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Carnival is an annual festival celebrated in many different ways in many countries around the world. Some of the world's most famous carnivals are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, New Orleans, USA, and Venice, Italy. Find out what happens in these and one other carnival you may not have heard of.


Trust is the essential ingredient for successful teamwork. How can we avoid misunderstandings and build strong professional relationships?


Mumsnet is a website for parents. Listen to its founder, Justine Roberts, talking about her tips for success for women in business.


There are about 6,500 languages in the world, but did you know that a language disappears and dies every two weeks? International Mother Language Day, on 21 February, is a day to celebrate and protect all the languages of the world.


Listen to Ella talking about Manchester, a city in the north of England with a very exciting music scene.


When you're applying for a job, a great CV is essential. Find out what to include and what to avoid for the best chance of getting an interview.


February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We explore some of the reasons why there are fewer girls and women interested in working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and what's happening to encourage equality in these fields.


On Safer Internet Day let's take a closer look at who uses our online data, what it's used for and what we can do to protect it.


Learn how to make a delicious plant-based dish – vegan red lentil fritters.


Were you born in the year of the Dog, the Monkey or maybe the Rooster? Read on to find out more about Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in some places in Asia.


Listen to Luke talking about London life and the best and worst things about living there.


Listen to Melissa talking about The Hypatia Trust, a charity she founded to record and celebrate the achievements of women in all aspects of their lives.


Listen to Jordan talking about music and how social media has changed the way we discover new bands.


On the night of 31 December and the morning of 1 January, people in many countries all over the world will celebrate the beginning of a new year. How will they celebrate and how did this tradition begin?


Listen to Phil talking about how taking up tennis when he retired has improved his health.


Do you give your friends and family presents on special occasions? Watch this video to see how you can wrap gifts in an eco-friendly way.


Have you heard of British fashion designer Katharine Hamnett? Watch her talking about sustainable fashion in this video.


It's the time of year for Santa Claus, fairy lights and all the best pop songs. What are the essential elements of Christmas in the UK?


Listen to Jo talking about a very special restaurant she visited recently in Catalonia.


Learn how to write about and compare two pie charts.


Listen to Simon talking about how he learned several languages in a variety of different ways.


What are flexible working arrangements and why are some people against them? Can companies benefit from offering flexible working arrangements to their employees?


Many people feel uncomfortable with conflict but it can help us to develop. Here are eight tips for managing conflict more effectively.


Every autumn, Canadian and American families gather for a day centred around community, food and giving thanks – the day of Thanksgiving. Where did this holiday come from and how is it celebrated today?


Children all around the world need adults to help them, to protect them and to teach them their rights. Do you know what the Rights of the Child are? Every year, 20 November is Universal Children’s Day, a chance for all of us to learn how we can help the youngest, most vulnerable members of our communities.


Listen to Emily talking about the importance of managing her stress levels and the techniques she uses.


Listen to Hermia talking about why she loves the band Radiohead.


Listen to Jocelyn talking about her experience of moving out of her family home and living on her own in Hong Kong.


Vegans argue that animal farming is not only cruel but also bad for the environment. World Vegan Day, on 1 November, puts the focus on the vegan way of life.