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    Should you tell a good friend that her boyfriend has cheated on her?

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    A classic dilemma that we will probably all face one day: finding your friend’s boyfriend wrapped around someone else. It’s never easy to know how to react in this delicate scenario. Decide not to interfere in their relationship, by hiding the facts? Or tell her everything, possibly putting your friendship at stake? Here is a little advice on the matter.

    1/ Prepare the terrain beforehand

    It’s always better to be prepared. Survey all of your friends on a girls night out and ask them what they would prefer, if by pure bad luck you were to find their man in another woman’s arms. At least, you’ll know their views on the matter.

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    2/ Talk to the wrongdoer himself

    If the damage is already done and you haven’t had the chance to find out your friend’s wishes in such situations, another emergency solution is available to you: go and see the guilty party and tell him that you know, threatening to out him if he doesn’t come clean. A bit mean, maybe, but it works. On the other hand, this technique can also be dangerous for your friendship: if your friend finds out, she could well blame you for having broken up her relationship.

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    3/ Tell her everything

    Put yourself in your friend’s shoes: would you like to learn about the cheating from a third party, as friendly as they may be? Ask yourself about your own motivations, and the value you place on your friendship. What is your goal, in revealing all the facts? If you conclude that it is in her best interests to tell her, prepare yourself for her to be devastated by your announcement, and she may even go as far as to blame you. But she will probably thank you for it in a few years. Whatever you decide to do, we wish you luck with it!

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    Know your tummy type: 5 types of curves that have nothing to do with weight

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    Just because your belly is bloated doesn’t mean you are overweight! Often, worry, stress and other psychological problems can manifest in the tummy. This could possibly explain why, despite all your exercising efforts, you can’t get rid of this little belly surrounding your otherwise slim waist. Here are 5 types of tummy demystified, which will help you better understand your curves.

    1/ The stress belly

    Does fat concentrate around your bellybutton, although your abdomen is firm and far from soft? The causes are often stress, eating too quickly, drinking too much caffeine, a sensitive colon or eating too many salty foods (crackers, crisps, cured meats, etc.).

    What you can do to correct it:

    • Go to sleep earlier (to help balance your appetite).
    • Relax before going to bed (doing breathing exercises or meditating).
    • Limit your caffeine intake.
    • Don’t do too much intense sport (stick to gentle exercises such as yoga, walking or moderate sessions in the gym).
    • Take magnesium.

    2/ The spare tyre

    A ring around your middle is characterised by little bulges on the sides. This could be due to a sedentary lifestyle, eating too many sugary foods, desserts, refined foods and alcohol.

    What you can do to correct it:

    • Limit your consumption of alcohol.
    • Avoid ‘diet’ products and low fat foods, but go instead for eggs, lean mean, fruit and veg containing good fats (avocados, walnuts, almonds, etc.).
    • Exercise moderately.

    3/ A little tummy in your lower abdomen

    You are slim, but still you can never manage to get rid of that little pocket of fat in the lower part of your abdomen. This « protuberance » could be due to having recently given birth, doing too many abdominal exercises, a diet that is not varied enough or spinal curvature.

    What you can do to correct it:

    • Eat plenty of fibre (green veg, whole grain bread, etc.)
    • Don’t do squats.
    • Spread your exercises over all body parts (i.e., avoid concentrating on just one area of the body).

    4/ Maternity tummy

    Maybe you gave birth a year or more ago, but your belly still looks as if you are a few months pregnant! The possible causes are diverse: maybe you started back doing sport too early (you should wait 2 to 3 months before going back to intense physical exercise), your pelvic floor muscles are weak, or you have very little time to give to strengthening your tummy muscles.

    What you can do to correct it:

    • Take cod liver oil
    • Eat good fats (such as in raw nut butters or olives), especially to help fight fatigue.
    • Strengthen your pelvic floor (with Kegel exercises).
    • Get into the habit of contracting your abdomen.
    • Don’t do squats or too much ab work.

    5/ Inflamed stomach

    Is your tummy flat in the morning before you eat, but gradually becomes bloated throughout the day? You could be suffering from food allergies, your intestines may be working slowly, or your intestinal flora could be out of balance.

    What you can do to correct it:

    • Try to seriously cut back on gluten, alcohol, yeast and dairy products.
    • Go for fresh vegetables, meat, chicken and fish.
    • Eat breakfast every day.
    • Don’t eat too late in the evening.
    • Try taking probiotics that will help regulate your tired intestinal flora.

