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When you first start learning the French language or the German language, or any second language, the fastest way to "open mouth, insert foot" is to use idioms like the one I just did. Idioms can make for idiots. Not really, but I love alliteration. The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't tra
Why listening does not always improve your listening skill? How you can improve your listening skill effectively? What to do if you are too lazy to search for good listening materials? To improve your English listening skill is really easy. All you've got to do is listen to a lot of English... Right? Well, yes. But also no. The thing is there are some problems with this way of thinking. Why? For example, do you find yourself listening to English, but sometimes stop p
If you can't understand what your partner is saying it might end up to be a huge hindrance to the effectiveness of your interpersonal English communication, so when trying to figure out how to improve spoken English, you should not neglect this area. The speech is too fast, or the accent is too strong - it is all a part of the same problem.
If you're an English Language Learner you already know how difficult learning the English language may be, so welcome to part three of six in this series. Speaking from experience, it's in our best interest to improve our communication skills when it comes to writing and speaking, so therefore the focus of this six-part series is centered on the parts of speech.
Good note-taking accomplishes several objectives. First of all, it helps you study by helping you to remember what happened in class. But it also helps you to listen better and to focus more effectively. In addition, it helps you to organize the material and comprehend the message.
Most students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The problem comes down to two main points. The first stems from the fact that the pace, choice of vocabulary, phrases, and grammar, and the inflection or intonation is completely determined by the speaker. The listener has only one chance to catch the meaning of a word or phrase. Comparisons can be made with reading, because the writer similarly determine