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The end is nigh…

25 Apr

Dear all,

Welcome to the final issue of The Elephant this academic year! As usual we have a wonderful issue for you… Read about the situation in Libya, the crisis in Japan, our nation’s favourite beverage, animal language a review of the Italian play and much more!

We would like to thank all of you who have contributed over the year and wish you all the best. Keep writing for The Elephant next year!!!!

The Elephant team

Lucy Vauclair

Daria Wallace

Hannah Brownlow

Margaux Benn

Natalie Davidson

Carmen Cuesta Roca


The days are getting longer…

13 Mar

Welcome to the third issue of The Elephant!

We’ve got a cracking set of articles for you to set your eyes on this issue! From Berlusconi scandals to cocaine prices, Chilean recipes to sleek poems, Spanish books to French music and advice  about what to do this summer, you couldn’t ask for more!


The Elephant Team

Want to write…?

20 Jan
What better time to put pen to paper than the inter-semester break?!
The Elephant is looking for articles for its 3rd issue! Please send your articles to
Want to write but stuck for ideas? Why not write about some of these?
Features: Summer plans. Where are you going this summer? Do you know of any good organisations you want to share with others? Did you do something interesting last summer that you want to tell us about?
Politics: What do you think about cuts to education throughout Europe? How do you think the cuts to British Council will affect language learning in the UK? Will Erasmus survive  austerity measures? Has Berlusconi finally reached the end of the line? In the media world, how much freedom is too much freedom? What’s your take on the recent events in Tunisia?
Reviews: Do you have any summer reads you want to share with us? Know of any controversial contemporary authors or song-writers? Been to the theatre recently? Discovered some foreign musician you think deserves recognition?
Creative Writing: It’s clichéd but we are proposing ‘Lost in Translation’ as a title for any short stories or poetry.
Photos: Sticking with the above theme of ‘Lost in Translation’ we are looking for any photos you have taken on your travels.
Linguistics: Found something fascinating about the way languages work?
Humour: any amusing anecdotes again focusing on ‘Lost in Translation’.
Travel: How and where did you bring in the New Year? Got any plans for the inter-semester break?
Articles 500-700 words and can be written in English or any foreign language.
Please get in touch at if you require any further information.

Welcome to the second issue of the Elephant

14 Dec

Linguist enthusiasts, feel free to peruse at your leisure the second issue of The Elephant.

Wishing you a very merry holiday, however you will be celebrating.

The Elephant Team

We want your opinions…

15 Nov

We are now looking for articles for our second issue. As before, submissions should be between 500-700 words, although creative writing can be longer (or shorter!). Please send your ideas and articles to

For this issue’s main feature we are focussing on tuition fees; in particular we are looking for comparisons with other countries. What do you think about the recent cuts to university funding? How does the situation in Britain compare to that of other countries? Are you a foreign student in Britain? Why did you choose to come here to study?

Here’s a reminder of what we’re looking for in our other sections:

Travel – tell us about your year abroad, or any desolate place you think we should visit. Perhaps you are an exchange student in St Andrews? What do you make of these fair shores?
Food and Drink — fancy sharing your culinary favourites, or what effect food has on a particular culture etc. For this issue we are focussing paricularly on seasonal treats 🙂
Humour – any amusing anecdotes
Politics – anything which will still be current in the coming weeks. We aim to print twice a semester so it needs to be an ongoing issue.
Reviews — art exhibitions, books, plays, films, music, film etc.
Creative writing — poems, short stories etc
Linguistics — etymologies, slang , translation difficulties etc.

Articles in a foreign language are welcome.

Fill Your Boots!

31 Oct

Welcome to Issue 1 of the Elephant Magazine!

Coming soon…

19 Oct

Thank you to everyone who has contributed articles, the deadline for Issue 1 is now closed. If you still have ideas though, keep sending us your work as we can include it in the next issue (December).

Watch this space for The Elephant’s debut!

Welcome to the Elephant Magazine!

8 Oct

Welcome to the website of “The Elephant”, St Andrews University’s modern languages magazine!

Our first issue will be published on the 1st of November, available here and in print outside the library and at Buchanan.

If you are interested in submitting articles, please get in touch (! Below is a general overview of the sections we will be including so you can get an idea of what kind of things we are looking for.

The deadline for submissions for this issue is the 17th of October.

Features – this issue we would like to do a special on the SLT redundancies – opinions on the decision, plus a page of praise for each SLT (to make them feel supported by the student population)
Travel – tell us about your year abroad, or any desolate place you think we should visit
Food and Drink — recipes etc.
Humour – any amusing anecdotes
Politics – anything which will still be current in the coming weeks. We aim to print twice a semester so it needs to be an ongoing issue… e.g. the expulsion of ROMs in France?
Reviews — art exhibitions, books, plays, films, music etc.
Creative writing — poems, short stories etc
Linguistics — etymologies, slang  etc.

We will also be including a section for writing in foreign languages.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Elephant