Just in case you didn’t realise it – I am a fan of Netflix and I especially enjoy watching a good old historical drama. At the end of 2020 all the talk was about season 4 of “The Crown”. For some reason I’m not interested in watching this drama which follows the royal “ins and outs” during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Maybe it’s because I was part of that history and don’t want to admit that I’m getting old!Continue reading “That’s Crowned it!”
I have had fun over the last few weeks deciding what word to take as my Word of the Week (WOW). Unfortunately I haven’t got round to posting them weekly – the last being in November.
Strangely enough I now have time because of the restrictions which have been caused by the infamous corona virus.
So here is a list of the WOWs that I chose. I think my customers have had fun using them either because they are simply funny words or because they have lightened the mood recently.Continue reading “Words of the Week Update”
/ˈɡrʌmpi/ : mürrisch
It’s advent time and you can hear Christmas music everywhere. The traditional Christmas carol (Wiehnachtslied) “Deck the Halls” is all about preparing for Christmas or yuletide guests:
- routine (household) tasks
- things to be done
- a job or piece of work that is often boring or unpleasant but needs to be done regularly
Some of my customers asked me how to improve their vocabulary so I have decided to post a new word each week with an example of how it can be used. Here is this week’s english word. Have fun trying to think of your own sentences!
Today my husband I witnessed one of the most bizarre traditions of the British Parliament, the Queen’s Speech. Admittedly it was only on TV.
Amidst all the chaos of Brixit, the Queen announced on behalf of the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the plans of the new government in what is called the State Opening of Parliament.Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech”
As I may have mentioned before, I have a fascination for doors, especially old English front doors. I am not sure when or where this started. It’s probably because English doors are very individual and different to those here in Germany. They have become one of the things I miss.Continue reading “When does a door open inwards?”
There are several meanings for the word “ramble”:
- to walk for pleasure, go for a walk or hike e.g. “Yesterday we went rambling with the Ramblers* in the Yorkshire Dales.”
- to waffle or babble (schwafeln) e.g. “He often rambles on about his model railway”
I suppose I could be accused of rambling when I write my blog:)
* The Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity which aims to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure. It has around 120,00 members.
I always have difficulty remembering the expression for ‘savoury’ in German. Is it “herzhafte” or “deftig” or “pikant”?Continue reading “The Measure of English Cooking”
One of my favourite songs is “No Roots” by Alice Merton. This fits with my recent post about our visit to a restaurant in York. Alice Merton sings about not having any roots (Wurzeln) and that she is always on the move. The question is: how important is it to establish roots? Are, as she implies, memories (Erinnerungen) enough?Continue reading “No Roots”