LIEBSTER AWARD

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I’d like to start thanking Jen’s ESL blog for this nomination, I really enjoy reading her ESL articles, they are very useful.

I didn’t know anything about the Liebster Award, I’m a new blogger, I started blogging a month ago.

This is a nice way to welcome people to the blogosphere, and showing them that you like their blogs.

The “rules” of the Liebster Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — let it be known 😉
  3.  Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5.  Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of questions for the newly awarded bloggers to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here, via: WordingWell)
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

Well. For my readers, and for Jen’s ESL blog, here are the answers to her question’s:

  1. What inspired you begin teaching, and how did your “road” lead you to where you are today?

I started tutoring people who were learning English and Spanish 3 years ago, and I found out that I enjoyed it, so I started to teach English and Spanish online.

 

  1. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives.

Friendly, persistent and creative.

 

  1. What language do you want to learn, why, and how likely are you to pursue this?

Actually, I’m currently learning Mandarin Chinese, modern Hebrew and French. I keep in touch with native speakers and try to learn  new vocabulary and expressions.

 

  1. If money were not issue, what would you be doing? Where would you be living? How would you spend your time?

Well, I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I’m a spiritual person, I think I would be living in a country like China, Turkey or Indonesia like a volunteer.

I would spend my time helping people to learn about the Bible and acquiring  new languages.

 

  1. What is your absolute favorite word/phrase in English?

Serendipity

 

11 random facts about me:

1-      I’m from El Salvador, a small country in Central America.

2-      I love teaching; I can’t describe the feeling when someone is                         learning.

3-      I speak 3 languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

4-      I’m a language lover. I enjoy learning Mandarin Chinese, Modern            Hebrew and French.

5-      I love to read.

6-      I’m addicted to the social networks.

7-      I watch sci-fi movies and TV shows.

8-      One of hobbies is watching Japanese anime.

9-      I write poems, songs and short stories.

10-  I enjoy dancing.

11-  I’m obsessed with healthy food.

 

Here are my nominees

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Esl Fever

4 CHIACCHIERE

Spanish-English Word Connections

Language Lane

My questions for youif you feel like participating…

  1. What inspired you begin blogging?
  2. How do you describe yourself?
  3. Do you speak other languages?
  4. Tell us, where are from?
  5. How do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

Hope you like it, and please keep blogging and inspiring people.

 

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CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH – HOW TO MAKE POLITE REQUESTS

Hello, everybody!

Today, I’d like to talk about how you can improve your English conversation skills making polite requests.

It isn’t nice to give orders in English; if you don’t use polite expressions people will think that you are rude. So, if you’d like to ask something you need to be polite and people will respond in the same way.

I’m going to share with you some expressions that you can use in any situation, but especially in business situations.

 

 Polite requests

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Please …

Could you please…?

Would you …?

Can you …?   It’s not a very polite expression as “could you”; it’s kind of casual.

Would you mind …?  This is a very special expression. For example when someone ask you, “Would you mind opening the window?” what he is really  trying to say is, “Do you have any objection in opening the window?”.  So the answer should be “No, no problem, I’ll open the window”. Please notice that if you use the expression “would you mind”, the verb that you are going to use has to be infinitive.

Examples:  Would you mind turning on the lights?

Would you mind taking this book back for me?

Positive Response
No, not at all.
Of course not.

Negative response:
Yes, I would.

 

 

Now, let’s see how you can use these expressions in real situations.

 

Bank

Could you please sign this form?

Would you fill out this form?

 

Restaurant

Please, bring us some water.

Could you please bring us another bottle of wine?

 

Office

Could you please send them an email?

Would you mind sending them a letter?

 

Hotel

Could you please send me some towels to my room?

Would you send me some towels to my room?

 

Phone

I can barely hear you; could you please speak a little louder?

 

Home

Could you please close the door?

Would you mind turning off the TV?

 

Remember next time when you are making a request to use these polite expressions, and it’ll help you to improve your English conversation skills, and you’ll have pleasant experiences.

 

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TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS

 

Is it difficult for you to write an article in English?

Do you think that your English grammar is not so good?

Would you like to become an excellent English writer?

 

Don’t worry, you came to the right place, I’m going to provide you with some good tips to improve your English writing skills, let’s start!

 

Write, write and write

 

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If you would like to improve your writing skills, you need to write every day.

What should you write about?

Well, it’s all up to you, I recommend that you write about the things that you like and you do.

It could be about the family, friends, work, hobbies, etc

You don’t have to write long articles, to start with, you can write one or two paragraphs of 100 words or more, later you can start writing more paragraphs.

 

Read and learn new vocabulary

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If you want to write great articles, you need to read every day and keep learning new vocabulary.

Pay attention to the way how native speakers write and how you can imitate them. If you put on practice these tips your writing will become sophisticated and professional.

 

How to improve your grammar

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If your grammar skills are still not so good, pick up a grammar book and read it every day, you’ll be amazed by what you learn every day.

 

Edit your writing

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If you type on your computer, you have some advantages, because you can edit your writing using MS word, after you carefully edit your writing ask a friend to check it out.

