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

The Importance of Commas

These days, a lot of people think that learning proper punctuation is unnecessary. But let the BBC show you just how important the placement of commas is, especially when you … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones

Oh 30 Rock, the great teacher of grammar. (Learn the difference between “good” and “well” here.) But did they mess up this time? Homophones (words that sound the same, but … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

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

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

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