Posts Tagged ‘writing’

How to be good at English (21-30 tips)

2 July 2020

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How to be good at English (21-30 tips)
Eugenio Fouz

21.Learn by heart (memorize) phrasal verbs, synomyms, antonyms, lists of words.

22.Understand the meaning of words, sentences, paragraphs or any text you read or listen.

23.Use Latin mottoes if you know their meaning.

24.Pronunciation: look for a good model and follow it.

25.Get used to listening to podcasts (BBC.co.uk podcasts) regularly.

26.Watch as many videos as you can. I recommend these: BBC, euronews, YouTube.

27.Imitate the pronunciation and tone of native speakers, but never betray your own accent.

28.Separate the words when you speak (and when you write).

29.Do not speak too fast. Do it slowly, but not extremely slow motion.

30.Literature: read the Classics (English and American literature: Charles Dickens, Wilde, Shakespeare, Byron, Thoreau, Hawthorne)

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How to be good at English (11-20 tips)

1 July 2020

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How to be good at English (11-20 tips)

11.Get involved in some social media (@Facebook, @Instagram, @WhatsApp) where you will find out texts, videos, things written and spoken mostly in English.

12.Always pay attention to grammar.

13.Brush up conjugation of verbs.

14.Be curious about the British culture.

15.Learn abbreviations (asap, &c, IOU, OK, vs., etc.)

16.Vocabulary is an indispensable tool in any language. No words, no communication. Words make meaningful conversations possible.

17.If you agree on the universal truth that dictionaries are useful, use them. In case you don´t agree, use them anyway.

18.Practice. Do lots of exercises.

19.Take notes, write drafts of emails, opinions, letters, descriptions, et cetera.

20.Read. Read lots of texts. Read letters, articles, newspapers, comic strips, magazines, lyrics, poetry, drama, novels. Read graded readers as well.

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“… and start writing” (Hugh Kearns)

11 March 2020

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Joan Didion, writer and journalist

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Inspirational tweet written by Hugh Kearns (@ithinkwellHugh)

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PhD.-sophomore

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages”… (Steinbeck)

29 February 2020

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[John Steinbeck, writer]

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7 musts in the learning of a foreign language

27 July 2019

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Which are the things you should learn in a foreign language?

 

First, I think I should learn the alphabet and vocabulary, that is to say, words from the new language and of course, their meanings. I should know how to say every word, how to pronounce them. This part has to do with phonetics. Whenever I learn a new word I feel the urgency to know how to write it (spelling, written language)

Second,grammar. What are the rules in that language. Why do we say or write “I do not like her” instead of saying  **“”I not like her”, for example. Being able to create my own messages following the rules of grammar. These rules include exceptions.

Third, I would like to learn functional language as well, I mean, practical and formulaic sentences to ask someone his name or his age as in “What is your name?” or “How old are you?”. There are plenty of singular expressions which belong to formulaic language such as idioms, slang, abbreviations or false friends, among many others.

Fourth, I would appreciate to know about syntax (order and relationships of elements in the discourse).

Fifth, I´d love to be an independent reader of literature and a good radio listener as well to work fluency in the foreign language besides the pleasure of reading inherent to a man of letters like me.

Sixth, being curious about culture (tradition, customs, people, geography, etcetera)

Seventh, practise language through the well-know four basic skills: reading, listening, writing, reading

 

 

 

Eugenio Fouz.-

27.7.2019

METHOD

 

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#PDF G-Drive

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Revision of grammar, listening to podcasts, learning vocabulary, etcetera (English language method)

24 May 2019

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Pascal in NYC tube

[Pedro Pascal, actor]

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METHODOLOGY:

Revise notions on the present simple tense:

conjugate verbs

fill in the missing words

pass to the negative form

complete the blanks with extra information

learn packs of new words, verbs, abbreviations, idioms, etc

read sentences in English language (translate them)

use functional language in the classroom,

namely “pass me your pencil, please!“, “can you spell that word?

 

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HOMEWORK:

 ask students to read short texts 

ask students to listen to podcasts

 

 

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“How to write shorter”(Josh Bernoff)

16 March 2019

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https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/write-shorter/

Being bilingual must be something like this …

12 October 2018

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Travelling around the world, reading any kind of text either in English or Latin (Spanish, French or whichever mother language you speak) and feeling respect for certain type of classic writings

THE CLASSICS PAGE / The Latin Library com

http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/classics.html

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The American Universities provide excellent sources for the study of Latin.

One of these is Cornell

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/03/mortua-lingua-discipulorum-auxilio-reviviscit

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First page on Latin maxims and phrases:

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The best foreign languages teacher in my world

15 July 2018

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[Daniel Day-Lewis, actor]

 

The best foreign languages teacher must

 

1/ be a good reader

2/ be a good radio and podcast listener

3/ use dictionaries almost obsessively

4/ learn culture issues (geography, physics, history, maths, traditions)

5/ be an exquisite fanatic of something singular: literature and poetry, for example

6/ study English language everyday (theory)

7/ understand any kind of written text, video or audio in the foreign language

8/ focus on specific aspects of anything – i.e., Business English, Communication, Language, Journalism

9/ use new tools

10/ master the essentials of language: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation

 

11/ follow good methods to learn and teach the subject

12/ be honest

13/ move, change, question himself and his strategies on a regular basis

14/ speak good English

 

15/ always explain matters slowly and clear

16/ use old tools

17/ do plenty of exercises on his own (practice)

18/ be a devoted teacher

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Writing & reading stuff

27 August 2017

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

ball pens, propelling pencils, cartridges

blocs, moleskines, books

dictionaries, smartphone, earphones

pencil case, post-it, markers

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