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My Blogging and Language Journey: What My First Negative Comment Taught Me

It was just a “puff piece” apparently, written for a piece of software. Having learned three foreign languages, my own methods were wrong and the best way to learn a new language was just to immerse yourself in the culture. This was a comment on one of my very first blog posts that I had 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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How to Survive an Intercultural Relationship: Part 1

Living abroad, I have had the opportunity to date people of various cultural backgrounds. An intercultural relationship often takes more work than one between two people from the same background. Don’t get me wrong – long-term relationships all require hard work. But when you throw different languages, religions and cultures into the mix, it gets Read More

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Getting Social

I have decided to set up a Facebook page and an Instagram account for people who don’t have WordPress. If you would like to join in the conversation or share your photos with us, you can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Hobbits, Castles and Flower Festivals Part 1

It all started at an ungodly hour on Sunday morning. Well, I say ungodly but it was actually about 9 o’clock when I woke¬†up. I got a phone call from my sister who was unsure about whether we would be going for our planned trip to Rocca Calascio as the weather was not great. We Read More

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Why You Need to Stop Apologising for Your Imperfect Language

Oh, this is terrible! I haven’t written anything in two months. So many things have happened recently that I want to write about, including visiting castles and watching Easter parades, and I hope that I will be able to do it. I actually have a whole list of half-finished drafts on my page. Life and Read More

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How to Survive a Conversation Class

For many newly-certified and inexperienced ESL teachers, the thought of giving a conversation class can often be a daunting, if not downright terrifying, thought. It certainly was for me when I first started teaching. What will we talk about? How will I make it last one hour? What if we run out of things to Read More

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Bleed

Every Tuesday morning, I teach a class at the local nursery school. I don’t really enjoy this class for a couple of reasons: It’s not my classroom In my classroom at school, I have all sorts of sneaky ways of keeping the kids occupied if a lesson isn’t going to plan. When I work outside Read More

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How to Be a Good Language Student

I’m interrupting my series about my trip to Pompeii with a post that I feel is important after the long week that I’ve had. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back with the next installment about Pompeii shortly. There are countless blogs and websites out there telling you how to be a good language teacher. There Read More

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Where to start when learning a language

Wow! It’s been ten days since my last blog post. That actually makes me a bit annoyed because this was something that I wanted to do regularly. The problem is, as with most people, work. Work has rather taken over my life lately. I am doing a lot more hours at the school (to be Read More