30 June 2017

Monthly Favourites: June 2017

After some long months of intense study, June felt like a much deserved break. On 2nd June I finished my exams and could finally relax and fly back home a week after. The best thing was coming to a warm weather as I had missed it in Bristol. My housemates' visit to Florence was also good, and actually helped me transition from the UK to Italy, a step that always requires some patience and open-mindedness on my behalf - living in two different places can be culturally challenging! The funny thing is that they found it very strange to see me in an Italian context as opposed to a British one, and I often felt like a tourist (sometimes I even wonder whether I even look Italian anymore?). After they left I got back into reading, which I'd been longing to do for months, and revising and learning some Arabic which has been on my to-do list for ages.

- Degree in Modern Languages!
I forgot to mention that I have completed my degree in languages at the University of Bristol. I'm officially a graduate! And a linguist! (I like both terms). I'm also very glad to announce that I got a first class degree and couldn't be happier. For those of you who don't know the UK system, that means you passed with a mark going from 70 to 100, which is the highest marking band. It's been so hard but oh such an enriching experience. 

- Language Website: Italki
Speaking of languages - as soon as I left uni I felt the need to continue practicing. In the past few weeks, I've been using a website and app called Italki that allows you to practice your language skills by either taking classes with professional or community tutors (non-professionals) or making exchanges on Skype with language partners. So far I've done both, taking Arabic classes and practicing my Spanish and Arabic with some language partners and it's actually a very fun way to spend your free time. 
I have also become a community tutor here teaching Italian, English and Spanish, so if you're interested contact me for a trial lesson! I teach according to the student's needs and am available to teach either complex language structures through various activities or simply informal conversation. Take a look at my profile. Wesbite: here.

- TV Series: Anne with an E 
If you happen to have a Netflix account, make sure you don't miss this new series. Anne with an E is about an Irish orphan in the 1800s who enters a family made of brother and sister, the Cuthberts. The story itself is no different than the films inspired to Dickens's bildungsromans; it's Anne's acting, however, which makes it stand out. I watched this in less than a week and enjoyed every single scene of it. Very good to practice your English if you're learning as well, as the Irish accent is very clear and articulated. You can watch my favourite scene of the show (which I've already shared on Insta stories as I loved it!) down below.
- Podcast: Rachel Brathen's From the Heart
I seldom listen to podcasts but this one makes an exception. If you've been following Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl on social media, this is basically it in podcast form. Here, Rachel talks about yoga, lerning from pain, her relatioships with her mum, husband, newborn daughter, best friend and more. I love listening to it in the morning while I do my yoga practice.

What were your favourites this month? 


  1. Congratulations on everything!

  2. Big congrats to you, Assia! :) For the record, I still think you look Italian!
    I saw that they were advertising Anne With an E here in Canada too. Looks like it's based on our beloved Anne of Green Gables (one of my favourites!)