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  • Ça se dit ?

    Ever since I started learning languages, one of my faults has been that I always try and use sentences that are way too complex, so on the rare occasion that I don’t fail on the grammar side of things, it...

  • Coming home for Christmas... and revision

    I’m writing this from the belly of the beast, the valley of the shadows, the edge of the observable universe. My first exam is a week today. I arrived back in Bath this Monday just gone and I’ve quickly settled...

  • Marseille

    This one means “Marseille”, I’m not very imaginative today. Marseille is a port town about 30 mins by bus from Aix. I’d been once before, but hadn’t really liked it. A lot of it is run down and druggy, the...

  • Pioche

    This means a stack of cards and I learnt it at a boards games night in a village called Le Tholonet just outside of Aix. My friend invited me and I thought why not! Her friends live in a tiny...

  • Year Abroad: 5 Unusual Ways to Practice your Language

      As a languages student, the highest priority for your Year Abroad is to improve your language skills – this goes without saying. But ask any student who is currently away, or has completed their placement, and they will tell...

  • Timorer

    Timorer means to fear, and I actually learnt this one during my Italian exam, but completely guessed at what it meant and got lucky. It means to fear something, apparently it’s similar to an English word (???) but I had...

  • A Day in the Life of a First Year- Weekend Edition

    Before I came to uni I was really unsure how people spent their free time. Would I be constantly in the library? Going out every night? At the gym? Well, it’s fair to say, the answer to all three of...

  • Escamoter

    = to disappear Today was my first day back in Aix after Christmas and it’s surreal being back but it’s also hit me how sad it is that I only have three weeks left here. I met my new housemate...

  • Choices…

    Life is full of decisions we need to make, and sometimes that’s not easy. Right now, being in the latter stages of my PhD, the big decisions I need to make is “what next?”. “What are my options?”. “What do...

  • Life as a Sciences Po student: New Year's Eve Reflections

    This year I have the exciting opportunity to study at Sciences Po Paris for two semesters. So far it's been a great time filled with making new friends, studying interesting topics, and getting acquainted with the beautiful city of Paris....