Last week the schools started again after the summer holidays. Some kids are going back to what they know but others are starting in new classes or even new schools. There are new challenges, with maybe even a whole new location, new teachers, and classmates. For us adults, this time of year usually means getting … Continue reading A New Start or Back to Work
It may be hard but  never say die. You still  stand a chance. Before you know it things will  take off and you’ll be on a roll. Maybe you’ll even make it big. Who knows what the future will hold. They say  fortune favours the bold! You’ve already  come a … Continue reading Idioms for when you’re feeling hopeful
I’m feeling pretty  ticked off. If I hadn’t excused myself and gone outside I would really have flown off the handle. I came into work in a good mood but the boss came in and bit my head off for no reason. Since when has being five minutes late to work been a problem? … Continue reading Idioms for when you’re angry
So, you want to know what the biggest mistake is? As I’m writing this blog post Switzerland is nearing the end of the third week of partial lock down because of COVID-19. People are getting from frazzled to nuclear burn out. We’re not used to a world with so many restrictions and so much global … Continue reading The biggest mistake
Soooo I promised you a part two to my present perfect simple blog post. Here it is, but you’re going to have to work for it. Look at these sentences: Queen Elizabeth the second is a wonderful leader. She has been an inspiration to the people of Britain for many years. She lived in Buckingham … Continue reading Death and Americans: present perfect simple, part II
I remember exactly when McDonalds adopted “I’m loving it!” as their slogan. I was working in Cologne. It must have been in 2001 or 2002. I was just coming home after a long day of teaching stative verbs, you know, the ones you can’t put in the continuous (to be/-ing) form. The verbs that describe: … Continue reading “I’m lovin’ it!”, or: Why English teachers hate McDonalds.
“Every breath you take…Every move you make…” oops! Back to those songs again. This week my son requested that I write about the difference between “all” and “every”. Mistakes with these expressions are very common. Quiz time. What words go here, “all” or “every”? Do you know the songs? -Watch out! It’s not as easy … Continue reading Those pesky exceptions: “all” and “every”.
There is a legend in English teaching circles of a young man from Germany called Hans. Hans was a lively young man and decided one fine day to go for a walk in the forest. The forest was magical, as they often are in such stories, and soon poor Hans got lost and met a … Continue reading Mistakes with “get” and “become”, or : “I want to become a sausage.”
There’s no better place to find English bloopers than on Tinder. For some reason many users of this app decide to introduce themselves to potential lovers using a language which they, at best, find it difficult to communicate in. Perhaps the most misleading of these errors is the misuse of the present continuous. Let’s cut … Continue reading Present continuous mistakes, or: English for Tinder users