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

Verstehen Sie Savvy auf Englisch: A look at the many forms of “Do you Understand?”

The Culling of Quatsch in German

The Use of the F-word


Modal Verbs

Modal Verbs and the Story of Wishing (I wish)

English Corner: I Wish- A Closer Look at English Modal Verbs


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  

Part IV: Present Simple vs Past Simple

Part V: Past Continuous



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

Blacksmithing words with TH: A Guide to Pronunciation of TH-words  

Volkswagen: The V and W Words in English

Bear vs Beer: The Long -E- in English


False Friends between German and English (!: Worksheets included for each one unless starred):

Become vs. Bekommen

Personal vs Personnel vs Persönlich

Aufhören vs many words in English*

Why is German a Beautiful Language? (a look at word-for-word translations and the actual meanings)*


Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs

At/In/On- Time

The Many (Creative) Uses of UP


Other Grammatical/Lexical Topics:

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

TED is DED: A Look at the Pronunciation of Regular Verb Tenses in Past Tense

Ordinal Numbers and the Tour de Revere

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

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

Translations of the longest German words founnd in Duden



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