Novel Translations

2020-05-11T17:19:11+00:00May 31st, 2019|Blog|

I’m an avid reader.  Since a young age, I have been surrounded by books and despite modern advances in technology resulting in super light, super slim, super smart reading devices, I don’t think you can beat a good old fashioned book. After listening to a BBC R4 book review a few months back, on my [...]

Learning a Language – the struggle is real… for some!

2020-05-19T06:18:33+00:00December 6th, 2017|Blog|

Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus, Amatis, Amant... The Latin conjugation for ‘I love’ was my first taste of learning a language at the tender age of 8 and I have never forgotten it. Whether this was to do with the methodology in teaching it as a chant, or to do with my receptive age, who actually [...]

The bi-products of being bilingual

2020-05-19T06:17:56+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Blog|

An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German are all standing watching an American street performer do some juggling. The juggler notices the four gentlemen have a very poor view, so he stands up and calls out, "Can you all see me now?" "Yes", "Oui", "Sí", "Ja" Do you have to be bilingual to [...]

Double double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble

2020-05-19T06:17:19+00:00October 31st, 2017|Blog|

Love it or hate it, you can not ignore it… the festival that is happening right here, right now: Halloween! Songs and films have immortalised the date, from Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash, to the mega block-busting movie franchises of Halloween and Saw! Hallowe’en, Allhallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Eve, Halloween; [...]

As the Wonder[ous] Stevie would say ‘Superstitious, writing’s on the wall’

2020-05-19T06:12:57+00:00October 27th, 2017|Blog|

As the Wonder[ous] Stevie would say ‘Superstitious, writing’s on the wall'... here’s the educated bit... This phrase dates back to the bible and the book of Daniel. A mystery hand wrote some unintelligible words on King Belshazzar’s wall apparently,  proclaiming that the King and his Kingdom's days were numbered. Daniel was the bloke who a) [...]

Pardon the Jargon and please excuse my slanguage!

2020-05-19T06:12:38+00:00October 19th, 2017|Blog|

Language is crucial to your everyday life, I would argue it is life-saving, life-affirming, life-giving! We would struggle to function if we did not have the use of language, whether in its written, spoken or signed form. Language is adapted and re-invented to adjust to developments and the shifting landscape of an ever changing world. [...]

How to be successful in China – Cultural business tips

2020-05-19T06:13:19+00:00October 12th, 2017|Blog|

Don’t be that bull in the china shop!   It would be somewhat arrogant and foolish to head east, clutching no more than a suitcase, a wing and a prayer, in pursuit of a new life in a culture that has no bearing to the one you are leaving behind. As the scout motto will [...]