Learning a language increases the size of your brain

Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language.

scientist performing brain experiment

I’m sure that like me, many of you are worried about the size of your brain. Well, help is at hand, according to this article in today’s ‚Guardian’.

Guardian link

It seems that „learners whose brains grew in the hippocampus and areas of the cerebral cortex related to language learning had better language skills than other learners for whom the motor region of the cerebral cortex developed more”.


Visaustralia Day

Anybody who is interested in finding out more about the possibility of working in Australia can download the brochure on this page and get along to the NCIC’s Australian Business Cultural Centre, ul. Dominikanska 6, Poznań this Friday (27th June) at 10:00.

Visaustralia info day flyer

Registration costs 15zl (light refreshments and Australian wine will be provided) – guests are welcome to register via

Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall, one of Britain’s greatest comedians, passed away yesterday.

One of his characters was Kevin Turvey.

„The idea behind Kevin was to take the most boring man in the world, being as boring as possible, and make it funny. Part of my intention with Kevin was to waste 10 minutes of television time. What’s funny about Kevin is that he thinks he knows what he’s doing. He’s patronising; here’s someone more stupid than you trying to explain things.”

Here is Kevin investigating… Death:


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An interesting article in The Guardian on Belarus…

Young people in Belarus have dim prospects. Thousands leave to study abroad every year. More Belarusians apply for Schengen visas (allowing free movement between most EU countries) than any other country per capita. Poland has become an almost mythical land of hope and opportunity for the post-Soviet generation.

Bangerz Tour Review


A well-written review of Miley Cyrus’ concert by Alexis Petridis at The Guardian:

The ballads are seldom the highpoint of a huge pop show, but in Cyrus’s case, a degree of interest is added by the fact that she sings one of them while being pursued around the stage, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, by a giant fluorescent orange fluffy bird.

Portugal and Poland

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A nice sentence from the end of this BBC article:

Poles are practical people, and they seem rather fonder of the EU’s money than they are of its institutions.

The NE blog is back…

The Native English blog has been hibernating for a while, but now it is back!

Of course, all blog posts will be:

  • breathtakingly regular
  • deeply fascinating
  • earth-shatteringly thought-provoking
  • thoroughly amusing
  • linguistically rich