"liverpool" blog posts

Our Favourite Places to Visit Outside of the City

Posted on: 8 August 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of Crosby Beach

Sometimes you just want to take a break from city life, escape for a few hours. We know the feeling! We've put together a few suggestions of where you could go, including some stops along the way. So get your comfy trainers ready because you're about to go on an adventure.


Learning German - from beginner to prize winner

Posted on: 19 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Student in graduation gown and cap

Isobel graduated in 2019 and here she tells us about her journey learning German at Liverpool - from starting as a beginner to becoming a prize winner!


Art everywhere – three ways to get your culture fix in Liverpool

Posted on: 8 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Colourful mural

We are a resilient university in a city full of character. With spring arriving, it’s time to re-discover the streets of Liverpool to find some much-needed colour, joy and wonder.


Celebrating Chinese New Year of the Gold Ox in Liverpool

Posted on: 10 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Chinese New Year of Golden Ox

Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Dr Penny Ding explains why this year's Spring Festival is so special.


Iberian and Latin American Week 2021

Posted on: 4 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Seville Metropol Parasol

Taking place from Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February, #IBLAW21 will bring you a taste of the languages, literature, visual arts, and musical traditions of Iberia and Latin America through online events and workshops.


Villains and Queer Cinema

Posted on: 1 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Persons Hands with Rainbow Colours

Film Studies student Harriet Bell talks about her experience growing up with queer representation in mainstream media and how things are changing.


Why your business should hire a Modern Languages student from the University of Liverpool

Posted on: 11 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Map of Europe

Dr Liam Lewis (Lecturer in French) and three students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures explain why businesses should consider hiring a Modern Languages student as part of the University of Liverpool Year Abroad programme.


All Hands on Deck for Colombia Project

Posted on: 31 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

MVR logo with twitter handle

MLC offers a warm welcome to two new faces joining us this term - William Condiza and Marina Echeverría - the department’s first ‘Virtual’ Visiting Scholars.


China-US relations and the US election: Thucydides's Trap?

Posted on: 29 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The flags of USA and China

Dr Chonglong Gu is lecturer/assistant professor in Chinese Translation Studies with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and is interested in issues of power, ideology, political discourse, media and communication.


Why study Italian at the University of Liverpool?

Posted on: 16 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The city of Matera in Italy

2020 graduate Wendy O’Neill decided to study Italian at the University of Liverpool after 30 years in IT, initially choosing Liverpool as she wanted to study close to home. Read about her experience of studying at the University of Liverpool and Italy during her year abroad.


Monuments and memorials: how should a city acknowledge its past?

Posted on: 1 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Wreath laying by descendants of the enslaved

Modern Languages and Cultures postgraduate student Rudi Hart talks about their time in the Netherlands whilst researching for their master's degree, the importance of monuments and memorials in cities and acknowledging the past.


Welcome to Liverpool! 5 tips for Modern Languages and Cultures students new to University of Liverpool

Posted on: 26 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Student with coffee

Welcome week runs from 28 September – 2 October 2020 and is set to be a little different this year, however there are still tons of events and tools that you can use to interact with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLC), explore the city and get to know the University of Liverpool as a new student. Here are 5 tips for MLC students during Welcome Week to get your university experience off to a flying start:


17 Activities to Boost Your Mood Whilst Studying From Home

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut sometimes and that’s okay. Everyone feels that way at one time or another. But the greatest feeling is getting yourself into the groove and achieving your goals for the day. Tackling the small things or doing something that you enjoy can help combat low moods and get you on the path to productivity. Here are some of our favourite things to do when we need a mood boost.


