I feel like the past month has been a lot of me just repeating to myself, “I can’t even.” Followed by sharing news articles, contacting my representatives in the US government, and donating to causes I support. It borders on overwhelming, but I’m trying my best to stay engaged. Which also means doing my best … Continue reading Can you even?
I’m currently reading a book, That’s Not English, all about the similarities and differences between British and American English. It’s delightful! And I wish I had discovered it earlier. (I picked it up by chance at the library while browsing a stand of recommended books.) I was especially shocked to discover a meaning for the … Continue reading Quite a Challenge
Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language
Have you ever heard of Public Lending Right in the UK & Ireland? I hadn’t! It’s the right for authors to get paid (like royalties) when their books are lent out by public libraries. It boils down to this: A representative sample of libraries (with membership that rotates over time) reports its aggregate lending data each … Continue reading Public Libraries in the UK
Highlights from the last week of 2016: Visiting my husband’s cousin and taking an hour-long walk around her neighborhood on a chilly, sunny morning Eating the rest of my Christmas cinnamon rolls Dancing about 15 hours of tango to inspiring music, with lovely leaders, on a well-behaved dance floor Eating really excellent fish tacos! Walking … Continue reading Goodbye, 2016!
Merry Christmas! Because we had to renew our visas this winter, we couldn’t plan any travel outside the UK for the holidays. (But our new biometric residence permits arrived a few days ago — a wonderful Christmas gift!) No travel to the US meant planning a Christmas season of our own here in Wales. My husband … Continue reading An Expat Christmas
I’ve been living in the UK for nearly three years now (can you believe it?!) which means it’s that time again: Visa renewal time. We sent in our paperwork to renew our visas, and when I got back from my last work trip, we mailed in our passports to go along with our application. It … Continue reading Convoluted Paperwork