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Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Hallo. Ciao. Learn language and business skills with our student scholarships. Whether you are interested in applying for a language grant, considering making a charitable donation or just browsing to see how our scholars are progressing, we hope you enjoy our website. Please contact us for further

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We would like to thank One Global and thebigword for their help and assistance over recent months in providing the Trust with excellent translation services. Both these companies have assisted the John Speak Trust on numerous occasions with the translation of our language students monthly reports. One Global – helping

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wool textile New Scholarship opportunity for textile industry language student

An opportunity has arisen for the John Speak Language Trust to offer a language Scholarship to one lucky language student. Are you/do you employ/do you teach a British-born citizen currently learning another language? Would you/your colleague like the opportunity to study abroad? Have a desire to work in the export

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Sandy Alexandre Perkins – 在内蒙古旅游 Travelling in Inner Mongolia, August 2020

七月是我在中国的最后一个月,趁离开中国之前,我有机会在内蒙古跟一些朋友们去旅游了一趟。内蒙古是一个很大的自治区,而且因为人口比较少,交通系统不是特别发达,我的朋友们只有周末有空,因此我们只能去呼和浩特附近的一些地方。我们去的地方是鄂尔多斯市,那边最有名的景区是成吉思汗陵。成吉思汗陵很有意思,是一个去谒陵成吉思汗的地方,而且那边有些元代的东西。 当天晚上我们去了东胜区的一家烧烤店,那个饭馆的烧烤是我人生中吃到的最好吃的烧烤,尤其是他们那边的羊肉串儿。我们吃完晚饭以后去了一个很潮的小酒吧。这个酒吧的老板们都是嘻哈人,他们的风格跟美国的嘻哈文化很类似,我感觉在这么偏僻的地方能找到嘻哈文化是件很酷的事情。 第二天我们在回呼和浩特之前,去了一个地方叫响沙湾。响沙湾是个沙漠休闲景区。响沙湾景区很好玩儿,在那里可以体验到美丽广阔的沙漠。响沙湾也有很多不同的活动可以参加,比如说,骑骆驼、看民族艺术表演、坐过山车等等。内蒙古的骆驼很可爱,它们是双峰骆驼,骑这种骆驼很舒服。我们在响沙湾玩儿了一整天,直到响沙湾景区下班的时候我们才离开,然后我们回了呼和浩特。这次旅行虽然很短暂,但是我们玩儿的很好。希望未来有机会能去中国的更多地方旅游。 As August was my last month in China, I took advantage of my free time to go travelling for a few friends in Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolia is a huge region and its population is relatively small. The transport network there isn’t particularly developed, so as we

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玉流馆饭馆: Sandy Alexandre Perkins – Beijing, China, June 2020

我上个月去了北京的一家朝鲜饭馆。这家饭馆在望京,叫玉流馆。因为欧洲没有朝鲜饭馆,所以我去玉流馆之前没吃过朝鲜料理,因此我听说北京有一家朝鲜饭馆以后就决定一定要去那儿尝一尝炒咸菜。其实,我想去玉流馆不只是因为想尝尝朝鲜料理,而是因为我对朝鲜这个国家很好奇。朝鲜是个很神秘的国家,平时只能靠看新闻报道的猜测来了解这个国家的情况,连一个朝鲜人我都没遇到过,所以我以为去一个朝鲜饭馆是个很好的机会来了解一下朝鲜的文化。 周六晚上我跟一些朋友到了玉流馆。玉流馆是一个比较大的餐厅,里面的装饰比较豪华,在那儿吃饭让我感到一种仪式感。我的朋友说玉流馆有点像一家中国八九十年代的人民饭店这样的地方。所有的服务员都是朝鲜人,但是他们的中文说得相当流利,水平比我好多了。我们吃得料理跟韩国料理很类似,有很多海鲜和各种各样的泡菜。说实话我也不太了解韩国菜,所以不好说朝鲜和韩国菜的区别。不过顾名思义,平壤冷面肯定是朝鲜的一道地道菜,而且平壤冷面很好吃。 在玉流馆的一边有一个舞台。我听说在玉流馆平常可以看一些传统的朝鲜舞蹈或者表演。可惜的是,因为疫情的缘故,玉流馆暂时停止了演出,所以我们没有看到一场演出。话又说回来,我们在玉流馆里吃得很满足,而且体验了一下朝鲜的气氛,所以是个很好的经历。 A North Korean Experience in Beijing Last month I visited a North Korean Restaurant in Beijing. The restaurant is located in Beijing’s Wangjing district, its called Yuliuguan. As far as I know the UK doesn’t have a North Korean restaurant, so I had never had the chance

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