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
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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™
Are you learning a language? Maybe you have been studying a language for years, or maybe you've decided to take up learning one. One of my favourite ways to spend my time whilst at university is to procrastinate with my "studying" techniques. A latest favourite of mine is spending hours creating beautifully-presented, not-all-that-useful flashcards… Continue reading Getting a language to STICK: a review of FlashSticks®
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
They say Spanish people welcome you into their home with open arms, and the people of Bilbao are no exception. From the taxi driver at the airport, to the people I stopped to ask for directions and everybody in between; this week has been full of "¡Bienvenido!" and smiles. This year I will be working as… Continue reading ¡Bienvenidos a Bilbao!
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
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
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