The resources I use to learn Japanese

Almost a year ago I started taking Japanese classes at my university. I already had some basic knowledge from self-study but the “pressure” of having deadlines helps me revise much better than having to do it all by myself. Also having a Japanese native teaching me the things I find difficult saves me a lot […]

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What I like about England

England is very different from the Netherlands. Culture, people, language. And I love it here. How everybody says “thank you” to the bus driver when leaving the bus. The accent. The language. Manchester. York. London, but mostly Manchester. Bookshops. Tea. Loads of tea. Halloween. Celebrating Christmas. The Northern quarter of Manchester. Jaffa cakes. Charity shops. […]

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Things I miss about the Netherlands

I’m close to hitting my three year mark living in England, so here’s a list of things I miss about my homecountry. Bikes. On the roads, near stations, in my garage. Sinterklaas. Stroopwafels. The real ones, not the fake caramel waffles they sell here. Knowing general history of the country you live in. Get general […]

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Welcome to The Navigatio

Yes! Nele is blogging again! For over seven years I have had online blogging projects spawning all over the internet. It started with posts written in broken English, almost unreadable as 13 year old me hardly knew any English. Looking back at it now, it’s where my love for writing and the English language started. […]

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Picking the right language course

Learning a foreign language is a lot of fun, but can be very difficult to practice without being able to speak to native speakers.  Also learning a new language in a classroom environment for a couple of hours every week might help with your basic knowledge, but there’s a limit to what you can learn […]

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Learning Japanese

I am studying Japanese! Yes, the language that seems so difficult associated with anime and sushi. On top of my normal English and Creative Writing degree course I take extra Japanese classes as my university provides them and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn Japanese from a Japanese teacher. I’ve […]

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How I improve my English

Surprise; English is my second language. Okay, maybe not a surprise. I still make mistakes and even though I speak English fluently, I still have to work hard to broaden my vocabulary and improve my language skills. During high school I followed English, French and German as foreign languages. I sucked at the, not going […]

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How I got into English university

Studying abroad for a semester or one academic year is quite a common thing nowadays. Doing your fulltime degree abroad is a different story. And yet here I am, finished my third year in England and my second year at English university doing an English and Creative Writing degree. It’s been quite difficult at times […]

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