Blogs I read

Where yesterday I had a post up on writing, today it will be about reading. Just the other day I realized I never shared the blogs I like to read. I have shared youtube channels before, but no blogs as such. First up I’d like to say: I don’t read many blogs. I’m not one…

How not to write… or?

I had grand plans to write a long post on how I exactly write my blogs. Due to the loveliest of lovely weathers and my willingness to enjoy as much of it as I possibly can, I figured that that would have to wait a bit. Instead, I would like to show you the following…

Dutch vs English – Present tense

Last week I wrote about cognates in Dutch and English and had a closer look at the differences and similarities between the two languages based on vocabulary. I already pointed out at the time that these differences and similarities not only go for vocab but also for grammar. That is why, starting today, I will…

Dutch vs English

Two weeks ago I wrote a post on how difficult it can be to learn a foreign language. People responded to that post asking for some more language posts. One request was to know more about cognates and similarities and difference between Dutch and English. You ask, I deliver.  Today’s post will be on linguistic…

Customer service via social media: my weird yet positive experience

This week I had a weird, yet awesome experience. I had heard of businesses using their social media outlets as an extension of their customer service, but I had never heard of anyone who had experienced that. Let alone, that I myself, experienced it. Until now. Here’s what happened. I’ve been on the hunt for…

The difficulty of learning a foreign language

I have noticed that my posts on language are generally ones people enjoy reading, so I’ve decided to try and do more of them. The thing is, I know a ton about language, but because of that I always run the risk of making things too complicated. I have had so many ideas for language…

Dunglish at its best

These past couple of weeks my students have been taking exams and that means that I had to do a bunch of grading. Grading can be quite a tedious task, but not when you find the creative solutions an linguistic oddities I encountered during this round. Many of my students are not good at English….

Movie Review: Bel Ami

On Friday I went to see Bel Ami. A new movie starring Robert Pattinson, finally in a completely different role than a sparkly vampire/ teennage heartthrob. At least that’s what I was hoping for. If you are curious about seeing Bel Ami and want to know what I thought, then keep on reading. The movie…

Fun youtube videos

I thought it would be time to do another round of fun youtube videos. I just recently found a few that I really thought I should share. Some of these you will have seen, others you probably haven’t. They’re all comedy geared vids this time. So enjoy and hope it puts a smile on your…

3 Movies I’ve seen and liked

I am not much of a movie buff, but in the past couple of weeks I’ve watched a few movies that I really liked so I thought I’d share. Tropic Thunder: I am totally late watching this, but I had been meaning too ever since it came out. It’s about a bunch of drama queen…

English is easy?

Whoever said English is easy, is completely wrong. There are many fun poems, scribbles and the like showing you the difficulties English can cause. I just couldn’t help but want to share the next piece of text when I received it in my inbox. I don’t know who made it, but this isn’t my text….

Five Dutch Things Americans (Should) Envy

Two weeks ago I wrote a post on 5 American things the Dutch secretly envy. At the time I promised I would also make a counter post on 5 Dutch things Americans should envy. I thought today would be a good time to do that. Please note that this is just based on my personal…

Website: Letters of Note

A few days ago I came across this really nice blog called Letters of Note. This blog has regular posts with letters of famous authors, politicians and the like. Some sent to family members, others to newspapers, publishers, friends and partners. Now, if you like languages like I do, then I’m sure you will enjoy…

Five American things the Dutch secretly Envy

The other day I found the following article (click here) via Twitter. It’s a list of 5 things Americans have that the Brits don’t and that the Brits envy not having, though they won’t admit it. I thought it would be fun to see which 5 American things the Dutch envy not having.   1….

Writing 101

One of the things I do on a daily basis is teach people how to write structured and concise text. And ever since I started blogging, I have been trying to do nothing but just that myself. I have always enjoyed writing, even as a child and it is something I have always been rather good…

Nostalgia: Ghostbusters cartoon

I was listening to some music the other day and suddenly the Ghostbusters theme song came on and I had a flashback. An immediate flashback to my childhood when I watched cartoons on a daily basis.  I suddenly remembered that I used to watch the Ghostbusters cartoon and later on I also started watching the…

Youtube: favorite fashion channels

I love watching beauty videos on youtube and there are plenty of gurus that I follow and I blogged about them too. What I’ve never done is tell you about my favorite fashion and style channels to follow. I have selected only 5 of them. I follow a few more, but I may have to…

