What makes my region (oblast) unique?

ASTRAKHAN What makes my region (oblast) unique? I thought of many ways to share about my hometown region, even considered digging into some archives to tap into that nostalgia, I will make it informational though. I am originally from the Astrakhan Oblast. The Southern Region of Russia neighboring Kazakhstan, in proximity of the Caucasian states,…

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When would you consider yourself fluent in a foreign language?

The CEFR is a system that is used to measure and describe language levels for foreign language learners based on the progressive mastery of several skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

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30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, impressions of a kid born in the Soviet Union.

This defining event was a key milestone in the life of so many. 30 Years later and so many of us are still working through the transformative impact of this day.

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From Haiti to the United States

I am so happy that Reginald agreed to share his story on today’s post. Interestingly, Reggie and I virtually met when I used to Livestream on Periscope. We became friends since, and I have to admit, should meet in person way more often. How was life in Haiti like?   The best part about living in…

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From the French Riviera to the Canadian Grand North.

I am very excited to introduce you to my long time friend Gérard whom I met in High School, back when we both lived and studied in France. He is now living and working in the Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada. On my side, I am still living and working in New York City.…

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Grieving Alongside the Lebanese People Across the Globe

Please keep Lebanon in your most compassionate thoughts and prayers. The impact of this disaster is reaching across borders as they are more Lebanese people living outside of Lebanon than inside, they too are grieving their loved ones on top of being unable to travel easily at this time.

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New York City, 20 Minutes before Curfew

Few minutes before citywide curfew, I was compelled to share the story of this memorable Brooklyn moment of neighborhood life.

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Where in the World should you Study?

The thought of studying stays with some of us for a long time. In this post, inspired by a Quora question, I am evaluating a couple European options.

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The Journey of the Third Passport

According to the most recent Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, the US Passport is on power rank 19.

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Professional Titles in Austria

Are titles are sign of the past? Titles are very important in Austria. You should use last names and appropriate titles until specifically invited by your Austrian host or colleagues to use their first names.

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Preparing for the The Oath ceremony

This journey was long, this journey was tough but it is finally happening! My case status has been updated to what should be the “final step” of it all and I login on my account and read the following: November 18, 2019 and “We scheduled your naturalization ceremony“ I can’t describe what’s happening in my…

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About my Estimate Completion Date

Last week, I checked my case status online via my Account on USCIS’ website . I went to processing time tab, then selected the form I applied for, in my case it’s form N-400 Application for Naturalization in office service of Brooklyn, NY. You have a long dropdown menu available, and you can basically select…

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