Jaime Burnell

Jaime Burnell has lived in Italy, Kenya and Singapore and loves to listen to the languages spoken whenever overseas. Currently based in London but frequently travelling to the middle east and Europe for work Jaime can usually be found ordering a coffee in another language and hoping she doesn't end up with a piece of cheese. Jaime loves language and believes it is the gateway to other worlds and cultures which the world provides.

Posts by: Jaime Burnell

The minds of our little monkeys

The minds of our little monkeys

I’ve lost count of the times, when posting my dad’s credit card down a crack in the floorboards, or generously covering my little brother’s face in lipstick as a little girl, that I was called a little monkey. But new research suggests that our ape cousins and toddlers have a lot in common.

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The language-led job market?

The language-led job market?

International assignments, study overseas, or meeting your new partner’s parents may be a time when you need to pick up a little more than a stilted “how are you?” Mandarin is often cited as the language of champions—hard to learn but the language of a nation powering towards global dominance.

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TV and language

TV and language

Unless Thierry Henry drops me a text for a candlelit dinner, all non-essential social engagements on Monday evenings for the next month have been cancelled. There are some commitments that are etched in stone. As the theme music of each episode of Game of Thrones begins, even Thierry would be hard-pressed to drag me away.

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No More Excuses to learn a language

No More Excuses to learn a language

What do my Polish colleague, Russian best friend, Dutch physiotherapist and Greek dentist have in common? They all speak perfect English. Perfect, lilting, full-of-nuance, cracking-smart-jokes English. On hearing this kind of linguistic gymnastics, most of us English speakers revert to our tired excuses, like “Why do I need to learn a new language? It’s usually not hard to find someone who speaks at least a little English.” Or there’s this one: “But which language should I learn?”

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