About Me

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This is my repository for musings about languages, book reviews (with teaching ideas) and links to classroom resources I have created or found useful. Thank you for visiting!

Check out some multilingual flashcards about my favourite things!

I suffer from severe wanderlust and love nothing more than journeying to a new destination through a book or in real life.

Thank you for reading and I hope you find something useful!

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I am originally from Northern Ireland, currently living in England.

I have also lived in Vietnam (1 year), Japan (1 year), Italy (5 months) and China (4 years). I love learning new languages and about new cultures.


language divider   Bilingual English and Japanese

Advanced level of Mandarin Chinese

Intermediate Italian

Currently learning: Korean and German as well as French and Spanish in order to teach multiple languages in primary school and Polish to understand the home language of many of my pupils. (Will have to add some Turkish this year too – interesting!)



I love books. I read voraciously. Every nook and cranny of our flat is stacked with books and I believe you can never have too many. I mainly read fantasy, YA, MG and picture books but I will read anything if it stays still long enough. I review books from a personal and teacher’s perspective, always aiming to provide useful feedback and help others decide if it is the book for them.


I am currently working as a teacher in Year 3 and studying a MEd in Bilingualism in Education with the University of Birmingham. I love making links across subjects and promote the importance of multilingualism and language awareness in every classroom.

My first degree was Joint Honours Japanese and Italian at the University of Leeds, followed by a PGCE in Primary Education with the University of Brighton;.

In Japanese I studied archaeology (specializing in the paleolithic, Jomon, Yayoi and Heian periods) and history and politics (specializing in Sino-Japanese relations) and in Italian I studied history (specializing in the history of manuscripts, books and printing and reading) and art history (Late Medieval and Renaissance periods). I also learned about architecture, literature, film studies and education in both countries.

During my degree I spent a year in Japan at Kumamoto University studying Japanese, superstitions and folklore and volcanology. I also spent a term in Italy studying art history, history and Italian.

Italy (Florence) and Japan (Kyoto)


Before university I taught English for a year in Vietnam with the charity Project Trust.

After graduation I moved to China, where I worked with the British Council, then managed the English Department of a Japanese school and later as a teacher in the Bilingual (English-Japanese) class in an international school.

Vietnam (Hue) and China (Man Mo)

I am passionate about language learning, bilingualism, reading and lifelong learning so this blog will touch on all of those areas. I have very eclectic tastes so there will be a lot of variety!

Now that I have been blogging for a few months, I am starting to cobble together a rough blogging schedule to ensure that no one area gets neglected.

You should expect:

1 or 2 book reviews each week and 3 multilingual flashcards

Alongside that I also post language learning resources, updates on MOOCs I am studying, lifestyle tips, bullet journalling pages and teaching resources, mainly for Languages and Maths.

Really, anything goes, but I hope something on here is useful for you.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Please let me know what you would like to see more of.

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