Losing my languages

I was asked to translate something quickly at work today, from German into English, and I completely froze. The words jumbled on the page. I looked at certain capitalised German nouns and it was like I knew what they meant but I had no idea how to express what the word was in English. "So what's …

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A year after the referendum

Three years ago, I was living in sunny Vienna. As I grow older, my memories of times and places merge into a sense of feeling. These memories feel deeply personal and yet, oddly detached. When I think of Vienna, I remember the incessant summer heat and numerous nightclubs, severe depression and waking up at 3pm …

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Reasons I became happier in 2015

  Hello! It's been a while, hasn't it my chums? Language Talks isn't about to start becoming a more personal blog (well, maybe a bit, but you won't hear me talk about my trips to the doctors or shops anytime soon), but I thought it would be nice to give a few upbeat thoughts about …

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Are you a feminist?

You may remember that a year and a half ago I interviewed a selection of women on their experiences of sexism abroad (found here). I actually at the time interviewed around ten people, all who gave interesting responses that I've used in various anecdotes at dinner parties. I decided against publishing them all at the time …

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ARGUE Better

In this day and age everyone has an opinion, and there's more and more ways to exert them. The amount of time I'm on a five minute break, check my phone, and then get engrossed in reading other people's arguments in comment sections is becoming a bad habit. That isn't just me is it...? Anyhow, …

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