Category Archives: Languages & Emigration

Managing Time & Workstation: Look at your workstation critically. This place should be primarily reserved for studying. Turn interference factors off and throw unnecessary stuff into the wastebasket. Find the optimal time of day for you to study! By studying with an eye on the clock, you also learn to assess your time!

Don’t study ‟during the whole day” but pay attention to taking breaks in between the studying period. Never study longer than 50 minutes straight, otherwise you will overexert yourself! When memorizing vocabulary or simple sentence structures, I would generally recommend the 20/20/20 Method: Learn 20 minutes – relax for 20 minutes and then repeat 20 minutes. Go through this process twice to three times per day! Reward yourself with movement, fresh air, and healthy snacks, meals and drinks during your short, studying breaks (see below)! At first, begin with the easy subjects, so that you can warm yourself up and prepare for the more difficult tasks! Don´t worry, the content of the book will show you how easy also more difficult matters will appear to you soon!

The old man and the tree. A motivating story about learning any language. Listen to this real story about an average man learning the language. ‟Everything is possible” were the first words  that a refugee learnt when he was brought to a camp in a foreign country a few years ago. This sentence characterizes the mentality among the people in his home country, he thought, and soon these words became his motto!A few days later, he was cutting a tree when an old man approached him and asked if he was capable of doing small jobs instead of studying the new language in the asylum center.Our friend responded with, ‟Everything is possible…”.The old man added the words, ‟… or nothing is impossible!”Our refugee was in need of money, so he missed all the language classes during the following time.But he translated the words he had heard with the help of a cheap mobile phone,…

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“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is the second volume of Joanne K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series and has been estimated to have sold around 60 million copies. The book was published on July 2, 1998 by Bloomsbury publishing house with an initial circulation of 10,500 copies. 12-year-old sorcerer’s apprentice Harry Potter has to spend the summer vacation with his only living relatives, the common Dursleys. To Harry’s grief, not a single message from his best school friends Ron and Hermione reached him all summer. Therefore, he can hardly wait for the early start of his second school year at the Hogwarts School of Magic. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“The Lord of the Rings” is a novel by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It is one of the most commercially successful novels of the 20th century, is a classic of fantasy literature and is considered a fundamental work of high fantasy. Published in the English original in three volumes of two books plus appendices each in 1954/1955, the first German translation appeared in 1969/1970. The novel was sold about 150 million copies worldwide. The novel stands against the background of a fantasy world developed by Tolkien throughout his life (Tolkien’s World). It tells the story of a ring, the destruction of which destroys evil power in the form of the dark ruler Sauron. The main characters are four hobbits who are involuntarily drawn into a heroic adventure. In addition to these, representatives of the Good Elf, people of the West and North, dwarves and magicians play important roles. Their opponents…

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“The Da Vinci Code” is a thriller by Dan Brown, published in 2003.The novel is largely based on the pseudo-scientific book “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail ” (1982). It combines entertainment with conspiracy theories and an alternative view of all church and French history; in addition there are interspersed false factual allegations that are said to support history. The book has been translated into 44 languages. A film version starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou was released on May 18, 2006 under the title „The Da Vinci Code“. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“She: A History of Adventure” is a novel by the British writer Sir Henry Rider Haggard. The book was first published in 1886 under the title She – A History of Adventure and, with over 83 million copies in over 44 languages, is one of the best-selling books of all time. The book has been filmed many times since 1908, the best-known canvas versions are “She” from 1935 with Helen Gahagan in the title role and from 1965 with Peter Cushing and Ursula Andress. The novel’s first-person narrator, Ludwig Horace Holly, is a private scholar in Cambridge. In order to fulfill the last will of his only friend Vincey, he takes in his underage son Leo. At the same time, Holly is instructed to open a specific suitcase on Leo’s 25th birthday and to travel to Africa if Leo wants to do so after opening the suitcase and viewing the…

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“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is a fantasy Novel for children by the Irish writer CS Lewis. The book was published in 1950, followed by six more volumes in the series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. In the chronological order, the King of Narnia is the second volume after “The Magician’s Nephew” published in 1956. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” describes the story of the four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who were sent to an old professor in the countryside in the face of the air strikes on London during World War II. In the mysterious big house, the four children get into the fantastic world of Narnia through a wardrobe, which is inhabited by mythical creatures such as centaurs, faunas and nymphs, fairytale characters such as dwarfs and giants as well as by talking animals. The youngest, Lucy, is the first to go to…

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“And Then There Were None” is the 26th crime novel by Agatha Christie. It appeared in the United Kingdom on November 6, 1939 in the Collins Crime Club under the title “Ten Little N***”. In this novel, ten people die one after the other who have been involved in unexplained deaths in their lives, as in the popular counting rhymes from 1868. With over 100 million copies sold, this novel is Christie’s best-selling work. Among the best-selling books of all time, it occupies one of the top spots and is the best-selling crime novel of all time. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

“The Hobbit” or “There and Back Again” is a fantasy novel for children by JRR Tolkien, which he wrote between 1930 (or 1931) and 1936 and was first published on September 21, 1937 by George Allen & Unwin appeared. It was later supplemented by the novel “The Lord of the Rings”. The background for these two fantastic works is the mythology devised by Tolkien. “The Hobbit” was originally conceived as a story for Tolkien’s own children. After the publication of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien made changes to the “Hobbit”, primarily to resolve factual contradictions with the other works. Available at our partner: Join our English book club to introduce, review & comment classic English literature: https://www.facebook.com/groups/learnenglishbooks

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