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Book review: The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell

What makes us happy? Money, success, family, friends, surroundings, weather? The more I read about happiness, the more I think that happiness comes from inside, from our attitude towards what happens in our life. Would you agree? This recent publication by Helen Russell (who now lives in Denmark – consistently one of the top 10…
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Spring Has Sprung – The Origin of “Spring” in 12 Different Languages

Although we have had some uncharacteristically warm weather recently, the season on its way in March is actually spring, and the observant among you will have noticed the spring flowers starting to poke their heads above the ground.  To celebrate this new beginning, this blog post looks at the word for “spring” and the origins…
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Interview with our French tutor, Jean-Paul Metzger

Jean-Paul Metzger, PhD., is not only a wonderful French language tutor at BLS, but also an experienced translator and a passionate composer. He’s also a bilingual who lives in Bristol, UK, and today we have the pleasure of interviewing him! Hello Jean-Paul. Thank you for taking part in our interview today. Can you tell us…
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Italy: A heaven for ice-cream lovers

When in Italy, it’s truly difficult to avoid them… they look & taste amazing… yes, the ice-creams… As I normally don’t eat sweets (I know, shocking!!!), if I wanted to be naughty, I wanted to do it properly and experience the best of Italian ice-cream. Below are my absolute favourites. Gelateria De’ Coltelli, Pisa Situated…
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Book review: Bilingual Games. Some Literary Investigations, ed. by Doris Sommer

Speaking another language is quite simply the minimum and primary condition for being alive. Julia Kristeva It’s a thought-provoking and fascinating read. Bilingual Games, edited by Doris Sommer, presents the idea of bilingualism from many different perspectives. The book is divided into 5 parts and each of them contains essays written by intellectuals who portray…
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Romance in Your New Language – How to Say “I Love You” in Different Languages

Happy Valentine’s Day / Buon San Valentino / Bonne Saint-Valentin / Alles liebe zum Valentinstag / Fijne Valentijnsdag / Šťastného Valentýna / Szczęśliwych Walentynek / Feliz Dia dos Namorados / Feliz día de San Valentín / с днем ​​Святого Валентина / عيد حب سعيد ! 14th February is when we usually celebrate how much we…
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Film review: Dangal (2016)

Last weekend I decided to treat myself to an evening of Netflix, to practise my quickly-rusting language skills. My film of choice? The award-winning Hindi-language biographical wrestling movie, Dangal (2016). The film is loosely based on the lives of Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, daughters of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a national level wrestling champion in…
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Travelling corner: Her first trip to the seaside

Whilst still pregnant, I started planning our travels together, specifically, our first trip as a family of 4! My daughter was born in mid-November, so when she was around 6 weeks old, she went away with us for 4 days to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We went to Cornwall: it’s obvious that I had to…
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Travelling corner: Belgium by train

What’s so great about travelling by train in Belgium? Ticket prices! Yes, the train tickets are not expensive and it does not matter if you buy them in advance or just on the day. They can even be 50 per cent cheaper at weekends! The trains are comfortable and modern. There is a train station…
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New Year, New Language-Learning Trends for You to Try Out

Welcome to my first blog post of 2019!  Before I start, I would like to wish you all Buon Anno / Bonne Année / Prospero Año Nuevo / ةديعس ةديدج ةنس / Fröhes Neues Jahr / Gelukkig Nieuwjaar / Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku / Feliz Ano Novo / Поздравляю с Новым годом / Happy New Year!…
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