Blog

Careers Advice: Working as a Translator or Interpreter

When you learn a new language, one way you might like to put your skills to good use is by becoming a translator or interpreter.  Translation is turning a text written in one language into a text in another language and interpreting is conveying a spoken or signed message in a different spoken language.  In…
Read more Read More...

Book Review: The Accidental Asian by Eric Liu

Eric Liu is a monolingual American whose Chinese parents emigrated to the USA and lived there for the rest of their lives. In Liu’s memoir, The Accidental Asian, he presents a series of essays on ethnic identity, assimilation and “Chinese-ness ”. He chose topics that are particularly close to him, to his experience and to…
Read more Read More...

On Languages: Czech

The Czech language or čeština is a language which may look and sound difficult: the words’ endings can change, vowels with acute signs have a longer pronunciation and words are written with diacritics. BUT, it is a funny sounding language due to its soft pronunciation, with many words you may already know or which may…
Read more Read More...

Interview with Family without Borders

1. We are very impressed by your motivation to prove that a nomadic lifestyle and having children don’t have to be mutually exclusive. What advice would you give to new parents who don’t want to give up on travelling? Just don’t 😉 Just think about anything you would like to do with your life –…
Read more Read More...

Travelling Corner: 5 Favourite Secret Beaches in Cornwall

I return to Cornwall frequently, most often to walk the South-West Coast Path. Whilst walking, I have discovered quite a few beautiful secret beaches. Below is a list of my favourites (and yes, I swam in the sea there, too, brrrr!). Trebarwith Strand Beach Quite large, big waves, popular [directions: Trebarwith Strand car park] Lundy…
Read more Read More...

On Multilingualism and Bilingualism: Journals

If you find multilingualism a fascinating subject that you want to explore, you might want to be updated on current research, observations and discussions on the topic. Below you will find a list I have prepared of journals on multilingualism and bilingualism. International Journal of Multilingualism – focuses on the psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and educational aspects…
Read more Read More...

Book Review: The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Like any “Art of…” book, this publication focuses on how to, in this instance, travel better. It takes the reader on a fascinating intellectual journey through ideas, thoughts, paintings, literature, cities, countries and much more. I will say no more other than that it was a pleasure to read. Written by Kinga Macalla Read More...

Language Learning Techniques – How to Develop your Listening Comprehension

We hope you enjoyed our Language Learning experience posts over the past few weeks. In the posts that follow, we are going to look at different techniques to develop your skills in your chosen language in four different areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This posts gives you a few tips on how to develop…
Read more Read More...

Easter around the globe

In some countries Easter is much more than chocolate eggs and a bank holiday weekend. From water fights to crucifixion, we’ll take you through some of the most interesting Easter traditions from around the globe. Eastern and Central Europe In countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary is it a tradition to celebrate Easter Monday…
Read more Read More...

Interview with Multilingual Matters

Multilingual Matters is an international independent publishing house with lists in the areas of bilingualism, second/foreign language learning, sociolinguistics, translation and books for parents. Most publishing companies tend to be based in London. Why did you choose Bristol? The company was originally based in Clevedon where the company’s founders Mike and Marjukka Grover lived. When…
Read more Read More...