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English Language Reference- Reading Articles Is A Great way to Practise Reading Skills, Develop Comprehension Of Texts And To Discover New Words/Vocabulary. Part 1

When teaching or learning English the reading and study of articles is an important aspect of the process, for both teacher and student.

Articles give the opportunity to explore a new topic using the  English language. It offers a great way to learn words that might not be within your usual vocabulary base. eg. if you always study and use Business English that might be quite limiting. Therefore to read, say, an article on environmental issues, may well intoduce words you have not come across before. So here below is an article on STRESS.

 

Read the article and then see how many new words are introduced when we focus our language learning within the framework of a certain theme or topic. Words that may well have not been discovered had we not read such a theme based article. This is both practical for the teacher as it gives a hint at class material and for the student as a technique to widen your vocabulary, encounter new phrases and expressions. And of course perhaps even learn something new from the information contained within the article itself.

So Here Is The Article :

 

 

Stress – Signs, Symptoms and How to Manage Stress

Stress is a feeling we have when we react to events that don’t make us feel very good. Such events can happen at school, like a test or examination, at your office, like getting a new boss or in your private life, like preparing for a divorce.

Our body has certain hormones that it releases during times of stress. In this period more adrenalin gets into your blood. The hormones make your heartbeat go up and change your blood pressure and the way you breathe.Blood vessels become wider and let more blood pass through. Our body heats up and produces sweat to cool it down.

Stress response is what your body does to fight stress. It makes you handle stress and do well during such situations. Stress response happens, for example, when you are in a car and step on the brakes to avoid an accident. Or when you are the one chosen to shoot a penalty in a football game that may decide if you win or lose.

Stress can also be long term, like preparing for a difficult exam or having private problems with your parents, teachers or friends. Stress happens when you work too much and don’t have the time to relax. This long-term stress keeps your body alert and pumps hormones into your bloodstream for a longer time. This can hurt your body, make you tired and weaken your immune system.

Although the right amount of stress can be good, too much stress isn’t. A little stress can motivate you to study hard. But if stress lasts too long your body can’t cope with it any more. Some people overact to stress and even make small problems seem difficult to solve. They feel worried, upset and anxious all the time.

Signs of stress

People who are experiencing long-term stress may have the following symptoms:

  • panic attacks
  • the feeling of constant pressure on them
  • they change moods quickly
  • stomach problems, headaches
  • sleeping problems
  • drink too much alcohol
  • smoking
  • How to keep stress under control

    Managing stress is not an easy thing to do. Knowing how to de-stress can keep it under control

    • Don’t think you can do everything. Concentrate on the things that are important
    • Be realistic- Don’t try to be perfect!
    • Get enough sleep! It helps your body relax
    • Learn simple breathing exercises and use them in stressful situations
    • Read a book or take a relaxing bath
    • Treat your body well. Get enough exercise, go for long walks or a run
    • Give your body the right food and enough vitamins.
    • Think positively. Many people who endure long-term stress are pessimistic.
    • Solve small problems. This gives you a feeling that you are in control. It gives you confidence and you can manage bigger problems better.

The vocabulary introduced ( In context with the article)

  • adrenalin = a chemical that your body produces; it makes your heart beat faster when you are afraid, or excited
  • alert = aware, awake
  • although = while
  • amount = quantity
  • anxious = nervous
  • avoid = keep away from
  • blood pressure = the force with which blood travels through your body
  • brake = a tool that makes your car stop or go more slowly
  • breathe = to take air in through your mouth or nose and push it out
  • choose- chosen = select
  • confidence = feel good
  • constant = always
  • cope = deal with
  • de-stress = fight off stress
  • divorce = to end a marriage and break up
  • endure = suffer from
  • exercise = keep fit, work out, do some training
  • experience = have
  • heartbeat = the sound of your heart as it pumps blood through your body
  • hormone = a chemical that your body produces
  • immune system = the system by which your body protects itself against a disease
  • long term = last a longer time
  • manage = deal with
  • mood = how you feel
  • overreact = to react to something with too much emotion
  • prepare = get ready for
  • pressure = stress
  • relax = rest
  • release = set free
  • solve = work out
  • stress response = how you react to stress
  • sweat = drops that come through your skin when you are hot , are frightened or do exercise
  • symptom = sign
  • upset = troubled, sad
  • weaken = to make weaker

Note also that in the above diagram on stress many more words are introduced. Gaining more and more Vocabulary is at the heart of language learning. A student should be learning and memorizing at least 5 new words everyday and using them.

The purpose of this blog post was to give a hint for both teacher and student in the process of language learning.

So good luck with your English language learning and teaching.

Simon

 

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Do you know all of the English words below? Can you use them? If you can you are advancing very nicely in your English language learning!!

