View down a cobblestoned streets in San Miguel de Allende with cathedral spires visible in the distance.

Learning and Speaking Spanish in Mexico

Being able to speak Spanish is not necessary for visiting (or even moving to) Mexico, but it can open up a lot of doors. In this article, author Julie Doherty Meade covers the benefits and difficulties of learning Spanish in Mexico, as well as where to find language classes around the country.

Sign on a newspaper rack reading Gringo Gazette, Southern Baja's Priceless Newspaper.

Gringos, Gabachos, and Güeros

Foreigners in Mexico are likely to hear the popular term gringo in use. Wondering if the term is derogatory? Julie Doherty Meade goes over the usage of gringo, gabacho, and güero, all of which may be said to describe foreigners.

At the waterfront, a hand-lettered painted sign advertising the Harraseeket Lobster Co. and the food they serve.

Locations in Maine: A Pronunciation Guide

Countless names for Maine cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, and streams have Native American origins; some are variations on French; and a few have German derivations. This quick reference guide will give you a leg up when requesting directions along the Maine coast.

Tourists and pedestrians stroll along the edge of a plaza lined with multi-story brick buildings, some with carved stone facades.

Speaking the Language in Italy

John Moretti has made the move to Italy himself and knows firsthand that there’s much to gain if you know how to speak the language well—and a lot to lose if you don’t. Discover how much Italian you really need to get by and where can you learn to speak the language.

A glowing sign with the Metro logo and station stops shines white on black.

Brazilian Portuguese

Living abroad expert Michael Sommers covers some of the differences between Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese spoken in Portugal, as well as the influence of other languages.