My year abroad: The one with the French culture shock

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

After being in France for a few weeks, the initial excitement of moving to another country has started to dwindle and is instead being replaced with a sort of limbo-like feeling. I officially live in France, but I’m still not quite used to the complexities of Rennes life and culture. The things that were exotic and fascinating at first now seem confusing and disorientating. We were warned about experiencing culture shock in Liverpool’s pre-departure briefings, but it’s only now that I’m realising that that’s exactly what this comedown is. To help new travellers out, I’ve prepared a list of things to look out for, things to be warned about and things to get you hyped up about going abroad:


6 International Bakes You Need to Try and the Movies You Should Watch Whilst Eating Them

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

It’s time to pull open the cupboards and search for what you have. Got eggs that need using? Maybe make use of that flour you haven’t touched. We’ve compiled a list of incredibly tasty and sweet treats for you to have a go at. If you don’t have exactly what you need, swap some stuff out (within reason) or if not try one of our other recommendations. This is a way for you to get creative, you never know you may just invent the next food craze. So get that apron on and fire up the oven. Move over banana bread, the new kids are in town.


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part two)

Posted on: 3 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Rennes 2 campus

After meeting the other Erasmus students in Rennes, Emily continues her first week of studying in France by boxing off the admin jobs and going to her first lectures.


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part one)

Posted on: 23 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

“Just over a week has passed by in my new home, in my new country, and so many incredible things have happened.” In fact, so many things happened in Emily’s first week of her Study Abroad adventure that we’ve split this entry into two parts. In part one, Emily gets to know her fellow Erasmus students and check out the sights of the city.


My year abroad: The one with the first day in France

Posted on: 10 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The day of my departure, I arrived at Birmingham Airport with far too much time to spare as usual (thanks mum). So after some weepy goodbyes and a Prêt A Manger baguette (very appropriate), the nerves were very quickly overtaken by a bit of airport boredom. Not the worst thing in the world, believe me, considering the adventure I was about to embark on.


Las Tesis: A Women's History Month Special

Posted on: 6 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Women's History Month is a chance to celebrate the efforts that different feminist groups exercise to make the world a better and safer place.


My year abroad: The one with all the packing

Posted on: 27 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Pack. And then unpack. And then do it again. And still you’ll end up panic throwing something into the case the night before your departure. But at least with this list from Year Abroad student Emily Holtom in front of you, you’re less likely to forget something you really wanted to bring.


My year abroad: The one with the checklist — 15 things to prepare

Posted on: 20 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

There’s a whole lot that needs doing before you go off to live in a foreign country, whatever your pathway. Emily Holtom provides a neat little(ish) list for you to tick off.


My year abroad: The one with revision and research

Posted on: 5 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

In the second part of Emily Holtom’s Year Abroad series, she gives an overview of the things you need to do and think about before your Year Abroad journey can begin.


My year abroad: The one with all the introductions

Posted on: 29 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

French and English student Emily Holtom kicks off a new blog series where she shares her experiences on her year studying abroad in France. For part one of the series, Emily introduces herself and provides an overview of her time so far in Rennes.


Our top revision tips for exam season

Posted on: 6 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Student reading book in library.

It’s that time of year again. But you’ve got this. Deep breath.


Best Places to Find the Ultimate International Festive Food in Liverpool in 2019

Posted on: 4 December 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

We've put together a list of the best festive food and drinks from around the world that you can pick up in Liverpool this year.


GALLERY: Marking thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted on: 11 November 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Berlin has just concluded a ‘festival week’ of art installations, performances, exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and concerts to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago: over 200 events in total. One of the main attractions was the installation ‘Visions in Motion’: a fluttering overhead carpet of 30,000 coloured ribbons, on which Berliners and visitors, young and old, had written their wishes, hopes and visions for the future. It was a mesmerising sight, providing spectacular scenery for the main evening extravaganza at the Brandenburg Gate on 9 November. But what does this tell us about 1989? Is this not too gimmicky – too light on history? Professor Anna Saunders, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, examines the history of this anniversary.


19th Edition of the Italian Language Week in the World

Posted on: 11 November 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Last week marked the 19th Edition of The Italian Language Week in the World, a celebration of Italian language this year dedicated to Italian and the stage. Like every year, the Italian Subject Group of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures launched some local events.


Iberian and Latin American Week 2019

Posted on: 14 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Taking place from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November, the Iberian And Latin American Week will bring a taster of Iberian and Latin American Studies’ shared knowledge and interest in the Hispanic and Lusophone world to students.


An Italian, a Spaniard and a Frenchman Walk Into a Bar… — An Improv Workshop for Language Teachers

Posted on: 18 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

On Tuesday 10 September Ana Reimão from the University of Liverpool's Department of Modern Languages and Cultures hosted the workshop ‘Improv for Language Teachers’ led by Rosie Wilkinson, artistic director of Impropriety CIC. Ana provides a summary of the day and details how the workshop came about.


Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Liverpool skyline - photo by Charles Pragnell from Pexels

Welcome Week kicks off on Monday, giving new students the opportunity to get to know their new flatmates, explore Liverpool and settle in before they start lectures. Take a look at our top five tips to help you get started with university life.


Students share their year abroad experiences at the HSS Faculty Beacon Project workshop

Posted on: 9 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

This academic year, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures was awarded HSS Faculty Beacon Project funding to produce employability-themed videos with final year students who had just returned from their Year Abroad. Dr Nicola Bermingham discusses the project and its aims.


Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Posted on: 14 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

My name is Sylwia, and I’m a French student in \"Langues Etrangères Appliquées\" (Applied Languages English and German with a focus on Law, Economy and Literature) from Sorbonne-Université. My taste for adventure led me to do my Erasmus year abroad at the University of Liverpool where I study International Business and German with a specialisation in marketing to prepare me for my future Master’s.


Language Stories in Liverpool — Portuguese

Posted on: 8 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Languages Stories in Liverpool is a new project set up to highlight the broad spectrum of international languages and cultures in our great city. Sarah Blohm, Juliet Boardman, Hannah Bone, Olivia Phillips uncover Liverpool's relationship with the Portuguese culture.


Student delivered Portuguese taster sessions offered to local schools

Posted on: 18 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Students delivering a Portuguese taster session to secondary school pupils.

Ana Bela Almeida, Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Liverpool reflects on the benefits of the ‘Portuguese language taster’ presentation as an assessment for final year Portuguese students and as an opportunity to increase school pupils’ knowledge of languages at University.


Young speakers of Mexican indigenous languages: contesting language ideologies and policies

Posted on: 10 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Colegio Paulo Freire and MLC students

Based in Mexico and situated within the broad area of sociolinguistic inquiry into languages in situations of endangerment, Lucia Brandi's research investigates how the institutionalisation of language rights is reconfiguring discourses of indigeneity, reframing cultural and linguistic diversity as state patrimony, and embedding generic notions of indigeneity into Mexican national identity. Such discourses are contextualised as policy responses to increasing unrest and mobilisations which Lucia argues have effectively instrumentalised linguistic and cultural identity in the pursuit of social goals since the late 20th century.


Alice's Adventures in Austria

Posted on: 5 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Study Abroad Austria

Alice, a third-year German and English student at the University of Liverpool, provides an update on her year abroad adventure in Vienna, where she'll complete a work placement with 3D printing company Lithoz.


Outsider Insiders: Francis Alÿs and Melanie Smith at Liverpool Biennial

Posted on: 24 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Series of 3 small landscape paintings

As the Liverpool Biennial draws to a close, Dr Niamh Thornton highlights the work of two artists who moved from Europe to Mexico, and considers Mexico as a place with a long tradition of welcoming outsiders.


Music, cinema, language... Introducing Iberian and Latin American Week 2018

Posted on: 23 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

IBLAW 2018

Taking place from Monday 29 October to Sunday 4 November, the Iberian And Latin American Week will bring a taster of Iberian and Latin American Studies’ shared knowledge and interest in the Hispanic and Lusophone world to students.


‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ - film director, Agnès Varda, at Liverpool Biennial

Posted on: 16 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Three screens showing films

French and English student, Paige Johnson, explores the work of pioneering French New Wave director, Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial.


Frida Kahlo to Rihanna: there’s a reason eye-catching brows are front and centre

Posted on: 8 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frida Kahlo

Niamh Thornton discusses how eyebrows have always been one of the most important parts of a woman’s body and the inspiration behind her research project Brews & Brows.


