This title is in memory of my grandfather, (my father's father) who used to tell jokes which were so 'unfunny', that they were funny. I wish I could repeat them so as to have the same effect, but I can't. People inevitably stare blankly at me and I find myself wishing that I could transport … Continue reading “Well, Well, Well, Three holes in the Ground!”
OK, so when should we use this, and when should we use that? This = for singular nouns, close to me in time and space (Zeit und Raum): "This is my friend, Harry." "This is the last time I'm going to help you reboot your computer!" "This pen doesn't work." "I hope the restaurant is … Continue reading This and That…
There are certain words which, if you come from a particular background, you just wouldn't use. It is the case in German, and it's the same in English. Let's look at the word for 'Toilette' in German. There are a few people who would feel very uncomfortable using the word 'toilet' in English, because they … Continue reading Vocabulary Flash (in the Pan) … Did you know…?
Here's a good example of a false friend in English and German: the German word 'sensibel'. Sensibel = sensitive, not 'sensible'. Vernünftig = Sensible Empfindlich = Over-sensitive, touchy (this is negative). Hochsensibel = highly sensitive. Jennifer is a sensitive person. She feels things deeply; not just her own pain, but that of others as well. … Continue reading Vocabulary Flash: False Friends
Every language has its beauties and so does English. The tense system has its own special beauty. It's a lot easier to work out where each tense belongs if you can see where it belongs in time. I find that this can best be demonstrated in pictures, or diagram form. This English Tenses Timeline Chart … Continue reading Tenses
'Now that we are all present, and since there is no time like the present, the presenter will present his presentation. After this, the present will be presented to the presenter', (underlined where emphasis is needed). You can find out how the present tenses are formed by using any grammar book, but such books don't … Continue reading Present – Simple and Progressing
No-one will tell you this at school, because most school teachers, (in Germany anyway) don't know it themselves. There is [ Ɵ] as in 'thank' – [ ð ] as in 'then' To produce these sounds, there's contact between the tip of the tongue and the top front teeth. [ θ ] is voiceless. Hold … Continue reading Did you know that there are two kinds of ‘th’ sound?
Whether it's pronunciation (eg. 'th'), spelling, tenses, prepositions or the difference between adverbs and adjectives ... you'll find it here. I'm going to start this blog by looking at these topics and making some observations based on my teaching experience. I'd welcome comments from anyone who is learning English at the moment. What do you … Continue reading What are some of the hardest things in English for non-English speakers to learn?