Cases – German instruments of torture

April 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Photo: Frédéric Reisgen

The 8th century was an age of cruelty, where plagues decimated the populations of Europe, human sacrifices to the gods were not unknown and enslavement was an occupational hazard.

A recognisable version of the German language … Read more

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Question: what are “false friends”?

March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

a)   Friends you invite into your home, share precious evenings with, send your favourite YouTube clips before anyone else only for them to shack up with your boyfriend/girlfriend the moment your back is turned. How could they be so cold?… Read more

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Long-Haired Dictionary

February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

long-haired dictionary (n): a foreign girlfriend who will help you with your language learning.

A typical conversation may go something like this:

Man: Hi darling, how was your day at work?

Long-haired dictionary: It was terrible, I spilled tea on … Read more

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Being “Englished”

January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm


 photo: captain. orange

to English (v): (1) reply in English when an English speaker is trying to speak your language to you.
(2) Hoof a football hundreds of metres into the stands during an important penalty shootout.

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