Language Learning in Serbia

There's an old adage about learning the rules in order to then forget them. I have long been using this as my philosophy of language learning. Would I ever deny the value of textbooks in first beginning a language? Certainly not. Tried-and-true, clear-cut resources are invaluable first as guides to learning, then as reference resources …

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Markets, Plays, and Festivals in Belgrade

As I sit down to write this blog, it's still difficult to wrap my head around the fact that my two months here have come and gone. My time here has worked wonders for my language development. On my first day of class, I was having trouble with the most basic communication with my teacher …

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Grammar or Speed?

I’ve recently been thinking about how an aspect of my personality—namely, my perfectionism—makes me a great Bosno-Croate-Serbian (BCS) speaker, but also really holds me back. Before studying Serbian, I lived in Bulgaria for a year and gained a great deal of skills in Bulgarian. “Who said Slavic languages are hard?” I thought. Then, 3 years …

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Religion and History in Novi Sad, Serbia

When you walk into the Church of the Name of Mary, you are struck by a certain lack. There's something missing here, something's different, you might think. Then you realize - there's no iconostasis! And why are there pews?! This beautiful, iconic cathedral that stands in the center of Novi Sad is in fact a …

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Celebrating Sava in Serbia

The celebration of Sava, or Patron Saint Day, is the second most significant religious holiday after Christmas in Serbia. Unlike most holidays that are common to the entire country, the celebration of Sava is celebrated by each family separately. This is because each family has their own ‘Sava’, or Saint, that is said to watch …

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Belgrade Photo Blog – A Slice of Life

This photo above was taken during one of my cultural activities last month at a ‘посориште’ or theater in Belgrade, Serbia. I got the opportunity to attend this event with my host-mother and it was truly delightful; not only was it entertaining and a nice way to bond with my host-mom but it was also …

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The Importance of Letting Go – Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family back home while Abroad

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus Your decision to study an academic-year abroad will undoubtedly leave an impact on your loved ones back home. While communication and reassurance is important, I’m here to remind you how critical it is for you …

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Join Us on the #AbroadLessTraveled

We are celebrating IEW using the hashtags #AbroadLessTraveled and #IEW2018. If you haven’t already, share your photos of traveling off the beaten path with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook! To get you inspired, here are three blogs that embody #AbroadLessTraveled. Tajikistan's Unfettered Nature – Ellie was a participant on the Eurasian Regional Language Program …

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