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Laute schreiben …

… in IPA-Lautschrift: Nicht immer einfach, wenn man nicht ein eigenes Tool dafür hat wie beispielsweise das sehr gute “Wie man’s spricht” von Daniel Berg.
Vor kurzem haben die Profis im Language Lab in einem eigenen Beitrag, “Using the IPA”, eine Reihe von Möglichkeiten vorgestellt, wie man die nötigen Sonderzeichen zustandebringen kann. Von den dort genannten [...]

Language Teaching in the 21st Century

This is a relatively new blog on language teaching, by Jürgen Kurtz, who, in his own words, is “a scientist who is interested in the theory and practice of foreign and/or second language learning and teaching.” He describes the focus of his blog as “a diverse range of issues and pressing questions, especially: foreign language [...]

Obama: “A More Perfect Union”

Barack Obama’s historical speech in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed:

The text of the speech can be found at the site of the Washington Post, for example.
An extract that explains the connection between the quotation from the Declaration (“a more perfect union”) and Obama’s joining the race for nomination as the Democratic Party’s [...]

Sniper fire … self-inflicted

Hillary Clinton’s memories of a visit to Bosnia (after the war there was over) included having to keep her head down and running to her car because there was sniper fire.
Unfortunately (for her), CBS News documented her arrival at the airport and, as this clip shows, there was no danger at all. As the commentator [...]

Understatement – still alive and well

What an example of understatement. Sarah, a grammar school pupil, invited people to celebrate her 18th birthday with her – everybody who wore a fancy dress was admitted. And then one of the guests called the BBC and asked for an announcement that more guests were welcome. When approximately 1,000 gate crashers more or less [...]

Teaching methods

Die Comedy-Serie “Not! The Nine O’Clock News” lief zum ersten Mal im April 1979, und nach einigen Änderungen bei der Besetzung blieb man bei diesen vier Protagonisten: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones und Pamela Stephenson. Ähnlich kreativ und witzig wie “Monty Python”, aber weniger aggressiv, wurde die Reihe bald so populär, dass man [...]