Last Friday I moved back to the UK after 8 months spent living and working abroad in Spain. Alongside a huge rush of excitement to be back with my family, friends and a fully-stocked fridge, there was a hint of sadness too at leaving behind a place I'd called 'home' for a while. I have… Continue reading Now what?
Before starting my year abroad, I didn’t really know what to expect of my regional allocation: The Basque Country. I knew there were two co-official languages, that perhaps I might hear a little Basque in my workplace, and that it rains a lot. I am studying French and Spanish, and have already completed my time… Continue reading Lonely through language
As the Latin proverb says, teaching has a direct link with positively reinforcing information. What if there was a way to teach from your laptop, whilst making money on the job? Enter: MyTutor The MyTutor site highlights three key benefits for students: It's worthwhile Make a difference to a student's exam grade, understanding and confidence.… Continue reading Students: how to earn money from your computer
Three reasons to say “Eskerrik asko” for my Year Abroad In Euskera, a co-official language of the Basque Country, “Eskerrik asko” means “thank you”. I have recently been inspired by Rupy Aujla, @doctors_kitchen on Instagram to start a daily gratitude exercise. This involves listing three things I am grateful for each day and ranges from… Continue reading La gratitud
Always thought the United Kingdom was the most rainy place you could visit? Bilbao: European City of the Year 2018; and with so much to offer. But if you're planning a beach weekend away in sunny Spain, think again, for the majority of the year. I have been pleasantly surprised by this city: its mountainous backdrop,… Continue reading The rain in Spain stays mainly…in Bilbao
Fluency The ability to speak or write a foreign language easily and accurately. Oxford Dictionaries, 2018 It goes without saying that for the majority of language students, this is a question which pops up fairly often in conversation. When people discover you are studying a languages degree at university, it is a no brainer to… Continue reading So, are you fluent?
So you have begun your year-long adventure away from the comfort of your university city and friends. They watch in jealousy from rainy home soil whilst your social media is overflowing with beers in the sun, weekends travelling around Europe and very little evidence of anything remotely like work or studying. But whilst they groan… Continue reading The five British things you didn’t think you’d miss on your Year Abroad
EUSKARAREN NAZIOARTEKO EGUNA DÍA INTERNACIONAL DEL EUSKERA INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BASQUE LANGUAGE Each year on December 3rd, the people of the Basque Country come together to celebrate International Day of the Basque Language. Five facts about the Basque Language Basque, or Euskera is the oldest living language in Europe. It is spoken in Spain and in France, as… Continue reading Kaixo!
When I applied for my Year Abroad placement with the British Council, País Vasco didn't make the cut for my first or second regional preference. I actually ranked it as my last choice, and as I had done zero research into the region was fairly disappointed when I received my allocation. But since, I have fallen in… Continue reading Five things the Basque Country does well
What if you could take a photo of something and instantly hear and see a translation, in any of 60 languages? With the FlashAcademy™ app, you can. I am always looking for new ways to top up my language learning on-the-go. With a long commute to work each day I need to make the most of my time… Continue reading Language learning in your pocket with FlashAcademy™