Travelling is expensive. Once you have booked flights and accommodation the costs being to rack up before you even arrive and spend money on food, activities and souvenirs. So as a self proclaimed 'poor-student', many people ask how I afford to travel far and wide so frequently. Well, I can say it is a combination … Continue reading How can I afford to travel?
My obsession with Goethe started my my final years of High School. After starting to read Faust, I quickly put the book down and moved on. It was a struggle I was not willing to commit to at the time. However, I began to read his poetry and some of his plays and fell in … Continue reading Goethe hunting in Frankfurt
I live in a flat of predominately monolingual speakers, which is something that upsets me greatly. An interesting conversation today with my monolingual flatmate reminded me why I chose to learn languages. "But the whole world speaks English anyway. Your degree will be useless in a few years." There are around 400 million native English speakers and … Continue reading Monolingualism – A Plague?
This week I have been revising for my Arabic oral exams which have almost reduced me to tears. So I thought that I should be listening to some Arabic music to get me into the mode of constantly listening to Arabic. Spotify has been my life saver this week and introduced me to Amr Diab … Continue reading Your Culture Shock #2
After impulsively booking a weekend off work, I felt at a loose end without having any plans. My immediate reaction was to hop onto Skyscanner and look for cheap flights. Italy looked nice at this time of year and for £50, I just couldn't resist. So flights booked and bags packed, I jetted off. Venice is … Continue reading An Italian Adventure
Now culture shock is a term normally used when you go to another country and are shocked by the culture you are faced with a culture different than your own. However, with a world more connected now than we have ever been before, sharing our cultures has never been easier. So once a week I'm … Continue reading Your Culture Shock #1
What is active and passive vocabulary? Passive vocabulary refers to words that learners understand but are not yet able to use. Active vocabulary, on the other hand, is the words that learners understand and use consistently in speaking or writing. When learning a language, is it more important to focus more on developing an ability … Continue reading Active or Passive vocabulary?