Learning a language - it is so exciting! Although there is some grammar complications, Russian language - it is a very beautiful language, and its learning can be so interesting and fun! Learning a language it is a process so do not expect from yourself to be perfect and to know everything if...
Business English began to raise its head at the end of the 90s. Globalisation, the spread of the Internet and the rapid development of technology led to a massive increase in the need for communication on a global scale; across borders, cultures and languages. For whatever reason - and perhaps...
Learning English isn't all about grammar. One of the best ways to learn is to find something that inspires and excites you - that makes you want to to learn. Find a book, movie, comic, video game, celebrity interview, anything at all that makes you want to understand, and use it as a starting...
I will start by asking what is a "possessive adjective?" and you might stare at me thinking "what is this all about?" I am sure this is something you are familiar with. Sometimes we are not able to give a definition to a word or group of words and this is more likely with their grammatical...
Learning languages should be a wonderful discovery of useful phrases you can use abroad. It should be a fun experience rather than a chore.
Collect useful words and phrases in a book or scrapbook. Illustrate them with pictures to help you memorise them. You can copy and paste images from the...
I don't know about you, but when I was at school I was almost permanently bored. Most of my teachers had a brilliant knack of turning everything into something grey and dull. Whether it were Shakespeare, chemical reactions or maths everything seemed to meld into one big heap.
The one teacher...
The use of modern technology provides a wide range of teaching methods which contrasted quite severely with my own recollection of Secondary education. Before I worked full time in schools in London I was able to observe teaching in Hackney (Hackney College), Harlow (Passmore’s Academy) and...
In any learning situation, the fear of making mistakes can be a real barrier to learning. I know this from personal experience. As a school student I really wasn’t good at Maths, and my lack of confidence was not helped in the slightest by the fact that my Maths teacher was horrible to anyone...
Your voice is an insight to who you are as a person and will tell others a great deal about you. Take the time to consider carefully how you wish to be perceived and whether your voice currently reflects this.
Do you come across as the strong, astute professional or is something holding your...
Here is a book that you might find helpful: Academic Vocabulary in Use with Answers by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell.
English as a Foreign Language
As a university level student, heading towards a first class degree, you would have suspected that my grasp of English grammar would also be...
Learning a language is complex . There are so many things to think about. Tenses, vocabulary, sentence structure, pronunciation, inflection, the...
I would like to share a couple of my favourite fables I used to study and learn by heart at school.
From Jean de la Fontaine 1621-1695 born at...
I would stongly recommend buying a set of Bescherelle language reference books (especially the verb tables) and the Side by Side grammar book....
I strongly recommend Peter Hessler's books for anyone who wants to understand today's China and Chinese culture. Language learning is not only...
"3 dogs are coming! We have to go!" This is the phrase I always give to my students, together with three horrible wolf dogs in a picture from...
Ten step guide to perfect spoken English
Hint 1: Modify an accent, improve poor diction
If you speak with an accent that you wish to modify or...
It is often said 'You may never get a second chance to make a 1st impression'
As a Speech Therapy student we were taught NOT to correct local...
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