Caitlin Ahern

English communication in Graz, Austria

More Fun with Homonyms

I am always in awe of how well some non-native English speakers have mastered my language, especially the pronunciation. For every pronunciation “rule” there seem to be dozens of exceptions. … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

When a “Facebook” Was an Actual Book

Don’t forget “the face book”! When I arrived at the gates of my college in 2003, each incoming student received a “face book” including pictures and names of all of … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Does the U.S. Have Dialects?

The article, “22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other” has gone viral, because who doesn’t like a good map collection? Ok. Fine. Americans love … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Excuse me? Pardon? Sorry?

On the first day of a beginner class, I like to get the basics out of the way with a worksheet called “What People Say”. This covers the basic phrases … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

English Book Fair this Weekend in Graz

2013 Book Fair Flyer This Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, stop by the Heilandskirche on Kaiser-Josef-Platz in Graz to browse the IWA‘s English Book Fair! I … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Disappearing Letters (or, Disapering Letrs?)

What do you like better: rhubarb, or rubarb? Receipt or receit? (And why not just “reseet,” while we’re at it?) David Crystal, one of Britain’s foremost linguists, predicts that silent … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · Leave a comment