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Should you move to London or Berlin?

Berlin is the city I keep trying to move to, but something stops me every time. This time I got as far as booking flights, arranging interviews and securing accommodation for my first six weeks when an irresistible opportunity came up which meant that in the end, I’m staying put in London. I’ll talk more about that in another post, …

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VIDEO: “Improving Reading and Comprehension” (Polyglot Gathering 2014)

My main talk at this year’s Polyglot Gathering in Berlin was the one that I was most preoccupied with. I thought that delivering it just a week after I’d finished my exams would also provide a good opportunity to reflect on my past four years at Oxford, and the particular language learning skills that my time there had allowed me …

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VIDEO: “Afrikaans Basics” (Polyglot Gathering 2014)

A few weeks ago I attended the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin, where I gave two talks: the first being a basic introduction to Afrikaans for those interested in learning it, the second about improving your reading and comprehension. The first of those is now available! Unfortunately for this talk I was placed in the smallest room which had no video …

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Life after University

It’s been nearly eight months since my last post. In that time I haven’t learnt any new languages (although I’ve acquired a number of new books for my collection), but nonetheless I have been very busy! Instead I have been working very hard on my German, Russian and Yiddish, I finished my degree, and gave two talks at the Polyglot …

How to learn languages by speaking English Part 2: German

Following on from my previous post about Russian, here is a quick sequel about German. I think German’s a great language, and is probably one that has shaped my life the most. I’ve been studying it since I was 14, and have chosen to carry it on at university. I love Germany and I love Berlin, and in two years …

Christmas in Greece

Greece is at its most beautiful at this time of year. The tourists are gone, and have taken the raging heat with them, the parched mountains have suddenly turned green and have a dusting of snow on them, the streets are filled with the smell of woodsmoke from people’s fireplaces, and the days are about three hours longer than in …