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How do I deal with misgendering?

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I'm trans and so the pronouns I use in English are not the ones people would expect to use when they look at me ("she"). I'm non-binary so I often use gender-neutral pronouns like ze/hir and they/them. -- How do I deal with it if people "correct" me for using the "wrong" pronouns and adjective/noun endings if I go with the masculine form? -- I'm worried about asking people to use the right pronouns and adjective/noun endings if I do go with a masculine or some sort of created gender neutral form. Any tips? I'm in Western Europe speaking a romance language btw :)

Are there many jobs in academia for linguists?

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I'm in my final year studying French and Italian and am interested in doing a Masters and then potentially a PhD but I've heard that there aren't many opportunities in academia for humanities students. I also can't afford to fund it myself. Is it still worth applying?

Dietary Requirements - do you have an advice to share?

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Hi there, I'm just back from my year abroad and I'm writing an article for a newspaper about being abroad with dietary requirements - in the UK I'm a vegetarian but I found this difficult while in France, and I have friends with allergies who also struggled with the food culture while abroad. I'm looking for more students to share their experiences - whether you're vegetarian/vegan, have intolerances, allergies, or religious requirements, it would be great to hear what you found difficult (or easy) while away - was there less or more awareness of your requirement? Were certain food products easy to find? How did you find eating in restaurants? Were you given any support from your university? Do you feel your requirements hindered your YA experience? It would be great to have a wide variety of viewpoints, so please get in touch whatever your experience. Although I'm more focused on Europe for this article, if anyone has stories from further afield don't hesitate! Thanks! Fi

Do people ever take their partner on a year abroad?

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I just wondered if anybody else has done the same thing and if so, can you give any advice? My partner and I have been together 3 years and already live together so obviously, I don't wanna leave him behind! I'm a bit concerned for him in regards to support and getting work etc. Any help would be great!

Which is the best UK university for French and German?

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I want to study these two languages at uni but don't know if there's a place that's especially popular/has great language teaching for both subjects?

What are people's experiences of au pairing?

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I have recently graduated and - as I love working with kids and enjoyed my experience as a language assistant on my year abroad - I am considering seeking out au pairing work in Spain in the near future in order to perfect my spoken Spanish. However, I have heard a few horror stories from au pairs in the past, such as feeling stuck with horrible families with bratty children or parents who keep rowing, which can lead to a sense of isolation. What have been people's experiences of working as an au pair? Do you recommend it?

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

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I'm interested in working in the foreign office but I study English and French at uni. Do I need to pick up a second foreign language to apply?

What should I do about mobile phones in France?

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I'm going to France for my year abroad soon and I was wondering what might be the best thing to do about getting a mobile out there. I have Skype for chatting to people back home, but if you want to text a lot or just need to call someone at home while you're out, is it best to use your english mobile or to buy one out there and use that? It's just that I can't see any way around it being very expensive either way. And how would you go about getting a mobile? The French equivalent of a Carphone Warehouse?

How do you tell if a friend has depression?

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I'm on a year abroad at the moment and I've got a group of friends here who are also on a year abroad. Most of us are having a great time but one is really miserable - she never wants to leave her flat, spends every evening on Skype with her family/boyfriend back home and is always crying. At first we thought it was just homesickness but she's been like this for months and almost didn't come back after Christmas. Is there something we should be doing??!

How much is the Erasmus grant for a year in Paris? How much will it cover?

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I want to study in Paris for a year as part of an Erasmus exchange. How much will my grant be and will it be enough to cover my time there. If not, what advice can you give me for earning a bit extra to cover the costs? How much should I be expecting to spend per month in this city?

Is it absolutely essential to get the spanish NIE whilst on your year abroad?

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Living and studying in madrid for my third year abroad