Guest Posts

Online Teaching – Is It Better To Work With Your Own Students, Work For A School Or Build A Profile On A Tutor Site?

When I started my business, I thought I’d be working for language schools. I did work for one briefly, but once I started learning about the world of online teaching, it’s not the road I decided to take. Now, five…

March 30, 2017, by

Guest Posts

The 3 Most Effective Ways To Keep Your Learners Engaged

In the world of self-paced online courses, drop off rates amongst learners is very high. A majority gets distracted midway and never really completes the course. Furthermore, as Jennet mentions in her blog, course creators don’t always provide their learners…

March 29, 2017, by

German

12 Hilarious German City Names Translated Literally & Their Real Origins

Almost everyone knows Germany’s capital and major cities. But did you know that we have tons of little towns and villages with the most absurdly hilarious names such as “Leiden” (suffering), “Darmstadt” (intestine city) and “Schweinfurt” (swine ford). In the…

March 14, 2017, by

Guest Posts

How To Quickly Build And Remember Vocabulary

“How can I remember new words?” “How can I memorise new vocabulary and make sure that I don’t forget everything a day later?” As an English language teacher, I hear questions like these from learners all the time, and as…

March 3, 2017, by

Guest Posts

5 Secrets From The Shallow End To Improve Your Listening

Do you like swimming? I do. I love being in the water. I’m a keen swimmer so I’m happy in the deep end, immersed in the water. I can move through it easily. When I got my swimming certificates as…

February 24, 2017, by

German

The Funny German Animal Names Quiz

The German language is (in)famously known for being very productive when it comes to inventing new words by simply stringing two or more existing ones together. For example, in German a vacuum cleaner is simply called “dust sucker” (Staubsauger), a…

February 6, 2017, by

German

5 Free German Textbooks For Beginners

Like most textbooks, German textbooks can be quite pricey, and especially for students with a low-budget or those just looking for a good way to get started without breaking the bank, free online textbooks can be a good alternative. But where…

January 30, 2017, by

Online Teaching

3 Things Online Teachers Worry About For No Reason

About 10 years ago I got into crocheting. I felt like this was one skill I had to work on if one day I wanted to be a “good wife and a mother.” The project ended up being a total…

December 12, 2016, by

German

German States & Capitals Quiz

It is commonly known that Germany is a country in the center of Europe. But did you know that the offical name for it is actually “Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (BRD) which translates to “Federal Republic of Germany”? In short, modern Germany…

October 25, 2016, by

German

17 Hilarious German Insults That Are More Funny Than Offensive

One of the peculiarities of the German language is that you can very easily string nouns together to create new words which very quickly leads to monstrosities like Donaudampfschifffahrtskapitänkajütentürknauf” (door handle of a Danube captain’s cabin). Unsurprisingly, some of the best…

September 22, 2016, by

Interviews

Alba Castro: “The human factor is still irreplaceable.”

The following interview is part of an interview series in which we feature education professionals from a variety of different fields in order to highlight individual efforts and creative solutions to education in the 21st century. If you want to participate simply…

August 19, 2016, by

Guest Posts

How NOT to learn English

You probably have seen blog posts with titles like “Ten Tips for Writing Emails” or “Best Sites for Vocabulary Practice.” This time I decided to write about learning English from a different perspective. I’m going to give you five good…

August 3, 2016, by