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Babs has no time for nonsense or last names, but she has a soft spot for eager learners who are willing to fumble their way to multilingual finesse with the help of her straight-talkin' advice. Babs is a world-weary barista with a master's degree in comparative literature. She has a thing for podcasts, knitting, and men's hockey. Email her your language and culture conundrums at

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