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"We used Paul to help us organise a wedding in Ronda for my English daughter and Scottish son-in-law. It was a very tricky matter, because it is not normal for foreigners to marry in the town. Nevertheless, we persevered and Paul did all the interpreting, talking to officials and making phone calls on our behalf. Needless to say, the wedding went perfectly, with a large part of the thanks going to Paul."
Mary Jackson, Colwyn Bay, Wales, May 2006

Russian, Italian or Spanish? PDF
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 00:00
 

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Have you considered starting a new language from scratch?

Not really...

We could make you a lower offer...

Oh...

I was 17 years old and at interview for my first choice university. I’d applied to do French and German, two of my A-level subjects. Now I was being asked if I wanted to give up one of the languages I’d already invested several years in learning, to take a brand new one! Still, a lower grade offer would be good...

You can choose between Russian, Italian and Spanish.

OK, I’ll think about it and let you know...

Oh no you won’t! – You have to decide here and now, otherwise we won’t make you an offer at all.

(Blimey, I thought.)

What a choice I had to make on the basis of very little information!  Mum! Where are you...?

Errr! OK, Spanish, then...

Why? No idea! But one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, because I was given a lower offer, got the grades the following summer and off I went, aged 18, to the big city to do a joint honours degree in German and my new language choice – el español!

© Paul Whitelock

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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