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Season Outfits: Finland and Portugal.

Clearly, there are general fashion trends all over the world, and there are related local tendencies. Though my post relates to outfits, it has nothing to do with fashion. Instead, I want to tell you about some interesting aspects regarding dressing habits in Finland and Portugal, driven by the climate factor. Needless to say, the… Continue reading Season Outfits: Finland and Portugal.

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Lucky Ticket

This is an unplanned writing inspired by the ticket I accidentally found in my purse. In different countries, there are different superstitions, created by children. I will tell you about the one, which we had in Russia. This superstition is about lucky ticket. First of all, let me show you how a ticket for tram… Continue reading Lucky Ticket

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Piran, Slovenia

Piran is a cosy town, not far from Koper. Piran has the population of around 4000 people, and the town is famous for its medieval architecture. Unfortunately, I had too little time to discover the history of the place, so I will write about my rather modest impressions on the town. We went to Piran… Continue reading Piran, Slovenia

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Titov Trg, Sightseeing in the Heart of the City

One of the historic spots in Koper is Titov trg or Tito Square. The square was functioning as a market from around the 15th century, and it was one of the most beautiful markets in the area. The square is framed by the historically and culturally significant buildings, among which is the Assumption Cathedral. The… Continue reading Titov Trg, Sightseeing in the Heart of the City

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Arriving at Koper

Finally, the post about lovely Slovenia! Before my trip to Slovenia, all my knowledge on the country was limited to the 2 facts. I basically knew that Ljubljana is its capital and that I will likely understand the local language due to its similarity to Russian. I was curious about Slovenia; however, I cannot say… Continue reading Arriving at Koper

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Dia de Portugal

Yesterday, 10th of June, Portugal celebrated the National holiday - Day of Portugal, also known as Camões. This holiday is dedicated to Luís Camões, who wrote a poem about great Portuguese explorations. Congratulations, dear Portugal! Thank you for sharing your discoveries and amazing historical facts with me and for introducing confidential and knowledgeable people. It… Continue reading Dia de Portugal

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Why Do We Have Accent?

Traveling abroad we become more conscious about different accents. But why do they exist? You can read it in my other blog, which is related to language learning.

Learning Languages with Elena

A very distinctive part of non-native speakers’ speech is accent. You probably heard a foreign person speaking your native language and struggling to pronounce some sounds correctly. The same occurs to us when we speak a foreign language.

Accent is something that distinguishes native-speakers from non-native. But why do we have an accent? We are born with the ability to pronounce any sound; however, our mother tongue ‘filters off’ the sounds which it doesn’t contain. This means that after 6 years old, our ability to learn other sounds (ones which are absent from the own language) is declining. Thus, we end up having accent in a foreign language in adulthood.

The accent is shaped by the peciliarities of the mother tongue, and the level of accent varies depending on the language we learn. What does this mean? Here is example: I am Russian, and I noticeably will have accent speaking…

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