“So, do YOU speak a second language?” Bilingualism myths and misconceptions

"So, do YOU speak a second language?" Bilingualism myths and misconceptions

Bilinguals use their languages in different contexts, with different people, for different goals. As a consequence, it would be impossible to be bilingual and have the exact same command of both languages – i.e. the “true bilingualism” the man I met spoke of, or balanced bilingualism, as researchers call it. In brief, all bilinguals have different commands of the languages they speak – and that is absolutely okay.

A postgrad’s life during the dissertation stage

It’s that time of year for Master’s students: dissertation time. Although I only finished my last course assignments less than a month ago, I’ve had enough time to realise that working on a dissertation is a different experience than the… Read moreA postgrad’s life during the dissertation stage

Planning for your future

Edinburgh University Psychology Building

You’ve made it to university…now what? There are so many options for life after university, like going further in your education with a graduate scheme or degree, beginning your professional career or travelling. It’s difficult to make a decision or… Read morePlanning for your future

The importance of communicating research

research news

The world of academia can feel like a somewhat inaccessible one. When you enter as an undergraduate student it can take a while to wrap your head around it all. The world of research is undoubtedly important. Knowledge is fascinating,… Read moreThe importance of communicating research

#BeBoldForChange – International Women’s Day

#BeBoldForChange - International Women’s Day

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. As we are all aware, women have been painfully under-represented and under-supported… Read more#BeBoldForChange – International Women’s Day

Getting back into the swing of university

Getting back into the swing of university

1 week down, 11 to go… Having a massive essay due my first week back this semester really threw me in the deep end. It’s nice to be able to ease into it a little, but by Thursday last week,… Read moreGetting back into the swing of university