Happy, happy Monday! Today is my son’s birthday, 15 years in this world and every minute of it making me feel the proudest mum on earth. Lucas , I love you to the moon and back!!.
I have had lots of English teachers in my life so I wouldn’t know who to blame, if any, for some of the mistakes I ‘ve made when teaching English. Some of these mistakes I have been correcting over the years and as about the others, I´ll let you know as soon as I spot them. The truth is that one is never aware what one is saying is wrong until suddenly the penny drops.
When I first began teaching, like 24 years ago, I believed that as the teacher I always had to be perfect and know everything there is to know about English. At the beginning , when my students asked me to translate into English a word I didn’t know I’d make one up and if I made a mistake sometimes I would cover it up.My only excuse is that I was 23 and my students were much older than me. When I realised that I was not a machine but a far from perfect human being , only then did I begin to enjoy what I was doing and only then did my lessons begin to get better , mainly because I was enjoying myself and finally putting all my heart into it.
♥Going on Holidays was one of my mistakes. It is easy for a Spanish student to make this mistake as we translate as Ir de Vacaciones and we use the plural here. But speakers of British English use (be/go) on holiday or return/get back from holiday
I met my husband while I was on holiday in Cuba
I am going on holiday next month
Speakers of American English use (be/go) on vacation
♥The plural Holidays is used with the/my/your etc
During the summer holiday(s) my son is going to work in a shop.
She doesn’t want anybody to know where she is going for her holiday(s)
♥By the way, do you know what a (BrE) bank holiday/public holiday (AmE) is ??? An official day when banks and most businesses are closed.
In Spain ,12th October is a bank holiday.