Language Learning and London Life

Language Learning and London Life Zuzka, strawberry cake and two lovely cooks from Princi, by truu

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 24th October 2012 and has been read 7159 times.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to host a seminar at The Language Show, where I spoke about successfully mixing your social life and hobbies with language learning while you're in London. This is quite an important subject for me, as I know many students who go on their year abroad and become fluent very quickly thanks to complete immersion in the language.
On their return to the UK, however, they tend to go back into 'English mode' and only study the language in their classes at uni. This is such a shame! There are so many amazing foreign language activities and events in the UK, especially London, it's a great opportunity to maintain or improve your language skills. Here is my presentation and some useful links and ideas for integrating languages into your London lifestyle...

Useful Links

Conversation Exchange and Meetups

Meetup - shared-interest events across the UK Gumtree Skills Swap - swap your cooking skills for French lessons! Mammoth Language London Exchange - conversation exchange in London Euro Club - regular language exchange evenings in London

Cultural Institutes

Institut Français - French Cultural Institute The Instituto Cervantes of London - Spanish Cultural Institute ICI London - Italian Cultural Institute Goethe-Institut London - German Cultural Institute Pushkin House - Russian Cultural Institute

Books and Films

French Film Festival - 8th-24th November 2012 Italian Cinema London - 26th-30th November 2012 Curzon Cinemas - London's leading art-house cinema chain The European Bookshop - the UK's leading Foreign Language Bookshop

Events and Activities

The France Show - Earl's Court, 18th-20th January 2013 La Dolce Vita - Italian Cultural Show, Islington - 2013 date unconfirmed Decanter - Wine tasting events Caldesi - the only Italian Cookery School in central London - native Italian teachers Flamenco Pasión - Flamenco lessons with Sandra La Espuelita who appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

Websites and Magazines with Listings

France in London - online guide to everything French in London Ici Londres - Monthly magazine for French people in London Latino Life - website and magazine about Latin America, Spain, Portugal and their diasporas in the UK and all over the world. Pulse UK - Free weekly magazine about Russian culture in London View London - Listings and events in London - search by keyword

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