Spring Favourites 2018 | April – June

June is now over and that means a lot of things: we only have two months of summer left, the weather is unusually warm (casual global warming panic attack), vegan ice-cream is often on sale and I only have a month before I’m leaving Scotland. The last one is particularly scary because next year I will be living in Hannover, Germany, trying not to die when communicating in my broken German every day. Sure, I am excited for this change, but also terrified. And more than anything right now, I am realizing I’m going to miss Glasgow very much. It has been my home for the last two years and yes, I will be coming back after my year abroad, but right now that seems so far away. I’m planning on really enjoying the time I have left in this wonderful city.

Much like I did the last time seasons changed, I wanted to welcome the summer of 2018 by celebrating what I loved this spring: one last good-bye to the old before we go all in with the new. It’s always difficult to choose only a few favourites because three months is plenty of time to see and do some amazing stuff. However, these below are the things I loved the most during the past ninety days.

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Learning Italian on the Go: Top 10 Italian Songs to Listen to

Three months ago, I wrote this post which featured ten songs I listen to in order to improve my German. And because it’s now summer time and many of you (me included) are probably planning on going on holiday, I thought it would be appropriate to do an ‘Italian’ version of the post – because Italy is a perfect place to go on holiday, don’t you think?

When learning a language, it is important to practice all the different skills: you need to write, read, speak and listen. Now, if you’re learning a language in school, it’s easy to do all the reading, writing and speaking. I found it’s the listening that you don’t get enough of – sure, you listen to your teacher and sometimes you get to watch a short video, but I don’t think that’s enough. When I first started really learning English, I constantly watched TV series and listened to music. It’s what really helped me to understand the language, its structures and how it works. Without my obsession with The Vampire Diaries (I was 13, okay), I probably wouldn’t be here today, living and studying in the UK.

As easy as it was to watch TV and listen to music when I was learning English, it gets more challenging now. Sure, I study German and Italian at uni, but the fact is that I have less time to indulge myself in TV and there are far less things available in Italian (or German, for that matter) than there are in English. It’s understandable, of course, but frustrating at times. How am I supposed to improve?

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Exams are over and apparently I’m a nerd.

It as been ten days since my last exam. It has also been far too long since my last blog post. So, here I am, trying to make things right and get back into blogging semi-regularly, because I enjoy it and I did actually miss it a lot.

As this is now almost a tradition, I decided to catch you guys up on what has been happening in my life during the last few weeks. For some unexplicable reason people seem to enjoy these, even though I am not 100% sure why someone would care about my daily mishaps. But hey, if you like it and it makes you feel good, who am I to deny you these? (To be fair, I quite enjoy writing them anyway.)

So, what’s new in my life you ask? Well…

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7 Books I want to read in 2018

I have always loved reading ever since my tenth birthday when I received ‘Love Lessons’ by Jacqueline Wilson and fell in love with it. For the next 6 years I have been constantly reading, all the time, everywhere. But then things changed – I still love reading but it’s hard for me to find time for it. Don’t get me wrong, I probably have the time – but whenever I pick up a book I feel as though I should be doing something else.

For the last 5 years of my life I have been trying hard to read more, to get back into the whole ‘book obsession’ – sometimes I was successful, sometimes not so much. One of my 2018 New Year’s resolutions was to read more: and that’s what I’ve been trying really hard to do. So far I’ve finished 3 books (not including any compulsory reading for my uni course) – but I still want to read so much more. That’s why I decided to write about it here, on the blog – maybe it will motivate me, right?

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Winter Favourites 2018 | January-March

Even though it is still quite cold outside, winter has now officially ended. (Finally, am I right?) I couldn’t be happier about this (I’ve been constantly cold for more than 4 months now) – spring is my favourite season. However, before I get all excited about the future, I’d like to talk about the past couple of months – and the things that made them bearable. Here are some of the things I’ve loved and enjoyed during the last three months.

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Darryl Whitefeather Is The Bisexual Character We All Deserve

For the last couple of days I’ve been doing a massive binge-watching session of the series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I’ve heard about the show before but I didn’t know much about it. But then on one lazy afternoon, after finishing Everything Sucks! and wanting to watch some more relatable LGBT content, I decided to google. And I googled and googled and finally settled on watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend because of two things the show promised: super weird songs and a bi character.

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Happy.

Today is the International Day of Happiness.

I just wanted to let you know that because now you have the perfect excuse to ditch all your worries and just smile. Dance like a crazy person. Talk to your friends and family. And just be happy.

Happy Happiness Day!

Veronika x

Netflix Recommendations III: 5 Things to Watch

Like every anti-social millennial ever, I spend a lot of time on Netflix. Like, a lot a lot. So much so that if I type the letter ‘n’ in my browser, Netflix is the first thing that comes up, beating my own blog and also my online banking. Oops.

As I watch so much Netflix, I feel like it is my duty to pass on my knowledge and write these posts about the things I watch. You know, so other people don’t have to face the cruel reality of social life and have some ideas for the sweet escape that Netflix so kindly provides. I’ve already done two of these (one on Once Upon a Time and one on The Crown) and I decided to spice things up a little with part 3: that is, I will recommend 5 series, not just one! How crazy is that?!

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Watch the Classics with me #1: The Breakfast Club (1985)

As my first ever episode of Watch the Classics with me (read more about the ‘Classics series’ here, where I explain the concept and talk about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), I decided to write about this great film I’ve only seen fairly recently. Yes, you guessed it from the title: it’s The Breakfast Club.

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Learning German on the go: Top 10 German songs to listen to

Learning a foreign language is a challenging and lifelong process. It requires a lot of energy and dedication. To truly master a language, it is not nearly enough to just go to lectures and learn all the grammar and set vocab lists. You need to immerse yourself in it, to experience it not only as a learning material but as something that is a part of your everyday life (which is what a language is – it’s not something you memorize, it’s something you live). With some languages it is easier than with others – for example, surrounding yourself with English is not difficult at all, as English already is everywhere (think of most of the songs you hear on the radio, most of the films and TV shows you watch etc.). But what if you want to learn another language? Well, that’s what I’m here for!

In this post I decided to share with you my 10 favourite German songs that I, a student of the German language, listen to all the time. Listening to music is something you can do on the go and if the songs you listen to are in your target language, you’re having fun & you’re learning at the same time. I understand how hard it can be to find some good songs in your target language that you enjoy listening to. Hopefully this list will give you some inspiration and motivation to improve your German. (And even if you don’t learn German, you can still listen to these. They are great songs, no matter the language.)

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