Thought

Understand Grammar

sisters Monster

sisters Monster (Photo credit: Puno3000)

If there’s something we can call ugly about learning a language, I think the vast majority of students will agree that we are referring to grammar no matter the language. Can we understand it? Does it exist for a reason?

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The Perfect Student

Recrementitious Parts

Recrementitious Parts (Photo credit: nikkorsnapper)

Perfection does not exist, but we can do our very best to get as close to it as possible. Here’s the definition of the perfect language student. Don’t miss it, it can change your life to become a classroom Terminator.

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The missing word – A language intuition practice

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Photo credit: Viewmaker)

I have always found incredibly amazing how my students get stuck reading a text when they find a word they don’t understand. They might be looking at 1,000 words they fully understand, and when it comes to a single unknown term, they only focus on that. Any solution? (more…)

A second language can save your life

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Cat (Photo credit: kevin dooley)

Here’s a true story of how speaking a foreign language once saved the lives of two members of a family. (more…)

Drive your emotions, drive your life

English: Emotions
English: Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you really think you are the captain of your soul? Are you really in control of your life? Are you heading to where you want to be heading? We all think we have more control in our lives than what we really have, so let’s go for it! (more…)

Teachers cannot teach!

Víðgelmir cave expeditioners walking on top of...

Víðgelmir cave expeditioners walking on top of a “pipe” formed by lava-skin that rolled half molten down the walls when the flow receded. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know I like to take part into the weekly DP Challenge, even though I don’t follow-up each and every week as I sometimes skip some of them. But this week’s about my profession so I think I should say something here. (more…)

Job interview

At a job interview

At a job interview (Photo credit: Arroz y Asado)

It’s common thing nowadays that I’m asked about job interviews, and everyone’s willing to learn the keys for them, so I guess this may help some of you as well. It’s very difficult really, but I will try to help you out as well as I do with my students, by telling you what happened to me in a job interview.

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Make your brain work without effort

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If I tell you to close your eyes and think of your favourite dish, you’d easily do it and you won’t have to make an effort for it. If I tell you to think of fifty different combinations of several ingredients and how to cook them, you’d probably tell me to shut up quite soon. What’s the difference? (more…)

Words

Embraced by Words

Embraced by Words (Photo credit: Robbert van der Steeg)

A word is a sound, which also has a written form, with a single or several meanings. Words vary in Grammar terms whether they belong to the noun’s or to the verb’s group, and they tend to be quite difficult as we think that unless we have plenty of vocabulary we cannot speak a foreign language. Can we communicate without much vocabulary? How can we remember new words?

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