13 November

The Igel has landed

The Igel has landed

  Picture the following situation: Maria walks up to the coffee machine where her colleague Gabi is standing with the new Italian Sales Manager, Stefano. Gabi makes the introductions. And Maria says “Yes, we met on the floor yesterday.” Stefano looks confused and a bit embarrassed. Gabi grins and says “I think you mean you […]

18 July

Summer time is reading time

Summer time is reading time

  This time last year I wrote about the benefits of reading for improving your English. These come on top of the sheer pleasure of reading, of course. I’d like to share just  a few of the books I’ve read over the past year which you might enjoy. Different books appeal to different people, of course. […]

11 June

Feel uncomfortable speaking English? Some food for thought.

Feel uncomfortable speaking English? Some food for thought.

    I was seventeen years old and all alone in Germany. I got on a bus and asked the driver for a ticket to my stop ‘Natruper StraĂźe’. He didn’t understand, I repeated it. No luck. He still had no idea where I wanted to get off and was getting pretty impatient. I tried […]