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
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
As you may have gathered from my previous posts, I am a keen ambassador for learning a new language! If you've been on the fence for a while about embarking on this adventure, here are my top 5 reasons why you should learn a language. 1. Better job opportunities, better salaries It has… Continue reading Top 5 reasons why you should learn a new language
Six weeks from now I will have just arrived in Spain to begin my year abroad. Where am I going? Bilbao! I am incredibly excited to be experiencing my year abroad in a region thriving with culture, great food and beautiful landscapes. Although when I was originally allocated El País Vasco I had some reservations as… Continue reading What’s next?
Hola a todos, Since I touched down in England after my three-month adventure working in Paris, I have been pretty quiet on my blog as I have been hopping all over the place enjoying the summer! Here is a look into what I've been up to... Aside from this, I have also been getting ready… Continue reading A summer back at home