Claire Amy Handscombe
Host of the Brit Lit Podcast.
UNSCRIPTED, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan
CONQUERING BABEL: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language
WALK WITH US: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives.
In New Hampshire, I Am Not Invisible
I’ve read articles about how women feel invisible after forty. But I turned forty a couple of years ago, and I haven’t noticed the difference. I’ve always felt invisible.
10 Useful Tips for Writing when in Quarantine with Your Family
Working from home isn’t new to everyone. Some of us freelance in our houses and apartments most days, and we like it that way — the kids go off to school, the life partner goes to the office, and we get down to work cranking out words and crafting worlds.
On Books and Unrequited Love
A while back, I met a man who, in another life, might have been my soulmate. The profound unlikelihood of our ever being together didn’t stop me falling hard for him. He probably had no idea I felt this way, and that’s likely for the best.
Essential Stationery for the Language Learner
You can, of course, do all your language learning online or verbally. You can use the Notes function on your iPad and type out vocab in Word.
Stretching Yourself Can Feel Amazing
A while ago, I’m still not exactly sure why, I started ballet lessons. Those who know me best find this to be hilarious. I am not, to say the least, proportioned like your typical ballet dancer. I also have slightly inward knees, so even a basic first position is difficult for me to do with any measure of grace, never mind ease. I have never had hand-eye co-ordination or any ability to quickly grasp instructions regarding what I do with my body. I am not particularly fit.
33 Briticisms I Don't Use Anymore
My vocabulary has changed over the seven years I’ve lived in the US. I sound more or less the same — at least to my own ears — but, one word or phrase at a time, I also sound less and less like my old self.
Somewhat Famous Belgians
What Belgium lacks in size (and, apparently, in famous people) it more than makes up for with other charms. And not to sound defensive, but it really is tiny — the size of Rhode Island. So before you judge, let’s see how many famous Rhode Islanders you can name…
10 Reasons to Consider Getting a Language Tutor
Maybe I’m biased, but I think a language tutor can help you immeasurably with your learning. Here’s why. Motivation You need an iron will to keep going with self-study alone beyond the initial buzz of the first few weeks or months. It’s useful to know that one person at least will be able to tell if you’ve made any progress. And it doesn’t have to be weekly if it doesn’t suit your budget — a quarterly review may be enough to keep you on track.