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    Winter trends in hairstyles

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    Winter is here, and with the darker evenings, it’s time to update your wardrobe, and perhaps even change your style entirely with a new haircut. If you dread going to the hairdresser, don’t panic! We have a list of the trendiest and most up to date fashions in hairstyles to give you a few ideas for how to easily transform your look.

    Short hair is in this winter

    Have you always wanted to cut your hair up short? Maybe now is the time, as short hair is very much on trend this season. Try out a pixie crop for a rock chick look. This cut suits all face shapes. If you want a look that is even more original, it is also possible to go for a modernised bowl cut that is more edgy now than ever. For those of you who prefer to avoid boyish cuts, short bobs are equally fashionable at the moment. Maybe try out a short diagonal bob, for example, to be truly at the cutting edge.

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    Play with colour

    Experimenting with various colours is far from a thing of the past. This winter, platinum blonde is back in style. Whether you have straight or curly hair, do like Katy Perry and go blonder than blonde. Colours such as baby pink or blue-green are due to be very much on point towards the end of the year. For a more discreet approach to colouring, try out some subtle highlights. Every hair colour has a corresponding shade of highlights to suit it. Highlights can add shine and thickness to your style. It is also a simple way of updating your look.

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    The fringe is back

    The fringe in its many forms is making its return this season. For curly or straight hair, tapered or with a blunt cut around the eyebrows, anything goes. Short fringes are particularly on trend this winter, and will add a rocker style to your haircut. Don’t hesitate to match it with bright colours. If you prefer longer fringes, you can wear it to just above your eyes. This type of fringe tends to accentuate your features.

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    Braids for long hair

    For long hair, the trend is to go natural and voluminous, and to wear braids of all sorts. Put the straighteners away and celebrate your waves and natural curls. In terms of braids, you have plenty of choice. Tribal plaits, twisted braid buns or distressed faux fishtails -go for the style that matches your image. Also keep in mind that accessories such as headbands, clips and slides can perfect your style and will keep it on trend over the coming months.

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    7 Disney princesses re-imagined as sexy pin-ups with real-woman curves

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    Sexy pin-ups with generous curves

    Have you ever seen a Disney Princess with a few curves? It’s unlikely…. They tend to be improbably thin and waif-like. This is why the young Australian artist Ashley Beevers decided to inject a little sensuality to the princesses of our childhood, transforming them into pin-ups, as curvy as they are sexy. We bet they would be no less beautiful in the heart of their fairtytale lands!

    1/ Belle

    She still has the classic dress, but it is shortened to above the knee to highlight her generous curves!

    2/ Rapunzel

    With layered hair and a ravaging corset, Rapunzel was never so sexy!

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    3/ Snow White

    Rocking her grunge chic, Snow White 2.0 with her beautiful curves seems to have come straight out of a tattoo parlour!

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    4/ Merida

    Merida, the princess in Brave, is not afraid to show off her voluptuous figure. Here she is dressed in a corset revealing her navel and alluring fishnet stockings! Screenshot: Pinterest

    5/ Ariel

    The Little Mermaid is smoking hot in her sexy punk style. Wow!

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    6/ Tiana

    The heroine of The Princess and the Frog has acquired a few delicious curves.

    7/ Tinkerbell

    Tinkerbell has swapped her ballerina slippers for funky roller skates!

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    Do you like Ashleigh’s designs? Find her on Instagram: @mustashleigh or in her Etsy boutique here.

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    15 beautiful hairdos that you can wear to a nightclub

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    Easy hairdos to have you dancing in style all night!

    Have you left your guy in the pub with his mates, to sneak off to a nightclub with your girlfriends?  Great plan, from time to time, it’s good to go your separate ways! And there’s nothing like getting ready with the girls, having a few little tipples while you get dressed (except for the designated driver, of course!), doing each other’s hair and makeup and generally enjoying girl time! Here are 15 hairstyles to inspire you and set you apart on the dance floor.

    1/ Twisted ponytail

    Like a modern day mermaid, you’ll set the dance floor alight!

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    2/ Tucked bun

    A super simple style, that you can also wear with a headband.

    3/ Double tucked bun for mid length hair

    A wavy bun as pretty as a flower bud! Impact guaranteed.

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    4/ Hair bow

    Wrap yourself up in this beautiful style, which isn’t as complicated as it looks! Straighten your hair well before trying it out.

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    5/ Jewelled accesories

    Highlight your face by clipping your hair back with pretty slides.

