What’s the best way to learn a new language?

My first memory of learning French was in the car. And the sentence I learnt, though a little odd, gave me the confidence of speaking some French and has stayed with me 20 years on. I had learnt the odd word such as ‘Merci’ and ‘Bonjour’ but until this moment in the car, I wouldn’t …

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Can I, May I?

As an English teacher (and therefore, apparently, an arbiter of all things grammatical/ lexical), I am sometimes questioned when friends and family are unsure about English usage.   It normally starts with: “O great speaker of English,” (I wish there was an easier way to convey sarcasm in text), “which is right: Can I or …

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GDPR – the buck stops where?

Now to be honest, I was drawn more to the etymology of the ‘buck’ expression, but interesting origin aside – and more of that at the end – when it comes to GDPR, data-protection and privacy, no single person or organisation will be held to account if there is a breach of data. Rest assured, …

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‘S like riding a bike…

Is it actually possible to lose your native language or a language you are fluent in?  Surely, once firmly embedded it is there for good? With this in mind, there is no better way to prove or disprove this than by asking the ‘experts’. My first case study is Kate (to us), Katarina (to her …

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Who let the dogs in

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] As you walk into the Dialogue office in Swindon, you will be greeted with a very warm welcome, a firm handshake, the offer of a hot drink and possibly a wag …

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You can kiss my..

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] When mulling over the content material for my next blog, the subject of bringing dogs into the workplace, and the holistic values thereof, was raised. My mind drifted and floated, as …

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We’re only human

  [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] As part of a teaching qualification I’m working towards, I recently wrote an extended assignment on the science of marketing. I’m trying to get a Modjool in Marketing. A whole …

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