Anna's Language Lab

Anna's Language Lab

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Did you know...on 1st April in France, people use paper fish to play an April Fools trick. This involves sticking a paper fish onto the back of as many adults as possible and then running away yelling “Poisson d’Avril !” (April Fish!). This tradition is said to date back to the 16th century when in 1564, King Charles IX switched France from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which meant the new year started several months before it would have under the old calendar. Some people thought it would be funny to wish each other “Happy New Year” and exchange silly presents on the old New Year’s Day – April 1. What's your best April Fools trick?!
As we break up for the Easter holidays, I want to congratulate my pupils on another term of fabulous French and German work. Your enthusiasm, commitment and creativity never cease to amaze me and I feel incredibly lucky to work with such a fabulous bunch. On a different note, is one egg ever un oeuf?! 🥚🇫🇷
With Storm Eunice firmly behind us, isn't it a relief to be storm free! But did you know that 'storm free' or 'sturmfrei' in German is in fact a German idiom?! 'Sturmfrei' means having the house to yourself whilst you partner or parents are away - is anyone looking forward to a 'sturmfrei' weekend?! 💨🏠🇩🇪
A little Friday fun...bon week-end tout le monde! 🇫🇷
Have you ever heard the saying ‘Sticks and stones can break your bones but names can never hurt you?’ Am sure many of you will
disagree. Words are powerful, they can destroy as well as create and we can choose to use them to encourage or to harm. The French philosopher, Voltaire had a lot to say about the power of words! In our language lessons, our pupils learn how to choose the correct words in French or German for many different situations, whether it be formal or informal and that the register and words they use are all important 🇫🇷🇩🇪
This month, I am so very happy and proud to be celebrating 7 years of Anna's Language Lab! From a small acorn, a blossoming business has grown - many thanks to everyone for all your support over the years - you are fantastique! 🇩🇪🇫🇷
Many of you will have heard of the German word 'Schadenfreude' which is frequently used in English to express joy at another's misfortune. However, have you heard of 'Freudenfreude'?! This is the exact opposite of Schadenfreude and means finding joy in another's success. Let's all spread a little Freudenfreude this week! 🇩🇪
This term, we are looking forward to starting back with our online French and German lessons from Wednesday, 5th January. Parents, please check your inbox for confirmation of individual requirements. Merci! 🇫🇷🇩🇪
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2022 wherever you are in the world 🌏🇩🇪🇫🇷
Whatever the language, remember it's all the same message - Merry Christmas! Have a fantastic festive break everyone! 🇩🇪🇫🇷
😃🎄A little festive cheer to brighten Monday morning! 🇩🇪
Did you know...that in France, the biggest meal of the festive season is usually eaten on Christmas Eve, known as le Réveillon. The starters often consist of foie gras, oysters, or escargots, followed by a bird–often a capon or turkey–and finishing with the bûche de Noël, or Yule log, as well as other treats like chocolates and nougat. 🇫🇷

We provide French & German private tuition up to GCSE level, KS2 & KS3 homeschooler lessons during the day and after-school French & German Clubs for primary-aged children.

At Anna's Language Lab, your child can learn French or German in a friendly and safe environment. We offer after-school beginners French & German clubs for primary-aged children, holiday sessions as well as private tuition in French and German up to GCSE level in the Knaphill and Woking area. We also offer KS2 & KS3 French & German lessons during the day for homeschoolers. Anna's Language Lab offe

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01/04/2022

Did you know...on 1st April in France, people use paper fish to play an April Fools trick. This involves sticking a paper fish onto the back of as many adults as possible and then running away yelling “Poisson d’Avril !” (April Fish!). This tradition is said to date back to the 16th century when in 1564, King Charles IX switched France from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which meant the new year started several months before it would have under the old calendar. Some people thought it would be funny to wish each other “Happy New Year” and exchange silly presents on the old New Year’s Day – April 1. What's your best April Fools trick?!

