If you’ve been following our stories on Instagram or Facebook, you may know that Madam Azimah has a new weekly segment on Manis FM, a radio channel for East Coast Malaysians.
The segment focuses on English for working professionals. Does that sound like you?
The first episode was released yesterday and it’s called
7 Steps to Effectively Introduce Yourself.
If you missed it (especially if you’re not living on the East Coast), we have good news. Madam Azimah has re-recorded the episode and added new examples for you.
It’s only 15 minutes–but it’s a good one.
You can listen to it here:
The other day I was having a conversation with my husband. I can’t remember the actual words or the subject of the conversation, but I said something like this:
‘It’s more nicer this way.’
Then he corrected me,
‘It’s nicer this way.’ Did you spot the mistake?
Today I’m sharing a common mistake that even native English speakers make. It’s the use of ‘more + adjective’ in sentences.
(As mentioned above, even I make this mistake in speaking. My husband seems to enjoy correcting me because I teach English.)
Continue reading “Using ‘more’ and ‘most’ with comparative and superlative adjectives.”
A few months back, I had to do a live video for a group of students.
I had prepared everything that I was going to talk about–I wrote down the flow in my notebook and I had all my notes and points ready. I had also gone through everything that I was going to say.
After doing several live videos, I felt a bit more confident than usual.
I would usually rehearse for these sessions. I’d rehearse as if I were actually doing the session.
Continue reading “Don’t make this mistake I made.”
Today, the My English Matters Team (me, Madam Azimah & Aisya) will be making our way for our quarterly meeting in KL.
It will be the first time I meet Madam Azimah in real life this year. She lives in Terengganu and Aisya and I are here in Klang Valley. We’ve been meeting virtually all this time, so I don’t feel like it’s been long!
Anyway, yesterday we were discussing the agenda for our meeting and one thing that came up was the word “tentative”.
We notice that a lot of Malaysians use the word “tentative” as a
noun to mean “programme”, “agenda” or “itinerary” of an event. But that’s not the correct meaning.
“Tentative” means “not certain or fixed”. It’s actually an adjective. Continue reading “The real meaning of ‘tentative’”
Today at 12 noon, I went LIVE on our Facebook page. I answered a few questions that we received through email.
One of them is this:
“I am shy and always concerned about what other people think of me. How do I overcome this?”
Does that sound like you? You prefer to keep quiet because you’re afraid of making mistakes or sounding stupid.
If that sounds like you, watch the replay of the live session here.
Today at 12 noon, Madam Azimah went LIVE on our Facebook page. She discussed this common question we get from people:
“How can I improve my English when I have no one to practise with?” Does that sound like you? You feel stuck because nobody around you uses English. If so, watch the video here.
Today at 12 noon, I went LIVE on our Facebook page. I answered some questions we received through email and social media and one of them is this:
“I seriously want to improve my English, but how do I stay focussed in learning English?”
Does that sound like you? Maybe you know that you need to spend time learning, but everything in life just gets in the way.
Watch all four parts of the session here.
Imagine you’re presenting in a meeting with your bosses and suddenly somebody raises their hand and asks you a question.
You should be able to answer the question, but you’re finding it difficult to think on the spot.
What do you do?
Being in front of a group of people and speaking off the cuff can be hard. Getting a question that you have to answer on the spot can be even harder.
I want to introduce you to a technique called “Buying Time”. Continue reading “This tip will help you answer hard questions.”
Today at 12 noon, Madam Azimah went LIVE on our Facebook page again. She addressed this issue:
“People laugh at me when I speak English. What should I do?”
Does that sound like you? Maybe you’re scared to speak English because people might laugh at you. If this is a problem you’re facing, make sure to watch this video.
It’s Thursday today and for today’s lesson, Madam Azimah went LIVE on our Facebook page. She addressed this issue:
“I’m shy to speak English because my grammar is bad. What can I do?”
Does that sound like you? If so, make sure to watch this video.