Caitlin Ahern

English communication in Graz, Austria

New Spring Courses at Urania

April 10 begins my new trimester at Urania in Graz! This spring I’ll be teaching 4 classes:  A1 (holidays and vacations), A2, B2.2 (discussion-based) and C1 (The North American Way), … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finally, the English answer to “beziehungsweise”

If you look up the German word “beziehungsweise” in the dictionary you will undoubtedly find it translated as “respectively”. This is true about, let’s say, 10% of the time. The … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Manos Sucias – My First Kickstarter Pledge

Manos Sucias – My First Kickstarter Pledge One week before the Academy Awards, it’s a good time to ask yourself: How much money have you spent on bad movies in … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Loopholes for Native American women on reservations

Last week in one of my classes we were discussing the issues facing American Indians on reservations, such as poverty and alcoholism. Tragically, there is another issue we neglected, which … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Grammar Lesson with Embarrassment

In honor of the last episode of “30 Rock,” one of my favorite TV shows, and my last post on the power of embarrassment, here is a grammar lesson we … Continue reading

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

English and Embarrassment

My favorite columnist, Jen Dziura, wrote an article back in 2011 about the power of embarrassment to motivate men to become good at certain things – like parking, throwing & … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Never Forget a Grammar Rule Again!

I adore everything that Jennifer Dziura ( writes and was thrilled to hear about her new website, The first one depicts the consequences of one of my biggest pet … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rebuilding Haiti, child by child

This video has so many things I love: organizations teaching children, cross-border collaboration, and – my mom, Dr. Susan Whitcomb. She founded Haitian Educational Initiatives after the 2010 earthquake. Listen … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 3 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions for Better Teaching

It’s a bit late to chime in about New Year’s resolutions, but since I spent New Year’s Eve on a beach in Florida, soaking up sun and time with my … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 7 Comments

Obama Pardons 2012 Turkeys, Cobbler and Gobbler

This is perhaps one of the more bizarre American traditions. Each year, the president “pardons” 2 turkeys (of the 45 million who will be eaten on Thanksgiving) and grants them … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment