Monthly Archives: October 2013

Epple juice or greyfurt juice? Decisions, decisions…

Sign with mispelled juice names

There are many little shops that make fresh fruit juice in the Taksim area in Istanbul. While I was walking down the road to the Galata tower I noticed this sign.

And smiled.

Take a closer look:

I knew I just HAD to have a freshly-squeezed juice from this stand. The only question was, which fruit juice was it going to be?

Some delicious “epple” juice? Or some refreshing “grapes” juice? Or maybe a glass of “greyfurt” juice?

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Flight Attendant Safety Rap


I love learning languages myself and whenever I get on a plane I try to listen to and understand the safety instructions given by the cabin crew. Since I already generally know what the safety instruction is about, I can try to listen for words and phrases that sound familiar. Usually they speak in English as well as the language of the airline carrier.

Most people fly often enough that they do not pay attention to (listen to) the safety instructions. They think they already know what the flight crew will say. Some airlines have started to try to make these safety demos (demonstrations) more interesting as a way to get passengers to pay attention. I think you will be amazed by this one! Continue reading

World’s Fastest Reader?


Need to practice listening comprehension?

Here’s a great video to help you practice… not! I’m just kidding. I couldn’t understand much myself and English is my mother tongue!

It’s amazing just how fast this woman can read. Check out this YouTube video, which inspired the theme for my October 2013 contest (see details at end about how to win an engraved iPod). Continue reading



Hello there!

I just wanna say “Thank you!” for visiting my blog. This is my very first post and I truly hope that the mini lessons I offer on the blog will be helpful and fun for my visitors.

My name is Nicole and I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in Switzerland. The Swiss are famous for many high-quality items such as watches and chocolates. I really love fine chocolates because you only need a small piece to satisfy a sweet craving. Lindt is a Swiss chocolate company that has been making chocolates since 1845. Their current chocolate boxes have a variety of cute English greetings.

This box says “Nice to sweet you,” which is of course a play on the greeting Continue reading