Learning your first foreign language as an adult with Mundey Young on Living la Belle Vie
Language

3 top tips on learning your first foreign language as an adult with Mundey Young

I’m baaaaaack! Taking a break, even from something you love, is so important. I feel refreshed, recharged and full of creative ideas for the rest of the year. Earlier this year, I connected with International Lifeytle and Business Coach, Mundey Young. We tried to record a podcast back in June, but sadly the quality wasn’t …

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Culture

The truth about what Europe thinks of England: revealing how Europeans really feel about us (part two)

Part two of my essay about how Europeans really feel about England is here! If you missed part one, I highly recommend you catch up first. It describes in detail the first of seven 4. Terrible Tourists The hostility England is experiencing from Europe isn’t just down to Brexit and English arrogance, though. The English …

Graphic design with the EU flag vs. England flag
Culture

The truth about what Europe thinks of England: revealing how Europeans really feel about us

Did you notice it too? The whole of Europe was praying for England to lose their EUROS 2020 final game to Italy.  If, like me, you’re not a particularly big fan of the ‘beautiful game’, you are probably delighted that the EUROS 2020 is finally over. Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to …

Culture

10 wonderful podcasts about the expat experience to wrap your ears around right now

My name is Steffi. And I have a podcast addiction. Going for a walk? Podcast. Cooking dinner? Podcast. Having a bath? Podcast. Taking the bins out? PODCAST. I’m even listening to a podcast as I write this post (Today in Focus by the Guardian, one of my favourite current affairs podcasts).  I’ve been in love …

Personal

Finding joy in being a beginner (plus my 3 top tips on how to be a beginner)

Let’s start this post off with a replay of a conversation I had with someone recently: “I’ve started learning Norweigan”“Why?”“Why not?”“…but why? What use is it to you?”“It’s just for fun. It just sounds like a cool language to learn. It can’t hurt to try.”Silence. In the new world order of remote working and side-hustle …

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Culture Expat Diaries Personal

It’s good to talk – mental health as an expat with Ettie Jayne from The Alignment Alchemist

Let’s talk about mental health as an expat, shall we? At the beginning of the May on the Move challenge, I knew I wanted to incorporate some collaborations. I’d wanted to do some for a while and this presented the perfect opportunity.  You might have already seen my interview with Simone from Life Inspiration File …

Expat Diaries Personal

Saudade: feeling nostalgic for a life I’ve lost.

I won’t lie, I had to Google what Saudade meant. It’s a Portuguese word and according to the millennial’s big book of knowledge, Wikipedia: Wow. Okay. Where do I start? In January 2020, I almost flew back to Britain and left Germany behind indefinitely. After six months of trying so hard, I was still struggling …

Expat Diaries Personal

Building an awesome online community as an introvert

How do you build an online community as an introverted expat? Simple answer: you just gotta put yourself out there, baby! As part of this month’s #mayonthemove2021 challenge, hosted by the wonderful Catriona from The Frustrated Nester and Margarita from Diverse in the City, I decided to open up the ‘Community’ prompt to my own …