2009-05-14

"The Chaos" - phonetic version

Yesterday I was looking for some texts written in IPA to practise for our oral note.  Then I found the phonetic transcription of "The Chaos". It's the poem we read some time ago.
Maybe someone is interested in it.

http://www.jochenenglish.de/misc/dearest_creature_phonetic.pdf

2009-05-07

Hey girls and Mr Ringeisen

Do you remember the word "schadenfreude" in our english lesson today? As you already know, it's a germanism. This one reminded me about the web site:

www. spreadgermanisms.com

There are some more germanisms. It's really interesting to read, because you normally don't think that there are so many in the English language. But I need to say this isn't the best web site, because there are a lot of repetitions of germanisms.
(Another one I read yesterday: "ersatz")

Also, I was looking for the video about Paris Hilton and the interview about the word huge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmoeSrE3mmA

2009-05-06

Recipe

Hello again.
(I guess I have my productive day today=)
When I did my presentation about the United States, some of you were asking for the recipe of the cookies I baked for you. It actually just came up to my mind while I was making some for my family the other day
So, there we go, the original choclate-chip-cookies-recipe of my lovely hostmom:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate morsels (I'm pretty positive you can use small "smarties" or "m&m's" as well, in case you don't have chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

(If someone is too lazy to convert the measures, I've got measuring cups at home I let you borrow =)

I'm not sure whether I've put those links already or not, so I just do it again, they're quite amusing (at least Lisa and I think so when we are still cracking up whenever we watch it...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwA_lU1AMRQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wggTSHb9RVk




Hugh Laurie: The British accent vs. American accent

Hello fellow classmates,
some of you might know Hugh Laurie from House, MD. (Tue, 09.15pm on RTL).
In case you have ever seen House in English, I have this "fun fact" for you: being a British national he's faking his American accent for House, MD.

He does a great job because for me, it was a great surprise to hear Hugh Laurie speaking with his "normal" accent. It just sounds...not House-like!
But I don't post this video to get you into House...no, of course not.
You learn some entertaining words to widen your horizon.
And with all our text-reading and pronunciation/intonation practice I thought it would be nice to hear native speakers again, at least after the Parrot Sketch.

the curious case of benjamin button

Just a quick note!
I figured some of you might be interested in that. Tonight (16.15 and 19.30) runs at Amberg's movie theater The curious case of Benjamin Button in English with German subtitle. I'm planning on going, so maybe I see some of you there!
Have a wonderful day!

2009-05-04

Hello everybody!

Accidentally I found a website where you can practise phonetic transcription (in addition to those exercises Mr Ringeisen showed us today ;))
If you want to have a look at that page just click here: http://www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/phonetics.htm