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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 about this because I love to find out what sign of the Zodiac you are.

Now, you may or may not believe in this stuff and to be honest, I don’t read my horoscope to find out what will happen in the days to come. However, a little reading up on typical personality traits for a particular sign can sometimes give me some helpful hints about the type of person they are, how they tick and maybe how well we will get on. After all, my job is all about having a good relationship with people so if there’s going to be any sort of friction, then it might be useful to know so that I can minimise it! But seriously, over the years I’ve definitely found that there is something to be learnt from the influence of the stars on the type of person we are.

Saying all that, you can be sure that I don’t rely on this as my main source of information, but it can be a lot of fun.

I often get asked why we have such strange names for the Star Signs in English and that’s because the signs have been given Latin names for which we then use English words as a follow up description such as Gemini, the Twins, although mostly just the Latin name will be used.

The full list is:

  • Aries, the Ram
  • Taurus, the Bull
  • Gemini, the Twins
  • Cancer, the Crab
  • Leo, the Lion
  • Virgo, the Virgin
  • Libra, the Scales
  • Scorpio, the Scorpion
  • Sagittarius, the Archer
  • Capricorn, the Goat
  • Aquarius, the Water Carrier
  • Pisces, the Fish

The system of dividing the night sky up into 12 equal parts of 30° of celestial longitude, and approximately matching the 12 constellations with the Latin names listed above can be dated back to Babylonian times and was in use by the Romans with references to it made by Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. It would appear that this form of astronomy also developed into the system of horoscopic astrology around the same time, which is very many years if there’s really nothing to be understood by it!

There’s a lot more I could write about this topic as it’s something of great interest for me but just for reference, Wikipedia writes that horoscopic astrology can “…, be summed up as the practice of casting astrological charts that reflect the apparent positions of a variety of celestial bodies and points from the perspective of the subject at any given moment in time. The most prevalent application of horoscopic astrology is to use it to analyze the birth charts of individuals in order to read character, psychological traits, and, to some extent, destiny.”

Of course, I’m fully aware that sometimes we can find what we want to find in such charts and ignore the bits that don’t fit. However, over the years I’ve actually created a few charts and on the whole, they “seem” to have been a very accurate description of someone’s personality – both the good bits and the not so good! As long as I remember not to take it too seriously, I’ll continue to ask the questions and consider what type of an astrological fit we are!

And me? Well, I’m a Scorpio of course! Now what does that tell you about me?



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.