Falling in and out of love with Portuguese

I studied linguistics as part of my Modern Languages degree, and I was terrible at it. I really struggled to work out what it was all about. Was linguistics a science or an art? Was linguistics about the heart or the mind? I spent hours ploughing through articles with as much soul as a dead fish. I wrote thousands of …

Studying languages at university: an essential foundation for life

Oxford University student Aurora Dawson-Hunte responds to Belinda Parmar’s recent claims in the Guardian newspaper that people studying for language degrees are “wasting their time”. Aurora studies French and Russian, and has experience working in the French technology sector and Russian oil industry. She believes all of this is because of her choice of degree. Belinda Parmar is trying to encourage girls to get into …