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I like teaching, as much as I like learning. I have always got on well with my one to one students. I guess that is because I am interested in the individual person and able to tune in to their personality and their needs. Learning a language in one to one lessons is not necessarily going...
Don't chew - just get connected! Editor's PickMany non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken English in conversation for the first time. They may never have encountered some of the sound combinations before and as a result, they can’t distinguish the individual words making up the...
Fireflight A jagged-edged charcoal line in the sky - three, maybe four dozen birds flying north,a mile above the 22 freeway,five, maybe six miles south of Garden Grove. Ahead, just hours into its rise, the sun:a goddess, naked...
How we learn foreign languages depends on us as individuals. We're all different, and language learning involves many elements, including the structure of the language (grammar), vocabulary (lexis) and how to make sentences (syntax). For many years, traditional class-based methods of teaching...
Did you know Italian people gesticulate a lot? Hand gestures are an important component of the way in which Italians communicate their feelings, their intentions, and a vast array of concepts. As a matter of fact, gesticulation can be considered a constitutive part of Italian language. It is...
English is Easy and Fun! Editor's PickI recently started teaching English to a young Korean girl who is currently spending a year in the UK. Her mother is a Visiting Professor at the local university and is keen for her daughter to make the most of her time here to develop her English language skills. She attends the local primary...
Mandarin? Difficult? I would say, well, it's hard enough for me and I am Chinese! So, be confident. For those who have young children wishing to start Mandarin lessons, rest assured, your little ones have miraculous brains. They pick up speaking so quickly and you always find yourselves in...
A plea for taking the wider view Editor's PickLanguage is much more than just a tool for conveying the message. A plea for taking the wider view. Living in England as a German native speaker for the last 20 years gave me valuable and first hand experience of the different layers and nuances of language acquisition and language transfer. It...
First, some basics: Вы [vy]. Here we look at the pronoun “Вы” in its singular form as at a formal polite pronoun; while Ты [ty] is used when talking to a friend or a person you know very well. Russian pronouns are written in lower case, unless they are at the beginning of the...
An Amazing Discovery Editor's PickThis November, as every November, we remember the heroism of all those who have given their lives in the service of their country – the ultimate sacrifice. I have a great personal interest in the heroism of the members of RAF Bomber Command. A staggering 50% of these men lost their lives...
English as a Foreign Language
The Effects of Technology on the Use of English Editor's PickIntroduction It may seem obvious that the technological changes that have occurred since alphabetic writing systems first appeared in the British Isles in the first millennium...
So here I am happily ensconced in beautiful Birkdale where every day's a joy. Then what? My Chinese students - confused as they are by our ( English ) obsession with the game...
These days we are living in the information and communication age, and it means that everyone should be available to interact with people from different part of World....
Find music in your target language that you like. It doesn't matter if at first you don't understand the lyrics, just pick music you like. You may start singing along without...
First, some basics: Вы [vy]. Here we look at the pronoun “Вы” in its singular form as at a formal polite pronoun; while Ты [ty] is used when talking to a friend or...
5 Tips to Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary Editor's PickVocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command of words allows you to further develop the all-round skills of the target...
Many students are mystified when they hear connected English speech for the first time. They may struggle to understand anything at all, even though they have an Upper...
Translating "You" Editor's Pick'Translating the Pronominal Form of Address in European Literature' A large proportion of those who have agonised with Raskolnikov's dilemmas, wandered with Lemminkainen or...
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