My Erasmus+ experience started with a teaching placement in Le Mans, France. While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting some truly inspiring members of the younger generation, as well as unforgettable teachers and other individuals whom I hold very close to my heart even now. There, my French really flourished, and I was even able to take that with me to my second Year Abroad placement, which was studying in China.
Whilst living in Ningbo, China I travelled a lot and also had the opportunity to write in French for the Language Centre magazine. I met some lovely people who also spoke French there, as well as some during my work placement module which allowed me to help domestic students with their French.
As a French and Contemporary Chinese Studies student, I am often greeted with shock when I tell them I speak three languages. Some even tell me that they couldn’t do such a thing themselves. If my Erasmus+ experience has taught me anything, it’s that nothing should hold you back from learning a language – not age, not background, and certainly not yourself. If you immerse yourself in a culture, there really is no limit to how much you can learn. All it takes to have a truly wonderful experience is to be willing to throw yourself into things, and have the openness that it takes to succeed.