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GIVEAWAY When I decided that languages should never stop me from travelling!

Before deciding to leave my job and start roaming the most beautiful cities of the world camera in hand, I spent the last 7 years of my life teaching to kids how to speak…mandarin! I have always been fascinated by other cultures, social differences and other countries’ history. Something that probably comes from my personal background, being born and raised in a bilingual and multicultural family

I have always loved the challenge of learning a new language and that’s why I decided to learn mandarin when I was 7, a decision that surprised everyone at home, as Chinese is so far away from the environment I grew up in as a kid: My family speaks Arabic and French and has no single connection whatsoever with anything related to China…Almost anything actually, beside maybe the fact that we all lived in…Paris’ Chinatown! Does that make a bit more sense to you now…? 😉

Anyway, having spent the last seven years of my life with people who wanted to learn a new language, I know how complicated it could be and how frustrating it is to be misunderstood by the person you are trying to talk to! Every single one of my trips in a city where I don’t speak the language of is a reminder of how my students could feel every time I ask them “请你把本子拿出来、我们要写日记!” (Now you start to see how it feels a bit too, right 😉 ? 

I know how language could be a barrier sometimes, I experienced it myself so many times, in Prague when ordering a simple coffee was everything but simple or in Brugge where all I could hear was a series of indescribable sounds or even in Portugal where the language sounded more like a melody than actual words and to all the cities I can’t wait to visit: Moscow, Tokyo or even Stockholm! I am not ready to let a different language stops me from traveling the world, there is no limit to what we are able to do when we really want to do something and obviously language should never be an obstacle…but exactly the opposite: An infinite tool full of possibilities to understand others a bit better!

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That’s also the reason why I have teamed up today with Booking.com to offer to five lucky winners an ili device! Ili is an offline translator which is really helpful especially as it takes less than 0,2 second to translate any word! And this without even using internet. Pretty cool, right? And the good news…it also works with Chinese! So you have no excuse not to know what I ask my students every time we start a class now 😉 

Ili device

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GIVEAWAY

To enter the giveaway, nothing easier: You just need to head to Booking.com to find the answer to the following question:

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How many homes, apartments and other unique places are there listed on Booking.com?

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Leave your answer below in the comments or message the answer to me on social media to be in with the chance of winning your own device! Simple. Please do be aware that you need to live in mainland UK in order to enter the competition. I will also be announcing the winner on the 22nd May! And for the unlucky participants, don’t be too sad, you can still get 25€ off your next trip with Booking.com by simply using the refer a friend link below!

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Refer a friend link: https://www.booking.com/s/97e91cdc     

This post has been sponsored by Booking.com

Alex
alex.zouaghi@yahoo.fr

Parisian of heart, recently Londoner and former New-Yorker, Alex, 28, teacher by day and passionate blogger and photographer the rest of the time, has developed a strong interest for travels and adventures since he decided to move to Beijing in 2011. Always ready to go back on the road, Alex is more than decided to hump on new adventures that will lead him all around the world!

16 Comments
  • Paul Tromeur
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    Hi Alex! I believe the answer is 1,824,918!

    20 mai 2018 at 12:33
  • Ethan attias
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    Answer is: 1,824,918

    20 mai 2018 at 2:39
    • Elisa
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      1,828,630

      22 mai 2018 at 12:32
  • Marineh
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    你好 !The answer might be 27 million ;))

    20 mai 2018 at 3:15
  • Louis
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    I think the answer is 1,824,918

    21 mai 2018 at 12:00
  • Louis
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    I think the answer 1,824,918

    21 mai 2018 at 12:03
  • Sibylle Vogel
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    Hi Alex, which language(s) so you teach right now?
    Sibylle

    21 mai 2018 at 9:38
  • David Hughes
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    5,321,592

    22 mai 2018 at 11:23
  • Samuel le maître du giveaway
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    1,828,630

    22 mai 2018 at 12:34
  • Elisa
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    1,828,630

    22 mai 2018 at 12:35
  • Louanne
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    1,824,918

    22 mai 2018 at 12:35
  • Louanne
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    I think the answer is 1,824,918

    22 mai 2018 at 12:36
  • Paul
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    1,824,918 is my answer

    22 mai 2018 at 4:52
  • Telfizian
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    Hi ! My answer is 1,824,918

    22 mai 2018 at 5:39
  • Marineh
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    Hello 😉 my answer is 1,824,918

    22 mai 2018 at 5:40
  • Mar
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    Hi, my answer is 1,824,918

    22 mai 2018 at 5:46

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