Thursday, 14 March 2019

Contemporary phobias

What is the fear of opening an email called? Aperpiphobia
What is the fear of bills called? Versurphobia
What is the fear of brands called? Nomenophobia
What is the fear of growing old called? Senecophobia
Just some of the new words one comes across these days!


Monday, 7 January 2019

Speaking English


You can learn to speak English just like you learn anything else, learn the rules and then PRACTISE!
Getting mastery over the grammar and vocabulary is unnecessary, just the bare essentials to get your ideas are enough; then take the plunge and speak. 
Now, it would help to speak with friendly people who are willing to correct you without looking down on you, as you would learn in a 'user-friendly' environment, which is perfect for learning fast!
Do that with the English Learning Channel where our friendly Conversation Specialists will help you to learn in a pleasant friendly atmosphere over Skype. They are native English speakers who will help you develop the right accent too!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Adjectives


  • Adjectives are words that describe nouns and pronouns.
  • Possessive adjectives don't need apostrophes.
  • Use the comparative form when comparing two things.
  • Use the superlative when comparing three or more things.
  • When numbers are used as adjectives write it as a word, not a numeral.
  • Never use a pronoun in place of an adjective:
    eg. Look at them flowers. 👎  "them" = pronoun
          Look at those flowers. 👍  "those"= adjective.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Me or I


How do you know whether to use 'me' or 'I'.
Consider this sentence:
My mother and I talked about my sister and me.
I'll tell you a trick about this 
Take the first part of the sentence - My Mother and I , drop the words 'My Mother' and then use it with the verb 'talked' 
Which sounds correct 'me talked' or 'I talked' ? Obviously 'I talked'  so you go for 'My Mother and I'. Then let's look at the second part of the sentence- 'about my sister and me' . Now drop the words 'my sister and' and look at the sentence
'My Mother and I talked about me',
now check it out with 'I'  
'My Mother and I talked about I'
'I' sounds distinctively out of place here.
That's how you can decide and you will never go wrong.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Accents

This word is defined as a distinctive way of pronouncing a language , especially one associated with a particular country , area or social class. When you learn a language , the muscles of your tongue learn to say the words of that particular language.
When they learn another language, the muscles of your tongue do not completely erase this 'muscle memory' and that is where an accent develops.

Generally, when one uses this new language often it also has an effect on the language that you learnt earlier, but that is to a lesser extent.

Accents have both positive and negative reactions; on the one hand they make it difficult for a listener to immediately understand what you are saying, but on the other hand it is useful for the listener to recognise the place from where you originated.

Usually, a listener can understand you when you speak repeatedly with them but till the time that they get used to your accent  you can achieve concept communication by speaking slowly and clearly as possible . 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Funny childhood thoughts

This is from an actual compilation:
" I was three when my mother taught me the song  'Silent Night', with the line 'Sleep in heavenly peace'. I thought that when you went to heaven, you slept on a bed of peas, and if you got hungry, you could eat them. Peas were my favourite vegetable, so heaven sounded really good - Gigi" 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Proper Adjectives

Okay, so what is this ? Does it mean that there are improper adjectives also? Of course, there are a multitude of them! Every abuse is one! In this case, we are referring to something quite different- we are referring to adjectives that refer to:-

  •  a person's name, 
  • a specific place or countries, 
  • company names, 
  • brands, 
  • titles of books , movies, songs or other creative works, 
  • names of religions,
  • nationalities,
  • months,
  • days of the week and holidays.
e.g. Their Malaysian neighbour owned an Alfa-Romeo Sports car .