Linking Words: Cause and effect

OK, I know a pretty boring topic but I thought it would be useful to post this simple summary I’ve based on https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/intermediate/unit-10/tab/grammar. There’s nothing like linking words to scramble the brain, but it’s not as complicated as it seems. Summary Linking devices are used to link one idea or argument to another. A common situationContinue reading “Linking Words: Cause and effect”

Pimp your Present Perfect for Result with YouTube, or “Help! I’ve fallen!”

Hi and Happy New Year 2021! Long time no see. Seeing as I have watched most of YouTube, I’ve decided to make some grammar videos using video clips. These videos shows the connection between the past and the present that is needed for the present perfect tense. Present perfect always needs some elements of pastContinue reading “Pimp your Present Perfect for Result with YouTube, or “Help! I’ve fallen!””

How to lose your Swiss accent (Starring Magdalena Martullo Blocher) PART TWO: The Short Vowel Sounds

Yes! this video starring Magdalena Martullo Blocher is about the short vowel sounds that Swiss German natives often over emphasize or lengthen, [ɛ], [æ], [ɪ] and [ɒ] I’ve added some videos to practice these sounds in the video description. Have a great weekend! Please like and subscribe to my youtube channel if you would likeContinue reading “How to lose your Swiss accent (Starring Magdalena Martullo Blocher) PART TWO: The Short Vowel Sounds”

How to lose your Swiss accent (Starring Magdelena Martullo Blocher) PART ONE: The consonants

This is the first in a series of videos that aim to help people with a Swiss German accent to speak more like a native speaker. Please like and subscribe to my youtube channel if you would like more videos.

Tekamolo v.s. Svompt: Word order

Sometimes two languages can live inside one person peacefully, they complement each other and don’t get in each other’s way. Unfortunately, sometimes the opposite is true and we get … L1 interference! Sounds nasty, but it just means though that you use rules that apply to your native language, and apply them to your foreignContinue reading “Tekamolo v.s. Svompt: Word order”

Watching out for “look” “watch” and “see”

Hello my dears. I hope this post finds you well. Today I’m going to write about those pesky words “watch” “look” and “see”. Literal meanings – a recap “See” simply means to use your eyes. “Look” means “to turn our eyes in a particular direction to see something”. (Cambridge) “Watch” means “to look at orContinue reading “Watching out for “look” “watch” and “see””

The biggest mistake

So, you want to know what the biggest mistake is? As I’m writing this blog post Switzerland is nearing the end of the third week of partial lock down because of COVID-19. People are getting from frazzled to nuclear burn out. We’re not used to a world with so many restrictions and so much globalContinue reading “The biggest mistake”

Some very deadly false friends …

Hello, I hope this blog post finds you well. Last week a student directed me to an article with some lovely false friends. I thought I might share the deadliest with you today and add a couple of my own. Undertaker – Unternehmer This is my favourite of all the false friends. An “undertaker” is:Continue reading “Some very deadly false friends …”