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Americans officially banned from entering EU, at least for now

The European Union agreed on a list of 15 countries that would be allowed to travel in its bloc. U.S. citizens were not on it.

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  • The European Union made an agreement on a list of 15 countries that could travel in its bloc from July 1st.
  • Citizens of the United States, as well as Russia, Brazil, and India, are not on it.
  • The exclusion of the U.S. reflects concerns over its coronavirus surge.
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Europe to ban American travel as U.S. struggles to contain pandemic

The European Union is debating over two lists of nations from which it will accept travelers starting July 1.

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  • The EU has slowed the spread of COVID-19 in most regions, while cases in the U.S. continue to grow.
  • The U.S. is reportedly excluded from both lists of "accepted nations," but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the U.S. may reach an agreement with European officials.
  • A ban on American travel would surely have political consequences for the Trump administration.
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This is how you overcome a language barrier

Don't worry about grammar rules at first. They'll only trip you up.

  • Learning a language can be a tricky process, but it's important to remember that it is a process.
  • Having learned 20 languages so far, Canadian polyglot and LingQ founder Steve Kaufmann's advice is to not focus on the grammar. Constantly thinking about the rules while attempting to speak only makes it harder.
  • Investing time (often several months) into listening, reading, and practicing words before trying to speak a language will help you feel more comfortable with it. You will make mistakes, but you will learn from them and people will be patient with you.
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With the U.S. and much of the world engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and health risks have threatened to make study abroad difficult, if not impossible.

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