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Poetry Persists: Walt Whitman, ‘On the Beach at Night Alone’.

The dawn breaks on a cracking Easter weekend, weather-wise, yet we’re all still hibernating.  Contrary to the unfurling summer, our worlds are tiny; our habits, small.  Pink sunrises, quickly sloughed-off mists and birdsong herald higher temperatures and warming seas – the latter of which we’re encouraged to only imagine as we heed advice to stay […]

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Poetry Persists: W.S.Graham, ‘The Soldier Campion’

In this new blog series, we give space to the passions we have access to: namely, reading and writing. We’ll choose a poem every week, to read and to discuss. This week, Toby’s pick.   The sky above me heralds no new arrivals from America. There are no white stripes across it, but it is […]

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Exam revision at Babel Fish HQ

Learn Live, Learn More: online GCSE English lessons from Babel Fish

It’s been a strange start to the month and our little school is having to adapt to the unexpected global challenges we’re all facing. We’re doing so with positivity and determination: to keep our school moving forward and to keep sharing our belief that learning is borderless… As well as excellent EFL provision, the Babel […]

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Bildungsurlaub Brilliance

Germinating great study-travel opportunities Without getting into a host of tired cultural stereotypes, there are many reasons to love Germany. Many Brits clearly feel the same, as the country is our sixth favourite holiday destination (according to the ONS). The Babel Fish team are particularly keen to get out there – Berlin, in particular, looks […]

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Flying Fish? New London routes to Newquay announced!

As a region, we celebrate our relative isolation and the special sense of place this brings to us in the far South West. Our location means that we rely on an efficient and robust transport network to help us get across the Tamar…whether by road, rail or air. Locomotiv-ation The train route into the county […]

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Things that make us go ‘Mmmm’: Four Fab Feb Outings

It can feel like winter is never-ending – and with two fairly brutal storm systems blasting Cornwall this week, the season seems in little hurry to give way to spring. At this time of year, the instinct is to hunker down and hibernate. But, here at Babel Fish, we’re appreciating the first shoots of the […]

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Pilcher Perfect

Whilst Cornwall is commonly associated with certain literary figures – Du Maurier’s Rebecca, Graham’s Poldark – one of the county’s most successful novelists is not even a household name in Britain. Yet her novels and their antecedents bring in almost a quarter of a million visitors to the county each year. We’re talking, of course, […]

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BABEL FISH LANGUAGE MISSIONS: IDIOMS

Well, that doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, and it’s raining cats and dogs outside – plus I’m feeling a little under the weather – so I’ll just batten down the hatches. Say what? Welcome to the zany world of British idioms. IDI-WHAT? An idiom – or idiomatic expression / phrase – is a […]

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FIND YOUR HAPPY…

Living next to the sea is something we never take for granted. In fact, the sea and the wilderness around it, inform our study programmes… Far and Wild As well as Surf & Study, we run courses for adults which take our English lessons on the road. We head out to the wild ends of […]

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One Babel Fish summer: a student’s view of our school

This week, we hand our blog over to one of last year’s independent students, Noemi Kriz, to share her experience of a Babel Fish summer, in her own words. My stay in Newquay with Babel Fish was amazing. For me, the school was perfect and what I was searching for. I chose the “Surf and […]

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