2021 Vision… Getting ahead of hindsight

Easy as it is to get bogged down with the **** of last year (feel free to customise the 4 letter gap-fill) I’m taking 2020+1 as an opportunity to get ahead of hindsight instead. Come this time in 2022 I want to be able to look back on a year when I actually achieved something.Continue reading “2021 Vision… Getting ahead of hindsight”

A year on …reflections on international internship

A little over a year ago, nearly a quarter century working in higher education came to an end for me. Then, a twist of fate and a little initiative allowed me to work for a period as an intern on the beautiful island of Tenerife. How the world and I have moved on since then.Continue reading “A year on …reflections on international internship”

Learning Romance: agreeing to differ…

I’ve been trying to get to grips recently with adjectives and plurals in Romanian especially, and Duolingo’s not doing the job for me, I’m afraid. If you’re at all familiar with other Romance languages, you’ll remember that gender changes the adjectives that describe a particular noun. This rule of agreement applies both to Romanian adjectivesContinue reading “Learning Romance: agreeing to differ…”

Learning Romance: getting to first base

Well it’s nearly February, and today is, in fact, ‘Brexit Day’ so I may be feeling a little preoccupied, even isolated, but I’ve realised how far I am from first base in the language of Romance – Italian and Romanian, that is, in case you’ve not been following! This I think is going to beContinue reading “Learning Romance: getting to first base”

Learning Romance: word swapping and false friends

Well I didn’t think this was going to be easy, but who’d think language learning could be competitive? I find I’m being motivated by promotion to the next ‘league’ in DuoLingo almost as much as the motivation to get better at the language. Having two languages to play helps in this regard but there’s alsoContinue reading “Learning Romance: word swapping and false friends”

Learning Romance: getting personal with pronouns

So, it’s already looking and sounding complex but then I am starting out with the Duolingo app alongside phrase book and dictionaries, trying to follow Romanian and Italian in parallel. Serves me right, you might say… The personal pronouns: I, you, he/she, etc, already show similarities with the other Romance languages, Italian included, but notContinue reading “Learning Romance: getting personal with pronouns”

Learning Romance: Starting Out

Romance isn’t what it used to be. And to be fair this blog maybe isn’t what it seems to be either. For those expecting lessons in love, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. I’ve decided to try and learn Romanian from scratch and this’ll be where you’ll find my observations and reflections. And just to makeContinue reading “Learning Romance: Starting Out”

Englishman Abroad: Post Script – Different Horizons

I’m sure I’m going to get run over soon: I just keep looking left before I leap into the road. And it’s cold! Sunny and cold, but cold all the same. It’s all relative. On the way to the airport, I kept thinking I’m going to miss that view, the mountains and the sea soContinue reading “Englishman Abroad: Post Script – Different Horizons”

Englishman Abroad: Paying for Things

It may come as a surprise to you, but everything comes at a price. A bit of careful planning can save a lot of pain, or at least inconvenience, at some point later, and make your stay a more pleasant one. So firstly cash and cards. A friendly tour operator recommended a Revolut card whichContinue reading “Englishman Abroad: Paying for Things”