Category Archives: Language

Listen carefully. I’m only going to say this one million times.

In a bid to expand my Latvian language skills beyond murder, weapons and ‘Order! Order in the court!’, I’ve been watching ‘Two and a Half Men’ with subtitles. I was pretty pleased with myself for picking up a couple of phrases … Continue reading

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The Russian Rant

If you’ve been reading the comments on some of my posts, you might have noticed something of a pattern developing. Me: “Most Latvians look like a leopard threw up on them.” Latvians: “That’s not us. It’s the Russians.” Me: “Why … Continue reading

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How to maim a name Latvian-style

If you’re a man and you visit Latvia, be prepared for ‘I’ to become ‘we’ very quickly. And no, I don’t mean that a mad Latvian woman will attach herself to you with superglue – although there’s also a very … Continue reading

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Eggs-traordinary

The other day, I was doing a pronunciation exercise with one of my classes. As a lot of foreigners struggle with the various sounds in the English language, the kind folks at New English File have come up with a … Continue reading

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Stand by your ‘an’

As an English teacher in Latvia, one of the hardest things to teach is articles (‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘an’ for the grammatically-challenged among you). They don’t exist in Latvian or Russian so students have a hard time knowing when to … Continue reading

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Pidgin English

So hard as I trying to teach my students to speak English good, there are some things they just can’t get there heads under. And more often than not, it’s quite funny. (Even though I shouldn’t laugh of course.) Here are … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Here’s what usually happens when I introduce myself to a new class: Me: Hi, my name’s Linda and I’ll be your English teacher for… Class: Oh, Linda! It’s a Latvian name. Me: No, it isn’t. Class: Yes, it is. Me: … Continue reading

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Damn. I’ve got a ladder in my sock trousers.

It’s hard moving to a new country when you don’t know the language. But after trying and failing to find a ‘Teach yourself Latvian in a week’ course, that’s exactly what I did – armed with my university French, four … Continue reading

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