Art in the city - what to see at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Posted on: 20 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Someone holding the Biennial Guide with an exposed brick background

More than 40 artists from 22 countries will participate in this year’s Liverpool Biennial which invites artists and audiences to reflect on \"...a world in social, political and economic turmoil\". It's the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK and this year's theme is 'Beautiful world, where are you?'.


Was there a World Cup without Italy?

Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Buffon reacts after crashing out of World Cup qualifying.

The 2018 World Cup came to an end on Sunday having seen many surprises: the elimination of top teams, such as Germany, Spain and Argentina, in the early stages as well as England reaching the semi-finals, and Croatia their first final, losing to France, who won their second title after twenty years.


Exploring translation, diversity and gender

Posted on: 11 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The Odyssey - Homer book cover

In light of Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey, which is the first translation into English by a woman, Niamh Thornton and Lyn Marven reflect on translation and diversity.


Filming the Footy

Posted on: 29 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

If you’re reading this, I guess that, for you, watching big football moments like the Euro Championship or the World Cup, is a cinematic experience. A story told on a screen. At just over an hour and a half the narrative arc of a game plays out across much the same timescale as an average feature film. And although the constraints are very different, cameras are cameras and their vocabulary is structured by their capabilities: to come in close, to sweep across space, to focus on everything in their field or to blur out all but the centre of interest. What is a football game, considered as a film?


Children at the Mexican-US border: '...a long, dangerous, and harrowing journey'

Posted on: 21 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Children sitting on a train

The uproar surrounding the detention of children at the Mexican-US border has brought attention to the migration of Central Americans to the US.


France and football since 1998

Posted on: 18 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

France 1998 World Cup

France’s World Cup victory in 1998 was seen not only as a sporting triumph, but as a political, social and cultural one as well. In one of the lectures I give on the French Fifth Republic, as part of our first-year Introduction to French Studies module, I always include some discussion of France’s World Cup win. It’s always at this point in the lecture when I start to feel old, realising that our students are either too young to remember the World Cup of 1998, or weren’t even born!


Germany and the language of football

Posted on: 14 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frank Beckenbauer (AP)

Veronika Koeper-Saul discusses the linguistic idiosyncrasies that have arisen from perspectives of the beautiful game in Germany: from 1954 World Cup winning manager Sepp Herberger's blunt motivational words, to former Bayern Munich manager Giovanni Trappatoni's infamous press conference rant.


Five things to do in Merseyside for anyone interested in languages and international cultures this summer

Posted on: 5 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Chinatown banner

With summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to do and see in the area that relate to languages: from Chinese to Brazilian culture.


Slaves of Fashion: Indian textiles, new artwork and French colonial history

Posted on: 9 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Singh Twins

It was in January 2014 that I first met The Singh Twins. They had conceived a project for a number of new artworks that would explore the history of Indian textiles and, having read my work on the French colonial presence in India, wanted to discuss British and French rivalry in India before 1799 as well as the role that Indian textiles played in revolutionising European fashions in the eighteenth century.


Join us for a celebration of French culture with Francophone Week

Posted on: 26 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

French flag

May 1968 was a period of significant civil unrest in France, with widespread protests across the country causing a temporary shutdown of government. The mouvement sparked an explosion of French music, art and culture which still resonates with the public today. Fifty years on, we're hosting a Francophone Week series of events to celebrate the best in French culture: from art to fashion, cinema to music.


Austrian Artist Petra Sterry Visits us for the Second Time!

Posted on: 23 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Petra Sterry comes to visit second-year students, creating postcards that will feature in her exhibition later this year.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


From Liverpool to Palermo: Molly's Year Abroad

Posted on: 5 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Molly Davis, Hispanic Studies and Italian Graduate

Hispanic Studies and Italian graduate Molly Davis reflects on her exciting adventure studying in Spain and Italy.


Three things I love about 'Call me by your name'

Posted on: 31 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

call me by your name poster

We're looking forward to the Oscars! Here's Italian language assistant, Margaret Petrarca, to tell us why she loves 'Call me by your name' - nominated for four awards and directed by Italian director, Luca Guadagnino.


