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Students: how to earn money from your computer

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

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La gratitud

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

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Why you shouldn’t make language learning a ‘New Year’s resolution’

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’

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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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Five things the Basque Country does well

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

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Learn when you’re not learning

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

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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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The websites you need to bookmark as a linguist

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

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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