Foreign Languages: How I learned to stop worrying and love the struggle

Nobody knows exactly how or when, but once upon a time there was a person who thought that “maybe it would be cool if we could refer to things using words and speak using the air in our mouths”. Though undoubtedly primitive at first, this technique would over time develop into sophisticated patterns of speech that everyone seemed to agree to. Until perhaps one day some people started to disagree … Read more

Fantastic tortillas and how to cook them

You find yourself sitting in your room, staring out of the window wondering what to have for dinner today. While the rain is pouring down on the ground you find yourself imagining a life in a different place, where drought is more common and the sun greets you more warmly with each new day; today you imagine life in Spain. On days like these, when they want to eat something … Read more

The best way to learn a language is your own way

In linguistics, we often talk about two main types of motivation for learning a language: instrumental and integrative motivation. Instrumental motivation means that you are motivated to learn a language for practical reasons, such as professional advancement, business, integrating in order to benefit from rights accorded to citizens, or because the colonial oppressors do not allow you to use your own language when dealing with governmental administration or in court. … Read more

Miniature Groningen on the Emerald Isle

  Top of the morning to you AEGEE-people! Lisa here, from the wonderful cloudy country of Ireland. For my Erasmus I decided to go to Maynooth University, a university in the small town of Maynooth just twenty kilometers outside of Dublin. This choice wasn’t really an obvious one, since I had no idea where I actually wanted to go till just before the deadline of the application. However, I did have … Read more

A German view on the student life in Groningen

When I first moved to Groningen, I had to deal with struggling to find a room. This is something many internationals are facing when moving to Groningen: the lacking offers in housing and the problematic selection procedure. For Dutch students it already seems to be quite hard to find a room, whereas internationals find many more rocks on their way to find a place to live. Often, I found myself … Read more