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Lisa's week

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"

  • Lisa's week: All quiet on Christmas Eve

    The month of December is slipping by and in just a few short days the festive time of Christmas will be here. This time of year is all...

    20.12.2018
  • Lisa's week: Who’s that at the door?

    As I write this (and yes, every week I’m a little late making the time to sit down and write!), it’s St Nikolaus – 6th December. This day...

    06.12.2018
  • Lisa's week: Nearly a whole month of surprises

    I’m writing this very late one evening after coming home from an evening with friends. It was a special evening as this was the night we handed...

    22.11.2018
  • Lisa's week: In Remembrance

    A long time ago, two years to be precise, I wrote about “wearing my poppy with pride”. You can find out all about that in Lisa’s Week...

    08.11.2018
  • Lisa's week: Springing forward and falling back

    Did you cast your vote? You know! The most “important” election of recent times. The vote on the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue? The question...

    25.10.2018
  • Lisa's week: Imagining out loud

    One of the topics that I find myself discussing most often is what students can do to improve their language skills outside lessons. It’s probably brought up...

    11.10.2018
  • Lisa's week: What’s your “thing”?

    Two things brought this week’s topic to mind this evening. First of all, I sometimes carry out listening and comprehension exercises in my lessons. We listen to a...

    27.09.2018
  • Lisa's week: All the fun of the fair

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been travelling around Germany a little more than usual in the past weeks. Well, when I say travelling around,...

    13.09.2018
  • Lisa's week: Quick Tip of the Week – question tags (part2)

    I’m back with part 2 of the Quick Tip of the Week on question tags, a grammar point we use in less formal language and which turns...

    06.09.2018
  • Lisa's week: Quick Tip of the Week – question tags (part 1)

    This week and next week’s Quick Tip of the Week is about something that we use quite often in English but many of my students are unsure...

    30.08.2018
  • Lisa's week: Germany through a visitor's eyes

    My mum came to visit me last weekend and we had a fun weekend together. I don’t get as many visitors from the UK as I did...

    23.08.2018
  • Lisa's week: A long hot summer

    Those of you who know me know that this recent hot weather has been hard for me! I’m not a fan of really hot days which is...

    16.08.2018
  • Lisa's week: The same but different

    I recently had the good fortune to visit the Big Apple again for the third time! Yes, I know! I’m a lucky girl. Now, I love big cities...

    09.08.2018
  • Lisa's week: 70 years of public healthcare

    One of the things I find most “confusing” about living in Germany is the healthcare system with its mix of private and state insurance, the freedom of...

    02.08.2018
  • Lisa's week: Touch down!

    I started my series of posts about flying to the UK some time ago now and didn’t realise that I’d have so much to say. But as...

    19.07.2018
  • Lisa's week: A right royal christening

    This week brought more royal news for those of us who were interested. In fact, it’s been a really busy week. It started off with the christening...

    12.07.2018
  • Lisa's week: Can football really come home?

    Of course, one of my Lisa’s Weeks at this time needed to feature the FIFA World Cup 2018 and I thought this week was as good as...

    05.07.2018
  • Lisa's week: I’m leaving… on a jet plane… (Part 4)

    Back to my travelling series – this is episode 4 so make sure you check out the others if you haven’t already. I talked about getting a...

    28.06.2018
  • Lisa's week: Happy Father’s Day

    Last weekend marked Father’s Day for many countries around the world and I made sure to remember to send my dad a card in the post (yes...

    21.06.2018
  • Lisa's week: Ready for departure?

    Now, where were we? I believe that we’d booked our flights and had our bags checked at security including a full body check because the clothes you...

    14.06.2018
  • Lisa's week: How do you say that?

    Accents. We all have them and for a lot of English learners, it can seem impossible that are so many different types of English, not only around...

    07.06.2018
  • Lisa's week: Getting boarded!

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about travelling back to the UK for a whistle-stop 24-hour trip, which had got me thinking about all that travel vocabulary. The...

    31.05.2018
  • Lisa's week: A very British affair!

    The scene was set. A batch of traditional scones had been made, to be served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. There was Coronation Chicken on a bed...

    24.05.2018
  • Lisa's week: Up, up and away

    Do you like flying? Or are you similar to me and like it less and less as you get older? I’m not really sure but I have the...

    17.05.2018
  • Lisa's week: To all the mothers out there

    This week marks Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May) for Germany and many countries around the world. However in the UK, Mothering Sunday, which is the official name...

    10.05.2018
  • Lisa's week: Happy Anniversary to me!

    This is the 100th Lisa’s Week! Go us. We’ve covered a lot of different topics and I still have a long list of ideas for future weeks. How...

    03.05.2018
  • Lisa's week: It’s a boy!

