Wed, 20 March 2013
"I really need to speak English with a native." "Could I practice with you?" "Do you ever Skype?" These are comments and questions that I have received over the years. I've been thinking about Skyping English lessons. I even have a Skype address ready. I must admit(1), even though I love to teach, I am a bit nervous. So far, I have been a teacher without a face, invisible, anonymous. I'll have to look my best(2) if my students are going to see me. And then there is the question of when(3). We are 8 hours behind London time, so arranging when to Skype with my international listeners will be work. For example, if a person in Beijing wanted to Skype at 1pm, it would be 10 o'clock at night for me. If I wanted to Skype at 10am, it would be 1am the next day in Beijing. Careful arrangements(4) would have to be made. But it would be worth it. I'm excited to meet some of my listeners face to face, and watch them on their journey to fluency. My only question is: should I remain a woman of mystery, and wear a paper bag over my head? That way if I get too famous, the paparazzi won't bother(5) me.....
1. 'I must admit' is the same as 'I must confess' but it sounds more 'every day'.
a. I know he worked really hard on the play, but I must admit, I didn't like it.
b. I've played chess for years, and I must admit that I still get very competitive.
2. 'To look one's best' is to put on your best appearance.
a. At the wedding he looked his best.
b. You must make an effort when your grandmother visits us and look your best.
3. 'And then there is the question of + interrogative/noun' is a shorter and less repetitive way of saying 'And then there is the question of when we should Skype.' This kind of sentence is usually used during planning.
a. And then there is the question of a car. When and where will we hire it?
b. Everyone will arrive at the house in the evening. But then there's the question of beds. Where will they all sleep?
c. We'll ask someone to do the speech. But then there's the question of who?
Arr-ange-ments arr-ange-ments arr-ange-ments arr-ange-ments.
5. 'The paparazzi won't bother me' could be expressed as 'the paparazzi won't disturb me/won't intrude in my life'.
a. He really bothered me when he asked me all of those questions.
b. Does this music bother you?
c. You kids are bothering your grandpa; let him nap in peace.
You're all invited to join me on my FACEBOOK page at Anna Fromacupofenglish. Remember my app is available in iTunes called A Cup Of English. If you're interested in some Skyped lessons with me, I will be posting the hours and days that I'm available on my Facebook page.