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

False Friends

After more than six years in Austria, I, too, am guilty of using “beamer” when I mean projector, and not a BMW! Though some of these, like “showmaster,” I’ve never … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a 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

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