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?
Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher Oprah Winfrey We have always known that we should look to surround ourselves with people who make us happy, people who make us smile and people who inspire us. In a world where we are regrettably spending more and more time looking down… Continue reading ‘BE:FIT’, BE INSPIRED
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
Living in the Basque Country is like a constant, cultural learning curve. The language is far from Castellano/Castilian Spanish, the landscape is hugely different to parts of Spain I have seen before, and you may find yourself treading on someone's toes if you refer to them as Spanish, or indeed living in Spain. I learned this the hard way… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Le Pays Basque
In search of a burst of sunshine and a day without Txirimiri on a rainy weekend in Bilbao, last week I flew down with three friends to Málaga. It's safe to say from the moment we stepped off the plane, we were pleasantly surprised with not only the drastic improvement in weather, but also the smiles from… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Málaga
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?
Another year, another new year's resolution. But why not make 2018 the year you choose one you'll actually stick to? The first week in January: a week of new beginnings, new ventures and the overwhelming guilt as your new year's resolution of going to the gym every day or eating ten portions of fruit and… Continue reading Why you shouldn’t make language learning a ‘New Year’s resolution’