How To Learn German In 30 Days

August 15th, 2014

TO LEARN GERMAN in 30 Days is uncommonly challenging for most of us. 30 Day Challenges were popularized by Internet entrepreneur Ed. Dale. They follow a simple formula.

  •  Identify a hungry market
  •  Create a defined target that will appeal to most members of that market
  • Provide resources to make the achievement of the target possible
  • and do so whilst collecting a list of customers for more of your products and services.

In Ed Dale’s case the aim was to make $1.00 on-line by the end of 30 Days, but German language teacher and translator Angelika Davey took a different tack last year when she challenged us to learn German in just 30 Days, with her help. Now there are people such as polyglot George Campbell who some say could become proficient in a new language in just 72 hours, but we’re not talking about acquiring that skill here. Angelika’s challenge is geared toward holiday visitors. As if creating a 30 Day Challenge isn’t enough Angelika has also published her challenge on Amazon Kindle. The pages link through to her Learn German in 30 Days web site, where you can access videos and extra resources. This is, of course where the power of her Kindle challenge will help both you, and her, as she is able to provide you with a variety of free and paid resources to enhance your ability to communicate in German.

Angelika Davey, author, translator, German tutor

Angelika Davey
Author, Translator, German tutor

Angelika’s website is I must confess, as someone who always had difficulty in learning a foreign language, I think her initiative is wonderful. Most of all, however, I’m impressed by the way she has linked her Kindle content to her web site. You can buy Angelika’s book through my not very cunningly disguised affiliate link. Click it and both Angelika and I will make some money, but then within 30 Days you will be speaking German. Here’s the link: Learn German for your holidays: 30 bite-sized tasks for your first trip

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House for sale in Amos

July 23rd, 2014

Well, it’s an open secret around here now that our little house in paradise is up for sale. We’ve been here for ten years and have outgrown the place.

Of course we still love it.

I remember going to England to obtain plans for the kitchen and then going daily to the workshop as it was erected, not from pine but, from solid planks of marine quality walnut.

Amazon grew up here. We wore out a pushchair walking her around the estate, and spend almost as many hours on Marmaris industrial estate having the wheels and axles repaired, as we had spent in previous months supervising the construction of the kitchen.

A man in a flasher’s mac was brought here by our builder and introduced as a ‘barbeque ci’, a specialist in the construction of barbeques, he wasn’t.

A few years back Irem started planting a few vegetables and making compost. I became interested in permaculture thanks to David Stokes to whom I’ll always be indebted. We can’t do permaculture here.

So, we’ve decided to find some land and build an earthship.

It’s an ambitious project and impossible to achieve in one move. Nevertheless the first step is to leave paradise and rent a larger home, as an interim stage, until the future becomes clearer.

We are very excited :)

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Life After Juice Fasting

June 6th, 2013

It’s getting difficult to remember life before we started juicing. Perhaps it’s because I lost 25% of my original body weight? Maybe it’s because I can now touch my toes and no longer need a long-handled shoe horn to put them on? It could be because every morning I’m up between five and six working in the garden, but I think it’s because I feel more balanced, more energetic, am slower to rile and make better decisions.

We no longer simply drink juice. Some mornings we have juice for breakfast, and some afternoons for lunch too, but mostly we eat two tasty salad dishes with a little added protein, such as fish, eggs, or even içli köfte! We don’t go without juice though, instead we make up a small glass and drink it as an appetiser before our meal.

On the days we solely drink juice for breakfast we augment it with some fresh cocoa powder, which we buy from Marmaris spice bazaar, and some fresh nuts with flax and black sesame seeds. Sometimes the cocoa powder, which floats on the surface, catches in the back of the throat and makes us cough.

One of the best parts about juicing is the knowledge that it’s O.K. to skip an occasional meal because juice bars are to be found in most places, and a glass of juice will suffice as a replacement. That said the best juices are made at home :)

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