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New Book Talk Video and R and L Sound   Leave a comment

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:




New Pronunciation Tips Page + Tip of the Week   Leave a comment

Hello Everyone!

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.

Posted April 30, 2013 by laurieflood in Uncategorized

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