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Tutor profile: Amelia S.

Amelia S.
Languages & communications specialist with teaching experience

Questions

Subject: German

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Question:

Are there really 16 ways of saying "the" in the German language?

Amelia S.
Answer:

Yes and No. Because German has 4 different cases (nominative, accusative, dative, genitive) and 4 different genders (male, neutral, female, plural), there will be 16 (4 x 4) different ways to say "the" (definite article) depending on the case and gender. BUT some of the articles are used in more than one case (e.g. "die" is used for feminine AND plural), so they overlap. German is actually a very logical language and there is an easy way to memorize when to use which article. I can share with you my secret on how I learned these when I was a German student.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

They're vs. their // You're vs. your // Who's vs. whose Why is English so hard?

Amelia S.
Answer:

I know... I know... English may not be the easiest (or most logical) to learn as a second language but don't worry, I've got you! I can explain everything and as challenging as it can be to learn English, it is also magical because it will open you up to the world!

Subject: Communication

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Question:

What is so fascinating about communication?

Amelia S.
Answer:

Where to even begin? Communication is such a multifaceted topic and we wouldn't have survived as a species were it not for our ability to effectively communicate with one another! Good communication is key in all areas in life - personal and professional - and it can be implicit, explicit, spoken or unspoken. There are also well-known theories on how to communicate with individuals from other cultures. It is very helpful to understand a certain culture before engaging in communication to avoid mishaps and misunderstandings. And the more we try to understand and communicate with one another in a curious and open way, the more we can work toward making this world a better place.

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