Hello, hygge – welcome to English!

Exciting news for all fans of hygge! I was delighted to discover this morning that ‘hygge’ has now officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. So, this ‘untranslatable’ word which kind of means ‘cosiness, togetherness, a feeling of warmth and belonging’, now exists in the English language! As a Linguistics graduate, I know that…

Dulces sueños, second language shirkers!

In 2004, the decision was taken by the government to remove the compulsory status of foreign language GCSEs. Although this move may have left some schoolchildren jumping for joy when they could leave their un deux trois behind for good, it wasn’t necessarily a fantastic way of quashing the stereotype of the ‘Brit on holiday’,…