200 English words that can be used in a variety of ways. Can you and do you use all of or some of them??

If yes then you have reason to celebrate your advancement in English !!

 

 

  • 1 the
  • 3 of
  • 4 and
  • 5 a
  • 6 to
  • 7 in
  • 8 he
  • 9 have
  • 10 it
  • 11 that
  • 12 for
  • 13 they
  • 14 I
  • 15 with
  • 16 as
  • 17 not
  • 18 on
  • 19 she
  • 20 at
  • 21 by
  • 22 this
  • 23 we
  • 24 you
  • 25 do
  • 26 but
  • 27 from
  • 28 or
  • 29 which
  • 30 one
  • 31 would
  • 32 all
  • 33 will
  • 34 there
  • 35 say
  • 36 who
  • 37 make
  • 38 when
  • 39 can
  • 40 more
  • 41 if
  • 42 no
  • 43 man
  • 44 out
  • 45 other
  • 46 so
  • 47 what
  • 48 time
  • 49 up
  • 50 go
  • 51 about
  • 52 than
  • 53 into
  • 54 could
  • 55 state
  • 56 only
  • 57 new
  • 58 year
  • 59 some
  • 60 take
  • 61 come
  • 62 these
  • 63 know
  • 64 see
  • 65 use
  • 66 get
  • 67 like
  • 68 then
  • 69 first
  • 70 any
  • 71 work
  • 72 now
  • 73 may
  • 74 such
  • 75 give
  • 76 over
  • 77 think
  • 78 most
  • 79 even
  • 80 find
  • 81 day
  • 82 also
  • 83 after
  • 84 way
  • 85 many
  • 86 must
  • 87 look
  • 88 before
  • 89 great
  • 90 back
  • 91 through
  • 92 long
  • 93 where
  • 94 much
  • 95 should
  • 96 well
  • 97 people
  • 98 down
  • 99 own
  • 100 just
  • 101 because
  • 102 good
  • 103 each
  • 104 those
  • 105 feel
  • 106 seem
  • 107 how
  • 108 high
  • 109 too
  • 110 place
  • 111 little
  • 112 world
  • 113 very
  • 114 still
  • 115 nation
  • 116 hand
  • 117 old
  • 118 life
  • 119 tell
  • 120 write
  • 121 become
  • 122 here
  • 123 show
  • 124 house
  • 125 both
  • 126 between
  • 127 need
  • 128 mean
  • 129 call
  • 130 develop
  • 131 under
  • 132 last
  • 133 right
  • 134 move
  • 135 thing
  • 136 general
  • 137 school
  • 138 never
  • 139 same
  • 140 another
  • 141 begin
  • 142 while
  • 143 number
  • 144 part
  • 145 turn
  • 146 real
  • 147 leave
  • 148 might
  • 149 want
  • 150 point
  • 151 form
  • 152 off
  • 153 child
  • 154 few
  • 155 small
  • 156 since
  • 157 against
  • 158 ask
  • 159 late
  • 160 home
  • 161 interest
  • 162 large
  • 163 person
  • 164 end
  • 165 open
  • 166 public
  • 167 follow
  • 168 during
  • 169 present
  • 170 without
  • 171 again
  • 172 hold
  • 173 govern
  • 174 around
  • 175 possible
  • 176 head
  • 177 consider
  • 178 word
  • 179 program
  • 180 problem
  • 181 however
  • 182 lead
  • 183 system
  • 184 set
  • 185 order
  • 186 eye
  • 187 plan
  • 188 run
  • 189 keep
  • 190 face
  • 191 fact
  • 192 group
  • 193 play
  • 194 stand
  • 195 increase
  • 196 early
  • 197 course
  • 198 change
  • 199 help
  • 200 line

Good luck with your English language learning.

Simon

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English language Quick Test : Check your level.

 Past Tense Test: Put the verb in brackets in the correct form in the spaces below..

 

1. Last week we …….. on holiday. (GO)

2. The weather ……… very good. (BE)

3. But it …………. on the last day. (RAIN)

4. We ………… in a big hotel near the sea. (STAY)

5. In the morning, we ….. breakfast on the beach. (HAVE)

6. We ……… alot of time on the beach. (SPEND)

7. One day we …… on a bus to the top of a hill. (TRAVEL)

8. It ……very hot up there. (BE)

Vocabulary Test : Put the correct word or phrase a-h in the spaces below in 1-8

a) sense of humour           b) self discipline     c) high moral standards

d) determination    e) assertive     f) loyalty    g) tolerance

h)  trustworthy

1. They said it was because of hard work and                   that John could climb to the top of the highest mountain.

2. He has a great                          , he is always joking  and making us laugh.

3. Monks must have very                             to live in the temple, they can’t live there if they don’t have them.

4. Mum said my brother is very                and honest, thats why she knows he didn’t steal the money.

5. The sportsman is always strong and healthy, because he has

alot of                  . He always gets up early in the morning to exercise.

