My First Day at School in Manchester

In the cold winter of 1990, at the age of eight, my family and I moved to the United Kingdom. This was the start of our eight-year journey in an English-speaking land; my father was pursuing his higher education while the rest of us five siblings (all girls) and mother (homemaker)  began to carve* our life in the multicultural city of Manchester.

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We have a date!

My sisters and I are so excited to get My English Matters off the ground! Our first online class will be held on the 30th of October at 9am. Please sign up here to join and get the link sent to your email address.

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I've been wanting to start something fun and interesting online for quite some time now, but I never really knew what to start with.

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"Your" vs. "You're"

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It's time to put this common mistake to rest.

"You're" is a shorter version of "you are", so it would be incorrect to use "you're" if the sentence doesn't make sense when you replace it with "you are".

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"There", "They're" and "Their"

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Why does English have to be so difficult? Yeah, we wonder the same thing sometimes.

Like the words "there", "they're" and "their" sound alike, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

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"Congrats" vs "Congrates"

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How many times have you seen people write "congrates!" when they congratulate someone? This is quite a common mistake among Malaysians, particularly spotted in social media.

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"That's mean" vs "that means"

That's meanWe often hear people (Malaysians, particularly) use the words "that's mean" when they actually want to say "that means".

So what? It's just a little grammar mistake. Yeah, but if you ever get caught saying that in a country other than Malaysia, you might just offend the person you say it to.

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