How to learn Spanish (or any other language) in your free time

I love languages, I love words, and I love their sounds. I love to read and I love to write and I love to learn foreign expressions.

I wanted to write about language learning for so long. Although I remember exactly how I improved my English, I felt like I couldn’t relate to the struggles of a beginner anymore. I was too afraid I was going to write a very superficial list of methods you could use to learn a foreign language. Now that I am in the process of brushing up on my very rusty Spanish, I felt like I could actually share some useful tips and tricks to learn Spanish in your free time.

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Living in residence or renting an apartment: what’s better?

You got accepted into college/university. Great! And congratulations! You picked your major. Cool! That is definitely a big step, but there are still so many decisions you need to make. For example, where you’re going to live while in college. There are usually two main options for college students: residence or apartment. Before deciding which one is best for you, you should consider all the pros and cons that come with living in residence or renting an apartment.

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Hidden and unexpected costs of studying abroad

Studying abroad is great! What am I saying? Studying abroad is amazing, it is the best adventure I could ever decide to go on. But there is something we don’t always talk about, which is hidden and unexpected costs of studying abroad.

Sure, there are plenty of resources telling you how to create your budget, how to find inexpensive flights, accommodations, and so on. When establishing your budget for studying abroad, I’m sure there are things you won’t forget to include, like groceries, travel, tuition fees, rent, souvenirs. But there are other things that probably won’t cross your mind when you’re just starting to plan your adventure abroad. After all, who wants to think about boring paperwork and money when about to take the trip of a lifetime?

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10 little differences between Italy and Canada

There are so many differences between Italy and Canada. When you think of these two countries, you probably have two completely different ideas in mind. The first one has a lot of very old buildings, the second one is very modern. One is a small country and very populated, the other one is huge and full of inhabited land. In Italy around 90% of the population is Italian, Canada is much more diverse. Italy is very well known for good weather, a beautiful seaside, and food. Before living in Canada, all that I’ve heard people saying about this country was that winter was cold up here.

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Going away or coming back home, what’s harder? + life update

During the holidays, I went back home after almost a whole year of living abroad. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I had the time of my life. It was so good to reunite with family and friends. I’ve enjoyed their company in a way that it wasn’t possible for me before.

I wanted to share with you my thoughts about leaving my hometown and then coming back for a short visit. I was planning to write about my goals and resolutions as my first 2018 post, but I felt this was more appropriate as the things I learned during this little trip back home will guide me through the new year.

Going away or coming back home, what's harder?

By living more than 6,000km away from home, I’ve learned a thing or two about myself and life in general. A year ago I left thinking that I would never go back to Italy. I immediately felt at home in Toronto: I made new friends, I was doing good in school, and after a while I found a decent job. But then, I started thinking that maybe I could have had all of that at home too. I was missing my family and my friends so much. So I decided to go home for Christmas. I had high hopes and expectations for this trip. I really needed to understand a few things.

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How to start a minimalist bullet journal for college

Bullet journaling completely changed my life. Nowadays, my minimalist bullet journal and I are pretty inseparable. I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to finally try this amazing system.

I was always a pretty organized person. I started using a planner in elementary school and kept doing it all the way through university. What I started noticing during my first semester was that a regular planner was very restricting and it didn’t really work well with my new semester structure. Then, I discovered bullet journals.

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12 things I’ve learned in 12 months living abroad

I cannot believe I have been living abroad for almost a year. Seriously, where did the time go? And I cannot believe I haven’t posted anything during this year. I started this blog a couple of months before moving to Toronto and my goal was to share my adventures here. But, as I learned, living on your own, going to school full-time while working, and trying to take good care of yourself don’t leave you with a lot of free time on your hands. I just started to feel like I can comfortably manage everything, so I decided to give this blog another try.

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During the past twelve months, I’ve learned a lot of life lessons. I’ve been living on my own, far away from home for the first time in my life. Living abroad had taught me so much about myself and life in general.

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First month abroad: what to expect + what to do

I can’t believe I’ve been here in Canada for almost a month already. And I still can’t believe I have already completed two whole weeks of classes. It feels like I had my orientation just yesterday.

I like it here so much. It is all that I expected, but also all that I didn’t expect. It’s been such an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to find out what comes next.

First month abroad: what to expect + what to do

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