Best Websites for Learning Languages

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Hello, Hola, Bonjour and Guten Tag!

Today I want to post about my favourite websites and apps for learning new languages. Firstly I’ll admit that I’ve never used a site or app for long enough to know whether you can really reach a high level (this is the reason I know just a few words in many languages) but, having studied Spanish for 10 years and still making mistakes all the time, I’ll say I doubt it. However, I’m so, so pro-language-learning that I definitely encourage the use of this kind of software! It’s fun, easy and a much better way to kill time on a commute than just zoning out.

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Feria San Marcos, Aguascalientes

Last weekend was an exciting one, calling for a major celebration for the 24th birthday of this very special human! (Also taking the opportunity to show off Bowie, our insanely cute puppy, maybe even the cutest puppy in the whole world.)

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But, back to the very special human. We planned to visit the state of Aguascalientes to visit a friend of his, and to invite another friend from Mexico City. It just so happened that the weekend also coincided with a “puente” (a bank holiday Monday), and the Feria Nacional de San Marcos, a huge (I mean huge) festival of culture, music, tradition…but mostly alcohol. Continue reading

Let’s Go To The Beach

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The Easter Holidays are finally here – well, they’ve been here for a whole week now,  but I’ve been trying to just enjoy the time off work and not think about how fast they’re going!

I was really, really looking forward to these holidays because I finally had the chance to go to my favourite place on Earth – Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico! I went for the first time in February 2015 and just fell completely in love with the tiny, hippie surf village. Yes, it’s very touristy, especially now that everyone has holidays (or “vacations”) but it’s easy to see why everyone wants to go there to relax.  Continue reading

Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

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I’ve just finished my second month of being a 3rd and 4th grade teacher (about 5 weeks of teaching totally by myself, unsupervised.) Naturally it has been a huge learning curve and I know I’ve still got a long way to go before I feel totally organised and confident (and like I’m actually good at it) but I’ve made some observations along the way. A lot of what I’ve learnt about teaching, and about kids, has come as quite unexpected. Even teacher friends and relatives couldn’t have prepared me for a lot of them.  Continue reading

Contrast and Compare: City Life

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I can’t really imagine living anywhere except in a city. I like the countryside (sometimes) but only for short periods of time, to relax and decompress. Mostly, I like having everything I need and want within walking distance of my house – I like to be surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants, libraries, schools and universities, and people. But, I’m also picky about the cities that I like. They have to be big but not too big – I want to walk everywhere and not rely too much on buses, trains and undergrounds. Even though I live in Guadalajara now, and I love this city, Manchester is still my favourite.

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2017 “Booket” List

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I’ve got to admit, I love making New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to have so many good intentions but at the end of the day, most of them turn out to be too much effort or not much fun (looking at you, diet and exercise.) But the one resolution I consistently make and fully mean to stick to is to read more. I love looking at books, hearing about books when people recommend them to me and even buying books, but they usually end up in a sad, ever-growing pile on my shelf. However, at the end of last year I sort of got into a reading habit, I’m enjoying it, I feel good about it, so hopefully I’ll stick to it! So, I’ve compiled a list of books I’ve been hearing about and really want to read this year. Here they are!

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How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

I have just finished reading How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (which I bought when I was looking for How To Be A Woman) and was surprised by how much I got into it. I have been wanting to get hold of How To Be A Woman for a while having heard that it’s funny, relatable reading with a strong feminist message. Amazon describes it as “part memoir, part rant,” so I think and hope it might help me out with my own rants.

 

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is another author who has been on my list for a while. I’m quite ashamed that I have never read anything of hers as she was and is such an influential voice on the subject of equality, both for women and people of colour. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book in the series that makes up her autobiography, so I think it’s a good place to start.

 

 

 

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Dear Crafters…

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This post is dedicated to my good friend Alice who has been hard at work creating her own business! Her online store finally launched a few days ago and I am IN LOVE with her gorgeous yarns and knitting and crochet accessories, so I just had to try and spread the word.

A while ago on my old blog I wrote about how happy I was that knitting and crocheting are back in fashion and I still am. Crafts are such a simple and universal pleasure, even if you think you’re not good at them, everyone likes cutting and sticking and everyone can learn how to knit a simple pattern. And, everyone needs a break from staring at a computer or TV screen to do something creative. That’s why I was so excited when Alice first told me about her plans to start up a craft company. What a great way to encourage people from all walks of life to come together and forget about the stresses of the modern world.

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Review: Panic! At the Disco, 17/11/16

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People who know me know that I never really grew out of my 2006 emo phase. Yep, it’s 2016, I’m 23 and my favourite bands haven’t really changed in 10 years. My biggest regret in life is having not seen My Chemical Romance in concert, which is why about 2 weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and spent about half of my month’s wages on tickets to see Panic! At the Disco in Manchester. Continue reading

Happy Day of the Dead!

It’s a little strange to write “happy” and “dead” in the same title. In fact, it feels kind of strange to be writing about death at all. We often shy away from talking about it, at least in the UK – death is bad, scary, sad and not something to take lightly. But that’s not how it’s seen everywhere in the world – I’m talking about Mexico and their two-day long celebration dedicated to their deceased loved ones. The Day of the Dead, or día de los muertos, is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November and has been part of Mexican culture for around 3,000 years. Originating with the Aztecs, the first day is el día de los inocentes, dedicated to those who died as children, whilst the second day celebrates the lives of those who died as adults.

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