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Hacks & Tutorials

How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #2 Structure & Flow

[PART #1] – [PART #3] – [PART #4] Welcome back to the second part of our little ebook making course. For those who missed it, here’s a  link to the first part: # 1 Manuscript Styles Some of you might wonder why we started out by talking about styles. Maybe they seem to make certain formatting tasks a…

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Create Ebooks With Open Source Software: #1 Manuscript Styles

[PART #2] – [PART #3] – [PART #4] We live in a time where almost anyone on the planet can create, publish and sell books (or other media) without any insurmountable technical or financial preconditions. There are already many tutorials out there how to make ebooks. Each one has its own approach. In this short series, I would like…

Social Media

Why You Shouldn’t Base Your Business or Your Online Experience on Facebook Only

The Internet is a big place. Sometimes it feels so big that we get tired of exploring, ploughing through endless fields of data, looking for fertile ground to build our businesses and grow personal relationships. Which makes us look for that comfortable corner, a familiar place where we meet our friends. And can return to…

German

9 Ways To Immerse Yourself in German at Home

Travelling to a country where your target language is spoken is a great way to practice and to immerse yourself in the language. However when it’s not possible to travel to Germany, there are plenty of ways to bring the German language to your home. Immersing yourself in the language is a fantastic way to…

German

Read Free Stage Plays & Sketches To Improve Your German Conversation Skills

After having released my first book of easy German dialogues last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the immediacy of the spoken word, and how this more direct way of storytelling can be helpful for language learners. There’s something about the back-and-forth of two (or more) people speaking that just pulls you right into the natural…

Books

7 Literary Classics In Simplified German

How do you make the leap from studying German textbooks, flipping flashcards and poring over worksheets to reading (and enjoying) classic literature? Even native speakers who make their first acquaintance with the classics in high school often find themselves bewildered by archaic vocabulary and convoluted nested sentences. Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence,…

German

The German Prefix “be-” Explained

Once you’ve started learning a few German verbs, you’ll notice that there are a number of awkwardly similar verbs which have a slightly similar yet sufficiently different meaning. I’m talking about those pesky German verb prefixes which sometimes are just two or three letters long but completely change the meaning of the verb. Let’s take…

German

“I Can’t Get No …”: N-Declension In German

Welcome back to another instalment of our German grammar series in which I answer some of the questions that have popped up on the newsletter. Today’s question is by Douglas: My question: why do some German nouns add a final ‘n’ in the acc. sing., e.g. ‘meinen Namen’ , einen Geldautomaten, which, of course has…

German

Demonstrate This! – Demonstrative Pronouns in German – A Brief Overview

This is another instalment in my grammar series where I try to answer some of the questions posed by readers of my newsletter and (hopefully) shed some light on certain bewildering grammar topics, always with a practical focus on how people actually speak. Here’s today’s question, by Myron: “Would you explain all that which is “Demonstrative”…

Interviews

“It doesn’t matter how good our product is if nobody knows about it.”

I’ve been involved in language teaching for many years. I’ve taught English as a Second or Foreign Language in the UK, Bulgaria, Canada, and Spain. More recently I taught in the teacher education program at the University of Toronto, in Canada. Almost ...
Hacks & Tutorials

How To Start An Online Book Club

If there ever was a perfect time to start an online book club, this is it. Everyone is looking for inspiration, distraction, anything to feel like life as we know it continues. We finally have the time to tackle books we “always wanted to read”, so no more excuses! Why not read a book together…