Language Learning

A Funny Name

Is that really her name

The visitor had a Funny Name She didn’t know it was funny About a decade or so ago a Japanese expat friend of mine told me a story that was very funny. I thought I would share the story with you today. My Japanese Expat Friend This story was relayed to me by a friend…

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Origins of English use in the Philippines

Over my years of living in the Philippines, I have come to realize that the way Filipinos use the English language has come from many different sources. A few days ago, I came to realize something about it that I had never realized before. Most people would think that the way the Filipinos use the…

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Are children expats?

Children Expats

OK, so lets say that you and your wife moved abroad to a different country due to a work assignment.  You have 2 kids and of course they moved with you. So, you and your wife and expats, no question. What about your kids? Are children expats too? Well, I do believe that children, if…

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Ever thought of learning a language?

If you are thinking of moving to the Philippines, or if you already have moved, have you also considered the benefits of learning a language as well?  Many people don’t feel there are benefits, but I can assure you that there are many.  If you live in a country where English is not the first…

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Philippine Culture impacts your life

If you live in the Philippines, your life is impacted by Philippine Culture, even if you don’t realize it. The culture of the Philippines is very much misunderstood by foreigners. All of us have heard of many foreigners who live in the Philippines and are very unhappy here.  People are unhappy for many reasons, but…

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The Tricycles are charging me double!


Everyday, 7 days per week, I get literally hundreds of emails.  Mostly they have questions about life in the Philippines, maybe they need help is solving some kind of problem that is facing them here in the Philippines.  Usually, I just answer the question and go on with my day.  Sometimes, I take a day…

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