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Lonely through language

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

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The rain in Spain stays mainly…in Bilbao

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

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The five British things you didn’t think you’d miss on your Year Abroad

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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Why teaching your native language abroad isn’t as easy as it sounds

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

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Top 5 pre-departure tips for moving abroad

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

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Euskera and the luck of the draw

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