The green dress in Madrid

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I needed a long-sleeve dress for a wedding in Illinois. I missed the wedding due to flight delays/inclement weather unfort :( But got to wear the dress in Spain! I actually got it on Amazon--the first dress I'd ever bought on their site...actually love it! Super comfy. Here is the link--they have a few diff colors. I'm wearing Size S: https://amzn.to/3cmWJFq

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Get TF Out of Beginner’s Arabic! Time For Your First Lesson.

Useful words and phrases for getting fluent FASTER https://youtu.be/ElJPEvUcZ4EGiven recent events and a lot of people staying indoors, taking online courses, watching Youtube, etc.(please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you haven't already:https://www.youtube.com/c/shannonemaher)...I've been getting more requests for English lessons via our website.Something I didn't expect, however, is a growing number of inquiries from people looking to learn Arabic. A few of the inquiries are from folks with zero Arabic knowledge looking to learn from scratch, others are…

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11 Things People Get WRONG About Dubai

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Hey everybody! As some of you may know, I used to live in Dubai. I lived there for the greater part of my 20s...about 7 years (2010-2017).When I meet people and they find out I lived in Dubai, one of the first questions I get is "what's it like?"I usually just say "different." Not because I want to change the subject, but because there's SO much to say that I don't want to open the floodgates…

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Taking online real estate courses? Here’s a promo for the ones I did!

35% off the courses I took to pass! Hey! For those of you who have seen my video about the Cali Real Estate exam, you may have heard me talk about Real Estate Express, the online course provider I used for completing my required courses. Here's the video below: https://youtu.be/2WSzXQUrXCc Real Estate Express reached out to me and asked that I share a code for you to get 35% off all real estate licensing and…

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Americans who learned Arabic: meet Dr. Phil

https://youtu.be/uj46rN3e9Vo Hello everyone!  I am excited to introduce you to someone that I met at one of my Arabic-English Language Exchange Meetups.  His Arabic is SO impressive that I asked him to film an interview with me.  Meet Phil Hoffman, a current PhD student at UCLA. In this video, we'll talk about why he chose to learn Arabic, how he learned it, his involvement with the CIA *wink*, what he thinks of the "Al-Kitaab" method…

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Cuban Cigars 101: what we learned at the cigar masterclass in Havana

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVjcchVnf4g&feature=youtu.beHola everybody,  On my third day in Cuba I took a cigar-making class. Mind you, this was no ordinary cigar class--it was taught by a Category 9 roller, Yadira, and her colleague Yasmel (who translated for us). They both work in a cigar factory in Havana. Before making the cigars, we learned a bit of background regarding Cuban tobacco plants and the fermentation process for the leaves. The tobacco plants take about 3 months to grow…

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15 Things That Helped Me Learn Arabic In 15 Months

When I speak Arabic to someone new, I'm often met with a sort of wide-eyed, fascinated, look of shock...and sometimes I'll get the “you’re half-Arab, aren't you?!" (from native Arabic speakers). Non-Arabic speakers? I'll get off the phone after speaking in Arabic and they ask "were you speaking Russian?" or even "is that Hungarian?" (these languages sound nothing like Arabic, so I assume they are judging based on my looks...if I covered my hair, maybe the…

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Snacks, Snorkeling and Santeria: My Week in Cuba

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My trip to Cuba this month was filled with "firsts." I made this video to show you a bit of what I saw and did during my week there:https://youtu.be/TzjdNG1f9gEI arrived in Havana on a Sunday night and couldn't wait to check in to my place and sleep...I actually slept 12 hours on my first night and it was amazing.I stayed at an apartment I booked through Airbnb: 155 Tejadillo in Old Havana. For places in…

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Visiting Cuba? 9 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Going

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https://youtu.be/Rz9d9WmpHu4I recently returned from my first trip to Cuba. I spent 5 days in Havana and one day in Varadero. Overall, I had a blast. Cuba is a very interesting, beautiful country and I'd definitely come back.However, now that my first trip is behind me,I want to give you the advice I wish I had received before traveling there. Note: I didn't go without Googling or searching about it on Youtube. I had read online about traveling…

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