The subject of this post is “The words we say to ourselves” because so many of our students write to us saying they have low confidence in speaking English. And I know for a fact that low confidence has a lot to do with what we say to ourselves – whether out loud or in our heads.
We lost our father last week, on Wednesday, 8th August at 9:30 a.m. Papa had been ill for 21 years but the news still came to us as a shock. Nothing really prepares you for losing a parent.
I had been mulling over what to write this week. I wasn’t sure whether to share the news, or to just write another post with English tips and lessons. But in respect of our father’s passing, I believe that a mention of him would be best. But I’ll keep this brief.
Since today is Thursday, it means it’s another English lesson from us! Today, I’m going to be sharing with you some words and phrases you might find helpful to improve your vocabulary.
In most cases, we don’t really need to use a lot of big words in our everyday speaking situation. What’s important is that we are fluent and able to get our message across clearly. But the more vocabulary we know, the better we can be in expressing ourselves and understanding what we listen to. What’s more, enriching our vocabulary can be a fun way to improve our English listening and speaking skills.
We’ve been getting emails from you guys saying that you have no confidence to speak because you have poor grammar and you’re afraid people will laugh at you.
There’s one thing that many of our subscribers have shared with us – you struggle to speak English because of your surroundings. This is because you live in an environment where English is rarely (or, if ever) used. You also may not have any friends or family members to speak English with.
It’s Thursday already! The week has flown by so fast. This week, I’m writing about using the apostrophe with “s” because we received a question about this through email.
There are many rules for using the apostrophe but I’m just going to focus on its use in showing possession (when something belongs to someone/something).
Today, I’m going to be explaining the difference between at, on and in when relating to time. These are called prepositions of time. They are used to discuss or converse a specific time period such as a date on the calendar, one of the days of the week, or the actual time a certain thing takes place.
We recently received an email from one of our email subscribers about “has been”, “have been” and “had been”. As I’ve learned that many people can get confused about how these three phrases are used, I thought I’d briefly explain the main difference between them in this short post.
It’s Aisya here! I’m writing to answer a question we received from one of our students about pronunciation. She asked us how she could sound more like a native English speaker.
While it’s not important to sound like a native—as English is a colourful language comprised of many different accents and dialects that can reflect an individual’s unique background— clear pronunciation plays an important role in effective communication.
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How often do you come across the phrase “double confirm”? After we had our dinner last night, I asked my husband whether he had any ideas of what I could write about for this week’s post.
He answered, “Write about the use of “double confirm” and why it’s wrong.”
“Do a lot of people actually say “double confirm”? I don’t remember many people using it back in my former job,” I replied.
“Ever since my colleague mentioned it, I’ve been seeing it everywhere,” he said.
Thanks for the suggestion, hubs.