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Larissa Hämisegger

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Your Inner Dialogue and The Power of Affirmations


When I was little, my Mum used to tell my brother and me to watch our negative thoughts. She kept telling us how our beliefs shape our realities. We even had stickers with sentences such as "Ich bin stark. Ich bin mutig. Ich kann das." on our mirror. I thought it was so ridiculous. How was it possible that only a thought and a repeated sentence can have such an ...

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Ask, ask ask!


You can probably relate: you talk to someone in the language you are learning, you understand the gist (or maybe not even) and you nod and smile. 

Extremely understandable. However, it’s actually a very valuable missed opportunity to learn some language that is going to stick. Or positively put: you probably encounter many situations where you can learn some new language. Seize them! 

We might use this mechanism because ...

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Be open-minded, connect with people and learn German


I had a chance to sit down with Xochilt, a lovely Nicaraguan who moved to Switzerland 5 years ago, and since then, with her own ups and downs, has found Switzerland to be her home.

COULD YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND?

My name is Xochilt Martinez. I come from Nicaragua where I was living for my whole life. There I did my Bachelor in Global Business. I came to ...

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It’s what you make of it


My name is Melani. I’m old enough to remember Spice Girls and life before the Internet, but also young enough not to remember the events that led to my country’s re-independence, or well, anything else that happened before 90s, for that matter.

I come from Estonia. After finishing high school there at 19 and having studied in France and Belgium for a while, I’ve ended up in ...

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ACTIVE AND MINDFUL LISTENING


I just came back from Italy. I again witnessed how it’s all about our mind whether we improve in our target language abilities or not. It’s an attitude – a mindset (of course, we also need time and situations that involve the language. More on that in another post).

So I was in Italy with my mom to visit relatives. I understand a lot of Italian, I don’t ...

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