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Sorry to burst your bubble, but we all have an accent. Even people who speak the same language can have different accents based on where they are located, and sometimes within the same country. So, having an accent is totally natural regardless of the language you speak. With that being said, when speaking a non-native language, it makes even more sense to have a harder time “perfectly” nailing specific sounds because they are simply different from what we are used to.

Despite the fact that it is normal to have one, we tend to dislike our accent and want to…


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I have been in love with languages and cultures for as long as I can remember. There is just something special about getting closer to people through their reality. I guess Nelson Mandela was right when he said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Having had the opportunity to learn other people’s languages and connect with them better has expanded my world. And the more languages I learn, the easier it has become to explore new ones…


Male Violence

This is what I realized

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Every woman has dealt with sexual harassment at least once in her life, and I am no exception to the rule. It wasn’t the first time I was dealing with inappropriate sexual comments or gestures coming from my male coworkers, but this time was different; I had to firmly stand my ground while my managers only showed indifference or tried to make me feel bad for choosing to speak up and demanding that they took concrete actions to discourage sexual harassment in the office.

During a casual conversation with a couple of male coworkers one of them told me that…


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This year alone I’ve heard many stories of women I personally know who have been victims of sexual violence. I can’t even count the stories of the women I don’t know. While I am grateful I have not had to live most of those experiences myself, it hurts me all the same to see my fellow girls and women go through such horrifying experiences. And I feel powerless… I’ve lived in Costa Rica for over 9 years and I still don’t understand how sexual violence is so normalized and even considered a non-issue even though data shows sexual abuse against…


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During a recent conversation a male friend asked me why violence against men and women is not viewed and treated the same way by feminists. He asked, How is a woman who has been violated by a man different from a woman who has been violated by another woman? He assumed that the feminist movement only cared about women who are victims of male violence and thought that this only promoted hatred towards the male gender. In his opinion, we should all work together to fight violence in general instead of categorizing violence under different labels.

I think it is…


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We’ve all heard some white people say they’ve been victims of racist behaviors coming from black people, but the truth is that black people cannot be racist because of the very definition of racism. In the movie Dear White People Samantha White reminds us that “racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race.” Racism is a system that was designed by white people to benefit from discriminating and oppressing non-white people. And the reason why black people cannot be racist is because we’ve never benefited from racism. “Reverse racism” does not exist.

As Samantha also said, yes, black people…


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It started as a regular meeting until we began to talk about dress codes. I rolled my eyes in my mind and put on my most serious face. Talking about dress codes here usually means talking about how women dress, and I don’t particularly enjoy any situation where people think they should have an opinion on our bodies. I was not paying much attention to the conversation because I had heard about this too many times until my boss suddenly said something like this: “I don’t really care about what you wear, I want you to feel comfortable. But if…


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To be honest, I’ve never liked bras. When I was around nine years old and my breasts started to grow, my mom (and the rest of society) decided that I was becoming a “young lady” and that it was time that I started to wear a bra. Worst decision ever! I still remember my first white and very lacy bras because they were itchy as f**k! Then I unconsciously wore bras for years because, you know, I thought women simply wore bras. But around 3 or 4 years ago I just stopped and told myself “Wait a minute! Why do…

Tamara Isaac

A translator who loves good stories. When I’m not eating, I’m exploring…everything.

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