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Which is the best UK university for French and German?
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?
How many places are available for the English Language Assistant programme in China?
I have just submitted my application for the English Language Assistant programme in China, just wondering: - How many places are available? - What is the applicant to places ratio like? - What is the format of the assessment day and what criteria will the applicants be assessed on? Many thanks!
Improving my confidence?
Basically, I'm an incredibly shy/introverted person and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on being able to improve my confidence (mainly) in speaking in the foreign language, please? I'm going abroad next year. I study French and Italian so any advice related to those languages would be great too.
What can you tell me about doing a Masters in Spain?
I did a degree in English and Spanish and am considering doing a Masters course in Spain. Does anyone know how much it costs to do an MA in Spain and what the requirements are for Brits to study there? I'm interested in gender and international relations courses.
Are there many jobs in academia for linguists?
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?
How do I deal with misgendering?
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 :)
Only speaking English on a French year abroad?
My daughter is going to a French uni for her third year abroad. I worry that means she will just hang out with other English students. Does that happen a lot?
University of Salamanca term dates?
I'm looking for University of Salamanca first semester dates. When, roughly, does it start and finish? If anyone remembers their exact dates that would be even better! :)
Can anyone recommend a good organisation to volunteer with in South America?
I am hoping to spend some time in the next year volunteering in South America, but I am struggling to find organisations that offer good experience without charging thousands for the privilege. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have no real preference when it comes to country, as long as it is Spanish-speaking.
What's the difference between working as an EU translator and an interpreter in terms of the application process?
I'm interested in both of those roles but are there different requirements? Do you need to apply for a specifically translator/interpreter role or can you do translation/interpreting work in a Generalist role?
Studying abroad with OCD?
I am applying to uni to study a mfl and already I am worrying about the third year abroad. I have OCD and rely on my family a great deal for their support. I'm not sure I could manage my symptoms by myself in a strange country but I don't want my condition to stop me applying.