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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Fr David Annear (French & Spanish,1965)

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Father David (left) at Lourdes

I studied Modern Languages – French and Spanish – at Durham University, graduating in 1965. One reason why I chose Durham was because in those far-off days it was one of the few universities which allowed students to work abroad for an academic year, thereby creating the four-year degree which is now commonplace.

I became a teacher of Modern Languages in south London, largely because of my work experience in France. Twenty years later I left to begin studying in Rome to become a Catholic priest. I mention this because even in a small town in remote Cornwall there are plenty of opportunities to use my knowledge of languages. And I often travel to holy places in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal where, although English is widely understood, there is much to be said for addressing the locals in their own language.

The point I’m making is that one acquires a practical skill in languages that is always useful, even in unlikely circumstances like mine.