The most popular gift in the world, flowers, mean different things in different regions to people of different cultures. The peony is the most popular flower in China, but bouquets are more commonly given to teachers, rather than lovers. And while 8 flowers mean double the luck in Beijing, odd numbers are considered the most joyous in Russia.Read more »
Why do you think learning a language at university is the best time? First of all, it does not matter if you actually decide to study languages or take up a language course besides your main subject. Learning to speak a language while at university is so much easier than when you are at work later.Read more »
Tackling a new language isn’t easy. Like many people my language learning story began and ended in secondary school. After several years of French and one year of German, I could still only say the basics like ‘hello’ and ‘where is the cinema?’ so as soon as I had the option to drop them, I did.Read more »
I’m miming driving and pointing in what I think is the direction of the bus station, but may be out into the middle of the desert, stammering the only driving related Spanish word I can remember at the blank faced hotel receptionist. He speaks Arabic, French, Dutch and Spanish fluently but – like most locals in Merzouga, Morocco – very little English.Read more »
Language was one of my early passions. At the age of 11, one of the local schools proposed a trial project of English-French bilingualism. I felt very enthusiastic about it and asked my parents to put my name down for that pilot project. That was when my love affair with languages started.Read more »
Being brought up in a family that traveled quite a bit, my passion for traveling the world came early in life.
My parents had one of those Educational World Globes which you could spin, and as a kid I used to play a game where I would spin the globe, close my eyes and point with a finger to see where it ended up on the map when the globe stopped spinning.Read more »