Samantha Hallas

Sam works in Marketing Communications in the automotive industry. She has a passion for language and is currently learning German, Spanish and French. When she’s not working or language learning, Sam enjoys skiing lessons, baking (and eating!), traveling the world with her husband and tweeting. Once she’s got to grips with a few European languages, Sam hopes to try her hand at Mandarin.

Posts by: Samantha Hallas

Languages in Schools

Languages in Schools

It was in the news this week that Modern Foreign Languages in Britain are in crisis. Specifically at A-Level. 18 years ago, 22,000 people took French A-Level and last year the figure was down to 10,000. That is a staggering statistic, and purveyors of language have every right to be concerned.

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Stephen Fry on the joys of language

Stephen Fry on the joys of language

I recently stumbled across a wonderful account of language from Stephen Fry and it got me thinking. It’s about time we all just relaxed about language a little, be it foreign or our own. Language isn’t about perfection. It’s about passion, expression and culture.

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Bilingual top athletes at Wimbledon

Bilingual top athletes at Wimbledon

I’m often questioned why I’m learning languages. In a world where English is so widely spoken, what am I getting out of it? Let’s use sport as an example, as I’m writing this as I watch the Wimbledon Women’s Final between Marion Bartoli (French) and Sabine Lisicki (German).

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