6. The men give their              to the football team they support.

7. You need to be loud and                 , if you want the noisy children to stop playing and listen to you.

8. The doctor said Jane had alot of                    , thats why she never complained about the pain in her back.

If it was a little difficult you are probably an Intermediate or lower level in your English language knowledge.

If it was easy then you are Intermediate and above.

Good luck with your English language learning

Simon

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Why Learn English as a Second Language?

Why Learn English:  10 Reasons to Learn English.

There are many reasons to learn English, but because it is one of the most difficult languages to learn it is important to focus on exactly why it is you want to learn English. Here we will look at ten great reasons why English is so important. Post this list somewhere you can see it and it will motivate you to keep going even when you are tired of trying to figure out which witch is which!

  1. English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Throughout the world, when people with different languages come together they commonly use English to communicate.

Why learn English when it is so difficult? Well, knowing English will make you bilingual and more employable in every country in the world.

Despite China, the United States is still a leader in technical innovation and economic development. English is used in the United States and in each of these fields.

English is commonly spoken throughout much of the world due to Great Britian’s expansion during the colonial age. People in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, parts of Africa, India, and many smaller island nations, Ireland for example speak English. English is the commonly adopted second language in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. Speaking English opens these countries and cultures up to you.

Another reason why English is so important is that it is the language of science. To excel in science you need to know English.

English is based on an alphabet  and, compared to Chinese, it can be learned fairly quickly.

English is also the language of the Film Industry and English means you no longer have to rely on subtitles.

In the United States, speaking English immediately opens up opportunities regardless of your ethnicity, color, or background.

Learn English and you can then teach your children English — or if they are already learning, you can now communicate with them in English.

English speakers in the United States earn more money than non-English speakers. Learning English will open your job prospects and increase your standard of living.

 

Learning a new language is often begun at a young age and, in some schools,  is continued throughout a person’s education. While it may be easier to learn  and retain a second language at a younger age, those who are interested in  learning a second language later on in life should not be discouraged. In fact,  the older a person gets, the more apparent the need for the English language  becomes. Consider the following instances in which mastery of the English  language is crucial for success.

  1. Obtaining a job in an English speaking country, or having to frequently  interact with English speaking colleagues overseas. With trading between  countries is at a high, people are expected to speak more than one language in  order to ensure the completion of a transaction. This means that English as a  second language is becoming more common and expected in the business  community.

Anyone moving to a country that is predominantly English speaking will need  to master the English language to complete daily tasks and communicate with  others on a daily basis. Without having knowledge of the English language it may  be very frustrating to complete simple tasks and interact with others.

For parents new to an English speaking country, learning English will not  only benefit the parent, but children as well. When children are exposed to  English in an academic environment, they typically bounce back between speaking  a primary language at home and English in school. When parents commit to  learning English as a second language it provides a bonding experience between  the parent and English speaking child, and makes communicating with the child’s  school much easier.

There are a number of reasons why a person would want to learn English as a  second language, each reason is individual, and will provide countless benefits  in future communications. As with any type of learning, it is important to find  a learning methodology that works best for you, and that is easy to access. With  this in mind, there are many  English as a second language courses I can offer  that provide a positive environment for learning English. By taking advantage of my courses , it is possible to quickly and effectively master the  English language.

English is the international language of business and culture in our day, and  without a good command of its grammar and structure, it is hard to succeed in  the world. Understanding spoken English is not enough; we must also be able to  read and write it to fully understand the language. Practice makes perfect, and  if we do not take time to review important English concepts, we can make  mistakes that have significant consequences.

Consider English punctuation, for example. Lynne Truss, in her famous book Eats Shoots & Leaves makes the point that the proper punctuation  can be the difference between life and death. The panda that eats shoots and  leaves is never to be feared, but the panda that eats, shoots and leaves may  kill you with his shotgun. Inserting a comma after the word eats in  that phrase introduces a pause that turns the panda into a killer!

Proper English spelling is also vital for accurate communication. The words there and their may sound the same and may be spelled  similarly, but they mean different things. There is an adverb that answers the  question where? and their is the plural possessive of the pronoun they. You  would not put your coat over their and the teachers would never instruct there  students.

Practicing English can seem burdensome, but there are ways to make it  easy and fun. This is what I make every endeavour to do when teaching English to my students.

 

Good luck with your English language learning.

Simon

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How To Understand Fast Speech.

Do you have any difficulties when listening to people speaking fast? Why do you think these difficulties occur?

The following sentences are not written using normal spelling but I am using them as an example of how fast speech looks when you hear it. Try reading each one aloud. Then rewrite them using normal correct spelling.

