I hope you’re well! Like Eleanor and Shannon, I’ve been really busy over the last two weeks finishing off and submitting all kinds of essays and projects. I’ve had a mixture of six linguistics and English literature assignments to hand in, ranging from an essay comparing the subversive nature of authority in John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus to an in-depth linguistic analysis of how certain social classes choose to utilise aspects of language more often than in specific geographical locations than others.
Sadly, due to illness, I was unable to attend the Manchester Shakespeare Company’s Desperate Measures. I was, however, able to attend a music concert by the local band Hurts at the Manchester Apollo.
The concert was a sell-out so the venue was packed – there were nearly 3,500 inside the building! – creating a really strong, vibrant atmosphere! Although the band isn’t very well known around the UK, they are huge pop icons around Scandinavia. It seemed as though people from all around Europe had travelled to see the concert; in the queue, we met a number of people from Germany and France! I’d definitely recommend listening to their concerts on YouTube or Spotify when you get chance, and looking out for their future concerts to attend!
The student ambassador social event that I was invited to last month was also great! It was at an all-you-can-eat restaurant called TOPS in the city centre, serving a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from Chinese and Indian to Japanese and Mexican. I didn’t do too bad, eating four or five plates of food, but most of the other ambassadors did much better!
I’ve got another essay in on Friday that looks at evaluating the effects that child directed speech has on young language learners. Hopefully, it shouldn’t be too difficult to write!
I hope you all have a nice week! 🙂