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This trend of focusing on the accent rather than focusing on the language, is becoming common among young graduates. This shift in focus from language to accent is creating a wrong impression on the language (good accent means good English) and is misleading students on the way of learning English (getting right accent is enough to learn).
Good accent does not mean good English Students aspiring to learn the language assume that having a good accent means speaking good English - even an illiterate person in an English-speaking country, who may not have the skills of the language can speak in his native accent. While, the intelligent and educated native speakers, though good at accent, will ...
Oct 30, 2015 2168 Views
The initial response of my students when I impart that advice is "What's an idiom?" An idiom is an expression or phrase, where the meaning of each individual word does not add up to the message being conveyed. The whole is not the sum of its parts in this case. Therefore, the meaning of an idiom is not at all predictable. This is why they don't translate at all into the second language.
Here are some examples of idioms in American English:
brain dead. Is your brain really dead? Of course not.
I am full. What part of you is actually "full"? What are you full of? Don't say it. I know what you're thinking.
What's up? "up" to a non-English speaker is in an upward direction, over one's head. The sky is up. The sun is up.
I'm wiped out. Did ...
Feb 21, 2016 1651 Views
These days without the Luxury of friends and acquaintances to play with, I have resorted to downloading the game onto my laptop. Right now I have graduated to playing with the champion having passed the level of playing with the expert and the pro. I usually inflict defeat on the champion just as it does to me. My dream is to very soon ...
Apr 8, 2016 1694 Views
How you can improve your listening skill effectively?
What to do if you are too lazy to search for good listening materials?
To improve your English listening skill is really easy. All you've got to do is listen to a lot of English... Right? Well, yes. But also no. The thing is there are some problems with this way of thinking. Why?
For example, do you find yourself listening to English, but sometimes stop paying attention? You don't even realize it, but several minutes have gone past and you have been thinking about something completely different.
I am sure, you don't catch any of the English words or phrases that you heard. Or maybe even what the thing you were listening to is about.
This is probably because you were not really listening. Your mind is going somewhere and you cannot concentrate. Obviously, this is not going to improve your English listening skills.
So why does this happen?
This happen because probably the ...
Sep 20, 2016 1159 Views
In college I encountered a bit more interaction, where instructors solicited responses from students but I never felt that this was to encourage thought but rather to double check that either students had done the reading and were ready to offer up rote answers or to ensure that our thoughts matched those of the instructor. Really, free thinking was a moot point. Read, write, and mimic the professor in thought and deed and we would receive a passing grade. One professor in particular loved to call ...