Idioms for when you’re feeling hopeful

It may be hard but [1] never say die. You still [2] stand a chance. Before you know it things will [3] take off and you’ll be [4]on a roll. Maybe you’ll even [5]make it big. Who knows what the future will hold. They say [6] fortune favours the bold! You’ve already [7] come aContinue reading “Idioms for when you’re feeling hopeful”

Idioms for when you’re angry

I’m feeling pretty [1] ticked off.  If I hadn’t excused myself and gone outside I would really have [2]flown off the handle. I came into work in a good mood but the boss came in and [3]bit my head off for no reason. Since when has being five minutes late to work been a problem?Continue reading “Idioms for when you’re angry”

English idioms for when you’re having a bad day

Are you having one of those days? Here are some great idioms to express how you feel. I [1]got out of the wrong side of bed this morning. In fact, I’m feeling a bit [2]down in the dumps. Yesterday, my boss gave me a [3]dressing down. I had forgotten to send some important files toContinue reading “English idioms for when you’re having a bad day”

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”

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.”