Knowing table etiquette is extremely useful when trying to make a good impression at a work interview or at a first date. However, etiquette classes can be costly for the average person. Thankfully, today’s infographic gives a brief overview of table etiquette and which utensil is used for what. So learn up and feel confident on your next date or job interview!
If there is one festival in Germany that absolutely must not be missed, it is Oktoberfest in Munich, because no other event represents German partying tradition and beer drinking culture so completely as this famous folk festival on Munich’s Theresienwiese (Theresa Meadow). READ MORE
Verbalists continue to make London come alive with its language programs and wonderful stories and videos made by famous Rick Steves, one of the main supporters of our communication and language network. This week we explore the South Bank sites. READ MORE
The official language of Bern is German, but the main spoken language is the Alemannic dialect called Bernese German.
The city of Bern or Berne is the Bundesstadt (federal city, de facto capital) of Switzerland, and, with (as of December 2010) a population of 133,920, the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 43 municipalities, has a population of 349,000. The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000. Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populous of Switzerland’s cantons.
In 1983 the historic old town in the centre of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life (2010).
Rick Steves, one of the main supporters of the Verbalists Language Network, has just published a new video about England’s maritime capital.
Visitors come to Greenwich for all things salty, including the Cutty Sark clipper ship, the area’s premier attraction. The town is synonymous with timekeeping and astronomy, and at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, you can learn how those pursuits relate to seafaring. READ MORE
In the age of mobile phones, the remaining “speakers” of a dying whistling language try to preserve a vital means of communication over vast distances. READ MORE
Imagine walking into the courtyard of the Louvre and suddenly spotting thousands of people busily preparing for one of the world’s largest al fresco dinner parties. You would think that it would be chaotic, but it’s not. Part of the cachet of the Dîner en Blanc is that not anyone, not even the official guests, are told the location of the dinner until a mere thirty minutes before the event. All of the guests are familiar with the rules governing the event and know exactly what must be done before the celebration can begin. For example, invitees must arrive and depart by bus or organized public transportation, allocate seats in a very specific manner, with men on one side and women on the other, and take all of their trash away with them when they leave. The diners must enhance the value of the public space by charming passersby with the unexpected rather than detracting from it. And, most incredibly, it works.
The organizers divided this year’s group into two to accommodate more than 11,000 participants – the Dîner en Blanc at the Louvre and on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower. Shortly before 11:00 pm, thousands of people stood in unison and raised sparklers towards the sky just as the Eiffel Tower started to sparkle.