Language learning hacks from the experts

Welcome to 2019, Expaters! If learning a new foreign language is on your New Year’s resolution list, then read on… Here are some top tips, cheats and hacks from a range of language experts for learning a language quicker and more effectively. Let free time become study time Blur the lines between your free time and your learning time. At…
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How to build a career as an expat woman

I’m lucky to be making lots of girl friends here in Chile. They come from all over the world and all different walks of life, but they share one common factor. They all complain about how tough it is to work. This got me thinking. Is it intrinsically harder to work as an expat? Or as an expat woman? Is…
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The Best Schools in Santiago

We’re currently looking into a school for our son in Santiago, Chile. If you’re starting the search too, here is a list of some of the best schools we’ve come across here in Santiago and the suburbs. Please note that these notes are my very personal thoughts and impressions. Just because I didn’t rate a school, doesn’t mean you won’t.…
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Top tips for applying to schools in Santiago, Chile

A few weeks ago I posted about how tough the school application process is here in Santiago, Chile. There’s an under supply of schools and a huge demand from parents, resulting in a scarcity of places. While in some countries a large bank balance will get your pick of the top schools of the country, here in Chile it’s much…
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How to choose a good kindergarten

Creche, kindergarten, nursery, parvulario… call it what you like. An important developmental stage for children, a useful preparation for school, a life saver for parents… nurseries can be great. My sister in law is a super qualified childcare expert and when I got myself in a bit of a tizzy over which nursery to choose for my son, she reassured…
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Best books for children to learn English

We’ve had a huge clear out, our stuff is packed for Chile and we’re surviving with the basics. We’ve packed away our books too, including our children’s top reads, but have been making up for our loss with extra visits to our local library. One book didn’t make it to the packing boxes however – a Spanish / English children’s dictionary…
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The Best British Boarding Schools and ten tips for choosing among them

We’re preparing for our moving to Chile and while it’s been somewhat chaotic, at least we’ve escaped one headache. Right now my parent friends in the UK are undergoing the stressful and time consuming process that is called choosing a school. Mind you, we’re only dodging the stress momentarily. As soon as we hit Chilean soil, I’ll be in full…
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Top ten books for non native English speakers

My Spanish sister-in-law recently asked me to recommend some novels to help improve her level of English. Something easy enough to understand after an exhausting day at work or with the kids, but with sufficient depth to keep her engaged. I’ve had a dig around my book shelves and here are my top ten picks for non native speakers of…
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