Week 17

  Week 17 was busy with attending three seminars and extra reading. I need to finish writing another 2,000-word summary as soon as possible. Sometimes, I start something funny. Last week, when I was reading a website about a minimalist lifestyle, which involved living in a small flat with less stuff, I wished I could […]

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Summer Week 1

The new language classes for the summer semester have started. I am teaching two courses, Beginners with 14 students and Upper Beginners with 11 students. Week 1 class is always fun! We meet new people who might share the same interests and learn the greeting expressions. I also showed an introduction to verb conjugations for […]

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Day off

  On Saturday, I read a book on mentality, how to restore confidence and how to make myself motivated again. It was a kind of positive thinking method. Following the instructions in the book, I made a list of my future goals and top 10 priorities: my research eventually came out as the number one […]

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Week 16

  Last weekend, we celebrated Easter Sunday by eating chocolate Easter eggs and having a dinner party with our friends. The day before, Luca and I went to our favourite Italian restaurant, and there he gave me a surprise card for the Easter celebration. It was my first time to celebrate Easter in the UK. […]

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Week 15

    I have been working on several tasks this week, editing my proposal, writing literature reviews on two main topics and preparing ethics forms. The biggest achievement from Week 15 was that I got approval to take an audio-recording of primary data for my research, which is a very positive step in the right […]

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Sakura

  For the past few days, I have been talking to my parents and my aunt. They said how beautiful Japan’s cherry blossoms are this year. I am badly missing my family, partly because we are on an Easter break so most of the students are back home, and partly because of the stagnant situation […]

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