An 18th birthday to remember

Hello! I am Emma W, the Linguist’s Food and Drink editor for the upcoming year.  My love for food and drink has been lifelong, but my interest in languages largely blossomed because my local secondary school specialised in MFL!  Whilst currently a third-year Spanish and Mandarin with Business Management student, I also spent six years…

The joys of being a tourist at home

I’m Elsie and I’m about to enter my final year of a Spanish and Music joint honours degree. I spent my year abroad in Salamanca and had some amazing experiences, although I’m really looking forward to starting a new year in Birmingham! Chances are that your summer plans have changed, whether you planned to travel…

Tips for Thailand

I’m Chloe, a final year French and History student, and the Travel Editor for the Linguist this year. Last summer I travelled around Thailand for 5 weeks, so I consider myself clued-up on what to see, and how to get the best value for money! Therefore, I present my top 10 tips for travelling in…

Why I always seem to end up back in Thailand

I’m Becca, a third-year music student, and I’m taking on the role of the Mandarin Editor this year. People are sometimes surprised that I can speak and understand the language, but I grew up in Singapore, so I thought it made more sense to learn Mandarin over French! One of the things I loved about…

24 hours in Barcelona changed my degree structure, for the better!

Barcelona, what a beautiful city. In fact, ‘beautiful’ is an understatement. I spent 24 hours here, and just could not get enough. I had to go back for another 72 hours a year later.  From la Sagrada Familia to Monjuïc, from the Gothic Quarter to Las Ramblas, there’s always something to do in Barcelona. I…

The Time of my Life in St Petersburg

My name’s Georgia, and I am going into third year as a French, Spanish and Russian student! I have continued my role as Russian editor at the Linguist this year, and I’ve also picked up the Life and Style section. I can’t wait to get stuck in! I find it hard to believe that it’s…

Discovering Portugal

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m a final year Modern Languages student. For my first contribution as Portuguese section editor, it seems only fitting to go back to the place where my love for the Portuguese world began: the small and beautiful city of Faro. Having never been to Portugal before, visiting this area was a…

A day at the Carnival

My name is Franca Filipik and I’m the current Italian section editor for the UoB Linguist Magazine. I study Italian and Translation and, before the global pandemic, I was studying abroad in Italy. Whilst on my Year Abroad I had lots of opportunities to travel, however one experience that really stands out for me was…

Global pledges: Education, Education, Education

By Tom Shacklock (First appeared in Current Affairs, Issue 26 of March 2018) The great inequalities in education between rich and poor countries have been termed the “global learning crisis”. Above all, girls receive less or poorer education than boys in low-income countries. In September 2017, UNESCO published estimations that 130 million girls aged 6…

How to travel on a budget

By Emma Bralic Velho As students, we’re almost always longing for that next maintenance instalment from SFE or leeching off of our parents in order to be able to survive. At the same time, the majority of us just want to travel. I fit into both categories. As a linguist and somebody who learns another…