English is Fun …
… oder, auf Deutsch, Englisch Macht Spaß!
When not hunched over a laptop banging out things I notice about Germans, trying to ‘write a book’ (like everyone else in the world) or thinking feverishly of interesting (or not) pitches for the publications I write for, I teach English as a foreign language. And I love it. I love my language, I love my students, I love teaching. I love the smell of a brand new whiteboard marker and the possibilities offered by twelve tenses. I love the thrill of a good timeline, the endlessness of adjectives. I get extremely excited by vocab brainstorms. This isn’t remotely surprising, considering my lifelong love of my mother tongue – in both the literary and linguistic sense. This love manifested itself in most academic choices from the age of six onward, including a BA Psych that covered linguistics, a little speech pathology and as many humanities based subjects as possible (to offset the statistics) and culminating in an MA in Writing, and in the (wildly uncertain) decision to pursue writing professionally. I did my CELTA – a tremendous experience – in Sydney and have taught in three different cities thus far and hope very much to continue.
Anyway, so there I was on a warm Saturday, drinking the dregs of my lukewarm coffee, when it hit me. I should incorporate more EFL on this blog. Why not? If there is one thing I am mildly qualified to wax lyrical about, it’s the English language .
Why not pop it on the blog and make a thing of it?
So, weekly, from here on in, there will be an Englisch Macht Spaß post. Who knows what each one will entail? A surprise! A treasure trove of treats!
– A collation of interesting articles and facts. There are some fantastic resources out there for English learners – not just programs like Duolingo which, incidentally, is rather fun – but blogs and websites with articles that delve into the nitty gritty, that pull apart the interesting stuff.
– Common mistakes
– Helpful exercises
– Phrasal verbs, idioms …
The possibilities are endless. You are, of course, absolutely invited to email me any questions you’d like clarified, or indeed any burning questions you have long pondered that you would like an answer to, and I shall endeavour to be of assistance.
For now, enjoy these articles:
Grammar: What are some of the most common mistakes that make you look rather incompetent and drive people like me wild? Check them out over at Forbes.
Prepositions: Is it ‘in’ or ‘on’ the internet? Find out over at DC Blog