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Heteronyms in English


When learning English, there are a few pitfalls (confusing things, tricks) to be aware of. One of these are heteronyms in English, which are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently and with different meanings. Heteronyms in English can be very confusing, but they're good to be aware of. Heteronyms are everywhere (common) in the language, so we've put together a list of some of the most common heteronyms in English that you will see. Sometimes you'll only be able to tell the meaning of a heteronym from the context (words around it) so make sure to pay [...]

Heteronyms in English2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

Is English Vocabulary Hard?


We're shaking it up a bit (doing something different) this week on the Bespeaking blog! People always ask me if German is a hard language to learn and my answer always goes a little something like this: “To an extent, yes.” The grammar can be quite difficult. But when it comes to English vocabulary words themselves, it's relatively easy. If we are talking about loan words, or words that have been borrowed from another language, English usually takes the cake as the "cool" language to borrow words from. But did you know that these five English vocabulary words are actually [...]

Is English Vocabulary Hard?2020-11-22T12:55:29+01:00

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation


When I first started taking French in high school, and later when I switched to German at the beginning of college, my professors kept telling me that I shouldn't use Google Translate if I couldn't figure out how to say something. Of course being 14 (and then 18 years old), I thought I knew better and that I could fool them, so I translated a paper through Google Translate when I had too little sleep and a big deadline one night. Needless to say (clearly), that did not go well! While I still might think that I know better than [...]

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation2020-11-22T12:34:41+01:00

Saying “Hello” in English!


As in any language, there are many ways of saying "hello" in English with different levels of familiarity (closeness) and meaning attached to them. Learning how to say hello in English is a necessary (essential) part of learning the language and will help you out immensely (a lot). Here are some of the most common ways to say hello- and when you should use them. Good morning/afternoon/evening This is a greeting that can be formal or informal, which is great because it means that it's versatile (usable in many situations). Coming into the office? Meeting someone for the first time? [...]

Saying “Hello” in English!2020-11-01T14:54:34+01:00

False Friends – Not Just People


One of the most confusing things when you're learning a new language are called false friends. Thankfully, they're not people who only pretend (behave in a certain way, when they actually think the opposite) to be your friend! “False friends” refers to words in two languages that look similar, but have different meanings. These words can be frustrating (annoying) when you're learning a new language, because false friends look so similar. However, we're here to help! Here you'll find some of the most pesky English/German false friends and their meanings. Read on and improve your skills (in both languages)! Become/ bekommen Become and bekommen are [...]

False Friends – Not Just People2020-10-18T14:46:18+01:00
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