Learning Japanese and what I learned from studying French

I've been learning Japanese for the last six months and I'm writing a couple of posts on how I'm going about it. My aim is both to help others who want to learn (whether they're friends who asked, or people stumbling on this article from Google), and to track my …

US Trip 2

US Trip 2

I spent two weeks last month in the US for work, not the first time I've done so if you remember a post from last year. I've been pretty busy with work, actually, part of why I've dropped back to fortnightly posts. Seattle I was pretty stunned coming in as …

Should you go on Exchange to France?

Should you go on Exchange to France?

I've been asked about my experience living in Lyon and whether I recommend exchange. I thought it was worth writing down. Pros Exchange in general These are true of any international exchange You will have a great time - Everyone you ask will tell you this, so, I'll say no …

Celebrity deaths will be worse in 2017

This is in response to the current trend going round of saying 2016 was a terrible year, particularly with regards to celebrity deaths. There are a few images floating around with captions like this: My theory is that while 2016 may have been a bad year, it isn't an outlier …

New Years Resolutions

Despite it being seen as a silly exercise by some, I like to make a few new years resolutions each year. I do it because I think setting a few goals to try to achieve by year end gives you something to aim for, and acts as a kind of …