1. Shwi start now?

2. Dywanna gedda coffee?

3. I hafte leave.

4. Ah ya gonna see yim befor ee goez?

5.  She’s bin prmoted

6. She wz late.

7. Didje go win t the factri?

8. woss appenin?                                        

9. Wen zi gonna getchya  a taxi?

10. Less go we yavent got much time.

Ok if you took the time  to say these sentences out loud and rewrite them correctly, one thing you will have noticed is that  there are linking sounds that appear when words are spoken together quickly and fluently. The sounds used are /j,/w, and /r/. And also  the last letter of a word merges with the first word that follows. Try saying the sentences again, concentrate and see if you can hear and feel these linking sounds.

After you have done that try saying the sentences below very quickly and see if you can hear any linking sounds :

- He’ll be in after three

- I saw a good opportunity

- Could you do it now, please?

- She visited China and India

- Should we go out now?

- Can you see all the figures clearly?

Indeed this is an unusual area of the English language  that I am highlighting in this blog, but I do believe it is of great benefit to become familiar with because many native English speakers you will encounter in your life both professionally and socially will and often do speak quite or very fast.

In future blogs I will post videos that give  us a clear understanding of fast speech and how words become merged and how linking sounds are very common.

For now here is just one more challenge. For each of the following sentences below, decide if there are any consonant sounds that might change or even get lost when speaking in a fast or fluent way. Just to give you a clue many native speakers when speaking very fast often drop the ‘t’ sound in a word so you might hear ‘bu..er’ instead of ‘butter’

1. Did you have a look at this?

2. So, could you tell me her last name again?

3. We went there last week.

4. Do you want to get a sandwhich?

5. What will you do next, Tim?

6. Give me a moment. It’s in my handbag.

So thanks for your attention. I posted dis blog t givya sum idea of ow   English sarnds wen spoken quickly cos i fink iss very yimportant t understand fas speech n bcome uus t wit. :-)

Good luck wivya English language learning

Simon

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Teaching English In Budapest.

I gave this blog post the title ‘Teaching English In Budapest’ because I would like to focus this post on Hungarians who are learning English.

I teach at many international companies here in Budapest where many employees must have a good knowledge of English. The main areas that students always say they would like to improve in are :

1. To be more confident when speaking in English on the phone .

2. To write professional emails.

3. To be able to understand native speakers and all their different accents.

4. To be more productive in meetings when meetings are in English.

5. To understand fast speech.

So let’s take a look at these five areas,  for now, one by one.

How can we become more confident when speaking on the phone?

                                                          

Well the first thing to remember is that it is ‘NOT A PROBLEM’ if at first we don’t understand what the person we are speaking with said. What is more important is to know and use expressions to show we need time, more information or simply to have the person repeat what they have said so we can understand.

Even native speakers don’t always understand eachother when speaking on the phone, but what they CAN do is quickly use expressions to clear confusion or misunderstanding.

So we don’t have to just say ‘ eh.. eh ..I.. I… don’t understand sorry.

We can be professional and protect our professionalism by using quick expressions.

So we can say things like :

Sorry I didn’t quite catch that…..

Could you repeat that…

Could you speak a little slower please..

Let me just check, so you mean….

I’m not quite following you…

I think it will be better if I give  you my email address and you can send me the information….

So these are just some expressions that allow you to feel confident even if you are not understanding the other person. You maybe having a conversation with a native  speaker with a strong accent or fast speech or maybe someone foreign who’s English is not so good or clear. But by using these expressions you can keep in control of the conversation without feeling uncomfortable.

Anyway more on this topic to follow in my next blog.

So once again, good luck with your English language Learning.

Simon

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Learn How To Say The Same Thing In Many Different Ways.

There are so many ways in the English language to say the same thing. For example you can say ” I don’t understand” but there are many other ways to say this. In some situations an alternative expression is more appropriate. The following list gives examples of the many different ways we can say
 ” I don’t understand” :
Sorry I don’t quite follow…
I’m not sure I got that…
Sorry it’s not so clear….
I’m not with you…..
Do you mean……?
What do you mean…?
I don’t know what you mean…
Perhaps I have misunderstood…..
Ok this was just a quick look at this part of the English language.
More to follow on how to say the same thing in a variety of different ways, from formal to informal.
Good luck with your English learning.
Simon
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This Blog will be dedicated to communicating information on the methods of learning the English language

Today is the first day of my blog dedicated to informing, assisting and teaching the best approaches to both learning and using the English language.

English  is the language of the international community. It is vital to communication in areas of business, science and politics. So as this blog unfolds and evolves, we will  be looking at all aspects of  the English language. This will include grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

My blog will include videos showing good pronunciation, intonation and style of speech delivery. There will be short videos of many of the world’s latest news and events.

I hope you will enjoy my blog and that you will feel inspired to comment or ask questions at any time.

Good luck with your English language learning !

Simon

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