Archive for the 'language' Category

Heute fragte mich Ewa, wie ihr Sohn sein schriftliches Englisch verbessern könnte. Nun, ist die Motivation dazu da, fehlt hauptsächlich die Praxis. Gut Schreiben lernt man, indem man mit Engagement schreibt, und dann von einem interessierten Leser Feedback bekommt. Hier sind für den Anfang schon mal zehn Tipps:

Getting real in teaching listening

Posted by Anne on February 18th, 2014

Book review: Richard Cauldwell: Phonology for Listening. Teaching the Stream of Speech. Speech in Action. Birmingham, UK 2013. ISBN 0954344723, ISBN-13: 978-0954344726. Printed on demand by Amazon. €25.68 Richard Cauldwell makes a key point: Listening acquisition lags behind the acquisition of other skills, he says, because we treat listening skills as something learners will […]

State of the art: Machine translation

Posted by Anne on January 18th, 2014

In a word: Aaaaargh! The German machine translation below is complete nonsense. Lexis is far more complicated than you’d think. A word like ‘searing’ can be a verb, an adjective or a noun. Consider how differently ‘even’ can translate –’even heating’ has been translated here as  ‘sogar Heizung’ rather than ‘gleichmäßige Erwärmung’. And ‘seasoning’ is […]

Grammar Guru: You’ll want to turn left at the light

Posted by Anne on December 9th, 2013

You’ll want to… The pragmatics of this phrase is interesting: Driver: How do I get to the lake? Pedestrian: You’ll want to turn left at the light up there and then just go straight til you hit Shore Drive. Why do we consider it acceptable and polite to predict what the person we are talking […]


Posted by Anne on October 15th, 2013

Thanks to Flula Borg for deconstructing idioms and also for getting right in there with prejudices against Germans – and just dealing with them. I really like Flula being playful and silly with My Drunk Kitchen presenter Hannah Hart.

Creatives and their art forms

Posted by Anne on September 8th, 2013

English for Artists should highlight different art forms, e.g. profiling artists expressing themselves in the various media. The Thrash Lab vlog and YouTube playlist include a profile of Saber, a graffiti artist who has branched out. In this profile he describes the work that made him a name, similarities to typography, and how he reacts […]

Painting from Life

Posted by Anne on August 22nd, 2013

Videos on painting from life by The Art Students’ League of New York would be useful in an English course for Artists. Here I would focus on how an artist, Sharon Sprung,  describes her process as she paints. Notice how difficult it is to multitask, producing both visually and verbally, and both commenting on the […]