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    6 symptoms that could be signs of cervical cancer

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    The World Health Organisation estimates that one woman dies every two minutes from cervical cancer. It is classed as the second most widespread female cancer. If the first symptoms do not appear immediately, some indicate that the disease is at an advanced stage. Learn how to recognise the symptoms so you can respond quickly.

    1/ Pains in your legs

    In the first phases of the disease, the cervix can hinder or diminish blood flow, leading to swelling and pain in the legs.

    2/ Burning when you pee

    Burning when you pee is a recurrent symptom in women affected by cervical cancer. Blood can also appear in the urine. Consult a doctor immediately if this happens.

    3/ Bleeding after sex

    The bleeding could be abundant, irregular and accompanied by pain in the pelvis, the spine and the legs.

    4/ Anal pain

    If the tumour is touching the rectum, the patient may feel pain in the anus, they may have difficulties passing stools or there could be blood in the stools.

    5/ Kidney problems

    If the tumour affects the upper urinary passages, it could cause an increase in the volume of the pelvis, which holds urine formed in the kidneys.

    6/ Fistulas

    At more advanced stages, the tumour could cause vesico-vaginal fistulas (abnormal passageways that form between the bladder and the vagina) or recto-vaginal fistulas (abnormal passageways between the rectum and the vagina).

    Health problems that accompany cervical cancer

    More rarely, other illnesses or health problems can accompany cervical cancer:

    • Bone metastasis: pain in the bones and bones which are easily get fractured
    • Pulmonary metastasis: difficulties with breathing, coughing, shortness of breath, bloody discharge from the lungs.
    • Weak immune system, coma.
    • Neurological symptoms: headaches, vomiting, double vision, problems with balance.
    • Fatigue, anaemia, loss of appetite.
    • Paraneoplastic syndrome, hypercalcemia (elevated calcium levels in the blood).

    Do you suspect something is wrong? In all cases, there’s nothing to lose by getting checked out! Don’t hesitate to talk to your GP or gynaecologist. 

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    Male sex dolls: life-like sex dolls for women!

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    Better than blow up dolls, but not as developed as the female robots, here are the male sex robots. Until now, this was a phenomenon reserved only for men, but certain businesses are now trying to expand their market with male dolls, realer than the real thing, to satisfy ladies’ needs. 

    The possibilities are endless

    These dolls are not only created for sex. Allegedly, they can equally make a veritable daily companion. The phenomenon of « blow up dolls » is a very masculine concept, although certain companies decided to push the boat out, by creating life like male dolls. The clients can choose to tailor their ‘man’ to their own tastes, selecting the settings and the physical qualities that they want in their new toy: scars, hair, body hair, eye colour and even penis size. Anything goes, as long as you are willing to pay around 12,000 euros.

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    Life companions

    The American company Sinthetics decided to specialise in the manufacture of male sex dolls, made from wax. They made this choice based on the demands of their female clients, to whom they also wanted to offer this type of sex toy. The users admit that these « real dolls » are not just sex objects. They claim to have created real relationships with these statues, which can apparently be even better than having just a sex friend.

    Even if the dolls can still seem a little terrifying, Sinthetics seem convinced that in a few years, it will be possible to make love to these robots.

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    The stick-on, push-up, strapless bra: is it dangerous?

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    Since August this year, you have probably seen ads for a particular type of bra on numerous sites, but also on social networks. It is a stick-on strapless bra, which can also provide a push-up effect, thanks to laces in the middle of it. This accessory, which at first glance seems very practical, may be more dangerous than it appears. 

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    What are the risks?

    Even if stick-on bras have been around for a number of years, this particular one brings the breasts tightly together, creating a « stunning » cleavage. Ideally, the story would have finished there, and stopped at having discovered a very practical accessory for showing off your cleavage. However, that was not to be. In August this year, numerous young women revealed fairly shocking photos of the effects this bra had on their chests. It seems that the adhesive material is toxic to the skin. In fact, certain users found it extremely difficult to remove the bra, and when they succeeded in doing so (with great pain), to their horror, they found numerous burns on their skin.

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    One YouTuber explains that when she went to remove the adhesive bra, her skin remained stuck to it. She therefore had to remove it by force, tearing her skin in certain places. Although she was used to wearing these kinds of bras, she reported that this was the first time she had a reaction like this.

    It seems that the young YouTuber was not the only one to fall victim to this accessory. Jami Catherine Moran Jessop was one of the first to speak out against the product. Having ordered it on Amazon, the packaging said that it should not be worn in the heat, to avoid it slipping. However, it was the complete opposite, as the young woman found that she absolutely could not remove the bra. After several minutes of suffering, the bra finally came off, leaving huge marks on her skin.