Selling my old computer

Since I just recently bought a new computer I’ve decided to try selling my old one. I’ve posted an ad on the Dutch version of Craigslist. You can find the original advertisement here: http://computer-software.marktplaats.nl/laptops-en-notebooks/525070954-compaq-presario-cq71-17-notebook.html?return=eJw9yksOgyAQANC7uOhSGBSEIaZHacYyROKP6MRN07t317d%2BhICfgjpeCNpiw6nIqwhvcRapqNTN53JU3tuNzkXqSiRXu6%2FqH9s612dJozVWDzrY%2FvE%2BEo%2BQdPCd6wIBZLY5TdTD4D1nMwVnXBO%2FPx1xJ6Y%3D&complete_editing=1 For sale: Compaq laptop/notebook approx. 2.5 years old Specs: HP/Compaq Presario CQ71 Notebook PC Windows Vista Home Premium met Service Pack…

Dialectblog.com: On language variation

Just the other day I found one of the coolest blogs on the web: dialectblog.com. Of course you do have to like English language variation for this, but I think it’s pretty neat. Not only does it list American, British and Irish accents and their features, but the author also delves into language variation phenomenon,…

Copyright shenanigans

So the American government is looking to pass a bill that will stop copyright infringement and many protests have started up on the web claiming that if the bill is passed many websites will not be able to function anymore. The reason why the Internet works and exists in the first place is because it’s…

New computer

Yesterday I bought myself a new laptop computer. Not necessarily because I wanted to but because I had to. My old one was literally falling apart: the backspace button fell off months ago and I was getting blue screens by the minute. Not nice. I had also had it for nearly 3 years and with…

My favorite feel good movies

Since the weather has gone dark and dreary I take up anything I can to make me feel good. Naturally there are the usual suspects, such as cookies, hot chocolate and a good dose of music, but I’ve also started watching movies again. And what suits this time of year better than some feel good…

My Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1 Review

Last Friday I finally went to see the latest installment of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I was skeptical about this movie, seeing I utterly despise the book it’s based on. However, I had regained hope, after seeing the leaked pictures and video in March and the trailer actually made me think it…

To Google or not to Google – That’s the question!

Apparently Google doesn’t like it when people use the verb ‘to google’ to refer to the action of looking this up using a search engine. According to an article, by thenextweb, Google isn’t the only brand having issues with people using their brand name to refer to more general but similar actions. Adobe does not…

Why Twitter?

I like media in all shape and forms. I considered becoming a journalist for a reason and in part it’s also the reason why I blog. I love to write and am interested in how messages are spread around the world, including how language use contributes to the spread of said message. One medium that…

Fashion across borders

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I like my fair share of clothes and shoes. Shoes are a special favorite as I have quite a few of them, but there was one thing I didn’t know about them yet. Apparently different types of shoes are called something different in US and…

Must watch: Fry’s Planet Word

It’s finally here! Stephen Fry’s documentary on language. I saw him tweet about it numerous times and when I went to see him in June, he had just gotten back from a trip that would be used for this documentary. So, I knew this would be coming soon. It is a 5-part documentary in which…

Time to relax: some comedy to keep me going

I know, I know… I wasn’t going to post anything, but I couldn’t help posting this. So this post will be short but sweet, but when you are doing a study marathon like me, you also need some time to relax. And one way to relax is a good laugh or two. These have got…

My fave youtube beauty gurus

I’ve been watching beauty videos on youtube for a little over a year now and so in that time, I’ve come across some people I like and some people I don’t like. I’ve subscribed to the ones I like best and here is my top 5 channels that I’ve subscribed to. I’m always happy to…

Movies I have seen the most

I’m not much of a movie buff, but when I like a movie, I can watch it over and over and over again. That is why I know the movies that I love practically by heart. Here are the 5 movies that deserve an honorable mention as the 5 I have seen the most. 1.)…

Video Games

I am not an avid gamer. However, I do like to play a video game once in a while. When it comes to video games, I am rather picky: I only play Nintendo games (because they are cute and doable) and I prefer the standard Nintendo games, which means they have to feature some of…

