Tag Archives: English writing

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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How to Write a Sentence #6: A Summary

In posts How to Write a Sentence #1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, I explained how to put words together to make a sentence. In this post, I’m going to break it all down in a different way. This will … 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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Short stories by Vanda Vadas

I constantly encourage English students to read excellent authors in order to improve their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. How can you possibly acquire the skills you need for advanced level writing if you don’t read inspiring material? Vanda Vadas is just such … Continue reading

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No Apology

Originally posted on Mehreen Kasana:
On my way to class, I take the Q train to Manhattan and sit down next to an old white man who recoils a noticeable bit. I assume it’s because I smell odd to him,…

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