Finding a Language Retreat : Peace and Quiet to Reset Your Learning

The coastline of Banff, Aberdeenshire

Do you have a retreat? A place to escape to, just you and your books? Maybe you have a few places that earn that title. I’ve spent a bit of time at one of mine this week. And it has… Continue reading

#EdFringe 2018 : Picks for Language Lovers

Edinburgh, home of EdFringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

EdFringe is here again! And, as always, there is something for everyone in the festival, including us language lovers. In Polyglossic tradition, here are some picks for learners – or simply the culturally interested. The shows on offer are a… Continue reading

Edinburgh Fringe for Language Lovers: Shows for Linguists!

Edinburgh Castle is a stunning backdrop to the Edinburgh Fringe each August

Edinburgh Fringe has filled the streets of Scotland’s capital for another colourful August. There are literally thousands of shows available to see. The sheer number of them means that there is bound to be something of interest to everyone. And that… Continue reading

Scrapbooking, linguaphile style

Digital scrapbooking can be a wonderful way to link your language learning to real-world memories

As a linguist, I love travel. I love that act of putting myself out in the world. I love immersing myself in the unfamiliar. And I love interacting with everyday objects from other cultures and systems, the ephemera that are… Continue reading

Travel and the ‘Stuff Monster’ : Lessons from the road

Travel with the bare essentials

Travel has always gone hand-in-hand with a love of languages for me. As a kid, I realised how languages were a key to opening up huge swathes of a fascinating world, a world I wanted to explore. And, sure enough,… Continue reading

Language travels on a shoestring

Aeroplane

Despite brill online face-to-face services like iTalki for practising and learning languages with native speakers, you can’t beat time spent in the country as the best way to immerse yourself in your chosen language. Seems like an expensive way to fluency,… Continue reading