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 …”

“Someone’s been drinking my beer!” Present perfect continuous to describe ale theft.

The kids can’t go to school because of the pandemic, so this week I’ve been “homeschooling” and It’s not so easy to find an undisturbed minute to write. On the plus side it’s a great time to use the present perfect continuous! Everyone’s routines have been turned upside down. Some people, especially in the medicalContinue reading ““Someone’s been drinking my beer!” Present perfect continuous to describe ale theft.”

Death and Americans: present perfect simple, part II

Soooo I promised you a part two to my present perfect simple blog post. Here it is, but you’re going to have to work for it. Look at these sentences: Queen Elizabeth the second is a wonderful leader. She has been an inspiration to the people of Britain for many years. She lived in BuckinghamContinue reading “Death and Americans: present perfect simple, part II”

I’ve done it! -using present perfect simple to show off.

Yes! I’ve done it! I’ve started the third month of my blog! Woo, go me! This week we’re looking at the present perfect simple TO SHOW OFF! There are two reasons to use the present perfect simple To say “how long” something has happened for, (Something that starts in the past and continues to theContinue reading “I’ve done it! -using present perfect simple to show off.”

Sneaky commas and “that” or “which”?

Hmmmmmmm……which one, “that” or “which”? Many thanks to Andrew for suggesting this one. A warning first: We are getting into serious language nerd territory. It’s the kind of thing that native speakers get wrong all the time! *Cough* It’s all about two types of relative clause. A relative clause is part of a sentence startingContinue reading “Sneaky commas and “that” or “which”?”