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Chinese New Year celebrations in Liverpool

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in Germany

Posted on: 18 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Female student

Meet Erin Kearns in Bonn, Germany! It sounds like Erin has had a great time on the first part of her year abroad - it's given her a lot of confidence and a feeling of independence too.


Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years on

Posted on: 9 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Robot poster

As human beings, we are always fascinated by the future - and Metropolis is the original and perhaps greatest film about a city of the future.


Contradictions, counter-cultures and 'a rural world of mythical force' - film festival highlights

Posted on: 24 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man and woman embracing

As we gear up for the start of the Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Festival on 26 October, three of the team behind the festival have chosen some of their top highlights.


Toussaint Louverture - enigmatic, incendiary and a global icon?

Posted on: 20 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man on a horse

It was in 1998, the year of the sesquicentenary of the abolition of slavery in the French colonial Empire, that I first became very interested in Toussaint Louverture.


Lives beyond the headlines – Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival

Posted on: 10 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Boy in a slum

We are always looking for new ways of sharing Iberian and Latin American culture with Liverpool audiences and enriching the experience of our students. Since 2006, we have organised a week of events and activities for students and the public, focusing on the Portuguese-speaking world and Spanish, Basque and Catalan-speaking cultures. This year we have put together a Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival, after being awarded the Spanish Film Club grant by the U.S. distributors PRAGDA.


How language and immigration are connected, and why we should care

Posted on: 21 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A beach with blue sky

Both in the UK and Europe, immigration is at the forefront of many of today’s political debates. Immigration and language are inextricably tied: For immigrants, knowing the language of their new community can play an important role in their ability to fully participate in day to day life.


Black German - researching the moving story of Theodor Michael

Posted on: 27 April 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A couple

“There were Black Germans?” My students are always surprised to learn that there were and are a community of African immigrants and Afro-Germans that dates back to the nineteenth century - and sometimes earlier.


"After music, languages have always been my second love" - Dan Haggis, The Wombats

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Wombats - drums

Les Wombats? It could have happened! We caught up with Dan Haggis, drummer with indie rockers The Wombats, about his memories of studying languages at Liverpool and the tough decision to say au revoir to his degree and kick start his career as a professional musician.


"I ask my dreams to come back home" - Spanish poet, Luis Garcia Montero

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Illustration of a man with his head in his hands

How does a poet produce their work and how does their poetry fit into the lives of the public? Our Hispanic Studies students got under the skin of acclaimed Spanish poet, Luis García Montero, during his recent visit to Liverpool.


From rainy Belfast to sunny Madrid - Conor's flying start to a new career

Posted on: 15 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man standing in an office

Studying a language because you're passionate about it is a great place to start - but how can it help your career? Hispanic Studies graduate Conor Wilkinson tells us about his flying start to a career in marketing, in sunny Madrid.


An alternative to the awards season: three Latin American films to watch

Posted on: 25 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Oscars and statue

It's awards season, so we asked Dr Niamh Thornton to choose her top three Latin American films released in 2016, as an alternative to the Hollywood heavyweights!


Beat stress and visit these top places to chill out in Liverpool

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man in a gallery

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Bubbly and celebrations at our winter graduation 2016

Posted on: 13 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Students drinking bubbly at a reception event.

Celebrating with our graduating students is always special and last week was no exception when we held our winter graduation reception.


Out of the blue: we dive into the world of French artist, Yves Klein

Posted on: 8 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

'Blue Sponge Relief (Little Night Music)' 1960 by Yves Klein, on display at Tate Liverpool until 5 March 2017 n© Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinekn

Walking around the Yves Klein exhibition, the over-riding feeling you come away with is that of an artist striving to celebrate life, movement and colour.


Bittersweet - artist Sebastian H-W on his live art show

Posted on: 3 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Hands serving hot chocolate

In this guest blog, Sebastian H-W, artist and residence for Iberian and Latin American Week, talks to us about the ideas and creative process behind his work.


"Music needs poetry" - interview with Catalan electro band, Jansky

Posted on: 1 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Male and Female duo

This week we spoke to Catalan band Jansky about electro music, troubadours and Catalan culture, as well as finding out more about their improv workshop for Iberian and Latin American Week 2016.