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Der BBC Learning English Podcast ist ideal, um seine Englischkenntnisse zu vertiefen.

Der BBC Learning English Podcast ist ideal, um seine Englischkenntnisse zu vertiefen.

 

Man lernt nie aus.

Selbst wenn man denkt, man kann die Grammatik, hilft es doch sein Wissen aufzufrischen.

Und man weiß ja nie, vielleicht lernt man ja doch noch eine neue Gedankenstütze oder Eselsbrücke, um Englisch korrekt zu verwenden.

 

Die BBC Learning English Podcasts erklären in einfach zu verstehendem Englisch all die Regeln und Ausnahmen der englischen Sprache.

Jedes Thema wird in nur 6 Minuten abgehandelt. Kurz und bündig, um sein Englisch auf dem neuesten Stand zu halten.

Die Podcasts sind zum Downloaden 30 Tage lang verfügbar:

BBC 6 Minute Grammar

BBC 6 Minute English

BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary

 

Ich lade mir regelmäßig diese Podcasts auf mein Handy und höre sie mir an, wenn ich zu Bett gehe.

Sollten sie tatsächlich doch mal etwas langweilig sein, funktionieren sie immer noch total gut, um dabei schön einzuschlafen. 😉

 

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The BBC Learning English podcast is ideal to deepen your English skills.

The BBC Learning English podcast is ideal to deepen your English skills.

 

There’s always something new to learn.

Even if you think you know your grammar, it helps to get your knowledge reaffirmed.

And you never know, you might be surprised to learn a new memory hook or an easy mnemonic trick for using correct English.

 

The BBC Learning English podcasts explain in easy to understand English all the rules and exceptions of the English language.

Each topic is presented in only 6 minutes. Short and sweet to keep your English up to scratch.

The podcasts are available to download for 30 days:

BBC 6 Minute Grammar

BBC 6 Minute English

BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary

 

I regularly download these podcasts onto my mobile phone and listen to them when I go to bed.

If they’re indeed a bit boring, they still function well to let you fall asleep. 😉

 

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Rechtschreibfehler im Magazin 'Focus': SSM statt SMS. Wie kann das passieren?

Rechtschreibfehler im Magazin ‘Focus’: SSM statt SMS. Wie kann das passieren?

 

Da war das gesamte Team des Focus wohl nicht so konzentriert bei dem Artikel “Kunst der Konzentration“: Statt ‘SMS’ wurde ‘SSM’ abgedruckt.

 

Wie so ein Faux Pas überhaupt durchgehen kann, ist mir unverständlich.

 

Deswegen mein Tipp: Immer Korrektur lesen!

 

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I’m grateful WordPress is offering an in-app spellchecker. I always use it before publishing, and it has saved me from some silly spelling mistakes and makes me feel good if ‘no writing errors were found’.

But WordPress does more: It offers editing suggestions. I don’t always agree with these and sometimes they are rather curious, like this one:

WordPress suggest I should spell 'creature' with an 'ä'.

WordPress suggest I should spell ‘creature’ with an ‘ä’.

While I agree with the examples, ‘creäture’ doesn’t gel with me. Maybe because I read it like the German Umlaut ‘ä’, which just sounds närrisch (German for silly) to me.

Creäture is an archaic spelling according to Wiki: “Unlike any of its related termscreature has not retained the original syllabic break between the ‘e’ and the ‘a’ (as “creature”), having instead undergone synæresis. For this reason, its original sense of “something created” is not always evident to those who hear its modern, disyllabic pronunciation.”

So thanks WordPress for this somewhat surprising suggestion, you live and learn, and I’m usually a stickler for hyper correct spelling, but in this case I’ll give it a skip.

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Google Translate gets it wrong and turns a small ball into a meat ball: 'Baellchen' does not always refer to 'frikkadelle'!

Google Translate gets it wrong and turns a small ball into a meat ball: ‘Baellchen’ does not always refer to ‘frikkadelle’!

 

The word I was looking for is ‘balletjie’, because when our puppies sleep, they curl up into a cutie balletjie.

‘Balletjie’ is the diminutive of ‘ball’ in Afrikaans.

I don’t speak Afrikaans, and ‘balletjie’ sounds very different from how it’s spelled – more like ‘ballikie’. But it’s such an awesome word that I try different hacks to get to the correct spelling.

One way of course could be to learn the Afrikaans grammar. Another could be to quickly look up the translation.

English doesn’t really have proper diminutives. You can say ‘little ball’ for a translation, but that doesn’t yield the results I’m looking for.

So I tried the German diminutive of ball: ‘Bällchen’.

And to my utter surprise Google translates this with ‘frikkadelle’!

‘Frikkadelle’ is of course a meat ball. For Google to turn a small ball into a meatball, not on! 😮

 

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WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there's nothing to check: No writing errors were found.

WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there’s nothing to check: “No writing errors were found.” – Phew! 😉

 

Because we all make mistakes, why take a chance when it’s so easy to double check:

 

Write your copy in a text editor with a spellchecker. At least it’ll help you get rid of those really silly errors.

 

When it comes to using copy in an image editing program, copy and paste the text into a word editor to confirm your grammar is correct.

 

Even better: Use an integrated spellchecker in the software. Most programs offer to activate a spellchecker or to install a widget or plugin.

 

Don’t fall for the temptation to switch off the spellchecker.

Maybe you’re using professional terminology and get a lot of words highlighted as wrong. Rather add these to your spellchecker’s dictionary and customise it to your needs.

 

And because we all still make mistakes, always proofread your copy.

 

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Just because you’re a #GrammarNerd doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to math formulas.

 

Another example why you must always proofread your copy:

When creating an infographic double check that everything is correct.

When creating an infographic double check that everything is correct.

 

This is an infographic explaining payment flow and costs and still they managed to get the main equation wrong:

Of course it’s not R500 times 7.5% equals R462.50, but:

R500 7.5% = R462.50

 

A hint for this is actually the sentence below: “Bidda keeps 7.5% of all transactions.” Keep, as in retain / withhold / deduct / subtract.

 

If you’re unsure about your algebra but are creating explainer infographics which contain mathematical equations, get your calculator out – there’s an app on every device – and quickly double check.

 

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