A little English vocabulary and surprising British cuisine

Rebecca and a friend in London

Rebecca and a friend in London

Rebecca B. won a weekend for two in London thanks to her participation in our scientific study carried out in 2015 with the Human and Artificial Cognitions Laboratory of Paris X University. She shares advice for retaining vocabulary and her surprising discoveries in British cuisine.

How did you practice your English during the weekend?

… in bars and in asking for directions. By speaking with the people who we stayed with, they weren’t Londoners, they were two very nice Irish guys with a tricky accent.

Graffiti around Camden

Graffiti around Camden

The difficulties you faced

The most difficult thing was daring to initiate conversations in a foreign language. We tend to avoid long discussions, act shy and stick with one-word answers.

How do you retain the vocabulary that you learn?

You just have to regularly reuse what we learn. Even if it is a foreign language we learned a long time ago and we are rusty, it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. With a little brush-up and time, I think the language will come back. It may be more difficult when it comes to writing.

Best memory of London

Regent's Canal, Camden Town in London

Regent’s Canal, Camden Town in London

The walk along the canal that links Regent’s Park to Camden, arriving at Camden market. We were blown away by all the narrow little shops and the stands with food from all over the world, not to mention the style of Londoners around Camden.

Memory of a lifetime

We discovered the Scotch Egg, a hard-boiled egg coated in sausage meat. Surprising but tasty, we won’t forget it.

Scotch Egg

Scotch Egg, a memorable experience