Peruvian Desserts: Easy to Follow Recipes

peruvian dessertsPeru has fantastic cuisine – including desserts- that is a combination of European, African, and Asian influences, and heavily influenced by Spanish cuisine. In Colonial times, quite often expensive and unavailable ingredients used in the Spanish cuisine were replaced by typical Peruvian ones. Later, foreign cooking techniques were used to create unique local sweets. Because of Peru’s geography, many desserts feature tropical fruits, such as chirimoya and lucuma. Many traditional desserts of Peru also feature manjar blanco, the Peruvian version of dulce de leche.

If you’re traveling to Peru, you may want to try some of these traditional desserts while you’re there! It is also helpful to be familiar with some conversational Spanish, so you can communicate with the locals while you are there. Learning even a little of a foreign language goes a long way when traveling, as locals appreciate your effort, and it makes your travels easier if you have a basic knowledge of vocabulary used in everyday conversation.

Let’s take a look at some traditional Peruvian desserts, as well as a couple of recipes that you can follow to create your own taste of Peru at home!

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Health Insurance for College Students That Won’t Break the Bank

shutterstock_156575714When it comes to health insurance for college students, there are several options students have for coverage.  However, college students are not exempt from the penalty that people without coverage must pay under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Many college students are already covered under their parents’ health insurance plans, or through their schools. The new “exchanges” part of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) offer an additional option for students. [Read more…]

Tagalog Phrases in Everyday Conversation

tagalog phrasesTagalog, or Filipino, is the official language of the Philippines. If you are taking a trip to the Philippines, it would prove useful to learn some commonly used Tagalog phrases for your travels. Learning basic Tagalog phrases and expressions will enable you to communicate with the locals while abroad. Just as in anywhere you travel, local people appreciate if you make an effort to learn at least a little bit of their language, such as greetings and common questions. Learning a foreign language is also a great way to learn more about the people and culture of the place you are visiting.

Let’s take a look at some commonly used Tagalog phrases and vocabulary words and their pronunciations. Try to memorize them. Once you start learning the basics of a language, it becomes easier to progress in the language, it just takes practice!

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Thai Words and Phrases

thai alphabetLearning commonly used Thai words is a great way to start learning the language, and will prove useful when traveling abroad or wishing to communicate in Thai. If you are traveling in the major tourist areas of Thailand, you will not have trouble meeting locals who speak English. However, knowing a few handy Thai words and phrases can go a long way and garner you a friendly reception when abroad. Locals appreciate when you attempt to learn their language. Also, once you start to learn a language, the easier it is to learn even more of it and become fluent. The more you speak it, the more you learn! [Read more…]

Thai Alphabet Pronunciation

thai alphabetLearning the Thai alphabet is very important to learning how to speak Thai. Even if you do not know how to write the alphabet, learning the pronunciation of the Thai alphabet is essential to learning to speak the language.

The better you learn to pronounce the sounds of the letters in the Thai alphabet, the easier it will be for those who also speak Thai to understand you. If you are not familiar with the Thai alphabet, it can at first glance appear intimidating, but we will break down the pronunciation of each letter with English examples, and with a little practice, you will gain an understanding of Thai in no time! [Read more…]

German Conversation Basics

german conversationBy mastering German conversation basics, you will be able to communicate in German with others, and this will prove quite useful when traveling abroad. While the language may at first seem intimidating, learning German conversational phrases that are used every day is a great place to start.

Let’s take a look at expressions, words, and phrases used in everyday German conversation. These phrases will come in handy and prove most useful if you memorize them. Familiarizing yourself well with basic German words and expressions will make it easier to learn the language. Once you have the basics under your belt, you can progress and build your German vocabulary in no time.

Let’s get started!

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Italian Prepositions: The Basics

italian greetingsLearning Italian prepositions is essential to learning to communicate in Italian because we use these words in every day conversation. The more you practice Italian, the closer you will get to mastering the Italian language!

But first, we need to know what the role of prepositions is in the structure of Italian grammar. [Read more…]

Chocolate Face Mask: DIY Recipes

chocolate face maskIndulging in a chocolate facial mask treatment is a luxurious experience that can feed your senses and your skin at the same time! Chocolate face masks do a very good job of hydrating, rejuvenating, lifting and toning your face.

And if you need a reason to indulge in chocolate, the news is out that eating dark chocolate with a high flavanol content, such as dark chocolate, reduces the risk of certain cancers, is good for your cardiovascular system, and can increase blood flow to the brain.

It also contains ingredients that are beneficial to your skin, so don’t feel guilty for indulging in this little luxury inside and out! Pamper yourself and learn how to make your own chocolate and chocolate treatments at home.

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Italian Grammar Essentials

italian grammarItalian grammar is the body of rules describing the properties of the Italian language. With a basic understanding of the core principles of Italian, learning the language becomes less daunting.

We will go over the essentials of Italian grammar: articles, adjectives, nouns, pronouns, verbs, prepositions, conjunctions. Approach learning a foreign language in steps, memorize the basics, and soon you will be on your way to becoming fluent in Italian!

Once you know the basics, it will be easier to build your Italian vocabulary, and to communicate in Italian. Let’s get started!

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Portuguese Verbs: How to Conjugate

portuguese verbsLearning how to conjugate Portuguese verbs may seem challenging at first, but with a basic knowledge of the rules, you can start to build your Portuguese vocabulary and be on your way to learning the language.

Portuguese Verbs Basics

There are three different classes of Portuguese verbs: verbs ending in “ar”, verbs ending in “er,” and verbs ending in “ir”.

When conjugating regular verbs in Portuguese, you just have to preserve the root of the verb and replace “ar”, “er” or “ir” with the appropriate verb ending.

Let’s take a look at some examples of how to conjugate Portuguese verbs to get a better sense of how to approach them. With a basic understanding of Portuguese verb conjugation in the present tense, you will be able to build your Portuguese vocabulary and continue to learn how to conjugate more verbs and in different tenses.

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