Lisa's week

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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 many have you read? Are you a faithful reader every week or perhaps are you just a “drop by from time to time” type? Whichever you are, then thank you for reading and don’t forget that if you have a topic you’d like me to cover or to offer my own opinion on, then just drop us a line and we’ll see if we can get it into the schedule.

I thought about giving you 100 of something in this post. 100 ways to improve your English. 100 top mistakes to avoid. 100 useful words or phrases. 100 places to visit in the UK. 100 ways Germans and Brits are different - or Brits and Americans. 100 things about me. 100 things to be grateful about in 2018. 100 ways to use prepositions. (Not really – that last one’s a joke, although it’s a list that is possible!) Some of these will form the basis for future weeks no doubt… but it gives you a lot to think about when you start coming up with these types of lists.

When I can, I like to flip through the latest copies of Spotlight and Business Spotlight, which I always recommend to students as a useful way to practice their English outside lessons. Have I mentioned it before? These are both magazines for German learners of English and include articles, quizzes, vocabulary and grammar exercises, English for specific topics, quick tips, editorials and much, much more. Spotlight is general English, comes out monthly and is a little easier while Business Spotlight focuses on the use of English in all parts of business, is bi-monthly and has more advanced texts. They are also a great resource for vocabulary – useful words and phrases in all the articles and texts are underlined and there’s a short vocabulary resource at the bottom of every one or two pages. These often show you how the word is pronounced, if it’s US or UK English, if it’s informal or formal or specific contexts.

Why am I mentioning this right now? Well, the reason it came to mind right now is that the most recent version of Spotlight has an article on “100 of Britain’s best and brightest”. They’ve created a list of 100 top British people in fields such as politics, entertainment, sport, food, science, business and the arts, just to name a handful.

Now, I’ve been gone from the UK for many years now and am aware of how culture has moved on and names in the news may or may not be familiar to me but reading through the list, it surprised me just how few I knew.

Please don’t ask me to name more than a couple of the current British Cabinet under Theresa May. And I’m lost when my family talk about the latest up and coming musical artists, TV stars or popular culture figures. Which can make me feel a little homesick to be honest. Just five of the twenty names in the Entertainment list are people I know. Which makes me wonder just how German I’ve become and how British I still am. My list of 100 people to know in the UK would no doubt sound totally out of date to many people “back home”. But ask me for a list of 100 top Germans and I might be on to something more current and matching popular opinion. (An idea for the future maybe!)

Is your nationality really just linked to your passport or is there more to it? In absorbing the local culture and immersing yourself in the everyday norms of the country you live in, do you naturally start becoming a part of that land?

What makes you German? What makes me British? Things to ponder this evening. What do you think?


What is 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!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)

Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland

Episode 70: The first day of school

Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!

Episode 72: Celebrating language

Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!

Episode 74: My favourite time of the year

Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading

Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime

Episode 78: Talking Tenners

Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?

Episode 80: Just another few minutes!

Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.

Episode 82: What sign are you?

Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth

Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!

Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions

Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring

Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

Episode 88: Once in a blue moon

Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1

Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2

Episode 91: This is the travel news!

Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!

Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week

Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back

Episode 95: Holy Week

Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time

Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!

Episode 98: Part of the family

Episode 99: It's a boy!