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How To Make Friends And Not Accidentally Insult People

Love was in the air last week, with Valentine’s Day being celebrated around the world. Expat Focus columnist Flavia Holman talked about the differences in celebrations of romance between Brazil and the USA.

Our other columnists were busy submitting articles last week, too. June Finnigan wrote about Jude Law, rock music and la Befana in her latest column. Meredith discussed some common expat frustrations and doubts, and we welcomed our newest columnist, Kathleen Peddicord, who wrote this month about the best places to retire in 2016.Friendship and culture were big themes this week; take a look at our article about how to make friends abroad. And, if you want to keep your new friends, be sure to check out how not to accidentally insult people!

What are the hardest languages in the world to learn? Here's a list of a few that are particularly difficult for native English speakers. And speaking of education, we interviewed Andrew Wigford, who hires teachers for international schools around the world.

Finally, if you’re looking for a relaxed way to spend a week or so, take a look at our guide to the best vineyards around the world.

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