How to Learn Vocabulary

This week, I’m tackling the tricky topic of how to learn vocabulary. For a lot of language learners, memorising vocabulary is one of the most difficult and least fun aspects of learning a new language. It’s time consuming, dull and repetitive. That being said, if you do it right, you can lessen the amount of time you need to spend on it. So in this post, I would like to share some of my top tips for language learning!

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Best Way to Learn Arabic Online

As you may know, I am a tutor of French and an Arabic and French to English translator. So, it can definitely be said that I know a lot about learning languages and especially about learning Arabic. My Arabic learning journey began in 2013, when I started my BA at Cambridge University and I continue to practise my Arabic to this day. Language learning is a lifelong process and you never stop learning!

Especially during these uncertain times, you may not be in a position to pay for language lessons, access them in person or online or find a tutor. As such, I would like to share the best way to learn Arabic online for free! I have found some free resources that you can utilise for your Arabic learning journey.

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Translation FAQs

As you will probably already know, I am a translator of Arabic and French into English. You may have come across this page because you are looking for someone who can perform this service. However, you might have a few questions before you embark on your translation journey and I want to help!

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Honeymoon

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and it made me start reminiscing about our honeymoon (especially as I looked through all the photos from our relationship to make a photobook for him). I thought it would be nice to share with you an overview of our honeymoon; what we did, where we went and how much French I spoke!

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Best French youtubers

As a millenial, I grew up with Youtube during my teenage years and still watch it to do this day. While my tastes have varied as I aged, I discovered early on that watching Youtubers who talk in French can be really beneficial for practicing my listening skills. If you are interested in improving your French while listening to native speakers, here are some of the top French youtubers that I like to watch.

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Books in Translation

As a literary translator, I of course absolutely love reading. I even have a blog and an instagram page dedicated to books (among other things). I have worked on translating a non-fiction book and an epic poem/novella in the past and am excited to translate more books. But in this blogpost, inspired by Abbie of @Ab_read‘s fantastic post on Women in Translation, I will talk about some of my favourite books in translation that I’ve read. Admittedly, I haven’t read widely enough in translation, especially as I now read French and Arabic books in their original version, so if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

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Medical Resources

As I said in my translation specialisms post, one of my specialisms is medicine. I chose medicine, because I have a history working within the medical field (I have provided medical role-play from 2012 and I write copy on medical devices) and I am interested in helping people. In this post, I want to showcase some resources that have helped me as someone with an interest in medicine, but who is not a direct member of the medical field. Please let me know if you have any more recommendations!

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Black Lives Matter Resources

I am a little embarrassed. The BLM movement has really experienced an upsurge in visibility since the wrongful death of George Floyd on 25 May and I have yet to speak about it on this platform. In my own, very small way I have been campaigning – I have included BLM highlights on both my professional and lifestyle instagram pages, where you can find a wonderful range of resources by people who are far better equipped to talk about racial issues than I am. But why haven’t I spoken about it on this platform?

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My Work Goals 2020: 6 Month Check In

Happy July! Can you believe we’re officially halfway through the year? I always set new years resolutions and this year I set some work specific ones, which you can see here. As we’re halfway through the year now, I thought it was a good time to check in and see how I’m doing on those goals.

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#ThatTranslatorCanCook Week Twenty: Macarons

This week, which may be my last #ThatTranslatorCanCook post for a while (see explanation below), so I wanted to go out with a bang. I’ve tried to make macarons in the past and failed, so when I found a recipe that claimed to be ‘unfailable’, I jumped at the chance to try them. My attempt was semi-succesful, thanks to our dodgy oven, but they tasted nice!

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