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In my blogs I write about my experiences of teaching English abroad, my language learning experiences when I was living in France, Spain and Poland and provide some (what I hope you will find) interesting facts about the cultures of the languages I speak.

why la rentrée isn’t just about school in France

why la rentrée isn’t just about school in France

September in France isn’t just about the kids going back to school. It’s known as, ‘La Rentrée ‘ and signifies the return to normality and routine after a period of holiday. However, there are lots of things happening in France in September that you may not know...

Why going back to school is a bigger deal in France

Why going back to school is a bigger deal in France

La rentrée – what does it mean? ‘La rentrée’  literally means the return. It signifies that the long summer holidays have come to an end and that its’ time to return to work, to school, to the office and to normal life and routine. Yeah, that's the same for us in the...

Something borrowed….

Something borrowed….

Something borrowed….. The English language has a very rich vocabulary. Many of these are ‘loan words’  This means that a word is adopted from one language and incorporated into another language without translation. This is in contrast to ‘cognates’ which are words in...

How not to compliment in Spanish

How not to compliment in Spanish

There are so many ways to learn a language. The most extreme way is to go and live in the country of the language you want to learn. I did this when I was 24. I went to Barcelona, following in the footsteps of a good friend who seemed to be having such a good time out...

Fish, Fasting and Fools?

Fish, Fasting and Fools?

What connects the 3? Easter! As you may already know, at Languagesrachel I teach French, Spanish and English as a foreign language. So I thought I’d blog today about Easter traditions in France, Spain and the UK. Easter is celebrated by many people in all three...

Why is it such a good idea to Learn Spanish???

Why is it such a good idea to Learn Spanish???

For the love of Spanish Did you know just how useful a language Spanish is to know? Here are 3 facts about the language for you: 1. It’s the second most spoken language in the world with almost 500 million speakers 2. It’s the official language of 20 countries in...

Want a super brain anyone?

Physiological studies have found that speaking 2 or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently to monolingual people. These differences offer many benefits. Now, you might be thinking that’s all very...

What have St Valentine, bees and paganism got in common?

St Valentine’s Day or the Feast of St Valentine is celebrated annually on 14th February. It is a celebration of love and affection. But who was St Valentine? Unsurprisingly he is the patron saint of lovers but did you know that he is also the patron saint of...

Want to get better at Maths? – Learn a language

Want to be better at maths?  Learn French  or Spanish or any other language Here’s another gem about the benefit of learning another language that I love. Learning and speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain This is because when you speak...

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