 

The more you work on your writing skills the more you’ll improve.

 

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HOW TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING IN ENGLISH: QUESTIONS

One of the problems that I noticed with some ESL students is that they have problems to keep a fluent conversation, because they usually don’t know what to say.

This situation is so uncomfortable and awkward; many students prefer to avoid meeting English speakers.

I struggled with these situations on the past, because sometimes I’m an introvert person, but there are some good tips that I’d like to share with you guys.

Asking questions

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If you have the opportunity to talk to an English speaker, and you start a conversation this way:

-What did you do today?

 

– I went to shopping.

 

Well, allow me to tell you that the conversation doesn’t have to finish there. You can ask follow up questions like these:

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

 

Let’s see some examples.

What did you buy?

Where did you go?

Who did you go to shop with?

How much did you spend? (If you would like to know)

 

Here you have another example:

I’m going on vacation.

 

Questions you can ask:

Where are you going? and why?

Who are you going on vacation with?

When are you leaving?

 

Remember ask a question related to what they told you, and if they mention some important details about their family, job, hobbies etc; ask them about them, because people love to talk about themselves. If you find some common topics maybe you can give some suggestions or talk about your experience to keep the conversation going.

Remember to use the five questions: What? Who? When? Where? and Why?

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You’ll improve your English conversation skills if you work on holding  the conversation.

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TALK LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER

Is it difficult for you to understand native speakers?

Do you think that they speak faster?

How can you speak fluently like them?

 

What’s up you guys!!!

Today, I would like to talk about some English contractions in real life, because the way ESL speakers learn to speak is very formal and people don’t talk like that.

On the other hand, grammarticians think that the colloquial contractions are incorrect.

Well, it is common for native speakers to make use of those contractions on a daily basis and also for informal writing like online chat, text messages, etc. So, feel free to use them, it is perfectly correct, you’ll sound like a native speaker, and it’ll help you to improve your fluency and listening skills.

 

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Colloquial contractions:

Gonna – Going to             Example:            I’m gonna go to the movies.

Wanna – Want to               Example:           I wanna speak English.

Gotta –(I’ve) got to          Example :           I gotta go now.

Hafta –have to                  Example:             I hafta do this.

Coulda –C ould have       Example:             I coulda gone to work today.

Shoulda –should have   Example:             Oh man! we shoulda made                                                                                                   some plans.

Woulda –Would have    Example:             If you woulda told me you                                                                                                   needed a ride, I woulda left                                                                                                 earlier.

Musta – Must have         Example:             You musta been a beautiful                                                                                                 baby.

Lotsa –  lots of                    Example:             Lotsa computers are needed at                                                                                       schools.

Sorta – sort of                   Example:             What sorta clothes do you like                                                                                         to put on?

Kinda – kind of                  Example:             What kinda music do you like?

 

Well, guys, these are just some common contractions that you can start using right away, I recommend that you listen carefully how native speakers use them for example when you watch a movie or TV Show, and if you have an English speaker friend, just notice the way he speaks and try to do the same.

 

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WHAT KIND OF ACCENT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

When you start to learn a language you also need to select an accent, because you’ll be learning that kind of pronunciation.

There are many English varieties, but the most accepted are the American and British pronunciation, I could also mention other varieties like the Australian or Aussie , Canadian, New Zealand or Kiwi, etc

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Around the world people learn whether the American English or British English.

It’s kind of interesting, but I met some people from South America and China who speak some kind of hybrid English, a mix of British pronunciation and American vocabulary.

 

The American and British pronunciation

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When you start learning English you receive classes about pronunciation, if your school teaches the American pronunciation means General American pronunciation. This is the one used by educated Americans, on TV and on radio. As you know the USA have many states and in every region people speak different, however the General American pronunciation is standard.

If you learned the British pronunciation,  then you are familiar with the Received Pronunciation (RP). RP was the one spoken by the upper class the last century, it is sometimes called the Queen’s English, but today nobody speaks like that in England, but people around the world understand it. Nowadays the most popular accent in the UK is the Estuary English spoken in South East England by the middle class.

 

What kind of accent should you pick up?

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This is a personal decision, but there are some points that you should take into account.

Whether you learn the American or British pronunciation, you’ll be understood around the world.

-As you know the United States of America is a big country with a population nearly to 300 millions. If we compare it with the United Kingdom population of 60 millions, you’ll notice a wide difference. The most spoken English variety around the world is the American.

-The British English is considered the English of the educated people.

-The American English has a better choice of movies, TV shows, music, video games, etc.

-Although the Americans dominate the media, there are still plenty of TV shows and movies with British pronunciation that you can watch, for example: Harry Potter, Sherlock, The Lord of the rings, etc.

– The internet has more American English content, for example: YouTube, podcasts, etc.

-You can meet more Americans than British, since America has more English speakers.

 

These are just some important facts; however, it’s all up to you.

Please take notice of the differences, because sometimes the pronunciation changes and you don’t want to be misunderstood.

Some people mix both varieties. I prefer the American English, and I try not to mix it.

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