Make Time for Language Learning

Make Time for Language Learning

What if I asked you to find 7 hours in the week to dedicate to something you want to do, whether it’s exercising or learning a new language or learning to play an instrument? What do you think you would say? Most people would probably respond with a “Yeah, right! I don’t even have 7 Read More

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Italian Language Barriers or How I learned the Word “CRAB”

Learning a new language is one of my favourite things to do. I get a thrill when I am finally able to communicate with a native speaker without embarrassing myself too much. No matter how proficient you are in a language, you will most likely come across a language barrier at some point. Even after Read More

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Roman Gladiators

I sat down expecting the marble to feel cool beneath me but it wasn’t. My legs were tired after hours of walking around. The sun blared overhead. Rome is beautiful at any time of the year but the beginning of August was exhausting. The heat mixed with the endless crowds was suffocating. I ran my Read More

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A Brush with the Town Hall

9 AM. I shouldn’t even be out of the house let alone sat in the town hall knowing full well that it doesn’t open until 10. Unfortunately, after living here for four years, I know the only way to guarantee that I get out of here before my hair goes grey is to wait! I Read More

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6 Ways to Make Friends Abroad

I still remember, to this day, standing in my garden in Wales with my dad, about to embark on my first solo stint abroad. We were feeding the fish in the pond, watching them swim round and round, when I opened up to him about my fears about moving abroad. My key fear? Meeting people. Read More

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Navigating the Aftershocks

The windows rattled as the floor shook violently. The bed frame vibrated beneath me. Had a train just gone past the house? No, there was no railway near here. A really big lorry then? Surely not at this time of the morning – it was 3.36 a.m. Even in my semi-conscious state, somewhere between asleep Read More

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The Lions of Rome

The young lions had learned well. They’d listened carefully to everything their parents had said, scrutinised every move their parents had made. Now it was their turn and they were desperate to prove themselves. They watched the impala as they migrated across the plains, searching for any sign of weakness. They were patient, knowing that Read More

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How to Cope When Your Best Friend Moves Abroad

“I’m leaving.” These are the words everyone dreads hearing. Words that cut you to the core, especially when the person saying them has always been there for you. You’ve been through everything together for years and now they’re abandoning you to start a new life, or at least that’s how it feels. What are you Read More

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How to Go to a Concert Like an Italian

It’s been a crazy few weeks of working, hiking and concert-going, which is why I haven’t had much time to write. “You’re still working?! But it’s summer!” I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, but unfortunately the work of an ESL teacher continues over summer as students still need lessons. We’re basically superheroes. However, there Read More

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Fingers Crossed!

Last week, I entered a competition through World Nomads Insurance to win a travel writing scholarship. The prize includes a trip to Australia as well as a 3-day travel writing workshop where you are mentored by a Lonely Planet writer. You can read my entry at the link below. There were over 3000 entries so Read More