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Learn Your Languages: Sieze the Day!

Its something we all put off to the next year or the next year, but the truth is most of us never get round to it.

I started my Spanish course last September and haven’t looked back, as far as finding the time it is quite easy for me as I’m doing it as an extra module at my university (I know very impressive)! My reasons for learning it was because I have been to Spain, I have been to South America and, whilst I could start to understand them I never could get the hang of a conversation!

My other motivation was, of course, that I now have a Spanish girlfriend and as this is as good a purpose as any I embarked on my cultural journey. So far we have done a lot of tenses and I now understand about half of what people are talking about. But this is not the point of why I am writing.

I am writing to inspire others to do the same, admittedly I had a ‘chica’ to inspire me in the beginning, but a busy schedule should not stop anyone, there is always time. If you have time for a blog you have time for your new language! Whether it be Spanish or Japanese, if you can speak you can do it, and even if you can’t speak one language I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to learn as well (although I wouldn’t be sure how you would be reading this blog..)!

Happy Learning y buenos suerte!

 

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It’s time to play with Olympic Fire

We are now on the home stretch to London 2012 Olympics. All we have seen of Britain’s Olympic potential in opening ceremonies is the famous double decker bus with David Beckham doing what he does best. Leaving our reputation in the hands of Boris Johnson is not a wonderous prospect, especially as he wetted our cringe reflexes when he sauntered to centre stage in China’s closing ceremony, and showed his well oiled flag-waving skills.

As I sat and watched Canada’s closing ceremony, however, with the likes of Michael J. Fox and Michael Buble, I could not help but think that we can upstage them. We have much more to offer in our history and our artistic talent. We have the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen and the Queen (though I am not asking her to partake in the ceremony). With a musical playground in the stadiums back garden we should not fail to be creative beyond belief. I hope we follow China and Australia and do not recede with our artistic licence to play acting our stereotypes just as Canada did. It is not down to the athletes, but down to us, as to whether we leave a strong and lasting impression, making it hard for Brazil to carry on the Olympic flame.

We are now on the home stretch to London 2012 Olympics. All we have seen of Britain’s Olympic potential in opening ceremonies is the famous double decker bus with David Beckham doing what he does best. Leaving our reputation in the hands of Boris Johnson is not a wonderous prospect, especially as he wetted our cringe reflexes when he sauntered to centre stage in China’s closing ceremony, and showed his well oiled flag-waving skills.

As I sat and watched Canada’s closing ceremony, however, with the likes of Michael J. Fox and Michael Buble, I could not help but think that we can upstage them. We have much more to offer in our history and our artistic talent. We have the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen and the Queen (though I am not asking her to partake in the ceremony). With a musical playground in the stadiums back garden we should not fail to be creative beyond belief. I hope we follow China and Australia and do not recede with our artistic licence to play acting our stereotypes just as Canada did. It is not down to the athletes, but down to us, as to whether we leave a strong and lasting impression, making it hard for Brazil to carry on the Olympic flame.

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