The Standard’s Library Lounge, formerly the Camden library but now preserved as a cafe/bar/radio station in the centre of the hotel. Of course I'd rather have a real library, and felt misty eyed looking at the former Camden public library books on the shelves, but if it's going to be sold I'm glad The Standard kept even a small part of it. And I loved the design in here, particularly the contrast between midcentury clean lines and squishy, soft textures. A coffee in-hand helps 🤎
3 tips from an advanced foreign languages student and tutor
Immersion is key - You need to do things like listen to music in your target language, watch shows and movies in it, read books or fanfics in it if you can. And immersion goes beyond just that: try to use apps/social media to connect with natives. A lot of language learners aren't fortunate enough to spend vacation time in a country that speaks their target language, but surrounding yourself with the communication of natives in your TL absolutely helps you learn. In your regular fandoms for example, become mutuals with the fans who are natives in your TL and maybe try bonding over that! The passive learning that comes with just listening and reading, even if you can't translate line for line, absolutely helps with language proficiency.
Don't learn in a bubble - Listen, it's hard to learn new words and phrases if they're just sitting pretty on the page. It doesn't matter how aesthetic your vocab lists are- you need to use the new words and phrases you collect. Write a sentence using that new word you learnt and jotted down, so you have a way to remember the word used in an appropriate context. It becomes much easier to learn and remember vocabulary by by understanding their meaning and relating them to an actual situation. For visual learners, draw a doodle of the word! For aural learners, try saying it out loud on a recording or have a native/online dictionary say the word for you.
Literature/Culture is important - You need to do research and explore the culture/society of the countries/places that use your target language. Like, I don't mean traveling, but just, in English, research the art and writing and philosophy that were born in your target language. Language is inherently tied to culture/specific ethnic groups because they form the basis for how the language has evolved and is used. A decent understanding and big interest in the art and music and philosophy and the politics of persons from your TL's countries/regions goes a long way in your understanding of how to use the language, especially in formal ways.
Tuesdays are for copying notes from my favourite course – Theory and History of Translation. Definitely happy for how they're turning out and how much I'm interested in the subject. I decided to include a little time-lapse of my writing process (under the cut), and a picture of my generous breakfast – composed of a slice of home-baked ricotta plumcake, a mug of English Breakfast, and some tea biscuits.
Here's the timelapse :) My handwriting looks neater from this angle I believe?
Wednesdays are always busy and today was no exception, I was at uni at 8, studied for a few hours, had a lecture and a talk, and then a call with my sister. This afternoon was one dance class, followed by the language café (I’m so happy with how much my Spanish has improved!), followed by another dance class. Busy but enjoying it!
Popping in with a post again! I’m busy at the moment with various homework, revision and uni prep to-dos, but I’ve got a few things out of the way and a couple of topics have clicked recently so I’m doing pretty good, considering. I’m surprisingly enjoying integration a lot? It’s not as hard as it looks and this exercise was kinda fun. Also, I went to a party this weekend and had a great time :)