Is brea liom é: Irish Language update

Whenever I mention that I’m learning Irish, people inevitably ask me if it’s close to English. I understand the confusion as Irish people primarily speak English, so people think I’m somehow learning the Irish accent while speaking English, I suppose. However, Irish is a Gaelic language – it’s called gaeilge, though the translation of that…

Language Update: French

French was the first language I ever learnt outside of my native tongue. In UK schools, there’s generally the option to learn French, German, and sometimes Spanish; my school didn’t offer Spanish, so I ended up sticking with French. I did learn German for a few years too but never liked it much. After school,…

Learning through a crisis

Everyone has a different response to a crisis and I want to preface this whole post by saying it comes without judgment. I respond to panic with an intense urge to be busy and distract myself which I have learnt over the years to at least filter into “useful” (to me) things rather than the…

Kindness in Shoeboxes

A lovely man called James is leaving boxes for NHS workers in the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. I used to live in Oxford and have been to that hospital; I hope that this brings light to their days in a very difficult, tiring, and scary time. Not only that, but James made his way…

Nonfiction: my current love

Despite having an excellent fiction book on the go, I am not in the mood for anything but nice chunky nonfiction that I can really get my teeth into. Who knows why! I’ve been tired, drained, and sick, but what little power my last two brain cells have I seem to be spending it on…

Adding another language (Russian)

Adding another language (Russian)

You know what, I’m not even sure how this happened. Here I was, coasting along learning four languages, and suddenly I’m sitting down with a book of beginner’s Russian and learning the Cyrillic alphabet. I’ve heard Russian is incredibly hard to learn with the large amount of cases and such, but apparently this just makes…

Reading Slumps

Reading Slumps

There are times when I can get through six books in a week, and there are times when I slowly plod through books at a rate of one an eon. You can guess which stage I’m in right now. I’m not usually one for reading slumps though; I tend to be reading at all times,…

Imbolc Reading Tag 2020

Imbolc Reading Tag 2020

With Spring (eventually) on its way, I’m lucky to have a talented and creative friend in Sue who comes up with excellent tags and blog ideas. Thank you to Sue for these prompts. Unfortunately Spring is FAR from here in Canada; we’ll be trudging through cold and snow for another eight weeks even if Spring…