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.

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?


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

I often look at English with Kirsty on Facebook.

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.


  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,

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