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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Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?

This was written on Tuesday the 19th of August. I'm currently (and luckily) on a bus from Zagreb in Croatia to Vienna and all I keep thinking is: I miss British queuing skills. The UK is the best place if ever you want to queue. It's polite, well-organised, and we always form a neat line …

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An overview of Austria

When you think of visiting western Europe you may overlook Austria. Some of you may think I'm misspelling Australia (I really hope you don't). But nestled in the centre of Europe, Austria is a mix of all my favourite bits of Europe. It's like Switzerland without the insanely high prices, it's like Bavaria but almost …

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