University asks for holiday “fish melba” moments

The University of Bath is asking local people to share their linguistic holiday gaffes, in a competition to launch a new term of language courses.

People are invited to email their funny, ridiculous or embarrassing language mishaps to the University's Foreign Languages Centre, to win free language classes.

The winning anecdote will be announced at a free language class taster day on Saturday 12 September at The Brunswick Room, in Bath's Guildhall.

The taster session will run from 11am to 3pm with free and friendly 20 minute sessions for complete beginners in a range of languages running throughout the day, including French, Japanese and Arabic.

Isabella Stefanutti, Director of Community Courses in the Foreign Languages Centre said: "Anyone who has tried out new language skills can no doubt think of a situation where their vocabulary or pronunciation has let them down, and something hasn't quite come out as intended. Asking an Italian waiter for fish when you meant peach, telling someone in Spain you're pregnant when you meant embarrassed - we've all been there!

"We'd love to hear your slip-ups and invite people to come and have a go at working on their language skills in time for next year's holiday. The taster session is a chance to find out what learning a language with us is like - a quick dip into another language and culture."

The Foreign Languages Centre runs evening, daytime and lunchtime language courses in 10 languages including Italian, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and German. Courses cater for complete beginners to advanced.

There is no need to book for the taster session, just turn up on the day. To enter your language blunders and be in with a chance of winning two free language classes of your choice please email Isabella Stefanutti . For more information on the courses please visit the Foreign Languages Centre community page.

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