Pronunciation is completely different from other language skills. While grammar and vocabulary are internal, meaning you think about them and understand them; pronunciation is external, it’s a muscular skill. Pronouncing a word correctly is more like hitting a ball or playing piano.
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In this blog, we are going to look at a G.B.C. question that should be quite easy to answer. However, sometimes the easiest questions cause the most confusion when you are thinking about what to say.
Giving feedback when people make mistakes is hard to do. This post will tell you three phrases you can use to guide someone to do something differently, or do more, while still showing them respect for the effort they put in.
In this first blog of the series, we are going to look at a question about which many of you may not have specialised knowledge or a strong opinion. However, with some basic information, a good structure and some sophisticated vocabulary, it is still possible to produce a very good answer.
Many non-native English speakers make a mistake choosing between get or become. This is especially an issue for Japanese people, since both words can be translated as なる.
Why do we have clear memories of childhood TV shows, while we struggle to remember what happened last week?
A lot of non-native English speakers say "I recommend you to [verb]...", but a native English speaker would never say this.
Native speakers would usually say "I recommend [noun]" or "I recommend [verb+ing]..."
Many people taking the GBC test make this mistake: they focus on communicating their answer specifically to their test administrator. This is a problem because you are graded on the level of English you use, not on how easy it is to understand you.
Does the name Sara Blakely ring a bell with you? What? No?
Yeah, it didn't for me either.
Why is advertising so annoying?
Most of us have used the term computer bug, but have you ever wondered where it comes from, and who coined the expression?
This month is my last month in Brazil. I will move to NZ with my family. We are leaving here on Tuesday. The day has arrived so fast!