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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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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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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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English Language Learning outside

A Host of Good Reasons…

If you live in Newquay and have a passion for people, a spare room and enjoy making others feel welcome, you could join the Babel Fish Host team in 2020. As our school grows, we need fantastic hosts to accommodate and feed our students who come from around the world to Newquay to learn English, […]

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“On the first day of Christmas, language learning gave to me: a lovely trip to It-a-ly…” Al has embraced the advent season with a little ‘advent’ure: opening some new doors and visiting old friends over in Italy.  As well as independent adult and teens, our school welcomes Italian school groups in the summer season – all […]

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Low Pressure Grooves

Bad weather for a while now in Cornwall: a period of low pressure has smudged our skylines and dimmed our usually azure horizons.  Luckily, this week has seen the waves clean up a bit, but the rain and dirge has continued.  “Alexa. Play: ‘California Dreamin’’.” Obsessed as we are by the weather, we’re trying not […]

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English Language learning and surfing


Welcome to our new blog series! In these regular tutorials we highlight some simple ways to improve your English language use…and set you a ‘Fish Mission’ –  a challenge to put your learning into practice.  A Babel Fish lesson is built upon outstanding teaching – but is characterised by fun and accessibility. If you like […]

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Winter Waves


After a beautifully hectic summer here in Newquay, we’re feeling the first of the winter’s storms blast our coastline. Perfect for the kite-surfers, but too messy most of the last week for anyone else.  Has anyone managed to get in the water this week? It’s all about the winter suit and boots from here on in.

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