Archive for May, 2010

Lena Meyer-Landrut: Satellite

Posted by Anne on May 31st, 2010

Good job. I like. So did the Eurovision jury. Congratulations, Lena! I went everywhere for you I even did my hair for you I bought new underwear, they’re blue And I wore ‘em just the other day Love you, know I’ll fight for you I left on the porch light for you Whether you are […]

Celebrating language blogs

Posted by Anne on May 30th, 2010

It’s been a rather self-referential month in the “teaching English as a foreign language” blogosphere. I’m extremely honored to be listed by Babla and Lexiofiles among the top 100 language blogs. They put in an enormous and much appreciated amount of work. Frankly, being in that list comes as a huge surprise, considering the players […]

Kleiner, uralter Gott – Ancient little god

Posted by Anne on May 29th, 2010

In a week we’ll be burying my mother’s ashes on Drummond. We’ve decided to read some of her poems, with a translation into English. She published a volume of them in the Wilhelm Andermann Verlag in Vienna in 1944 when she was 21; a miracle, since paper was so rare towards the end of the […]

Riddles upside down

Posted by Anne on May 28th, 2010

A man went on a trip on Friday, stayed for 2 days and returned on Friday. How is that possible? Answer: ¡ǝsɹoɥ ɐ sı ʎɐpıɹɟ What has 4 wheels and flies? Answer: ¡ʞɔnɹʇ ǝƃɐqɹɐƃ ɐ What did the fish say when he hit the side of his glass bowl at 50 miles per hour? Answer: […]

Animoto: Men with beards

Posted by Anne on May 27th, 2010

Just testing some edutech tools this morning, this is my first attempt with Animoto, which lets you make free 30 second animated slideshows. I’m picking up on a topic I wrote about two years ago. – Do you recognize all of the bearded men in the pictures? Create your own video slideshow at BTW: […]

Dorothy Parker: Superfluous Advice

Posted by Anne on May 27th, 2010

Ian James presented a lovely recording tool, Vocaroo, on his blog, and I’ll be using it in online courses. But here on this blog, dear reader, it’s an easy way to record yourself and to practice your pronunciation. Listen to my recording to help with the more difficult words. Then record yourself (you might have […]

Take a walk on the wild side

Posted by Anne on May 26th, 2010

Chris sent me a very nice, loungy, beatbox take on the Lou Reed classic by Toktoktok that had me umpty umptying around the kitchen. Thank you! My curiosity raised, I started surfing to see who else has covered this. My favorite is by the unbelievably good The Strokes. Did they ever record this, does anyone […]