On Location Languages

On Location Swedish – 17 May 2013

Hej! So, it saddens me to say that as I will be leaving Sweden soon, this will be my last blog post from Uppsala. That said, to not bring the mood down too much, my subject for today is Uppsala’s biggest yearly party, Valborg (also known as Sista April, or ‘last of April’), the anticipation of which literally puts a

On Location Italian – 16 May 2013

Buongiorno a tutti and welcome to On Location Italian. This week I have felt as if I was back in Scotland, having to endure four seasons in one. At the start of the week, primavera (Spring) was in full bloom in Verona. With the sun shining and temperatures sweltering, I jumped on a train to Lago di Garda (“Lake Garda”),

On Location German – 15 May 2013

Hallo zusammen! Welcome to my last On Location German post. The year has flown by and I have really enjoyed sharing my experiences with you! Wie die Zeit vergeht! (‘How time flies!’) During my time in Deutschland, I have had lots of new Erlebnisse (‘experiences’), learned lots of new Wörter (‘words’) and visited lots of new Orte (‘places’). One important

On Location Spanish – 14 May 2013

¡Hola y bienvenidos a mi blog! Once again, it’s Iain here in Salamanca with an update on my year abroad learning Spanish. Salamanca has gone fiesta crazy since my last update, with the celebrations of Semana Santa (“Holy Week”, culminating in Easter Sunday) followed closely by the local festival of Lunes de Aguas (literally “Waters Monday”, however I’ll explain more

On Location French – 13 May 2013

Bonjour tout le monde! Welcome to my last blog post about my year abroad here in St Brieuc.  I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed – it’s flown in!  I’ve just finished my last week at school, and it was so nice to see my pupils’ reactions when they found out I was leaving.  An expression I’ve been

On Location Swedish – 10 May 2013

Hej där! Well, the snow has melted…which means, combined with a lot of rain, the Fyrisån (Fyris River which runs through Uppsala) has started flooding quite dramatically! There were people kayaking down it the other day, which certainly didn’t look like it was for the faint-hearted. That said, throwing yourself down the river in unsuitable boats seems to be something

On Location Italian – 9 May 2013

Buongiorno a tutti and welcome once again to On Location Italian. After a (very) short visit back home for Pasqua (“Easter”) which flew past in a blur of family, friends, food and laughter, I have since arrived back to the welcoming sunshine of Verona. With exams just around the corner, I have spent the past week organising myself in preparation.

On Location Spanish – 8 May 2013

Queridos lectores, it is with this ¡Hola! that I welcome you to what will be Grace’s final installment of On Location Spanish. With my days numbered here in sunny Valencia, time has certainly flown and it has been a lot of fun. The experience has afforded me the invaluable opportunity to develop my everyday jerga (“slang”) and what’s more is

On Location German – 7 May 2013

Hallo zusammen! I have really enjoyed my time here in Deutschland and I am here with my very last blog post. I have loved sharing all of my experiences with you and have learnt so much about the German language and culture! As I leave Germany in the next few weeks I will definitely miss my host family as they

On Location Swedish – 29 Mar 2013

Hej där! Well, this week the big excitement in Uppsala (and in other places too) was over some amazing sightings of the Norrsken, or Northern Lights, which lit up the sky with ribbons of amazing electric green – the photo is courtesy of my friend and very talented photographer James, who kindly let me use his photos, as they do

On Location Italian – 28 Mar 2013

Buongiorno a tutti and welcome once again to On Location Italian. Being a language student means that I have many friends from back home who, like me, are currently undertaking their year abroad in some great European city and I have spent the past week taking full advantage of this! First stop was a trip to Bologna to stay with

On Location German – 27 Mar 2013

Hallo zusammen! Hey, everyone! As we approach the end of March, that means that Easter is nearly here! I have fond memories of when I was younger when my brothers and I used to paint hard-boiled eggs at Easter time. It turns out that this custom of boiling and painting Ostereier (“Easter eggs”) began in Germany! As well as the

On Location Spanish – 26 Mar 2013

¡Hola y bienvenidos! Welcome to another installment of On Location Spanish, once again coming to you from Iain in the University town of Salamanca. Salamanca has recently been doing its finest impression of the Scottish climate – over the past week, we have been experiencing all four seasons in one day, with a fair amount of rain and snow for

On Location French – 25 Mar 2013

Bonjour tout le monde, it’s Rose here. I’m not long back from a few weeks’ holidays from school for les vacances d’hiver, the winter holidays. It feels like I’m always on holiday! In the same theme as my last article, I decided to put my two weeks off school to good use and travel around the south of France, and

On Location Swedish – 15 Mar 2013

Tja! Well, the past weekend it was, as promised, practically summer in Sweden. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration – but I’m pretty sure at some point over the weekend thermometers were definitely reaching that ultimate high of 6°C! Definitely shorts and t-shirt weather, I think you’ll agree. My best friend was returning from a short break in Berlin,

On Location Italian – 14 March 2013

Buongiorno a tutti and welcome to On Location Italian! Now that we are into the month of March the cold, snowy days of winter are fading into the distance and leaving the way for some long awaited rays of sunshine and the clear blue skies of spring to take over. It therefore seemed the perfect season to visit the fattoria

On Location German – 13 Mar 2013

Hallo zusammen, it’s Holly here, back with another blog post. I’m still having a great time over here in Germany and I am constantly learning new words and phrases. A couple that I have learnt recently are überglücklich sein (to be on top of the world) and zu schön, um es in Worte zu fassen (too brilliant for words). I do,

On Location Spanish – 12 Mar 2013

¡Buenas a todo el mundo! and welcome to Grace’s On Location Spanish Update. So it appears we find ourselves in March and wondering where the time has gone, ¿verdad? (“am I right?”) As I embark on the homestretch of my busy year here in Valencia, me queda un montón por aprender (“I still have a lot to learn”) and with

On Location Swedish – 1 Mar 2013

Hej! Hur är läget? (“How’s it going?”) With March coming in now, we are finally starting to hope for a bit of snow melt and the return of some sunshine here in Uppsala, although I think it will still be a few weeks before we see much real improvement. I am assured that Sweden in Spring will be lovely, but

On Location Italian – 28 Feb 2013

Buongiorno a tutti and welcome to On Location Italian. It’s Nicole here writing to you all once again from Verona, Italy. One of the highlights of spending a year abroad is when your loved ones from back home pay you a visit and you are finally able to show them around the beautiful city and region it has been your