Breaking Down Our Bilingual Double Standard

For certain people, bilingualism is seen as an educational problem to be solved, rather than an advantage to be exploited. #ProjectLiteracy

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It was medieval emperor-king Charlemagne who said, “To have another language is to possess another soul.” Considered by many to be the “father” of Europe, Charlemagne was a man of many languages, displaying a knack for Latin, Greek, and other European tongues. Yet more than two millennia later, our views on multilingualism have lost some of this nuanced perspective — despite research that demonstrates again and again just how beneficial it is to grow up multilingual.

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These Extreme Travelers Fulfilled Their Craziest Dreams

GOOD interviews two extreme travelers to find out the lessons they learned on the road.

French traveler and blogger Maëva traveled to Antarctica earlier this year. Photo Courtesy of Maëva

Travelers love action and far-flung locations, especially when they can be jumped off, white-water-rafted down, or climbed up. The biggest waterfall, the longest river, the tallest building, and other notable quests are featured on many people’s bucket lists. But, the dream to undertake an extreme journey or visit an extreme place can signify more than simply checking a box on a list. GOOD talked to two inspiring travelers who fulfilled their own extreme travel dreams about the lessons the adventures taught them.

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Pro Travelers Share Life Lessons from the Road

“In the end, I had to shut out the noise and make my own decisions.”

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Famed travel writer Pico Iyer once said, “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” No matter who you are or where you go, travel is likely to change you. (Whether that change is permanent or something that wears off can be a subject of debate.) But for those who make seeing the world a major priority, rather than an occasional escape, getting some new perspective becomes a matter of course.

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