18 November

Again what learned ;-)

Again what learned ;-)

The first time a German said “equal goes it loose” to me, I had no idea what he was talking about and why he found it so hilarious. He explained and I managed a smile, but still didn’t find it that funny. Was this German humour? Direct translations from German into “English” have exploded since […]

14 October

Grammar – Putting it in perspective

Grammar – Putting it in perspective

More important than perfect grammar or pronunciation is being able to say what you want to say: more confidently, with less effort, without upsetting anyone – and sound like yourself. That’s what it says on my website and it’s something I strongly believe.   Yet grammar causes a lot of people headaches Not only are […]

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 […]