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    They are fascinated by the composition and mores of different societies. After eight years in France, they moved to Lebanon where they are self-employed. Moving from a nanny state to a DIY nation provides many reasons to laugh and to wonder. They try to capture the elusive spirit of the Lebanese in words and photos.

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DELE Spanish Oral review

Following the oral test for my DELE Spanish exam, I felt fairly shell-shocked. Admittedly, oral exams are a bit shell shocking. Having done three foreign language GCSEs, two language A-Levels and one language degree, and a DELF B2 in French, there was nothing unusual in the description of the exam. But, a little bit like in a driving...

Jun 8, 2016, 12:24 AM
My DELE Spanish exam – thoughts on the written tests

The day after my oral exam, I sat the reading, listening and writing parts of my B1 level DELE Spanish exam, the internationally recognised diploma issued by the Instituto Cervantes. I was in a room with three Danish girls and a Norwegian. The atmosphere was tense. We were given scrap paper, and we asked for a […]

May 25, 2016, 9:28 PM
A fourth language in small doses

Arabic is now the family language my kids hear the least of. They overhear a bit from the grandparents and I still read occasional stories in Arabic which they love. We still use the phrases they have learnt. But Spanish has had a major boost recently in our family, with my four-year old starting school in Spanish and the […]

Jan 7, 2016, 10:11 PM


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