Friday, May 23, 2014

Three lovely Quotes

This one is easy to understand, no explanations needed. But I think it's hardest to remember:


Here is a small selection of how to make requests or suggestions. The questions are increasingly polite and formal. 


Now the last one is really hard. A pun is a play on words. It helps to read it out loud. Pop me a note in the comments, if you need help with this one:




Thursday, January 9, 2014

Phrasalstein - app to learn phrasal verbs

Never got those phrasal verbs down? (to get something down - auswendig lernen)

Never fear - the solution is here:
Android Download

I Tunes Download
Doctor Phrasalstein, with the help of his friends, will teach us 100 phrasal verbs using animations inspired by the classic “horror movie” genre, with a touch of humour and irony.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Misfits can be Models

easy 
"Take a good look around you.... Misfits are everywhere" (Ray Davies)

This is the slogan Del Keens uses to attracts models that have a flaw.
But his special appearance gives him a significant advantage over his flawless rivals.
'They all look the same. You can't see the difference between the models, they all look the same to me. You look at them and you instantly forget their faces. They're just like a blank canvas.'

WordPower:
flaw - Defekt | canvas - Leinwand | desired - erwünscht | requirement - Anforderung | confidence - Selbstvertrauen | be scared - Angst haben | feature - darstellen 


Friday, January 3, 2014

An Oscar Wilde Story - The Model Millionaire

easy 

Here is a short listening exercise for you.

WordPower:
sword - Schwert | merchant - Händler | beggar - Bettler | torn - zerrissen | nonsense - Unsinn | unkind - unfreundlich | servant - Bediensteter | foolish - närrisch | pleased - zufrieden | dress up - sich verkleiden | rude - unhöflich | envelope - Umschlag | wedding present - Hochzeitsgeschenk



Read Oscar Wilde's Story here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Describe a movie

easy
Here is a series of lines that will take you through the different levels of the English language, all saying the same thing, basically.
Have fun.

Beginner
Yesterday, I watched a very good movie. The name of the movie is ______. It is a (romance/comedy/thriller/horror/sci-fi). I often watch this type of film. I liked this movie because I saw my favourite actor. His/Her name is ______. I try to watch every movie with him/her.

Intermediate
I saw a great movie yesterday, called ______. It was a  (romance/comedy/thriller/horror/sci-fi) and I often go to see this type of movie. I really liked it because it starred ________, who is my favourite actor, and I try to see every film of his/hers.

Advanced
I saw this fantastic movie yesterday called ________. I guess you could say it was a typical (romance/comedy/thriller/horror/sci-fi), which is the sort of movie I generally tend to go for. What made it really special was that it starred _________ and I try to catch everything he/she appears in as he's/she's my all-time favourite actor.

Advanced with Slang
I saw this awesome movie yesterday which totally blew my mind! It was just the sort of (romance/comedy/thriller/horror/sci-fi) I tend to go for. What made it totally rock was that it starred _________ and as he's/she's my favourite actor, I'll kick serious butt to go see anything he/she stars in.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A New London Bus

intermediate

As part his mayoral election campaign in 2008, Boris Johnson promised to introduce a replacement for the popular Routemaster bus, an icon of the city. Following a design competition and awarding of the contract to the Wrightbus company, the new bus entered service in February 2012, with the first full route run by the bus launched in the summer of 2013. He wants to order as many as 600 of the buses for the city.

WordPower:
afresh - frisch, neu | current(ly) - im Moment, momentan | particularly - speziell, insbesondere | well - Aufgang, Treppenhaus | distinctive - bezeichnend |fuel-efficient - treibstoffeffizient | in terms of - was … angeht | embryo-stages - Anfangsstadium | full-scale - maßstabsgetreu | mock-up - Modell | encompass - umschließen | available - verfügbar | genuine(ly) - echt | deliberate(ly) - absichtlich, bewusst | value for money - Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis | reckoning - Berechnung



Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Blacksmith - Wired Article

easy
Here is a man who does what a lot of us dream of: he makes the props for movies. Just watching him is fun.

WordPower:
be instrumental in - entscheidend sein für | sword - Schwert | armor - Rüstung | replicate - nachbauen | initially - anfänglich | lapidary shop - Edelsteinschneiderei | gemstone - Edelstein | adjoining property - Nachbargrundstück | prop - Bühnenrequisite | to bid on - ein Angebot machen | armorer -  Waffenmeister




See the full article here.

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