Now watching: Mad Men

I’ve tweeting about it quite a bit, so you may know that I’ve been watching quite a bit of Mad Men lately. I mostly watch it on the train, on my laptop and love it. I’m currently on season 3 and it has everything a good show needs: suspense, great decorum, good actors and interesting…

Breaking Dawn Part 1 – Trailer

I am totally late posting this, but just in case you missed it: the Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1 trailer dropped on Tuesday evening EST. This one is longer than the one I posted a few months ago and I’m sure other trailers will be released closer to the release. This shows a…

Interesting article: news is like sugar

At least that is what Rolf Dobelli claims. He has been going without news for over a year. That means: no tv, no radio, no newspapers, no apps, no nothing. He claims that in that year, he has managed to read a book per week, has gotten calmer and has come to better and greater…

Youtube.com/music

That’s right. Youtube now has a special page promoting music. And I say it was about time. For ages the website has been blocking music in several countries, but finally they seem to understand that people don’t just use youtube to watch videos of people acting stupid. No, plenty of people (like me) use the…

Movie: Despicable Me

I just had to share this movie with you all. I just recently watched it during my vacation and loved it. I’m a sucker for animated movies to begin with and this one is funny and adorable all at the same time. Here’s the summary from IMDB: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white…

New phone + phone case (Samsung Galaxy S2)

I got a new phone! YAY! My contract came up for renewal the day before I left for Dublin and after talking to some friends in the Cow, I was sure of what my new phone would be. And here she is, my new baby: Both my friends have the Samsung Galaxy S2. It’s been…

TV Series: Sherlock

Every once in a while I decide to switch on my TV and see what’s new or anything good is on. Usually I switch it off after 60 minutes of brainlessly flipping channels, disappointed at the lack good shows and interesting broadcasts. Last week, however, I was again aimlessly flipping channels as I was bored…

Movie Trailer: Bel Ami (w/ Rob Pattinson)

OMG! That was all I thought when I was aimlessly browsing some websites before going to bed last night. Every Rob fan in the world has been pining over Rob’s appearance at ComicCon to promote The Twilight’s Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 1 over the past few days. Since I seem to be the only…

A night with… Stephen Fry

On Wednesday evening I went to see Stephen Fry at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. He was in Holland to promote his autobiography: The Fry Chronicles, which I read and reviewed in January. I didn’t really know beforehand what this evening would bring. All I knew was that it was part of his…

I’m on a mission…

It has been months since I’ve been able to read any books for fun. All I’ve been reading is either work or school related. With my stress level rising to fever pitch over the past couple of weeks, I just knew I had to find a way to keep me sane. So, I’ve decided to…

My Current Favorite Youtube Videos

A while ago I did a post where I listed a few of my favorite youtube videos. And just yesterday night I was browsing around again and favoriting videos, and thought it would be nice to give you guys an update on what I’m currently watching. Here goes! First of all, I spent much of…

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Trailer!

Yes, I’m this excited that it’s here. Now let’s just hope this links works, and isn’t taken down within minutes. Credit: RobsessedPattinson

The difference between do you have, have, have you got

I came across this blog post a few days ago. Dipping into the email bag, we have a months-old note from Andy: I was wondering whether you’ve done anything on your language blog regarding the uses of the phrases “have you got”, “do you have” and “have you”. I get the impression that “do you…

Learnt a new word: receptacle

Just by looking around you, you can sometimes learn new words. I came across this word when using the bathroom at the St. Andrews golf course I visited during the study trip and found it striking. A notice had been posted on the stall door asking ladies to put their waste in the ‘receptacle’. I…

Linguistics useless and obscure? Think again!

So, the other day I came across this tweet, which led me to this brilliant blog post: You want to write better foreign language curriculum, help stroke sufferers and autistic children communicate better, or create literacy programs. Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters? You want to revive a dead language, invent a language for…

Interesting Article: In Praise of Distraction

Do you also surf the web when at work? Now, be honest… Naturally, your company does not want you to do that, but scientists have proven that going online for a little distraction is actually a good thing. Or so reports The New Yorker in the following article: For many Americans, March Madness has been…

The English Passive: the mystery of ‘there are’

For some reason making passive sentences in English is something many Dutch people have trouble dealing with. It’s the one grammar function that takes up most of my time in class when I try to explain it and it’s the one construction my students get wrong the most. However, passives in English need not be…