – the ubiquitous PB&J or the equally as popular grilled cheese? Mashing peanuts into paste for food was a technique used by the ancient Incas. In 1897 Kellogg's applied for a patent for "nutmeal", another variation of peanut better. But the peanut butter we know today first made its appearance at the 1904 World’s Fair and quickly become trendy in upscale Manhattan restaurants. In the 1920’s and ’30s brands like Skippy and Peter Pan were born, and thanks to the newly available pre-sliced bread, spreading peanut butter over bread made a cheap and easy snack. Believe it or not the jelly aspect was first introduced during WWII on American military’s rations list. The soldiers became so fond of the sandwiches they continued to make them after the war ended. Today the PB&J is lauded as a relatively healthy meal, provided the bread is whole grain, the jelly has only natural sugars and the peanut butter has only “good” fat. 

Grilled cheese recipes can be found in ancient Roman texts, and the French have long been fond of their famous croque monsieurs, but the wonderfully gooey grilled cheese is truly American.  Combine the innovation of Rohwedder and the processing prowess of James L. Kraft, who opened his first factory in Illinois in 1914, and you have the capabilities to make an American cheese grilled cheese. The first “toasted cheese” or “melted cheeses” were open faced. Like the PB&J they were first popularly served to soldiers during the World Wars, as instructed by government issued cookbooks. It wasn’t until 1949 that Kraft introduced the game changing individually wrapped slices of cheese and a second piece of bread was added, creating the modern “grilled cheese”.  

Today, lunch wouldn’t be the same without PB&J or grilled cheeses. As a visitor in America, you may be weary, but you should try to introduce these lunchtime classics as a way to augment your American experience. Hosts should encourage their visitors to try new things. Remember, conversations about food are always a great gateway to learning more about each other’s cultures. Do you have any unique ways of combining American lunches with foreign favorites? Share them with Global Immersions!

Daylight Saving 2012

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 01, 2012

Daylight Saving (DST) can be both a curse and a blessing – but no matter how you feel about it, we all need to be on the same time! We’ve written a blog on Daylight Saving before, but we wanted to remind our visitors to “fall back the clock” an hour at 2:00am this Sunday, November 4th. Daylight Saving is certainly an unusual concept – read on for some interesting facts about the upcoming hour change in time.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin first conceived the idea of Daylight Saving as a way to increase summer daylight work hours?

The U.S states of Hawaii and Arizona don’t participate in Daylight Saving. Indiana in particular has had difficulty deciding if they want to participate, mostly because the state already falls in two different time zones!  

A study by the U.S. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration found that violent crime was consistently down, around 10% - 13%, during periods of DST than during comparable standard time periods.

Following the 1973 oil embargo, the U.S. Congress extended Daylight Saving Time to 8 months, rather than the normal six months. During that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that observing Daylight Saving Time in March and April saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day - a total of 600,000 barrels in each of those two years.

A man, born just after 12:00 a.m. DST, circumvented the Vietnam War draft by using a Daylight Saving time loophole. When drafted, he argued that standard time, not DST, was the official time for recording births in his state of Delaware in the year of his birth. Thus, under official standard time he was actually born on the previous day--and that day had a much higher draft lottery number, allowing him to avoid the draft.

Today, approximately 70 countries utilize Daylight Saving Time in at least a portion of the country. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe some form of Daylight Saving.

Pretty interesting! Don’t forget to change your clocks!

Source: Daylight Saving Time

Money Exchange in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Did you Know?

The U.S government first issued paper money in the mid-1800’s to help finance the Civil War. At the time most things were printed only in black and white so to prevent counterfeiting the bills were colored green with a special dye that was difficult to manufacture.  The bills were only green on one side which led to the nickname “greenbacks”. In 1929 the government standardized the size of the bills to what you still see today. The same chemicals are used to dye the bills, but as technology has improved so has security against counterfeiting.  New bills include features like 3-D images, color changing inks and hidden watermarks to prevent unauthorized replication.

It’s important to know where and how to exchange money when traveling in America. Most money exchangers charge a fee, but some offer a discount if you’re exchanging large sums of money at one time. Before you exchange your money look up the international rates and do some research to find the best priced and most convenient location in your area. Here are a couple of places to get you started!  

The Natick Mall 

The Prudential Center

CambridgeSide Galleria

Copley Place 

Harvard Square

Logan Airport Terminal “E” (International Flights)

Financial District

If you have any questions regarding exchanging money in Boston, let us know

Source: Yahoo News "Who Knew"?

Chinese Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, September 20, 2012

This September 29th Chinese in America will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival,  held during the full moon on the 15th moon day of the 8th lunar month. In the Chinese time zone celebrations will be on September 30th. This holiday has been celebrated for over 3,000 years and, after Spring Festival, is considered the second most important holiday of the year. Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few reunion holidays for Chinese families. On this day, Chinese family members will stay together, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes.

