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.
Last week we hosted our first online English class, Speaking with Confidence, after almost a month of preparing the content. We faced a few technical issues on the day, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! We get to do it all over again and make it even better.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
We 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.