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The Perils of Google Translate

June 18, 2012


My students typically look at me sceptically when I beg them not to use Google Translate. She just wants to make life more difficult for us, they think. Which is not true. She doesn’t realise I have a finite amount of time available to me. Which is not true either. She wants me to think about the word and […]

Expats: why bother learning the language when they all speak English anyway?

October 13, 2011


It’s a common experience. You arrived in your new country full of enthusiasm, or at least good intentions. But six months in, you’ve found that it’s harder than you thought to get past the initial stages of language learning. You’ve found, too, that English is perfectly sufficient to get by, both with the locals who […]