ESL language studies abroad Blog

Must See… Brighton & Hove

Hip, liberal Brighton has been a hot spot for tourists ever since Dr Richard Russell of nearby Lewes started prescribing the local sea water as a cure for various ailments...

Five Great French Language Movies

French cinema is unique. A constant drive for originality without the constraints of Hollywood’s money men peering over the directors’ shoulders means a highly diverse creative output. For viewers raised...

Translating The Simpsons

Sideshow Bob is a nasty piece of work, isn’t he? A highly cultured, sophisticated psychopath, he enjoys nothing more than attempting to kill the world’s favourite perennial ten year old,...

Take the Train

Watch Europe blur past the window as your train forges quietly through the countryside of one country and into another. Lie back comfortably in your broad seat and have a...

Must See… Munich

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, spiritual home of lager and a great place to learn German. There’s so much to see and do in the city, from great...

What Happened to Thou?

Because of its mixed Latin and Germanic roots, English is full of different words that mean almost the same thing. For example, ‘begin’, ‘start’ and ‘commence’ are interchangeable (‘commence’ is...

Sir John Bowring: a Controversial Hyperglot

Nowadays, Brits are notoriously monolingual. Some people attribute this to the wide use of the English language around the world. Others say that the education system in Britain doesn’t place...

The Mystery of Basque (Euskara)

Like the bride and groom at a royal wedding, Europe’s languages are quite closely related. There are the Germanic languages, which likely started life in southern Sweden over three thousand...