The Story of Santa

Almost 1700 years ago a man named Nicholas lived in what is today Demre, Turkey. While he faded from the scene in Asia Minor for nearly a millennia, he has been made famous across the globe and in recent years his legend has made it’s way back to Turkey.

Santa Claus, as he’s most commonly known, was born in Demre around 270 A.D. to wealthy Christian parents. When he lost his parents as a child, he decided to devote his life and wealth to helping the poor. While there are dozens of legends surrounding his life, there is a particular story that is widely accepted as true, and has been cherished through the years. (more…)

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While many things bind us together as humans, time is one of the strongest. No matter what time zone you live and work in, we all only have 24 hours a day. With our few short years on earth, we all want to do something worthy of our time. We want to make a difference; leave an impact; change the world.

So as you decide how to invest your precious days, months, and years, here are some time-related idioms to help fuel your English communication: (more…)

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Travel Phrasal Verbs

One of my favorite activities while traveling is connecting with people from different nationalities and different backgrounds. In an airport, I feel like I am stepping outside of space and time, where cultures mingle and every person is looking forward to a new adventure or a homecoming. Getting a new perspective, a fresh idea, or making an important new contact is just a conversation away.

As the universal language, English is the bridge that makes these connections possible – and there are enough things for you to think about without having to worry about the phrasal verbs used in the journey. We put together a list of phrasal verbs to make traveling simple and enjoyable. Which phrasal verbs did you already know, and which ones are new to you? (more…)

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Gaining a New Perspective


    1. The world is more connected than it has ever been before in history, but learning a new perspective still requires dedication and pursuit. “Gaining a new perspective” is a phrase we are all familiar with from the time we begin to grasp our own language and perspective of the world. Growing up, books from a wide variety of genres opened me up to new worlds I had never seen, and by the time I graduated from college I had traveled quite a bit and experienced several other cultures – enough to feel like I had gained this “new perspective” everyone talked about. But it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I discovered how much more there is to the world, how much more room there was for my perspective to broaden – and it came in learning a new language.


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Atatürk From an American’s Perspective

Growing up in America, I had never heard of Atatürk. I took a class in college about the Ottoman Empire, so I must have heard of him somewhere, but I honestly have no memory of him. I remember seeing portraits in every business when we first visited Turkey in 2015, and I was determined to learn more.

In America, we really don’t have a single figure like him. We have George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others; while their accomplishments are amazing, they just don’t compare to what Atatürk did for Turkey. (more…)

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