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Six Canadian Films to (Re)Discover over the Holidays

Women laughing and eating popcorn while watching TV

Even if you don’t enjoy the insanity of the holiday season, no one can resist spending a cozy evening curled up watching a marathon of Christmas movies. This year, swap the American classics for six Canadian productions. They’re every bit as entertaining, and they’ll give you a chance to practise...

From Drummondville to Tuktoyaktuk… in French, please!

Jimmy Chabot with his camera, posing in front of the “Le vieux Saint-Boniface, quartier français de Winnipeg” poster

From Drummondville, Quebec, to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, with no money or cellphone and… in French only? Why not! At least, that’s what Jimmy Chabot – or JimChab, as he is known in the vlogging world – would say. He began his cross-Canada hitchhiking journey on July 1 and returned, 7,000 ...

Five Ways Students Can Improve Their Second Official Language

The benefits of bilingualism are no longer debatable. Besides making your resumé stand out from the crowd, the ability to speak two languages has many significant cognitive benefits. But between school, friends and—for some of you—work, finding time to sharpen your skills in your second official...

Anastasiia Cherygova: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Anastasiia Cherygova

Anastasiia first came to Canada—to Vancouver, to be exact—when she was 15 years old. That’s hard to believe, considering that she now speaks English without a trace of an accent. “I was already comfortable in English because of my education in Russia,” she explained. “Living with a host family in...

Three essential life skills to learn in 2018

The first few months in a new year are all about self-reflection and self-improvement. So why not pick up some great skills and learn new things that will help you in your home, at work and in your everyday life?

Top 5 languages spoken in Canada

With our country being one of the most multicultural in the world, many of us speak more than one language. Being bilingual has many benefits, including better decision-making, improved memory and protection against illnesses like dementia. Check out the top five languages spoken in Canada, and if...

Benefits of raising your kids bilingual

As parents, we want to offer our kids every advantage for a happy, healthy and successful life. Many think this means ensuring our children do well in math and science and doing better in school overall. But did you know that learning a second language like English or French also offers many unique...

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