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Steph Koyfman
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.
Articles by Steph
6 Of The Best Podcasts For Italian Language Learners

6 Of The Best Podcasts For Italian Language Learners

Good news: they’re not all too fast for beginners to understand. These Italian podcasts will make an ideal complement to your studies.
12 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

12 German Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

German and English share common roots, but there are tons of false cognates you’ll need to sidestep if you want to avoid embarrassment. Here are 12 of the most amusing (and kinda NSFW) German false friends.
How To Host The Perfect Russian Dinner Party

How To Host The Perfect Russian Dinner Party

Vodka can’t carry this one alone, so you better come prepared with plenty of hearty Russian food too.
Do They Really Take Siestas In Spain?

Do They Really Take Siestas In Spain?

Contrary to the popular stereotype, Spaniards actually work some of the longest hours in Europe. Here’s why the siesta isn’t exactly what you think (and why it might soon be going away).
How To Learn Multiple Languages At Once

How To Learn Multiple Languages At Once

Giving your undivided attention to one language at a time is a very effective and practical thing to do. But if you’re the kind of person who digs a challenge, come on in.
The Sundry Sounds Of Onomatopoeia In Different Languages

The Sundry Sounds Of Onomatopoeia In Different Languages

Just about every language contains words that sound exactly like what they mean. And they’re often quite cute.
Should You Smile In Other Countries?

Should You Smile In Other Countries?

Your big, doofy American grin might not win you any favors in certain countries.
How To Host The Perfect Swedish Dinner Party

How To Host The Perfect Swedish Dinner Party

Hint: you’ve got options beyond IKEA meatballs.