Category Archives: Reading

Advanced Reading – Improve your English & your Knowledge!

Do you think it is possible to become a successful English writer when English is your second language?                  Imagine being taught English at school but not hearing it spoken outside of  the classroom. … Continue reading

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Baby brings memory and speech back to aged care resident with dementia

A woman with dementia who has forgotten how to speak suddenly rediscovers her voice when paid a visit by a six-month-old baby. There is so much that we still don’t understand about how we learn, remember, and process language. Click on … Continue reading

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Four weeks as a language student

 Studying French language whilst holidaying in France  My husband Anthony and I left Brisbane, Australia, on 25 May to fly to Toulouse, France via Singapore and Paris. Everywhere, except New Zealand, is a long way, so we like to stay … Continue reading

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Are you having a bad day?

 Click here to watch an outstanding video and to read thought-provoking comments by Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal. ∗∗∗∗

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Think before you speak

I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Jamie-Lee Dwyer  who is 26 years old. When she was eleven, and her sister Samantha was ten, they were both diagnosed with Friedreich Ataxia. This has not prevented Jamie-Lee from excelling at … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It’s that time again! The world has welcomed in 2017 and we all have high hopes for this New Year. At least the optimists among us have high hopes. What do you hope to achieve this year? What can you … Continue reading

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A Song with Relative Clauses at …….. MONA??!!

A Song with Relative Clauses #9 Yes, it’s true. I heard a song with Relative Clauses at MONA ……. but that’s the end of the story! Let’s start at the very beginning ……. Last week, I went to Hobart, Australia for … Continue reading

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How to ask better questions

 How to ask better questions by An Idea For You Do you ever find yourself with people who you want to speak English with, but you can’t think of what to say?  Do you find yourself just listening, and not joining … Continue reading

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How will this modern day Romeo & Juliet survive?

Afghanistan’s Romeo And Juliet And How They Escaped An Honor Killing https://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-01-25/afghanistans-romeo-and-juliet This picture of Zakia and Ali on the run, first published in The New York Times, has become iconic, with many Afghan artists painting versions of it. DIEGO … Continue reading

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The linguistic genius of babies: what does it mean for grown-ups?

Originally posted on teflresearch:
“In investigating the child’s brain, we may be able to help keep our own minds open to learning for our entire lives” Chinese tones are baffling to non-native speakers. While westerners marvel at how a seemingly…

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