Category Archives: Writing

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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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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How to Write a Sentence: #5 Adjectives & Adverbs

There are nine parts of speech in English. This means that every word in an English sentence belongs to one of the nine parts (or groups). Remember that words can often belong to more than one group; for example: verb … Continue reading

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How to Describe a Picture … in 4 Easy Steps

How would you describe the above picture? Imagine that you want to describe  it to someone who cannot see it; where would you start? WRITING A DESCRIPTION ♠ Step #1: What do you want to say? Not sure? Try asking ‘Wh…‘ … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #3 Complex Sentences

* First, read How to Write a Sentence #1 & How to Write a Sentence #2. Quick revision A sentence must include: 1) a subject 2) a finite verb (a verb with tense) 3) meaning (a complete idea) The following clause … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #2

First, you should read How to Write a Sentence: #1 There are three types of sentences in English: SIMPLE, COMPOUND, & COMPLEX. All sentences must contain a subject, a verb with tense, and they must have meaning. You need to … Continue reading

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How To Improve Your English Writing

You have probably heard this before, but one of the best ways to improve your English writing is to read. If you can write well in your language, you have no doubt read extensively. If you can’t write well in your language, … Continue reading

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Writing Introductions – Advice for Advanced Students #2

Here I go again! I can’t help it! I am so impressed by Gerard Whateley’s superb usage of the English language, that I must share it with you. Read, and marvel at, his introduction to the Fight of the Century between Floyd … Continue reading

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