Author Archives: Simona Petrescu

About Simona Petrescu

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and studied English literature and linguistics. I taught English as a Foreign Language for over 18 years and specialised in professional communication and in Cambridge English exams. In 2011 I won the British Council / Macmillan Elton Prize for Innovative Writing with a course material pack of English for Human Resources. I have been living in Germany since 2008, where I am now dedicating most of my time to writing, both Professional English course materials and fiction. My interests lie in the area of language, communication strategies, learning psychology, but also literature, music and travel.

Going far and deep: syntagmatic and paradigmatic

Syntagm comes from Greek and means “together”. In language it means a group of words that stand together, like take + a walk. If you look at language on paper it becomes clear it unfolds horizontally, word after word. Paradigm means … Continue reading

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Prometheus 360

I talked about Odysseus recently and said that it was part of a new topic that I’m going to address, the topic of myths. Why myths? First because they captured human thoughts, visions of the world and of human fate, … Continue reading

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Tasks, tests and cognitive demands

Today a mix of cognitive psychology and research in language studies to see how they can apply to what we need to do in real life, whether at school or at work, in exams and tests, or simply in our … Continue reading

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Odysseus: a hero for all times

Why Odysseus? Today I’m turning to a new broad topic that has to do with how we can see, analyse and understand reality. This new topic is related to mythology, not meaning that I’m going to present some myths, or … Continue reading

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Art and beauty, the everlasting question

If all life on planet Earth were destroyed by some calamity, but a painting like Mona Lisa were left intact, would it still be art? Did burning the books, in the dark ages of the Nazis and of communists, destroy … Continue reading

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Speaking words of wisdom

In this post, the first in the new year, I’m talking about shortcuts to wisdom that are deceiving and limiting. There is a science (logic) examining and analysing errors in argumentation, and there is critical thinking dealing (also) with errors … Continue reading

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3 things to see in a painting

I’ve never understood painting, but was more attracted to words or music. Art was to me a foreign code, which I couldn’t make sense of – what to appreciate in a painting? what is the artistry in a painting? I … Continue reading

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