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Studying: Linguistics and English Language (Bachelors) - Edinburgh University

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About me

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a 21-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 over time, and how it is used by different people. It’s the perfect course for me as I am fascinated by languages and love learning new ones, as well as the way language is used in society. I have also taken courses on the history of English, all the way from Proto-Indo-European, through Old and Middle English, to present day variation. 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. For the past year I have also been a peer support leader at University, supporting other students with Linguistics and English language.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a 21-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 over time, and how it is used by different people. It’s the perfect course for me as I am fascinated by languages and love learning new ones, as well as the way language is used in society. I have also taken courses on the history of English, all the way from Proto-Indo-European, through Old and Middle English, to present day variation. 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. For the past year I have also been a peer support leader at University, supporting other students with Linguistics and English language.

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About my sessions

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. Depending on your needs, we can go through key concepts of your course, practice with past papers or focus on vocabulary and conversation! 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. Please note that I do not tutor English Literature, only English Language! Feel free to message me anytime and I’m looking forward to meeting you! :)

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. Depending on your needs, we can go through key concepts of your course, practice with past papers or focus on vocabulary and conversation! 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. Please note that I do not tutor English Literature, only English Language! Feel free to message me anytime and I’m looking forward to meeting you! :)

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Elizabeth (Student)

October 24 2017

It is a huge advantage having a tutor, that understands the best way to help you as an individual learn. Different students need differing memory aids and revision techniques. This is especially important for the older learner . Nina is becoming very adept at conveying information in a comprehensive, interesting, and above all, patient manner.

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Elizabeth (Student)

October 19 2017

Discussing vocabulary from Agatha Christie German translations. Lesson went too quickly !

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Elizabeth (Student)

September 4 2017

Excellent and lots of work covered with some of the grammar discussion taking place in German. Love the news slot, where we each discuss what is happening worldwide or in our locality. Typing out of key words in the conversation is very helpful.

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Elizabeth (Student)

September 1 2017

Grammar well explained, lots of vocab and interesting conversation. Nina writes out all the key German and that provides an excellent revision record of the lesson.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
EnglishA-level (A2)1 (A)
GermanA-level (A2)1 (A)
FrenchA-level (A2)1 (A)
MathematicsA-level (A2)1 (A)
EthicsA-level (A2)1 (A)

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
English LanguageA Level£26 /hr
GermanA Level£26 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£24 /hr
GermanGCSE£24 /hr
GermanIB£26 /hr
German13 Plus£24 /hr

Questions Nina has answered

Are there fun ways to learn German?

Language learning doesn’t have to be a tedious task of memorising verb tables (at least not all of the time).

Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

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.

Read books:

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!

Language learning doesn’t have to be a tedious task of memorising verb tables (at least not all of the time).

Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

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.

Read books:

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!

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What’s the difference between a dialect and an accent?

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.

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.

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1 year ago

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What’s the difference between descriptivism and prescriptivism?

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.

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.

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