    Numerous accounts circulated on the web, recommending that potential customers absolutely do not buy this product. Be careful before you buy this type of bra, which costs €46 all the same. A little pricey when all you get is suffering..

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    8 tips to follow for beautiful healthy lips

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    Lips are hugely important to how we look: they naturally add to our charm, but they also have a seductive aspect. However, they are very delicate, and it’s important to take care of them! Follow these 8 tips to keep your lips healthy and beautiful. 

    1/ Protect them from the sun and moisturise them

    Your lips are very sensitive to the sun’s rays: to protect them, use a lip balm with UV protection on a daily basis, which will also hydrate them.

    It is better to go for products made from vegetable ingredients: honey, sweet almond oil, aloe vera or even shea butter are all very good examples.

    2/ Drink water

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    When you become dehydrated, your lips are the first place it will show: good hydration is the key to healthy lips.

    3/ Avoid tobacco

    It is proven that tobacco destroys your teeth and causes staining and yellowing, but it also harms your lips! It accelerates ageing of the skin and alters the natural moisture of your lips. Another good reason to give up smoking!

    4/ Exercise your lips!

    A number of quick little exercises in your ‘facial gym’ will help you plump your lips up.

    • Pronounce the letters « O » and « I » one after another, around 50 times.
    • Pout your lips as much as possible and hold the position for around ten seconds.
    • Bring your lips together inside your mouth as if you were spreading your lipstick. Hold for 10 seconds and relax.

    5/ Consider an exfoliating scrub

    Dead cells quickly accumulate on your lips, and you can recognise these by the appearance of little pieces of dry skin that tend to come off. Removing them is not the solution however, as you could damage your lips.

    Scrubs are therefore recommended. There are many possibilities: make them from sugar, honey or even salt!

    You can, for example, mix a dessertspoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of fine salt and apply it to your lips, massaging it in. Rinse well afterwards with mineral water.

    Adding granulated sugar to your cleansing milk is another option. Many other varieties exist, but the most common is a mixture of sugar and honey: this is also well known for its softening and hydrating properties.

    You can also exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush: remove the dead skin cells every morning by brushing them with the soft bristles. You will have fuller, softer lips!

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    7 smoothies to help lose weight

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    What better than a tasty cold drink, natural and easy to make, to help you lose weight? Smoothies, rich in vitamin C and vegetable proteins, are an excellent way of making those love handles disappear!

    Try these 7 mixtures made from fruit and vegetables to reduce your waist size and still enjoy what you’re eating!

    Also see 8 ingredients for a flat stomach.

    1 / Apple, oats and almonds

    This sweet and filling smoothie is perfect for breakfast. It allows you to start your day full of energy.

    Bonus: it is also great for your digestion!

    Ingredients :

    • 1 apple
    • 1 glass of oat drink (200 ml)
    • 10 chopped almonds
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (3 g)

    Method: Wash the apple and cut it into quarters. Pour the oat drink into a mixer and add the apple and the chopped almonds. Blend everything together and serve it in a glass topped with cinnamon.

    2 / Banana, strawberries, oats

    We have all heard it before, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and not to be skipped. This smoothie is healthy and at the same time will keep you going until lunch time, without gaining weight.

    Ingredients :

    • 1 banana
    • 20 g of oat flakes
    • 4 strawberries
    • 1 teaspoon of ground almonds

    Method: Cut the banana and strawberries into pieces and mix them in a blender. Add the oat flakes and ground almonds, mix it again and the job is done!

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    3 / Yoghurt, tomato, lemon

    0% fat yoghurt will help you fight against water retention, which often causes bloating. Accompanied with lemon and a fresh tomato, it will strengthen your immune system and put you in good form to start the day!

    Ingredients :

    • 1 yoghurt (0% fat)
    • 1 tomato
    • 1 lemon

    Method: Peel the tomato after having boiled it and cut it into pieces. Mix it in a blender with the juice of the lemon and the 0% fat yoghurt, until you get a creamy mixture. You can even add herbs (thyme) and spices. Serve it with ice and enjoy.

    4 / Apple, kiwi, cinnamon and honey

    A delicious smoothie that is perfect for an afternoon snack, in case hunger strikes!

    Ingredients :

    • 1 apple
    • 1 kiwi
    • 1 glass of water (200 ml)
    • 1 spoon of cinnamon
    • 1 spoon of honey

    Method: Peel the apple and the kiwi and cut them into pieces. Put them in a blender and add the glass of water, the cinnamon and the honey. All that is left to do is mix it and it’s ready: you are sure to love it.

