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Wenn Sie Deutsch als Fremdsprache lernen und auf dem Niveau A2-B1 sind, schauen Sie sich diese Filmserie an. Der Film wurde 1997 von BBC gemacht und die ersten Episoden könnten auch auf dem A1-Niveau benutzt werden (das habe ich mehrmals getan).

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Hello. Are you an early bird or a night owl? If you wake up early and that comes easy, if you’re usually at your best in the early hours you’re definitely a morning person or an early bird. Here’s an example: Half past six? No problem! I’m a real early bird.

If you have difficulty waking up early and would hit the snooze button on your alarm clock when it goes off (because it’s time to get up and get ready for work), if you usually stay up and work late, you might be a night owl. Here’s another example: Seven? Can we make it eight or half past eight? You know I’m not at my best first thing in the morning. I’m a night owl.

So, are you an early bird or a night owl ? Take this quizz to find out

Or are you an afternoon person?

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Hello. Last week I looked at the phrase do/try  your bestIf we’re honest with ourselves, few of us would say we’ve really done our best, so, for most people this is just aspirational, a target to achieve if you like. What’s more, however hard we may sometimes try, we know that effort won’t always guarantee a positive outcome. Thus, to avoid being disappointed or becoming too anxious we prepare for the worst. A proverb that goes back to early eighteenth century goes: „Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”. In other words, we should be optimistic but also ready to meet trouble and difficulties when the arise. Here’s an example: „When I took that exam, I hoped for the best and prepared for the worst.”

I’ll close with a line from Eugene H. Peterson, a paraphrase of a verse from the Book of Proverbs : „Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God to bring victory.”

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Hello and welcome back to A phrase a week … after a long break. This week’s phrase is do your best, which is probably known to most of you. But did you know that try your best is also possible? While they mean the same thing, the first one is the more common in spoken English. Here are two examples: I don’t know if I can finish the report by tomorrow but I’ll do my best. | „You speak very good English.” „Thank you. I try my best.”

Best is the superlative of good. The comparative is better. „Gooder” and „goodest” do not exist. It’s definitely the best-known irregular adjective alongside bad-worse-worst and far-further-furthest.

And now for a motivational quote, a funny little rhyme – first coined by St. Jerome it seems – that applies to learning foreign languages: „Good, better, best … never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best.”

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Hello and welcome back to A phrase a week. With the great feast of Pascha (Easter) coming up, I’ll be looking at a few phrases that connect us to what is to many of us the greatest religious festival.

Christians start preparation for this feast seven weeks before. The 40-day fast which ends about 9 days before Easter is called (in both Eastern and Western traditions) simply Lent or (in the East)  Great Lent. This is followed by the Saturday and Sunday before Easter which make the transition to the last seven days. They are called Lazarus Saturday (when we commemorate the raising of Lazarus – the greatest miracle Jesus worked) and Palm Sunday (when we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem).

Fasting does not end with  Palm Sunday. It becomes even stricter the following week which is called  Holy Week or Passion Week. It is a special time when we remember the Lord’s Passion (suffering), His death and burial. Today is  Holy Friday or Great Friday, known as Good Friday in the Western tradition. Yesterday was Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in the West) and tomorrow will be Holy Saturday.

The journey ends on Saturday night or Sunday morning when Pascha begins. In Eastern Christianity this word is considered more appropriate as the term Easter makes reference to a pre-Christian spring time celebration that had nothing to do with the Resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate on this day. The following week is called Bright Week and, as you all know, it reflects the joy of the Resurrection. But until then, there are two more days of mourning, days on which we remember how, about two thousand years ago, men killed God.

Have a blessed Pascha!

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Hi and welcome to another post in this series. As you probably remember, in the previous nine I’ve been looking at phrases that had to do with clothing and one of the last verbs I wrote about was fit. Today I’m going to stick with this word, but shift away from clothes towards other things. That’s because fit has multiple senses and one of those is install or fix (something) into place. That can be a piece of equipment or a new part onto a machine, so that it is ready to be used. Here are some examples: They fitted smoke alarms to their homes. | Anti-theft devices are fitted to all our cars. | The plumber came to fit the sink this morning. Please note the preposition to, normally used with this meaning of the verb. Learn them together as a single unit and you will sound more natural and accurate when you’re talking and reduce the risk of making mistakes. Now, try to come up with one or two examples of your own to practice the newly-learned phrase. Experience has shown that our own examples will help us remember these phrases more easily.

Bye for now and remember : learning or reviewing two or three phrases a day can really make a difference. And, anyone can find 2-3 minutes on a day.

Spaghetti growing on trees?

Hi. For advanced learners of English, here’s an absolutely hilarious April Fool’s Day joke played by the BBC on April 1st 1957. It shows farmers picking spaghetti from trees and laying the strands out to dry. Thousands of people in Britain phoned the TV channel the next day to ask about how they could grow their own spaghetti  🙂

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Hello! It’s been nearly three weeks since my last post. I’m sorry about that. In it I wrote about the difference between fit and suit. Today I’ll be looking at match and go with or go together. They too are commonly confused verbs.

We use match when we want to say that things are nearly the same in some way and look good together: The curtains don’t match the carpet (= they are not the same pattern/colour).

When things look right together in style, colour, etc, they go together or go with each other: The curtains don’t go with the carpet (= they are not the same colour and do not look good together either). Things can go together in other ways too: Fish and white wine go particularly well together.

Try to use these verbs the next time you speak in English, or make some examples of your own. It will help you remember them more easily.

Bye for now.

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Hello and welcome back to A phrase a week. Today I’ll be looking at two commonly confused verbs: fit and suit. Both are used in reference to clothes, shoes or other personal things, but they aren’t interchangeable. Fit means to be the right size and shape for someone or something: The dress fits perfectly.| The jacket fitted me pretty well but the trousers were too small.

Suit means that clothes or other personal things are the right style, colour etc for someone. If that’s the case, you say they suit that person: Casual clothes really don’t suit her. | A green dress won’t suit me.

In British English the usual past form of fit is fitted, but you can also use fit in more informal English: Two years ago, these knickers fit me perfectly. In American English, the usual past form is fit, but you can also use fitted.

Right. That’s all for this week then. Now I must find a jumper that suits me. Oh, yes – the brown one. Just perfect.

Take care

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Hello. Last week I looked at the difference between get dressed, dress, and put on. Now we’re turning our attention to their opposites: get undressed, undress, and take off. Here are some examples: Why did you get undressed, girls? I told you, no bath tonight. You’re going straight to bed! (a parent to his/her young daughters). James came home really tired and didn’t even have a meal. He undressed quickly and went to sleep. As you’ve probably worked out, undress is more formal, even though the two mean the same thing.

The opposite of put on is take off: Take off your jumper if you’re too hot.

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