The difference between “hear” and “listen”

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Several weeks ago we received an email from Anis, asking us the difference between “hear” and “listen”.  So I thought this would be a good idea for a blog post, as many can benefit from this.

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Are you an introvert? This one’s for you.

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Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you’re not familiar with these terms, let me summarise them for you. Extroverts find energy from interaction with other human beings, prefer to think out loud and enjoy being in vibrant surroundings. Introverts find energy when they are alone, prefer to think before expressing their opinions and enjoy quiet surroundings. Here’s a quiz for you to find out whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert (which is a combination of both).

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The difference between “lend” and “borrow”

Not too long ago, my family and I were at our favourite restaurant to have our usual weekend brunch. The place is usually packed with customers, so sometimes it would take a few minutes or so to find an empty table.

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How to read more books

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When I was a kid, I used to love reading. Back in primary school, we had these clear plastic pouches where our teachers would put in a different book each day for us to read at home. I’d rush home and make my mum read a book with me every night.

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Play around with English tongue twisters

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 eeeaaauuu, and ooo, aloud continuously can help make your voice come out strong and pure.

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What do you do with your time?

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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3 Ways to Deal with Procrastination

When it comes to learning, whether it’s improving our English, or anything else that is important to our self-development, we tend to put them aside for later as we deal with more “urgent” matters. This is called procrastination, and almost all of us are guilty of this.

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Terrified of public speaking? Don’t try to calm down.

Do you get butterflies in your stomach before you have to speak in public? Do your knees feel like jelly? Do you feel like throwing up your lunch (or just have no appetite to eat at all, so there’s nothing to throw up anyway)?

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How to understand different accents

One of our subscribers has asked us about how to keep up with somebody who is a fluent English speaker and speaks fast, too. This is a great question as I’m sure there are many of us who have trouble understanding people who talk fast. Plus, there are a lot of different accents out there.

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How to Write Formal Letters

Do you sometimes find it difficult to write a formal letter? As soon as you put pen to paper (figuratively. Who still uses pen and paper?), your mind goes blank and you can’t get past “To whom it may concern”.

We made this short video after being inspired by one of our readers who asked us to help him with this problem.

Check out our video here.

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