    I’m sure the subject of today’s post won’t surprise you. You’ve got to know me a lot over the last couple of years (and yes, this week...

    26.04.2018
  • Lisa's week: Part of the family

    Do you have any pets? A dog perhaps? A cat, a mouse, hamsters, turtles, a budgie or even a few spiders? There’s a whole world of animals...

    19.04.2018
  • Lisa's week: Perfect for dunking!

    Do you remember when I talked about the perfect cuppa back in Lisa’s Week number 25 (find the entry here[sitetree_link,id=825])? As you know, I drink tea all...

    12.04.2018
  • Lisa's week: Quick Tip of the Week – prepositions of time

    Every now and again, I’m going to give you a quick tip about a wrongly used word/s, a false friend or a typical mistake. These are the...

    05.04.2018
  • Lisa's week: Holy Week

    I don’t know about you, but I’m very much looking forward to our long Easter weekend. Four days off feels like a real break from the everyday...

    29.03.2018
  • Lisa's week: Spring forward and fall back

    Have you noticed that the days are getting longer? It seems to start really slowly once we’ve gone past the winter solstice and the shortest day of...

    22.03.2018
  • Lisa's week: The flu hits Lisa’s Week

    Did you miss me last week? I have to confess that you were not on my mind as I lay in my sickbed feeling oh so sorry...

    15.03.2018
  • Lisa's week: The “Beast from the East” hits Western Europe!

    We’ve talked about weather before. The Brits love talking about weather and just as a reminder, it doesn’t really rain every day over there, nor is London...

    01.03.2018
  • Lisa's week: This is the travel news!

    Driving to work this morning, it occurred to me that this might be an interesting topic to talk about here in Lisa’s week. After all, for most...

    22.02.2018
  • Lisa's week: Learning by Listening – part 2

    Last week, we talked about the possibility of downloading digital audio files to your smart phone or computer to support your exposure to English outside lessons. These...

    15.02.2018
  • Lisa's week: Learning by Listening - part 1

    I’m returning once again to what you can do in your free time to continue practicing your English skills. We’ve talked about what you might like to...

    08.02.2018
  • Lisa's week: Once in a blue moon

    With all the talk of super moons, blue moons or just ordinary full moons this month, I thought we could look at this moon-based idiom. Example in use:...

    01.02.2018
  • Lisa's week: “My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose”

    Haggis, whisky, bagpipes and … poetry? Now you might have correctly guessed that these have all got something to do with Scotland but you might be missing...

    25.01.2018
  • Lisa's week: Quick Tip of the Week – go/come & take/bring

    Every now and again, I give you a quick tip about a wrongly used word, a false friend or a typical mistake. These are the common errors...

    18.01.2018
  • Lisa's week: New Year’s Resolutions

    Do you make them? And if you make them, do you keep them? At this time of year, I can only be talking about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s...

    11.01.2018
  • Lisa's week: It’s an acquired taste!

    Do you know that expression? “An acquired taste”? It’s one of those typical euphemistic British phrases that can be used when you want to express that the...

    21.12.2017
  • Lisa's week: Great if you have a sweet tooth

    My students never really believe me when I tell them that when I first arrived in Germany I honestly couldn’t speak German. I mean, I had a...

    14.12.2017
  • Lisa's week: What sign are you?

    When I meet you for the first time, it won’t take long before I find a way to ask you when your birthday is. I’m intensely curious...

    07.12.2017
  • Lisa's week: Counting the cards on my shelf.

    As a child, the growing pile of birthday cards coming through the letterbox in the day or two before my birthday and then on the day itself,...

    30.11.2017
  • Lisa's week: Just another few minutes!

    So the burning question in my brain this morning, as I hit my phone yet again this morning, is…. Are you a night owl or an early...

    23.11.2017
  • Lisa's week: Do you need anything from the High Street?

    As I mentioned last week, I spent a few days “home” last weekend and this is something I hear at least once a day. My mum lives...

    16.11.2017
  • Lisa's week: Talking Tenners

    It would seem that the Bank of England is working through the process of modernising British money! Back in September 2016 (Lisa’s Week 22 – 19.09.2016[lisas-week/can-you-change-a-fiver/http:/www.linguasolutions.de/lisas-week/can-you-change-a-fiver/]) we...

    09.11.2017
  • Lisa's week: Enjoying the downtime

    Well, here we are at the end of a wonderful long 5-day weekend and I have to say that it was fantastic. Relaxing, rejuvenating, calming and exactly...

    02.11.2017
  • Lisa's week: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

    Idiom of the week Another reminder today of how interesting British idioms are, made me think that it would be a good subject again for this week’s ponderings. Grinning...

    26.10.2017