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The Inuit people, according to legend, have fifty words for snow - but that's only half the story. Fifty words translate into fifty concepts of what snow can be, and learning them all can give speakers of another tongue a whole new window onto a world that once just looked cold and white.

Learning a language is one of the most profound ways of tapping into an unfamiliar culture. Just as learning Inuit can help you appreciate the difference between the snow that lies wetly and the snow that crunches underfoot, students of Thai may relish the concept of 'greng-jai' - a reluctance to ask for something you know the other person doesn't want to give - while those learning French may ponder why it has no word for 'rude', as distinct from 'vulgar' or 'impolite'. Meanwhile, Zulu scholars may delight in the fact that 'uhlakahla', officially the name of a plant, can also be used to describe the dried saliva you find clinging to your face after a deep sleep - a concept so universal it perhaps deserves more words.

bemOre's range of language teachers can open up not just new ways of talking to the rest of the world, but a different way of looking at it. Your journey into a culture you've never had the words to imagine starts here.

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