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Language and how we think

On one of my spring walks last week, I listened to the following TED talk about language and how it shapes the way we think: Lera Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think...

Pancake Day

Hope you all had a nice weekend and perhaps, like me, attended a ‘Karneval/Fastnacht’ event. This is not something I normally go for but was surprised at how much I enjoyed a ‘Stunksitzung’ in...

Shortbread Disasters

I decided to make some shortbread as it had run out – a disaster in my household when family and friends visit! Making shortbread is a skill I inherited from my mother – in...

Season’s Greetings

I hope you have been able to enjoy the lovely Christmas markets, mulled wine and office parties! I am looking forward to my last lessons this year with Christmas crackers, mince pies and conversations...

Christmas Cards (again!)

Have you got some nice Christmas markets in your area? I helped out at our local one in Niedernhausen yesterday and had a lot of fun selling and of course drinking mulled wine 😊....

Lessons in Leadership

I’ve just come back from a weekend of input and inspiration at the annual conference for Business English trainers and the focus was, of course, on AI and ChatGPT and how we can use...

Doppelt gemoppelt

Now, there are some German words and phrases that just don’t translate into English, so I have adopted them into the English language 😊. One of them is ‘doppelt gemoppelt’ – I love it!...

Survival Strategies for Interviews

I recently read on a colleague’s website, “The problem is not the level of your English. The problem is how you feel when you speak it.” The more I talk to my students, the...

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