Women in Language 2020

Today was the last day for the Women in Language conference, held online (of course). I’m going to go into detail about a few of the talks in the next few days, but I wanted to say a few things. First, if you’re thinking about attending an online language conference, do it. It’s so incredible…

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…

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…

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…

En français!

Salut. Aujourd’hui, je vais écrire en français parce que pour moi c’est très difficile à trouver la confiance en moi. Je sais que je ne suis pas parfait parce que j’ai oublié tous la grammaire et beaucoup de mots. Mais si j’utilise plus la langue , peut-être je peux améliorer plus vite. Donc quelquefois je…