Lisa's week

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Lisa's week: The perfect start to the day


Yesterday, a very kind student brought breakfast with him for us all, as it was the last lesson in the block. It was a lovely gesture and I enjoyed the cheese roll and chocolate croissant. For this weekday breakfast avoiding girl, it was a nice treat and kept me going all day.

It got me thinking to the concept of “breakfast” and what would I have brought to the lesson if it had been my job to feed us all. Of course, here in Germany the standard is cheese, salami or ham bread rolls and maybe a chocolate croissant or a sweet roll of some sort. But if I had wanted to bring along something British, that would have been more difficult. I couldn’t think of anything typical that I would have been able to provide easily.

Of course, everyone assumes that over in the UK we all scoff bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato and the inevitable baked beans. Every day! This is hardly ever true even if the Brits seem to always head for the English breakfast buffet option when they are in a hotel or a bed and breakfast providing it. That might be because it’s considered a treat and not something we eat on a regular basis, even if the Germans assume we do.

During the week, you are much more likely to find a Brit chomping on a piece of toast and marmalade (the bitter orange type) or a bowl of cereal. But a full English breakfast is reserved for occasional weekends, holidays or the morning after the night before – if you understand what I mean! It’s a calorie filled option that had its place in the past when the men needed to stock up on energy for the hard manual work they’d be carrying out for the next 8 hours. These days, who needs a breakfast of 2,000 calories for a hard day in the office?

In fact, these days it’s much more fashionable to head down to your local bistro at the weekend for something a bit more exotic for brunch such as eggs benedict, French toast, American pancakes or anything featuring avocado and eggs!

Personally, I love a good German breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays and really miss it when I’m in the UK for any length of time. The variety of meats, cheeses, egg and bread really makes me happy. And like I said, during the week it’s usually nothing for me and just sometimes, I’ll reach for the Kellogg’s Crunch Nut Cornflakes. But a full English breakfast, finished off with lots of toast and marmalade and litres of tea is usually reserved for once or twice a year and then more likely to be breakfast for dinner.

With no baked beans me, I’m definitely not a fan!



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