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How do you write technically?

For the first two years of my degree in Applied Languages I studied German, Spanish and Irish. While I consider Irish to be my mother-tongue and my favourite language, its teaching at university level left little to be desired. 272 more words

Applied Languages

Unanswered emails

An old friend of mine emailed me the other day. (No, she is not old; it is just that we have known each other for a long time.) The two of us met on the first day of our first year at the university. 586 more words


Documenting Travels through Life in Music and Languages

I sat down at 7pm yesterday evening with a mug of milky coffee, a packet of biscuits, and a desire for conversing with my French pen pal over Skype. 266 more words

Amateur Writing

Guerrilla tactics in foreign language learning

Doubt anyone’s going to be too shocked if I say this: I love language and languages. Because of this, and a natural aptitude, I’ve studied a lot of languages. 2,439 more words


My Voice

I have a question to answer – the kind of serious scientific issue that can only be answered by rambling in a blog post. My question is this: How can someone learn a foreign language which they consciously want to speak, if they cannot find the internal drive that pushes them to do so? 1,438 more words


Utah's language gamble

Read this post from Nina Porzucki. Better yet, listen to the podcast above.

Several years ago, Utah decided to start teaching foreign languages in public schools — beginning in the first grade. 1,405 more words

Monday Morning Check-In

Happy Monday morning, it’s March 23rd, and a new week is beginning. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately, and what some of my concrete, short-term goals are. 75 more words