Twitter Facebook Vimeo

The wug life of a linguist

3 min, 18 sec read
17:00 PM | 20 July 2017
by Valerie Tan
   •       •   
Become an FR Writer

Linguistic Graduate, Valerie Tan, delves into what life is like as a linguist in and out of university.

“Oh, how many languages do you speak?” is the classic question I face each time someone discovers that I studied linguistics at University College London. It is a bothersome yet reasonable question, for the term ‘linguist’ is synonymous with ‘polyglot’ in the minds of the public.

"I pursued a Linguistics degree and have enjoyed the wug life to the fullest."

However, not all linguists are fluent communicators of multiple languages, hardcore grammarians or insane word aficionados. In actual fact, linguists are dedicated language scientists who explore the various facets of language. We’re part of the cool crowd who are able to draw intricate grammar trees and read the peculiar phonetic transcriptions in dictionaries.

More stories

  1. Failures wanted

    Course leader behind The Watford Creative Ad School, Tony Cullingham, explains why it's okay to fail at your GCSE's and how your adventure is just beginning.

  2. The Male Copywriter

    A proud nominee of the 2017 Webby Awards and a cult sensation in the creative realm, Lawson Clarke, aka the Male Copywriter, announced his freelancer status with a tongue-in-cheek domain name and an unconventional portfolio site.

  3. What is modern PR?

    Technology and media breakthroughs are forever rewriting the public relations rule book, Valerie Tan, explores what modern PR is today.

  4. Drama at university, is it worth an applause?

    Drama student Azan Ahmed answers the popular question. Is it worth studying drama at university?

  5. 10 ways to ace your Skype interview

    Do you have a Skype interview coming up? Pamela Dollesin has you covered with 10 tips to prepare for any Skype interview.

  6. Single life as a creative: get over the break up

    Have you been through the tragedy that is a creative team break up? We have the tips you need if you're in need of a new creative partner.