31/03/2022

As we break up for the Easter holidays, I want to congratulate my pupils on another term of fabulous French and German work. Your enthusiasm, commitment and creativity never cease to amaze me and I feel incredibly lucky to work with such a fabulous bunch. On a different note, is one egg ever un oeuf?! 🥚🇫🇷

25/02/2022

With Storm Eunice firmly behind us, isn't it a relief to be storm free! But did you know that 'storm free' or 'sturmfrei' in German is in fact a German idiom?! 'Sturmfrei' means having the house to yourself whilst you partner or parents are away - is anyone looking forward to a 'sturmfrei' weekend?! 💨🏠🇩🇪

11/02/2022

A little Friday fun...bon week-end tout le monde! 🇫🇷

09/02/2022

Have you ever heard the saying ‘Sticks and stones can break your bones but names can never hurt you?’ Am sure many of you will
disagree. Words are powerful, they can destroy as well as create and we can choose to use them to encourage or to harm. The French philosopher, Voltaire had a lot to say about the power of words! In our language lessons, our pupils learn how to choose the correct words in French or German for many different situations, whether it be formal or informal and that the register and words they use are all important 🇫🇷🇩🇪

25/01/2022

This month, I am so very happy and proud to be celebrating 7 years of Anna's Language Lab! From a small acorn, a blossoming business has grown - many thanks to everyone for all your support over the years - you are fantastique! 🇩🇪🇫🇷

17/01/2022

Many of you will have heard of the German word 'Schadenfreude' which is frequently used in English to express joy at another's misfortune. However, have you heard of 'Freudenfreude'?! This is the exact opposite of Schadenfreude and means finding joy in another's success. Let's all spread a little Freudenfreude this week! 🇩🇪

04/01/2022

This term, we are looking forward to starting back with our online French and German lessons from Wednesday, 5th January. Parents, please check your inbox for confirmation of individual requirements. Merci! 🇫🇷🇩🇪

01/01/2022

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2022 wherever you are in the world 🌏🇩🇪🇫🇷

22/12/2021

Whatever the language, remember it's all the same message - Merry Christmas! Have a fantastic festive break everyone! 🇩🇪🇫🇷

20/12/2021

😃🎄A little festive cheer to brighten Monday morning! 🇩🇪

15/12/2021

Did you know...that in France, the biggest meal of the festive season is usually eaten on Christmas Eve, known as le Réveillon. The starters often consist of foie gras, oysters, or escargots, followed by a bird–often a capon or turkey–and finishing with the bûche de Noël, or Yule log, as well as other treats like chocolates and nougat. 🇫🇷

Photos from Anna's Language Lab's post 13/12/2021

Some of my pupils have finished the term by making beautiful Christmas Word Art creations to practise French & German Christmas vocabulary, an important topic for French & German GCSE. Which words do you recognise? 🎄🇩🇪🇫🇷

Eilish, cheugy and Omicron among 2021's most mispronounced words 08/12/2021

Eilish, cheugy and Omicron among 2021's most mispronounced words

Anyone struggling to pronounce Omicron? You are not alone as it has been deemed one of the most mispronounced words of 2021! It seems Glasgow is a little tricky too! Which words do you struggle to pronounce? Eilish, cheugy and Omicron among 2021's most mispronounced words https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59573797

Eilish, cheugy and Omicron among 2021's most mispronounced words Billie Eilish, cheugy and Glasgow also feature on a list of the words people find trickiest to say.

05/12/2021

My pupils love learning about the culture and traditions of France & Germany and Christmas traditions are a particular favourite. Tonight, across Germany we are thinking about all the children who are putting out their shoes in the hope of a visit from St Nikolaus who will fill their shoes with goodies if they have been good, sticks if not! What's your favourite Christmas tradition? 🇩🇪🇫🇷

01/12/2021

As we start the month of December, did you know that the advent calendar was a German invention? The first advent calendars were printed in the early 20th century in Munich. Before that, the days until Christmas were counted with tear-off calendars. In 1920, the first calendar with little doors was sold and the rest is history! 🇩🇪🎄

