Who are you and what do you do?
I am a 20-year-old Linguistics and English Language student at the University of Edinburgh.
“What is Linguistics?” you ask? Linguistics is the science of language. It’s about how language works, on paper and in your brain, how language changes and how it is used. It’s the perfect course for me as I am fascinated by languages and love learning new ones (it’s so much fun!).
Having grown up in Austria, my native language is German but since secondary school I’ve been particularly interested in the English language. However, having also studied French and Spanish in school I’m well versed in language learning and know how tricky it can be. I tutored classmates all throughout secondary school and spent 3 months in Ecuador teaching English to adults and children.
How do your lessons work?
Tutoring is always all about the student. You tell me what you don’t understand and I will do my very best to help you. There are no stupid questions! If you struggle with specific subject matters it would be great if you let me know in advance so I can think about ways to effectively explain them to you.
I’m also very happy to proofread your essays, practice conversation or go through past papers with you. Because I didn’t go through the British school system myself, I’m not immediately familiar with it and would be very grateful if you could also mention your exam board and year when you message me.
Feel free to message me anytime and I’m looking forward to meeting you! :)
|English Language||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Language||A Level||£20 /hr|
|German||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Language||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|German||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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Elizabeth (Student) October 20 2016
Elizabeth (Student) October 17 2016
Elizabeth (Student) October 8 2016
Elizabeth (Parent) October 1 2016
Language learning doesn’t have to be a tedious task of memorising verb tables (at least not all of the time).
One fun way of practising German is Duolingo. This free website and app allows you to translate sentences and practising different aspects of grammar. What’s important here is that you practise grammar by using it rather than being prompted to recall an entire table of verb conjugations. Because there is also a smartphone app, Duolingo makes it very easy for you to practise just a little bit every day. In return you gain points and can even compete with your friends.
Depending on your level of German it could be fun for you to try reading German books. You don’t have to go for high literature in order to learn, just pick a story you find interesting or maybe a German translation of a book you already know. I personally gained a lot by reading Harry Potter in English when I was first learning English.
Listen to music or podcasts:
No matter what your taste in music is, you’ll find German music you love. Listening to music helps you build your vocabulary and passive understanding. Soon enough you’ll sing along and before you know it you have massively improved your German knowledge without even trying.
Watch films with subtitles:
There are lots of German films you could watch with subtitles. This really helps your comprehension and helps you get used to spoken German.
If you need film, book or music recommendations, feel free to message me!see more
An accent is a very constrained form of variation. It only affects the pronunciation (i.e. phonetics and phonology) of a speaker. While a speaker of RP (Received Pronunciation) in the South of England (e.g. the Queen) and a speaker of SSE (Scottish Standard English) in Edinburgh (e.g. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) may pronounce words very differently, they still use the same syntax, lexical items and morphology.
Dialects, on the other hand, vary from the Standard on multiple linguistic levels. Scots, the dialect spoken in Lowland Scotland (Glasgow, Perth, Edinburgh etc, uses different phonetics and phonology than Standard English (e.g. rhotic /r/), but also different vocabulary (think of Aye, Nay, wee, nooks and crannies etc) and syntax (there is a plural form yous for the second person).
Note that there is no clear consensus where a dialect ends and a language begins so Scots is sometimes also characterised as a language.see more
Descriptive rules try to describe how native speakers of a language use it, while prescriptive rules tell speakers how they should use language.
Many people think that it is “better English” to say “To whom were you talking?” rather than “Who were you talking to?”. The underlying “rule”, “Don’t put a preposition at the end of the sentence” is a prescriptive rule. However, it is perfectly grammatical (i.e. possible) to put a preposition at the end of a sentence (such as in the example above). It is thus a descriptive rule to say that in English you can put a preposition at the end of a sentence.see more