Category Archives: Writing

A Song with Dynamic Adjectives

I recently used a song, The Logical Song by Supertramp, in my Intermediate Level English class to highlight excellent English expression and in particular an impressive use of Adjectives. Individually, the adjectives are all wonderfully descriptive, but read the song … Continue reading

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What are the most valuable things everyone should know?

What are the most valuable things everyone should know? Jordan B Peterson, 25 years as a consultant, clinical psychologist and professor Tell the truth.  Do not do things that you hate.  Act so that you can tell the truth about … Continue reading

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How to Learn Compelling Vocabulary in 30 Seconds

Would you like to learn compelling new vocabulary every day automatically? ♦ No planning   ♦   No decisions ♦ Have a look at the picture on the right. ♦How would you describe the man’s personality? ♦ How would you describe the background colour? … Continue reading

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20 Mistakes Even Native Speakers Make

         by JENNIFER FROST    Source: http://www.grammarcheck.net

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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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Relative Clauses #11: Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses

First, read the earlier posts on Relative Clauses, especially #3 and #6. Advanced non-defining Relative Clauses are not as difficult as their name suggests. There are only two Relative Clause Pronouns used, whom & which, and the Relative Clause is usually … Continue reading

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Four weeks as a language student

   Studying French language 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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3 mistakes that ruin your sentences

Native speakers are not perfect speakers. Their speech is often unclear and their grammar can be sloppy. However, there are mistakes which they don’t make, and if you make them, you will sound like an English student, not the fluent English speaker … Continue reading

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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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Phrasal Verbs: 3 Easy Rules

There are just 3 things to know if you want to understand and remember Phrasal Verbs: 1. Phrasal Verbs are Vocabulary. 2. There are two types: a)Separable and b)Non-separable. 3. When they are Separable, the pronoun must always go in the middle.   1. … Continue reading

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