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During my latest YouTube search to find Czech/Polish/Russian people speaking French (since so many French people I’ve met think I’m from that part of the world rather than a native American), I came across this woman with a really cool, unique talent: accents! Check out her 21 accents video and you will be amazed not only that she can imitate so many accents so well, but that she can change between them instantaneously. Learning how to pick up accents is a great tip for any foreign language learner, and remember, it’s not only what you say that may give you away in a foreign language, but your inflection and body language as well!

And if you’re curious, here’s Amy’s video tip on learning the French accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFauHJ_odiw&feature=related.

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College takes French to new level with Le Quartier Français

http://www.centenary.edu/news/2010/0000087

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I’ve only sung with the Spanish choir three times now, but I can already see how much I’m improving with basic pronunciation, and the speed at which I am able to pick up new songs. I must say, Spanish really is a fast language – even the “cantinas” go at rapid paces with two words to one beat of music, or sometimes one word and the first syllable of the next word! For someone who doesn’t understand what she’s singing and has to sound out everything first, that’s double the trouble. Thankfully everyone in the choir is patient and tries to help me catch up.

And thanks to new connections, I just may have someone to teach me Spanish on a more regular basis! We’ll see how that goes…

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I just came across this guy’s adventure page online. Check out his crazy adventure as he attempts to visit 200 Countries in just 360 days, all without flying and by using public means of transport (no private transportation allowed): http://theodysseyexpedition.com/. You can also catch the self-made documentary of his travels on Tuesdays on National Geographic.

This guy’s either really brave, or really crazy. I’d say both!

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I am always happy to come across interesting people doing unique things that I inspire others to “think outside the box” and create their own niche. Here’s one woman’s quirky twist on the all too traditional “bucket list” – 101 Worst Places.

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Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne is promoting a new tourism campaign titled “Heroes and Heritage Trail” where visitors to 11 out of the 17 state museums can receive a free night’s stay at the Old State Capital. Visit http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/971/Default.aspx for more information.

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you probably no by now that I need adventure in my life. It doesn’t have to be expensive or death-defying, but change and exploration all part of a day’s work for me. And so in searching for new activities that I could take part in while reuniting with a friend I met in Wales, I was reminded of the still relatively new New Orleans Insectarium. “That’s a perfect idea,” I thought, “because it gets us out of the sweltering Louisiana heat for a couple of hours, is a place I’ve never visited before, AND the best part of all: bug taste-testing.” So for the low fee of $13 (the girl gave us the student price), we cooled off in the heart of New Orleans’ downtown and tried amazingly hard to get pictures of the tiniest “zoo” animals I have ever tried to photograph (Note to self: need telephoto lens next time). I did, however, manage to catch a few cool little critters in action, but this is just a preview of the fun. I don’t even like bugs, but I do like exploring the world I live in. So bring on the chocolate chip cricket cookies! For more information, visit http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/insectarium.

Swansea reunion on a NOLA streetcar!

Typical New Orleans side street now that Hollywood has begun taking full advantage of our movie tax breaks

This little guy's name actually has the word "red" in it. Leads me to believe he was discovered by a colorblind scientist...

Can you spot the leafy bug in this photo?

My favorite of all the bug treats: Chocolate Chip Cricket Cookies

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