Learn when you’re not learning

So you've decided to learn a new language. You long to travel with ease, spark up a conversation with the locals and get a smile back from the French waiter as you casually whip out a "Merci!" when he brings your coffee over. You tell all your friends, order a textbook online and publish a meaningful… Continue reading Learn when you’re not learning

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Why teaching your native language abroad isn’t as easy as it sounds

Next week I fly out to Spain to begin my Year Abroad as an English Language Assistant working for the British Council. Spending a year in the Spanish sunshine teaching my native language to children sounds easy right? After three months teaching English in Paris and running private English lunchtime classes in France during my gap year,… Continue reading Why teaching your native language abroad isn’t as easy as it sounds

The websites you need to bookmark as a linguist

My Bookmarks tab is always growing with useful websites to help me on my language learning journey. Are you a linguist? Bookmark these sites now... Word Reference If you are a languages student and haven't used Word Reference then I salute you for getting through the countless essays and translation exercises up until now. This is an… Continue reading The websites you need to bookmark as a linguist

Top 5 pre-departure tips for moving abroad

Before I flew out to France for a year before university, I was pretty clueless about the behind-the-scenes of moving abroad. Since then, I have flown back and forth to the UK for weekend visits, spent 3 months living in Paris as an intern and am flying out later this month to work in Spain… Continue reading Top 5 pre-departure tips for moving abroad

Euskera and the luck of the draw

As a linguist studying French and Spanish, and having taken modules in Catalan too for the past couple of years, I was feeling pretty confident with my British Council allocation to the Basque Country. Although Spanish is the main language spoken in Spain, Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken in their respective regions. As… Continue reading Euskera and the luck of the draw