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Welcome! 

Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun Language Hub in Scotland.

Just a quickie this week. I’m sure many of you are busy preparing for Christmas. 

However, if you are not, this post is for you.

We’ve got English language learning tips for anyone spending Christmas alone or missing loved ones. 

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Family Christmas photo shared on Twitter, photo credit : Emily Seawright

Excited, Engaged, Expecting… Emily

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that life doesn’t always go to plan.

Christmas can be a particularly hard time for single people, people in bad or broken relationships, people with estranged families and anyone who may feel that their life got off track.

If you are down, the whole world seems to be shoving their contentment into your face (advertisers do it deliberately, others just by sharing their own excitement).

If you do feel lonely in your home life, this festive season can make it worse: there are fewer people to reach out to and no one you want to bring down or burden when we’re all supposed to be having so much fun.

For the seriously depressed there are professional helplines.

For anyone wishing for a bit of company and entertainment, you may be surprised to learn that you can find it online on Twitter.

“If the holidays suck for you, head to the nicest place on the internet”

Mashable, talking about #JoinIn on Twitter

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English Language Learning Tips | That little blue bird

There are folks out there who believe that the social media platform Twitter is not for them, hearing only about the negatives and extremes on the platform.

It may be worth reconsidering. If you select what you follow carefully, you need never find strife on the platform – and there are support networks and resources on it for almost anyone – in fact, it can be one of the quickest ways of finding help in a crisis.

It’s a great place for conversational English practice if you find the right community.

And you find yourself unwelcomely alone this Christmas, now really might just be the time to give Twitter a whirl and #joinIn.

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#Joinin

British comedian Sarah Millican has run a Twitter-based support network on Christmas Day since 2010.

If you do find yourself alone this Christmas (or feeling lonely with the people you are with), why not join in on the chat: it’s a friendly, welcoming opportunity to practice English conversation skills and dip into British culture in real-time.

You can expect lots of conversations about what’s on telly and what people are eating as the Twittersphere brings people in your home (virtually).

There’s chat about culture and values and life stories.

This Twitter hashtag is also a way to access real friendship and give/receive help to anyone grieving or coping with acutely difficult circumstances.

Everyone is different, but on this day in particular- you really do not need to feel alone.

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English Language Learning Tips | #JoinIn

Worried it’s just for British people? Not at all! The conversations flow according to time zone, starting well before the UK wakes up and you can dip in and out as you like.

 

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Sarah Millican on  #JoinIn

Sarah said: “It started because I’m a big softie and can’t bear the thought of people being alone on Christmas Day.

 

“And I don’t mean those who choose to be alone. Good for them. They like being alone, they want it, they have a smashing time.

 

“This is not for them. This is for those who don’t chose to be alone, but who are, for some reason, on their tod/bob/lonesome.

 

“Be it because they have no family, are estranged from their family, it’s not their turn to have the kids, even just that their partner is at work, whatever.

 

“Alone and would rather not be. This is who #joinin is for.”

 

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“As soon as I see conversations start without including me, my heart fills with warmth and I know it’s working.”

Sarah Millican, Twitter, 2021

English learning tips | How do I get started on Twitter?

And in case you need it, here’s a tutorial to get you started on Twitter – including getting your account and profile set up.

swift in flight Logie Kirk by Blue Noun English language school
swift in flight Logie Kirk by Blue Noun English language school

Merry Christmas from everyone at Blue Noun!

This is our last blog post this year – we look forward to getting great English learning content out to you next year!

We cover a broad range of topics in our language school blogs – some a lighthearted look at Scotland, others an in-depth look at art and culture. There’s something for everyone.

If you’ve liked this blog, you might want to read about our English language school celebrating International Woman’s Day.

Our English Language School Talks Art for Int. Woman’s Day

At Blue Noun we love chatting about all things art and celebrate having excellent, talented people all around us to do it with. We facilitate real cultural and creative exchanges happening, whether it’s in our language learning space – the Blue Noun Hub – or out and about visiting studios and workshops.

We also love showing off the beauty of Perthshire and the food and craft produce that is making it world-famous. Our whisky tastings are legendary!

Our business is also intended to be of benefit to the artist/maker economy of Perthshire. We bring our international creative guests into studios for a genuine exchange of cultures and art-making. Yes it’s an English lesson, but it is so much more!  (Plus we pay all our artists and guest speakers for their time)

Come and join us for an English language learning holiday and grab a taste of Perthshire! 

 

Follow Sarah Millican on Twitter here