17 July

Do you read English books?

Do you read English books?

Participants in my business English courses (that’s not one of them pictured above 😉 )  who regularly read English books are in the minority. I’m not sure why this is. Perhaps people remember having to read Shakespeare at school and not understanding or enjoying it. Perhaps they feel they need to be pragmatic and concentrate […]

16 July

The perfect alibi – Reading crime fiction

The perfect alibi – Reading crime fiction

“The door was the first thing. The door was open. The front door was never open …” Nicci French: The safe house Why is the door open? What’s going on here? What’s going to happen next? After the first two and a half sentences of the book my imagination is already racing and I’m hooked. […]

5 March

Now we have the salad ;-)

Now we have the salad ;-)

One lunchtime, I was standing behind two women – a German and her English visitor – in the canteen queue. I heard the German say: “Oh, you’re a vegetarian.” She studied the menu for the day and then said: “You could have rice and green bones.” The English woman looked absolutely horrified: “Oh no, I […]