Jerusalem – Revisiting ‘the greatest play of the 21st Century’

I have seen Jerusalem twice in my life. The first time as a lower sixth A Level English student resentful of being dragged away from my mates to spend an evening at the theatre. The second time two years later, this time dragging my mate to the Victoria and Albert Museum to watch it huddledContinue reading Jerusalem – Revisiting ‘the greatest play of the 21st Century’

Five foreign language films to watch this lockdown

With five weeks until the next step in Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown, now is the perfect time to get to watch those foreign language films that everyone tells you are great but you could never concentrate for long enough to watch. Foreign films are great for if you want to practice your language skills,Continue reading “Five foreign language films to watch this lockdown”

A-Level languages: the keys to success

A levels in modern languages are notoriously difficult. For non-natives it can be hard to attain the top grades when so many native or bi-lingual speakers take the A-level as an additional CV boost or easy A*. Nevertheless, taking languages can be incredibly fun and rewarding and will give you a skill for life thatContinue reading “A-Level languages: the keys to success”

Call My Agent! Season 4 review

As the domination of Netflix over the entertainment business grows, so does the appeal and access to foreign language content. Through Netflix, shows like La Casa de Papel, élite and Narcos have demonstrated that Spanish speaking programs can enter the mainstream in English speaking countries. Yet up until recently, there had been no French programmesContinue reading “Call My Agent! Season 4 review”

Boxing vs the UFC – you can’t have your cake and eat it.

There is no hiding from the fact that 2020 was a difficult year for boxing. Aside from Tyson Fury’s historic knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in February, there have been very few fights that have captured the headlines. While there were some high-class matchups (Teofimo Lopez and Vasily Lomachenko come to mind), the kind ofContinue reading “Boxing vs the UFC – you can’t have your cake and eat it.”

The brutal legacy of Mexican Boxing

With last night’s victory over Callum Smith, Saúl Canelo Alvarez added two more belts to an already immense tally of world titles. Mexico is the second most successful boxing nation in the world having given birth to 204 world champions and 14 Hall of Famers. Mexican boxers are renowned for their brutal style which oftenContinue reading “The brutal legacy of Mexican Boxing”

Can Spanish be the next global language?

Although ‘dos cervezas por favor’ has long been part of the Brit abroad’s vocabulary, the extent of Spanish fluency usually ends there. As with most other languages, there seems to be an assumption that foreigners have an obligation to speak or at the very least understand English. Why would they not? Throughout recent memory, popularContinue reading “Can Spanish be the next global language?”