Learners helping learners – Tanja

Learners helping learners

This is a series of posts in which I have asked learners ten questions about learning English. I hope that the answers will inspire other learners and give them some new ideas.

If you would like to answer these questions as well, you can send me your answers via the contact form. You can also send me your details via the contact form and I’ll email you the questions if that’s easier for you.

Tanja from Germany

1. Which country are you from?

I come from Germany.

2. Why is it important for you to be able to speak English?

When I started working I translated texts from German into English and therefore it was important for me to have a good level of English.
Now I’m still thinking about working with languages so it still continues to be important for me to keep a high level of English.

3. Have you ever been to England? If so, where did you go and what did you do?

Yes, I have been to England – I went to Tonbridge, Kent to improve my English. I participated in a one to one course.

4. Where do you go to find information in English? This could be written or audio information.

I have several websites to look up words in dictionaries like http://leo.org or http://dict.cc etc.
I also read some of the articles on the BBC website and also listen to the podcasts from them.

5. Do you have a favourite book or song in English?

From a friend of mine I borrowed “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – and I really liked reading it, although it sometimes wasn’t that easy. I also liked the Harry Potter books.

h3> 6..Do you have any friends or tandem partners with whom you can practise your English? If so, where did you find them?

I found some of my friends through English groups on Facebook or in mailing lists.

7. If you could change one thing about the English language, what would it be?

Well, I don’t know… The tenses are quite difficult.

8. Which online dictionary do you use?

http://leo.org
http://dict.cc
http://linguee.com
http://pons.eu

9. Do you know any good Facebook pages for English learners?

I often look at English with Kirsty on Facebook.
http://facebook.com/englishwithkirsty

10. How do you make sure that you remember new words?

I’m learning with flashcards and I also read many different texts where I look up the words on the internet

Meet the other learners

Learners helping learners – read the other articles.

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2 Comments on “Learners helping learners – Tanja”

  1. Hey Kirsty

    There really is a lot of resources out there for people to learn different languages. There is a great deal of work that goes into learning a new language as well as discipline and consistency and it truly always amazes me that people keep it up.

    Kirsty you are a wonderful teacher and support – I learn a lot from your style and approach. Thank you.

    Rachel.

  2. Hi Rachel and thanks for your encouraging words.
    Yes, there are loads of resources out there and sometimes that’s the problem – people have so many to choose from that they can’t decide which are the best. That’s one of the reasons for doing this series – I want to find out what people find useful so that this in turn can benefit other learners.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Kirsty


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