Liv Hambrett

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Englisch Macht Spaß

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 wildCheck them out over at Forbes.

Prepositions: Is it ‘in’ or ‘on’ the internet? Find out over at DC Blog


  1. Ines

    8 August, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    What a great idea, I look forward to many more Englisch Macht Spass posts. My personal pet peeve is using apostrophes incorrectly.

    1. Liv

      9 August, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Ohhhh yessss, the apostrophe issue. That should be a post unto its self.

  2. Paige

    8 August, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Looking forward to these posts 🙂 I am currently teaching EFL in Barranquilla, Colombia.

    1. Liv

      9 August, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Fantastic! Feel free to throw any questions my way or share any thoughts/ideas. I am happy to handle teachers’ questions as well!

      1. Paige

        9 August, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        Awesome. I’ll surely throw them your way 🙂

  3. Isa

    8 August, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Brilliant idea. But have you ever thought of making a dedicated English language learning blog/business? Or I suppose, the language learning part can just be indexed separately, so peeps can choose a category, as you’ve seemingly already done.

    1. Liv

      9 August, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Do you know, I did think of doing that then thought, wait a minute, start small with a dedicated section on the blog and see how it goes!

      1. Isa

        9 August, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Totally understand. Good Luck! The Irish always say Good Luck… my dad’s Irish, so I can say it, too!

  4. Isa

    8 August, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    ps. if you made a dedicated language blog, you could also earn money from adverts.

  5. Paul Weston

    9 August, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Of course you thought your CELTA was a tremendous experience – you came top in it!! I was just traumatised by it. Good luck with Englisch Macht Spaß 🙂

    1. Liv

      9 August, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Hahaha, stop it! You are a perfectionist who buries yourself under pressure young man. But yes, it was traumatising. The pace. xx

    2. Liv

      9 August, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Hahaha, stop it! You are a perfectionist who buries yourself under pressure young man. But yes, it was traumatising. The pace, oh god, the pace!

  6. zalp

    16 August, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Fantastic idea!
    My – and most likely many other Germans’ – biggest difficulty in learning and using English has always been its huge vocabulary. There are often just too many English words for one German word, e. g. “groß” = big, great, grand, large, tall, huge, giant,…….
    The other problem is to find the right prepositions. That almost drove me crazy many years ago back in [or: at?] school and has been ever since. My very special problem was (maybe still is) the correct use of “to care for/of/about”

    I’m looking forward to your new English series [in/on/at?] your blog….

    1. Liv

      16 August, 2013 at 9:38 am

      ”My very special problem was (maybe still is) the correct use of “to care for/of/about”
      This sounds like a case of … Phrasal Verbs! Good thing I love Phrasal Verbs! We will look at word collocations in future posts for sure, and I’ll cover such Phrasal Verbs as care for/about/of and other confusing ones. And we will definitely work on building vocabulary.

What do you think?