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’
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™
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