World’s most spoken languages

05 March, 2009 15:42  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Gone are the days when people spoke just one language. In case you’re planning to add a new language to your skill set, it may as well be one that you can use with a whole bunch of people. Check the list below for 10 of the most spoken languages in the world*.

1. Mandarin

With an estimated 1.2 billion people speaking it, it’s hardly surprising that this is the world’s most spoken native language. Belonging to the Sino-Tibetan and Chinese family of languages, Mandarin is not an easy language to learn. There are four tones to every syllable and a beginner is bound to get them mixed up. But hey, look on the bright side, if over a billion people can do it, so can you.

2. English

With over 500 million speakers of the language, English is the lingua franca used in much of the world today. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. If you’re reading this article, you probably don’t need much more information on the language. (More)


Festivals in Europe this March

26 February, 2009 15:36  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s still a bit chilly but that’s never stopped anyone from having fun. Here’s a roundup of the top festivals happening across Europe this March. (More)


All those strings linking the world

17 February, 2009 13:25  EasyExpat EasyExpat

You might have noticed the map on the home page of our directory of expat blogs. Each string represents the path of an expat, from his/her starting point to the destination, the country where the blog is now located.

This map represents the move of all expatriates on Blog Expat: from the original country to the destination.

As the directory is growing, you will see more links and more links.

It reminds us that the world is now more linked than ever. Albeit often at war with their close neighbours, the nations have tried to ease the communications with each others. As we've drawn strings between countries, they have put physical links: that's what you can visualise with the article called:

History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network.

1901 Eastern Telegraph Company System Map from A.B.C. Telegraphic Code 5th Edition
(via presse-citron)


Blog Expat, the blog portal for people living abroad and expatriates

10 February, 2009 20:21  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BlogExpat logoEventually the long waited new version of BlogExpat has come to life.

This free blog service has become a directory of expat blogs, open to any blog of people living abroad. This is an exciting new feature and it will complement perfectly the information on EasyExpat.

You can immediately add your expat blog in the BlogExpat directory and help us grow the expat community.

Now you can search all expat blogs around the globe or classified by categories in our directory. (More)


Carnivals in Europe this February

06 February, 2009 17:06  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s carnival season all across Europe. Here are some of the wildest and fun places to be this February. (More)


Top 10 Winter Travel Gadgets

16 January, 2009 14:15  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Planning a winter break? Here are some gadgets that’ll make your trip a lot more comfortable and fun.

This is the easiest way to make up to 60 perfect snowballs per minute! With long handles, you’ll never have to worry about wet gloves and frozen fingers. And since Sno-Baller snowballs disintegrate on contact, they don’t hurt like ordinary hand packed snowballs.

Snow Ball Blaster
Or you could go for the Snowball Blaster. This snowballing weapon sculpts up to 3 snowballs at a time and then, using the internal slingshot, fires them at your neighbours, friends and enemies.

DOTS gloves
Don’t you hate it when you have to take off your gloves every time your i-phone rings? Fret no more. DOTS gloves are the perfect solution. They have a couple of little balls on the fingertips that let you use your gadgets without freezing your fingers or forcing you to take off your gloves. Only $15 - $20.

Heated socks
Stay warm and comfy with battery powered heated socks. HEAT SOX are knitted with a combination of Thermastat, high quality wool, nylon and acrylic yarns that form a very soft, yet extremely warm and truly comfortable fitting sock. It also comes with a battery pack and an embedded coil element that generates safe heat to keep your feet warm and comfortable, even on the coldest days.

Boot, glove and skate dryers
Feeling damp and soggy after a day out in the snow? The Dry Fast is a portable footwear & garment dryer that allows you to dry footwear and garments anywhere.

Bench warmer
Never sit on a cold seat again with Bench Warmer. This heated seat is operated by a rechargeable battery and makes sure you keep your tush warm. It’s comfortable, portable, lightweight and water resistant.

Make your own snow
And for those who’d like to make their snow, the SnoWonder is for you. SnoWonder looks and feels like natural snow. In fact, if you pour a bowl of it on real snow, you won't even be able to tell the difference!

Shoe, boot warmers
Keep those cold feet warm all winter with boot warmers. These battery operated warmers come in a one size fits all deal. All you need to do is slip it into your sole and say goodbye to cold feet.

g.cell gloves
Bluetooth technology has been finding its way into ski gear for a while now.  The latest is the g.cell gloves. When it detects an incoming call, it gives your wrist a shake and enables you to quite literally talk to the hand. It’s a bit pricey but your hands will feel snug all through your call.


Winter Sports adventures

04 January, 2009 16:02  EasyExpat EasyExpat

There’s more to winter sports than skiing and snowboarding. If you’d like to try something different this time, read on for alternative ways to keep the adrenaline pumping this winter. (More)


New Year traditions around the world

27 December, 2008 17:36  EasyExpat EasyExpat

New Year Eve party - credit WikimediaAs another year comes to an end, let’s take a look at how people from around the world celebrate the New Year.  


In England, crowds gather in Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus waiting to hear the chimes of London's Big Ben, which announces the arrival of the New Year. People link arms and there is usually a rendering of "Auld Lang Syne." The custom of "first-footing" is important. To ensure good luck for the inhabitants of a house, the first person to enter on New Year's Day should be male, young, healthy and good-looking.  (More)


How Expats Celebrate Christmas Around the World

22 December, 2008 18:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat


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Article sponsored by HSBC

Christmas is a time for getting together – spending time with loved ones, cooking and sharing food, and of course, the exchanging of gifts.  But how does the expat community spend Christmas away from home?  What’s the best present to send if you’re living offshore and how can you keep in touch during the busy holiday season?

HSBC Bank International has looked into how Christmas is celebrated in popular expat locations across the world and found some surprising similarities. To help celebrate Christmas the Bank is giving expats a chance to win £1000 in gift vouchers to keep the giving going in 2009. Readers can enter the prize draw by visiting Christmas Prize Draw and detailing their experiences of a Christmas abroad. No purchase is necessary and the lucky winner will be randomly chosen on 30 January 2009.

Christmas in Dubai

Christmas time for expats living in Dubai is similar to the experience shared in the UK– spending the day with family and a big lunch.  Expats who do not have any family in the city meet their friends for a festive feast in one of the many five-star hotels.  Hoteliers make an extra effort to put on special meals, decorations and even a Christmas tree, which is often shipped in from Europe. (More)


Christmas traditions around the world

19 December, 2008 17:41  EasyExpat EasyExpat

There’s more to Christmas than Christmas trees, gifts, Santa Claus, reindeers and mistletoes. Read on to find out more about some of the traditions associated with Christmas around the world. (More)


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