Lisa's week: How are your resolutions going?
It’s halfway through January and I know a lot of you out there will have made resolutions as the clock chimed midnight. How are these going? A roaring success? Or perhaps yours only lasted for a day or two!
However, while I might not make resolutions as such, I certainly put some goals in place for the year to come and give myself some direction in what I’d like to achieve – I’m big on self-improvement.
One of those goals is to improve my German. I can speak, read, communicate and fumble a few words together in an sms text, but it’s not as good as it could be after so many years of living here. I’ve purchased a few textbooks and I hope to make some improvement in this area during 2017. Watch this space!
No doubt, you’d probably also like to continue to improve your language skills (or you wouldn’t be reading Lisa’s Week!) and I often get asked what’s available in addition to the face-to-face lessons Lingua Solutions offer.
My top recommendations are:
1. The BBC website. It’s a huge website covering all aspects of news, current affairs, popular culture, music, the arts, radio and TV and even help for foreign learners of English. You can read, listen and watch English in an authentic manner directly from the website. There are also dozens of BBC podcasts available (or through your podcast provider) and even a range of emails delivered directly to your inbox with news headlines, magazine articles you might be interested in and much more. Best of all, almost all content is absolutely free.
2. The Economist magazine. This is for the more advanced student as the language is some of the best, most complex you can find. But if you are interested in business, current affairs, in-depth reports and news, this might be of interest. You can subscribe to the weekly edition as a print or online version but there are some free reading options online if you set up an account.
3. Business Spotlight (quarterly) and Spotlight (monthly). These are magazines for German learners of English and cover a wide range of subjects, quizzes, vocabulary and grammar. Available at any good newspaper shop, these are a great resource which allows you to work through articles and exercises at your own pace.
4. Podcasts. I mentioned them above as my favourites are those provided by the BBC, but there are so many different sources out there on podcast that it is worth looking around on your mobile phone podcast provider. You can subscribe to any you’re interested in which means that they will automatically download as they become available. There are loads for learners of English and if you have any special interest or hobby, you can guarantee that someone is producing a podcast about it in English. It’s such a great way to increase your listening practice.
So, why not check out one or two of my ideas and find a little extra time each week to practice your English. And of course, you can come back here each week to read Lisa’s Week for an insight into what’s making my brain whirl this week!
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