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Are you a serious word nerd? Here are 7 signs that give it away

13 May

BrainGain Magazine started this Word Nerd series in March 2016. Since then we’ve written about Americanisms, the secrets to writing a good sentence, to best way to insult someone, accents, and other oddities of this common language we speak. For this edition, we thought about the series itself, and its name. We thought too about […]

“I wouldn’t change my study abroad experience for any other”: The story of a German student in France

1 May

Anke Wright at a tour organized by her company. Anke Wright is a German whose life has an interesting French twist. She chose to learn French, and later study in France, when most of her classmates were choosing to learn English and flocking to Anglophone countries. Anke went on to marry a Frenchman and start […]

Word Nerd: 4 words from fantasy fiction that are now part of our real lives

29 Apr

In 1989, ‘hobbit’, a creature from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, who is considered the godfather of fantasy writing thanks to his genre defining Lord of the Rings, had a word from his fictional universe recorded in the […]

Word Nerd: 10 German loanwords that English is never giving back

11 Mar

When stepping out of your comfort zone to study abroad, learning a new language is often one of the major reasons. At least it was for me when I traveled westward from Germany as a foreign exchange student to spend a year at an American high-school. For me, learning a language in a classroom, online, […]

From Osmania to Otago: How I left a comfortable IT career to pursue my passion for cancer research

27 Nov

Dr. Aniruddha Chatterjee’s is an inspiring story. From Berhampore to Dunedin, his meteoric rise in the world of cancer research has been propelled by a strong drive and insatiable intellectual curiosity. Today he heads the Epigenetics, Disease and Phenotype Laboratory in Dunedin, New Zealand. Read his story in his own words here. I’m from Berhampur, […]

7 posh French phrases that are now popular in English

8 Oct

Author: Pratibha Alagh What if we told you English belongs to same language family as Dutch – Germanic, but that it has more features in common with French, an offspring of the Romance languages? Strange, right? But, when it comes to languages, it’s not all about the roots. What is at play is another very […]

Making my move to study in Australia

14 Jun

Bond Business School

Doing the research and trying to make the ‘right’ decision on where to study overseas can be an exhausting and overwhelming task. So Shishir’s here to help! Originally from India and now studying in Australia at Bond University, Shishir shares how he navigated his journey and offers some tips to students considering Australia for further […]

What to expect, when you’re expecting to attend Bond!

13 Jun

Ahead of any big life decision, the flood of mixed emotions – feeling excited and anxious – and all the unanswered questions can be overwhelming. Hailing from Mumbai, India – Anjan shares some insights into the experiences of some of her fellow Bond University peers while studying on the Gold Coast in Australia. I still […]

Dreams of becoming a New Zealander

18 Apr

Jatin Walia From a small village in northern India, Jatin Walia travelled to New Zealand at the age of 18. He enrolled at Auckland’s NorthTec Tertiary Education Institute for a degree in Applied Management. In 2016, Jatin graduated from the institute, but continued to work several jobs during his time in Auckland. While his education […]

University of Waikato alumnus talks about his study abroad experience

11 Apr

Harpreet Singh recently graduated from New Zealand’s University of Waikato with a master’s in information technology. Why Waikato? Harpreet said the university has a “beautiful campus with modern, and innovative infrastructure. It is internationally recognised and there is immense flexibility in the course programme to choose from for the students. The students studying here are […]