How I’m coping with 2020

Long, expansive documentaries about very specific art history Learning languages with aplomb and with no targets in mind Setting up regular zoom meetings or calls with my amazing friends Looking at books, buying books, and never, ever reading books Youtube videos about cooking things I’d never cook Dog walks (my only outside time) Focusing on…

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)

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…