I have begun a series of YouTube videos that are short book talks about good books for English Language Learners. Each book talk with have a few books at a given level and one tip on learning English.
The first book talk introduces three very popular and interesting books for high intermediate English language students. There is also a discussion of the R and L sounds and how to produce them.
You can find the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxJnlyclKGU
I have added a new page on the blog that gives tips on pronunciation:
Also, for this week’s tip of the week, I have a very important message:
“Back” is not a verb!
Many students make sentences like this:
We will back home at 7 PM.
Can you see the problem in this sentence?Take a look at it before you read on…
You see how it is missing a verb? Many of you are using the word “back” as though it is a verb. This is not a verb at all! “Back” is a noun when it means a part of your body, or it can be an adjective (describes a noun) or an adverb (describes a verb), but it is not a verb.
Before you read on, try to correct the sentence above…
We will go back home at 7 PM.
“Go” is a verb. “Back” is an adverb telling us where you are going.
One last point:
The corrected sentence above is an acceptable English sentence, but most of you are learning English for business, so you want to speak in more formal English. A better sentence would be:
We will return home at 7 PM.
As in Japanese, English has a more formal way of speaking, such as at work or school, and a more informal way of speaking, like with family members. It is important to speak in the more formal “register” at work or at school.