Category Archives: Writing

Descriptive Language & Persuasive devices – Advanced & Proficiency Level Students

In a post published April 26, 2015, I recommended A guide to understanding persuasive language, provided by the University of New South Wales, Australia. This guide provided excellent advice on developing writing and speaking skills. Unfortunately, this link is no longer available, but … Continue reading

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A song with Collocations and Idioms

The English language is full of collocations and idioms. By collocations, I mean words that naturally go together like ‘high hopes‘, ‘heavy rain‘, and ‘make friends‘. We don’t say ‘tall hopes’, ‘huge rain‘ or ‘produce friends‘.  Idioms are expressions whose … Continue reading

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Look up an English word; learn it forever.

I have found a wonderful website that will help you remember vocabulary!  (I wish there were similar websites in French and Italian for me. Alas!)  I could write a lot of detail here but it would be quicker for you … Continue reading

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How to Say Thank You in Business English: 20 Phrases for Any Situation

by KITLUM How to Say Thank You in Business English: 20 Phrases for Any Situation A helping hand from a business partner. A complaint from your customer. An invitation to a global conference. What do these have in common? That’s right! They’re … Continue reading

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Improve your English with Poetry

On June 30, 2018, I published a post: A Song with Dynamic Adjectives. I wanted to show you how effective a clever choice of English adjectives can be. I chose The logical Song by Supertramp.  Awesome song-writers are really awesome … Continue reading

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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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