The Fun with Foreign Languages

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Have you ever wondered how “doch” is exactly used in German and what it means in English? Or let alone how to teach it in a way that the students do not get lost in the process? It is very difficult to convey the message across, let alone understand some of the difficult concepts. And this to go along with the meaning of certain colloquial terms, idioms, and translations gone bad. The Files will feature some articles on teaching foreign languages and dealing with the problems of some of the vocabulary and grammar concepts in both languages with some tips on how to get along with them. Some examples are presented below (please stop by regularly as this page will be updated often):

Are you sicher? Bist du sure: The use of sicher in English. 

English Roundtable

How to say Tschüss in English

The Culling of Quatsch in German

The Use of the F-word

Modal Verbs and the Story of Wishing (I wish)

Being blessed by the weather is a blessing: The Difference between the Adjectives -ed and -ing

Pronunciation of Regular Verb Tenses in Past Tense

Cardinal Numbers

Lighting it up Passively: A Look at Passive vs. Active Voice in English

The Difference Between Talk, Chat, Say, Speak and Tell in Communication

 

All They Want is Stuff: The Use of Stop-Gaps and Other Fillers in English: 

Part I: The Questionnaire

Part II: The Worksheet

 

Time Markers:

Part I: Past Simple vs. Perfect Form  including the Alternative version

Part II: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous   including the exercise on the Christmas Market

Part III: Future Tenses Part A & Part B  

 

Nouns and Noun Phrases:

Personal Nouns

Feminine Personal Nouns

 

Idiomatic Expressions:

Idiomatic Expressions in the Sense of Names of People

 

Pronunciations in English- Tongue Twisters:

Shunned- Words with -ion, -ian, -ience, -ial

Dining in Stein in Schleswig-Holstein: A look at the I-CON-E endings in English

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