Per Ardua Ad Alta – Through Difficulties to Glory

By Cornelia Sennewald (Originally published in Culture, Issue 17 May 2016) Before I came to Birmingham, I was not the person I am now. I had started studying English and Art at the University of Cologne in order to become a teacher. In September 2015, I was granted the opportunity to continue my studies at…

Appy Travels: How Apps Can Help You on Your Holidays

By Lily King When most people think about the apps they will use on holiday, the first thing that springs to mind is Instagram or Facebook to share their holiday snaps. But this only scratches the surface of how you can use apps to make the most of your holiday. Find food blogs It can…

Welcome to The Linguist Blog

Welcome to The Linguist Blog! A place for contributors to write about all things language and culture, without the pressure of print. Whether you’re on your year abroad and wanting to document your travels, or you’re an avid photographer wanting to share pictures from your latest holiday, we want to hear from you! We’re accepting…

Three top tips for your year abroad in Paris

by Tiana Phillips I’m sure most students planning a year abroad will be familiar with the slightly daunting feeling of uncertainty leading up to their departure. For me, it’s almost a year on from those initial few months of stress and paperwork, and now I’m a mere three weeks away from the end of my…

Brasil – será tudo favelas, polícia e armas?

De Rachael Jones Antes de ir ao Brasil em dezembro, a minha amiga brasileira falava sobre os perigos do seu país, a possibilidade de se ser assaltado e a história de como a sua avó foi raptada. Os seus avisos e a má reputação do Brasil nos media (como por exemplo, o seu presidente radical…

La danse en France

Par Zoe Willis A l’université de Birmingham, je me suis inscrite dans un club de danse (BALADS) et c’est devenu ma passion. Donc la première chose que j’ai cherché en France était un club de danse, et j’en ai découvert plusieurs. Tandis qu’au Royaume-Uni je faisais de la danse sportive (les standards et latines), le…

Un week-end dans « la Venise des Alpes »

Par Holly Hunt Annecy, le site du lac le plus propre d’Europe, est l’une des villes les plus pittoresques et les plus charmantes de toute la France. Classée comme ayant le plus beau lac de France par Touropia, Annecy – dit « la Venise des Alpes » est la destination idéale à visiter au  week-end,…

A week to fall in love with Naples

By Killian Duvivier Naples might not be the first place one would want to go to when considering a tripto Italy. Indeed, it is far from “La dolce vita” that any annoying advert would want tosell you before you watch your YouTube video. Naples is possibly one of the loudestplaces I have ever been. However,…

Kölner Tagebuch – Berichte der Karneval!

Kölle Alaaf! von Devika Bhudia Wenn Sie in der Woche vor der Fastenzeit in den Kölner Hauptbahnhof gehen, würden Sie eine Menge Leute sehen, die Kostüme tragen, freudige Musik singen und von lokalem Bier, Kölsch, angetrieben werden. Alles im Geiste von Karneval! Die sechs Tage vor der Fastenzeit sind der Höhepunkt einer Periode, die als…

An A-Z of Food and Drink Spots in Brum

By Maisie Ainsworth New to Birmingham, or been here for a while and looking for inspiration? Take a look at our complete A-Z of the best independent cafes and restaurants in the city. Including mostly student-budget friendly spots with a few treats in there too for when you’re feeling fancy! Check out @hellobirmingham on Instagram…

Un semestre en Uruguay

Rachael Jones Antes de ir a América del Sur, escuché un montón de comentarios negativos y advertencias sobre el peligro de vivir en este continente, tan lejos, tan desconocido, tan…diferente. Por esta razón, decidí pasar mi primer semestre de intercambio en Uruguay, la llamada ‘Suiza de América” con la esperanza de aprender la variedad latinoamericana…

„Viva Colonia!“

von Eleanor Smith  Das Auslandsjahr ist die perfekte Chance, ein neues Land zu erkunden. Ich bin gerade eine Fremdsprachenassistentin beim British Council und während meiner Schulferien nach Köln gegangen.  Ich lebe in einer kleinen Stadt und zum Glück gibt es eine Zugverbindung zwischen den zwei Städten. Da Deutschland so gut vernetzt ist, ist es immer…

Que ha passat al departament català recentment?

Emma Bralic Velho Tots els divendres tenim classe de català cada tarda. El divendres, 14 febrer, vam jugar el ‘Dobble’! Era molt util i una manera molt divertit per practicar el nostre vocabulari. Va ser molt intens perquè era necessari que reaccionéssim ràpidament! Desafortunadament, la nostra alumna Nicky va quasi sempre guanyar! Quin merder! –…