Tag Archives: competence

Fluent, confident English

fluency confidence intonation range of vocabulary grammar pronunciation listening skills How do people learn to speak English fluently and with confidence? Continuum or triangle? Each learner is unique. Some see the list above as a continuum. Fluency is unachievable without confidence, but truly fluent speakers have good intonation, a range of vocabulary suited to their life needs […]

English for Spanish speakers

Spanish speakers often have difficulty pronouncing English. In fact, it’s your pronunciation errors that identify you as Spanish. They are so typical of Spaniards. Let’s look at seven classic mistakes. When speaking castellano, consonants are very soft, almost silent. In English, you’ll need to emphasise the consonants to ensure that listeners can hear them. The letters […]

What’s the weather like?

Some people are afraid to visit the UK because they’ve heard terrible stories about the weather. Wales, in particular, has a reputation for rain. That’s what keeps the country so green. One client commented, at the end of his intensive course, that he now prefers rain to sun. Coming from the Mediterranean coast of Spain, he wasn’t […]

Defend yourself in English

This is a big castle. In fact, it’s the second largest castle in Britain. To reach it, you drive or cycle over Caerphilly Mountain or take a train right through the mountain. As your train leaves Cardiff, it passes through a tunnel and emerges in Caerphilly, giving you a glimpse of one of the most spectacular […]

Is your English blocked?

A barrage is an artificial barrier across a river or estuary, a wall that blocks or restricts the flow of water to prevent flooding. There is a barrage between my home town, Penarth, and the capital of Wales, Cardiff. It separates the waters of two rivers, the Taff and the Ely, from the sea. This […]

Confident and competent

People often ask about the content of my intensive English courses in Wales. The answer is that the materials and activities are unique to each client. A one-to-one schedule allows flexibility but most clients benefit from pronunciation training and confidence coaching. After all, the main purpose of language is speech and oral communication. I have helped many individuals […]

Immersion in Architecture

You’re an architect. Or training to become one. You probably read architectural journals in English, but are you always confident when pronouncing industry terminology? Do you feel comfortable using those terms in full sentences? A one-to-one immersion course in the United Kingdom will give you the confidence that’s essential in your profession. If you want intensive work on your pronunciation […]

Has your English flowered yet?

When we speak of flowering, we mean becoming beautiful or becoming mature, complete, productive. In a sense, we are thinking of proficiency. The full beauty of the English language is available to us when we are proficient in its use. Learning English can seem like a journey through a long, cold winter. But there’s hope […]

Immerse Yourself In English

What is the most effective way to improve your English language skills? An immersion course in an English-speaking country is the answer. However, group classes can be a problem for two reasons. Firstly, there is a risk that some of the other students will speak your language and you will find yourself chatting in Spanish […]