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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Things I’ve googled since moving to France

As I am leaving Strasbourg in two weeks (Time flies doesn't it?!)  I am gearing up to write some  non-listy, serious articles for you.  I will FINALLY tackle a city review and talk about the Christmas markets, as well as do a guide to French universities.  If there is anything else you would like me …

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Things I do in France that I would never do in England

I have been living in France for almost two months now and apart from my accent and general level of French, I have become Frenchified in many ways.  HOW, you ask?  Have I become a Chanel model?  Perhaps I am wearing all black?  Maybe I've lost loads of weight and smoke all the time?Erm, well …

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What to do when you don’t understand French and you live in France

I am currently living in Strasbourg as part of my Third Year Abroad, and have to say I've learned a jolly lot.  Here is my handy guide to ex-pats, erasmus students and au pairs who are now living with the cheese eating surrender monkeys... 1)  Don't know what the shop assistant is saying?  Just say …

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French Module Behaviour

Now second year is over I can reflect on my eclectic choice of modules.  My mentality was choosing exciting and different things, so I completely disregarded more traditionally academic (read BORING) subjects such as 'Women's Life Writing', 'Sociolinguistics' and anything Moliere. I will guide you through the four French modules I chose this year, and …

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3 angry women

After my blog post discussing how Parisian men treated me abroad I received an influx of emails.  Via Twitter I decided that I would talk to 3 girls my age about their experiences across the world.    TONIGHT, I BRING YOU... feisty, fun Fiona, notworthy, naughty Nina and krazy kool Kayleigh (alliterations not accurate, nor very good). …

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STOP. Grammar Time.

In the UK we're not very good at other languages, and that's a fact. How many Brits live in Spain and speak no Spanish?  ... I'm not sure of the statistic, but from what I've seen on May the Best House Win, it looks like A LOT. The majority of people that I've encountered, can't …

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