Many have written in asking about speaking and making grammar mistakes, so I’d like to combine the two in this simple article that invites you to use English in your daily routine. The rule is that you do this out loud and not in your head.
In this exercise, we will be using what is called the Present Progressive tense, which requires you to verbally express an activity that is in progress (is occurring, is happening) right now.
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The most important attitude achievers have is the can-do attitude. This means thinking, "Yes, it's hard and it's a struggle, but I need to get out of my comfort zone and just do it!"
Much to my delight, that was exactly the kind of attitude my students from China, Kazakhstan and Malaysia had during our powerful speaking workshops we recently completed. How could they NOT have this can-do attitude when they were having so much fun uncovering their potential and raising the bar for themselves? Seeing such keen, motivated students transform through the workshop was absolutely gratifying for me.
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The team at My English Matters have been getting a ton of e-mail, and we're ecstatic to be able to keep in touch with you and answer all your questions. This is also why we've decided that it's time for us to open our one-on-one and group English lessons and workshops.
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Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Tongue twisters and nursery rhymes make such wonderful vocal exercises to loosen your stiff tongue. They have long been used by actors, politicians, and speakers to help them speak more clearly because they're just that effective.
In a vocal training class I attended, we'd recite several tongue twisters in order to feel the "r'" and "l" sounds roll out of our mouth. Saying your vowels, like eee, aaa, uuu, and ooo, aloud continuously can help make your voice come out strong and pure.
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What's your hobby? Some of my friends tell me they don't really have fun as they're too busy to incorporate any fun activities (other than online shopping!) in their lives.
So, let me rephrase the question. How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like?
Can you quantify it?
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For some of us, we’re witty, confident, and downright funny in front of our best friends and family but when it comes to speaking English in front of native speakers and bosses, suddenly our mouth goes dry, our minds turn blank and palms get sweatier than usual.
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According to linguists, children are able to pick up as many languages as they are exposed to, especially at a young age (before the onset of puberty). The mind is a sponge, they say, and so children are able to listen, absorb and store the many nuances of language in their memory. This is why it is also important that grownups refrain from using baby talk when speaking to their children. They should instead become role models for proper speech.
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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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