    5 / Carrot, apple and ginger

    Ideal for a flat stomach, this delicious mixture will clean your intestines and eliminate cellulite and toxins.

    Ingredients :

    • 2 carrots
    • 1 small piece of root ginger (without the skin)
    • 1/2 lemon
    • 1 green apple

    Method: Peel the apple and the carrots and cut them into quarters and slices respectively to facilitate blending. Mix them in a blender with the root ginger, serve and enjoy.

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    How best to choose a dressing table

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    The dressing table is a key piece in a woman’s bedroom: it’s practical for organising your things, and ideal for getting ready in the morning -it has all you need in a piece of furniture. However, when buying one, you have to choose wisely! In fact, there are many different styles available, and there is something to match every room and to match everyone’s tastes. Enjoy browsing! 

    How do I choose a dressing table?

    Before making a purchase, first of all it is important to evaluate your needs, in terms of how you are going to use it in your day to day life. Firstly in terms of space: in fact, if you want to buy a dressing table, but the room you want to put it in is very small, go for a style that is simple and effective, that will fulfill all the functions without taking up too much space.

    Many women want to have a dressing table mainly for doing their hair and makeup in the mornings. You should therefore take into account the drawers and organisers it has, to make sure you have enough space for all of your accessories. It is equally possible to use a dressing table for storing underwear, for example. In this case, you need a fairly large model with roomy drawers.

    Finally, it is also possible that you want a dressing table to decorate a room. In this case, the design is very important, and should correspond with the decor in the room in which the dressing table will go.

    A few factors to consider

    If you want a dressing table that will allow you to do your hair and makeup, go for one that has a mirror, so that you have everything within arm’s reach. Be careful with your choice of mirror: you need to choose one that is big enough to see your entire face.

    Sometimes, a seat comes with a dressing table, and this could be ideal if you want matching designs on the two pieces of furniture. If not, choose a seat that matches your needs and your tastes in terms of decoration. It is also possible to find adjustable seats, to ensure they are neither too high nor too low. However, if you want to buy a seat separately to your dressing table, check beforehand that they will go well together.

    Whatever the case, whatever your styles and your expectations, you are sure to find the dressing table of your dreams!

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    Learn a foreign language quickly and easily: it is possible!

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    We are always amazed when we meet people who can speak several languages. They seem to possess a form of genius we could never hope to match! However, learning a language isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Like anything, you simply need to give it a little time, and know the right methods.

    Clearly, for the majority of us, the techniques they used in school to teach languages were complete failures. Having to practice in class in front of your peers was possibly not the best way to incite you to try out a new language and learn from your mistakes.

    Here are a few tips to easily learn a new language.

    Decide on definite goals for your language acquisition

    When we want to learn a new language, firstly we need to decide on our precise goals. In other words, you need to have a need for it. There is a difference between doing it to impress your friends, and doing it to be able to communicate with someone, or do business abroad.

    Practice

    Instead of memorising interminable lists of words or spending your time with your head in grammar books, it is much more worthwhile to practice the language whenever possible. After all, when you learn your native tongue, you don’t have your head stuck in the books! The same goes for additional languages.

    Of course, the best way is to live in complete immersion in that country, but we don’t all have the means or the time to move to a foreign country for a few months.

    Fortunately, we live in the digital age, where it is possible to practice a new language from the comfort of your own home, in front of your computer. If we want to learn Italian, for example, we can first go for a classic method and take a course with a tutor via an online course such as https://preply.com/en/skype/italian-tutors.  Rather than a formal course, this gives you the chance to practice conversing with someone.

    You can also sign up for Italian online chat services and forums to make friends and chat with them. Many people want to learn English -you can do an exchange with them and you can both learn together.

    Live in immersion

    You can go about your daily life in the language you are trying to learn. With the internet, you can start by connecting to any new websites you want to look at in the foreign language, and read their information. Keep a bilingual dictionary within arm’s reach to look up the words that you don’t understand. This is a fast way to acquire new vocabulary, all the while doing something interesting.

    You can also watch films in the foreign language. At the beginning, watch them with English subtitles, and gradually try to do this less and less. Start with children’s series or animations, as the vocabulary will be simpler.

    Another great way of learning is through music. Listening to songs in your target language and reading the lyrics will increase your vocabulary no end, and will help you with replicating the accent.

    Learning a foreign language is not just for geniuses, everyone can manage it with the right methods!

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