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It All Starts With the Letter A

No doubt you have learned lots of vocabulary in school and feel like the time for vocabulary lists is over.  Well, not so fast.  Below are some English words that …

Reflexive Verbs in English Part One

One of the areas that some of my language learners have difficulty is around the differences in reflexive verbs between English and German.  Because reflexive verbs are used more commonly …

Take It With a Grain of Salt

Similar to the verb make, which we discussed in a previous entry, the verb “take” and its many uses can be confusing to English language learners.  The title of this …

Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s summer time in the Northern Hemisphere and here in Germany as the weather heats up, it also means that the potential for heavy rain increases.  A common phrase that …

You’re making me crazy

You’re making me crazy. Another big difference between German and English that tends to stump some of my language learners involves the use of the verb make or machen in …

Good vs. Well

How are you today?  I’m good, thanks. Today’s topic of the usage of good vs. well, is one that even causes native English speakers trouble from time to time.  So …