What do languages mean to me?

by Florence Gomez

December 13, 2019

It was during a tear filled eleven-hour flight from San Francisco to Paris that I realised I would be happier living abroad for the rest of my life. This was my epiphany moment after having spent nine months studying the English language at Mills College, CA (EF school) and living with an African American host family. So, what do languages mean to me? In short, a way to reinvent yourself. How?

Languages – or: you will get hired!

by Ulrike Zitzlsperger ​

November 06, 2019

What advice would I give my younger self? For one, to worry less about the future and to enjoy my studies a lot more. As a Humanities student I felt unsettled by all the well-meaning but probing questions by relatives (usually around Christmas time, but other holidays were also strong contenders). Was there anything I could do except for teaching, with my chosen course, after graduation? They were quite able to picture a career in medicine, business or law, but certainly not in the arts. Their uncertainty was sometimes more than a little disheartening.

The role of technology in translation

by Michelle Buldoc, Professor and Director of Translation Studies

May 30, 2019

As a translator and as director of the MA in Translation Studies, one of the most frequent questions I hear is about Artificial Intelligence and neural machine translation. “Aren’t you afraid that machines will replace translators?” someone, usually a prospective student, will ask. Or, from the person sitting next to me on a flight: “Isn’t machine translation a more efficient and cheaper way to get translations done?” And with Google’s new Translatotron unveiled just this month, I anticipate the questions will become more frequent.

Trip to the Exeter University

by Denis Musteata

June 03, 2019

40 students from Rokeby School (Newham, London) visited the Department of Modern Languages on May 8. The visit included morning activities and taster sessions with ML colleagues, a tour of the campus and in the afternoon a tour of the city. 

One student writes on his experience...

Masculine Culture and Feminine Culture in China

by Linlin Xiong

May 30, 2019

As is known by all, China consists of 56 different tribes. Some of them are larger than others, in terms of population and territory; some of them are particularly small, only occupying narrow mountainous areas. The biggest tribe in China is the Han Tribe; as a result, the mainstream culture of China grows out from Han culture.

On Studying Foreign Literatures and Cultures

By Professor Fiona Cox

March 14, 2019

I grappled for quite a long time with my ‘A’ level choices’. French was an easy decision – it had always been my favourite subject and France had always been one of my favourite places to be. Latin had maintained its place on my list for years and English was the most obvious choice for the third subject, as my favourite activity has always been reading. But then my languages teachers pointed out that if I wanted to read languages at university, a second MFL might be a more sensible option.

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Year Abroad: Reflections and Advice to Students

by Aaron Becker

March 14, 2019

If asked to name the finest moment of my almost-year on placement in Graz, Austria during the 2012-13 academic year, I would think that the thoroughly enjoyable weekend spent in Vienna, in the warm May sunshine, would spring eagerly to mind.

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The German Drama Group

by Mark Evans

March 14, 2019