Language Skills

So you want to work abroad? Five questions, answered.

Why working abroad is a great thing to do: how to find a job, fit in, make friends, improve language skills and become more employable.

by Gemma Sowerby

 
 
Spain

10 reasons to choose town life over city life

by Catherine Simpson
 
China

12 tips for 12 months abroad

by Lena El-Sheikh
 
Grenoble

Learning the language when your course abroad is in English

by Lucy Browett
 
French

How to describe your language ability

by Matthew Hepburn
 
Spanish

How teaching English helped me learn Spanish

by Jennifer Leong
 
French

EU careers insider: Reflecting on my time as a translation trainee

by Eloise Horsey

Questions about Language Skills

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Can I combine a TEFL course with learning another language?

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If you get through to the EU concours assessment centre, what sort of thing...

EU careers

Hi,Thanks for your email. Great to hear you are thinking about ways to prepare for the various assessment stages of the concours.Once you have applied online and verified your email, you will be invit...

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What job have you done to help you learn a language?

Extra work

I did a work placement in the South of France - 2 years ago - I found a site called boostyourfrench.com where the owner finds you the placement. I would like to do something like that again.

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How do I deal with misgendering?

Language Skills

Hi I'm afraid that there is no easy way to deal with this, but there are ways that you can prepare yourself.  As with any difficult conversation that you need to have it can help to...

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Do you get your languages mixed up?

Spanish

I study spanish and french at uni and since spending a lot of time in Spain during my summers, my brain predominantly thinks in Spanish. I think this is just because it is my stronger language I can t...

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If I want to work in the foreign office, is one language enough?

French

Hi there,I don't think it's about how many languages you know; they look at your complete range of "competencies". I understand that having a foreign language is not a requirement for some FCO roles,...

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How many languages is too many?

Language Skills

Hi there anonymous person! Firstly, well done for wanting to take languages at university. I did it and am a happy person for it.From both personal and professional experience I would recommend studyi...

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How can I stop freezing whenever I speak French?

French

Myabe you should combine your weakness and your strength: perhaps plan to perform a French play with friends? Moliere has written many great comedies that are quite silly and fun to act out. I did my...

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How do you find language-themed activities in the UK?

Language Skills

My university has a group called the 'Language Cafe' where ERASMUS students doing their year abroad in the UK, language students and anyone else come along to practice their languages. You could try s...

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Modern Languages

Do you need language skills to study abroad?

by Lizzie Fane

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France

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Kick start your career with languages in style

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