25/11/2021

Thinking of all my students who are in the midst of mock exams at the moment - wishing you the very best of luck - bonne chance - and will look forward to seeing you in our revision sessions. 🇫🇷🇩🇪

01/11/2021

This half term, in order to provide continuity for my students, we are continuing with online French & German lessons and are looking forward to a busy half term ahead. 🇩🇪🇫🇷

31/10/2021

Wishing everyone a very spooky day! Joyeux Halloween! 👻💀🕸🤡😱🎃

14/10/2021

Anyone feeling a little blue? Literally, 'avoir le cafard' means 'to have the cockroach'. But really this French idiom means 'to be in a gloomy mood' or 'to feel blue'. ... So, if you want to express to someone in French that you're having a bad time of things you would say: J'ai le cafard ('I'm feeling down'). And this is why we learn idioms in our French lessons, not only to sound more authentic but it's also a great way to impress in your GCSE exams!

10/10/2021

With half term fast approaching, I just wanted to share some of the AMAZING work one of my pupils has completed in German so far this term. We have been working on a number of projects including the topic of 'House & Home' as well as cultural projects too all with the help of our super duper interactive whiteboard. Gut gemacht! 🇩🇪

03/09/2021

We are very excited to be starting back with our regular homeschooler and after-school French & German sessions next week - your lesson resources will be arriving in your inbox very soon! 🇫🇷🇩🇪

01/09/2021

Thinking of all my students this week and next as they return to school & lessons and wishing everyone a great start to the new term - bonne rentrée! 🇫🇷🇩🇪

11/08/2021

On the eve of the GCSE exam results, wishing all my Year 11 pupils the very best of luck for tomorrow. You have all done a fabulous job during what has been a very disrupted and challenging academic year. Hoping you all achieve the grades you deserve. Bonne chance! 🇫🇷🇩🇪

20/07/2021

Well done to all my fabulous pupils for coming to the end of a whole academic year of online learning. My pupils never cease to amaze me for the resilience, strength and determination they have shown over the last year as well as their fantastic attitude towards learning. Wishing you and your families a relaxing and well deserved summer break 🏖🇩🇪🇫🇷

21/06/2021

Looking forward to another week of flexing our language muscles 💪🏻 🇩🇪🇫🇷

08/06/2021

AUTUMN TERM 2021 - I have had a flurry of enquiries regarding French & German tuition for the autumn term and are registering pupil's requirements now, therefore if you are considering tuition for later this year, please do get in touch.

06/06/2021

I absolutely love this German word - Fernweh (distance ache!). After more than a year of restrictions, is anyone else feeling this?! 🇩🇪

18/04/2021

We're looking forward to another term of French and German lessons and cannot believe that it has been a year since all lessons went online. It has been fantastic working with all my new and existing students both in the UK and abroad and here's wishing everyone a wonderful start to the new term 🇩🇪🇫🇷

02/04/2021

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter weekend and a 'Joyeuses Pâques'! 🐤🐰🇫🇷🇩🇪

01/04/2021

On April Fool's Day in France, it is traditional for children to play a trick on adults by sticking a paper fish on their back - the 'poisson d'avril'! This is a tradition which is thought to date back to the 16th century when the French King Charles IX made a change to the French calendar changing New Year's Day from 1st April to 1st January - you can read more about it here: https://frenchmoments.eu/april-fools-day-traditions-in-france-le-1er-avril/ 🇫🇷🐠

30/03/2021

This week in our French and German lessons, we have been learning about Easter traditions from around the world. From the flying bells in France to the bilby in Australia, who knew there were so many different ways to deliver Easter eggs?!! 🐰🐤🥚🇫🇷🇩🇪

25/02/2021

Did you know that the coronavirus pandemic has inspired over 1,200 new words in the German language from Coronaangst (virus anxiety) to overzoomed (stressed by too many video calls). Is anyone else suffering from Coronafrisur?!! You can read more about this phenomenon here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/23/from-coronaangst-to-hamsteritis-the-new-german-words-inspired-by-covid?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other🇩🇪

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