The holiday traces back to moon worship in ancient times, but the tradition of eating mooncakes, now a staple of the celebration, is a little more modern. Legend has it that at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368, a dynasty ruled by the Mongols), the Han people's army wanted to overthrow the rule of Mongols. They planned an uprising, but they had no way to inform every Han people who wanted to join them without being discovered by the Mongols. One day, the military counselor of the Han people's army, Liu Bowen, thought out a stratagem related to mooncakes. Liu Bowen asked his soldiers to spread the rumor that there would be a serious disease in winter and eating mooncakes was the only way to cure the disease. He then asked soldiers to write "uprising, on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival" on slips of paper, put them into mooncakes and then sell them to common Han people. When the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival came a huge uprising broke out. From then on, people have eaten mooncakes every Mid-Autumn Festival to commemorate the uprising.

Today typical Chinese mooncakes are round in shape, and measure around 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in thickness. Most mooncakes consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges shared by family members. They are generally served with Chinese tea, and very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried.

Mooncakes are the must-eat food for the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was customary for woman to prepare mooncakes at home when the festival was approaching. However, as the production is labor-intensive and they are widely available in markets, very few people make them at home nowadays. The price of mooncakes usually ranges from $ 10 (70 yuan) to $ 50 (340 yuan) for a box of four. However, very expensive mooncakes have appeared recently with some reaching thousands of yuan for a box.

The fillings of mooncakes vary by region and tradition. Some common flavors include:

Lotus seed paste (莲蓉, lían róng): It is made from dried lotus seeds. Lotus seed paste is considered by some people the most delicious and luxurious filling for mooncakes.

Sweet bean paste (豆沙, dòu shā): There are several types of sweet bean paste: mung bean paste, red bean paste and black bean potato paste. Red bean paste is the most commonly used filling for mooncakes.

Some regional styles include:

Cantonese-style mooncakes

Cantonese-style mooncakes originate from South China's Guangdong Province. The ingredients used in the fillings are various, which reflects the Guangdong people's adventurous nature in eating.  The most used ingredients include lotus seed paste, melon seed paste, ham, chicken, duck, roast pork, mushrooms, and egg yolks. Cantonese-style mooncakes taste sweet.

Beijing-style mooncakes

This style is the typical variation in North China. It originated in Beijing and Tianjin. It features the delicate use of sweetness, moderate allotment of skin and fillings, and meticulous decoration. The common proportion of skin and fillings for Beijing-style mooncakes is 4:6. 

Modern mooncakes have taken on all kinds of unusual and luxurious flavors:

Ice cream mooncakes: These are made of ice cream, and made to look like mooncakes. They have become increasingly popular in recent years among young people and kids.

Seafood mooncakes: These are the most expensive mooncakes. They feature a fresh and slightly salty flavor. Commonly used fillings include: abalone, shark fin and dried purple seaweed.

Health food mooncakes: Health food mooncakes are a style of cake that is meant to benefit people's health. They are made of many healthy ingredients such as ginseng, calcium, medicated food and other things that are good for health.

Mooncakes are easy to find in Boston, especially if you’re in Chinatown. We recommend the Super 88 in Allston, or if you go down to Chinatown Hing Shing Pastry or Ho Yuen Bakery. Throughout Chinatown on the weekend of the 29th the residents will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Invite your visitor to share this cultural event with you, and remember to share your stories with Global Immersions!  

Reblogged from: Chinahighlights.com, Chineseforturecalendar.com  

Slang and Jargon in English

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Like idioms, slang is a form of speech where the definitions can’t be found in the dictionary. Their meanings can only be learned by being fully immersed in the English language. As part of the homestay experience, our visitors wanted to learn and practice these forms of language that are difficult to learn in their home country. It can be a fun conversation starter as well! Here are some links to some worksheets for slang words that visitors may find helpful to know!

What’s up? I really flunked that killer test

Keep practicing dude, you’ll be an ace

Slang is different in different English speaking countries – speak like a Yankee, Aussie or Brit!

“Jargon” is another form of speech that, like slang, needs to be explained to be understood. Jargon refers to the speech of a group of people who may share a job or interest. For example there is computer jargon like “FAQ” or “LOL” or jargon that policeman use like “10-4” or “suspect”. Politics is famous for its jargon, and words and phrases like “left wing” or “getting on a soapbox” are terms that would only be understood by experienced speakers of the English language.

Words and phrases like idioms, slang and jargon can only be learned by experience and context, and can be fun to explore with your visitor! Share your stories with Global Immersions!  

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