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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 […]

Applying grammar when speaking

So. You think you understand the most basic rules of English grammar. You feel confident when you’re speaking. You never allow fear to silence you. Somehow, however, you find it impossible to combine those two strengths: knowledge of grammar; and confidence. You are perfectly capable of talking about the past, the future, your hopes and […]

I want you to speak English well

One of the trickiest structures for non-native speakers of English is the following: “Somebody wants somebody else to do something“. In some languages, this idea is expressed using “that”: “I want that you help me“. This is incorrect in English. We say “I want you to help me“. If you have been saying this incorrectly […]

How to say “No” in English

Are you learning English? Do you speak the language fluently but still have problems with negatives? Perhaps your mother tongue combines negative words for emphasis. You are used to seeing and using these double negatives. But they don’t exist in current standard English.  In the sentence I just wrote, the word “not” – as in “do not exist” – is the only […]

Grammar is good

What is the purpose of language? Communication. If we do not follow accepted practice when using a foreign language, will native speakers understand us? Probably not. So, your approach to learning English needs to be multi-pronged. (1)  Learn like a baby. Listen, 24/7. (2)  Learn like an educated native speaker who enjoys reading. Read, for […]