Confused between “will” and “shall”? This is for you.

We’re back with our Thursday posts!

Last month we did Facebook live sessions instead of our normal post with tips and lessons. So it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve written post on the blog.

Today I want to answer a question that we’ve been asked several times:
What is the difference between “will” and “shall”?

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“at January” or “in January”? Read this to find out.

It’s the first day of the school holidays, which means my three children are home with me. That means I’m a full-time referee for their continuous fights, a nanny and a cook for the next few days. 😀

So I’ll try to keep this email short before I get back to my mummy duty.

Last week, I wrote about “at” vs “in” when you’re referring to places. You can read that post here.

From that post, we received a question from Jason who asked this:

“If I am referring to a certain point of time, for example January, should I say in January or at January?

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“at” and “in” when referring to location.

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Today I want to talk about the difference between “at” and “in” when you’re referring to a location.

We see a lot of second language learners confuse these two words in writing and speaking.

For example: I was born at Kedah.

The correct word is actually “in”, not “at”.

When you’re referring to a large area like a town, city, state or country, you need to say “in”.

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Want 2020 to be amazing? 3 things to remember

Yesterday, the My English Matters Team had our annual meeting where we talked about our plans for 2020. We also looked back at 2019 to review what went well, what didn’t go as planned and what we can improve–personally and also as an organisation.

As we were going through the agenda of our meeting, we came across some nuggets of wisdom. So I thought I’d share them with you. I hope you find these helpful as you plan your 2020.

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Take this self-assessment to determine your level of English

A few weeks ago, I wrote about identifying your level of English and making the intention of moving to the next level. We received a lot of great feedback from that post. So today I want to share with you the levels of English (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or CEFR) so that you can do a self-assessment.

Many international tests such as IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC are aligned to the CEFR, so I hope this will be helpful for you.

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Going to the “next level” in learning

Last weekend, we had our Speaking English with Confidence Workshop, and we had so much fun! We were so happy to welcome students who came back for their second time (and even a third time!) because they wanted to take their skills to the next level.

I always say “next level” to the point where I think it sounds cliched or even cheesy.

But what I mean by that is there is always room for improvement.

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