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I am a native English speaker currently based in the United Kingdom where I have been living and working for the past nine years. I currently teach English full-time in Manchester. I have been developing my profession as an English language teacher over three years. I have a TEFL Certificate...
What to do this particular afternoon with my Chinese Students, more IELTS and phrasal verbs? Then.... ( and this you will not believe ) I hear a Spaceman is about to arrive at Birkdale. Has this writer spent too much time on the pop? I hear you cry. But, no, this is the absolute truth. Alan...
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 we're utterly useless at ( Ok, this could include any number of sports, but you get my drift ) - ask for lessons on the...
Why Learn French? Learning French flings open the shutters on an exciting new culture - its history, political life, philosophical tradition; its art, cuisine, cinema, music, theatre, poetry… So often, if we are focused on attaining a certain grade for GCSE or A’ Level, or if we need,...
While working for my MA in translation one of the areas we covered was machine language: for our purposes that can simply be interpreted as translation. That was almost 20 years ago, and at the time, a rather amusing exercise was how to make as many translation errors as possible. The puzzle...
Taiwan is a small but very beautiful country with 23 million population, national language is Mandarin Chinese. People from Taiwan are very friendly and generous, we always try to help as much as we can. In this tiny island has over 100 mountains over 3000 meters, beaches all around, and easy to...
6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's PickLearn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There are a number of memory aids to help with memorising new words, expressions and grammar, such as: flashcards, recording...
Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film, it will all count as practice. Fifteen minutes a day will bring more results than four hours once a week. Try to write...
Spanish is spoken currently by an estimated 350 million people around the world and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language. Besides Spain, Spanish is the dominant language in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Phillipines and in...
Many people are discouraged from learning Mandarin Chinese as they feel it would be an 'impossible task.' "Languages are hard enough; I'll just stick to French / Spanish etc." I have had so many great experiences instilling a passion for the subject in students who hadn't consider themselves...
English as a Foreign Language
I decided to volunteer as a TEFL Tutor whilst I was working in an office / commercial environment after I first graduated. I wanted to re-engage with my people skills and help...
One of the biggest challenges faced by many EFL tutors today is teaching English speaking skills. It’s a tricky subject to teach and currently in high demand by many...
How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English...
6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's PickLearn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There...
When I was a teenage girl, it was compulsory to study War and Peace at school. I remember that the volume we had to read seemed frightening – 4 thick books with loads of...
Many people are discouraged from learning Mandarin Chinese as they feel it would be an 'impossible task.' "Languages are hard enough; I'll just stick to French / Spanish etc."...
Soften your vowels. Perhaps the best example of how vowels in the Irish argot are softer is contained in the schoolhouse recitation of the alphabet. American kids begin with...
When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is...
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