90% of German women make this English mistake

In the world of work, one of the first things that we get asked about, regardless of gender, age or cultural background is our careers. For those of us with a family, that normally involves explaining a career break when we left work to go and have a baby. Depending on where you live you’ll have been out of action for anything from a couple of days ‘start up babes and self employed tech gurus’ to up to three years, even longer f you had two or more children back to back.

So please ladies, please…ladies ….do me a favour – no wait – DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR and don’t make this mistake

“I became a baby.”

You see you might become lots of things when you get pregnant,
but you don’t become a baby.

Grammatical Explanation
If you become something, then you have changed from being one thing to another, so you might become a mother, or become the boss, or become bored with your job but by saying that you ‘became a baby’, you are saying that you went from being an adult – a fully functioning part of the team to a baby.

You are actually saying that you went from being an adult to being a baby. NOT Good.
Now, I’m not a raging feminist,  but is this really the impression we want to make girls?

So get it right, you must say “I had a baby and when I came back I ….” you didn’t become anything different although you might have developed new skills “I became more patient”.

Ideally to make a professional and authentic impression say,

“I went on maternity leave”.
Go on, say it ten times.

“I went on maternity leave”.
“I went on maternity …”.
“I went on mat…”.
“I went on …”. (pay attention to the preposition here ladies!
“I went …”.
“I …”.

Thank you.
Why not leave me a comment, telling me what you did after your maternity leave.
Typing it and saying it will fix it in your brain!

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There is nothing more rewarding than having so much faith in a learner’s abilities that they pull it off and surprise themselves. That proud smile is one of the most sensational thank you’s that you can get as a trainer. When is the last time you managed to do something that you got that smug little skip and a beat?

Undercover English – Learning Vocab on the go

Undercover English >>> Try this language learning game…next time you are out and about – either on your own or with friends that are telling a story that you have already heard – go undercover.

REMEMBER You need to resist staring at the people in question – not good for street cred.

Now, look for people engrossed in conversation and try to work out what they might be saying to each other and see if you can interpret in your head. (in English of course!)

You can take it seriously or be a little far fetched and dramatic or just plain silly and rediculous.

Now I know that this isn’t rocket science, but that is exactly the point, learning a language can be a lot of fun. This is just one of many time effective ways of revising without any paper, pen or solitude that will point out your weaknesses.

AND ACTION …. Try it out and report back on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bytesizedenglishclub/
for more tips and tricks  … for the techie chicks (just had to add that because it rhymes)

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