Week eight: The wonders of ‘for’

Week eight: The wonders of ‘for’

Last week we looked at the basics of when to use ‘to’. If you haven’t read it yet, go back and remind yourself, because next week we will be moving on to the advanced uses. This week we are tackling the ying to the ‘to’s yang. The nemesis of students everywhere –...
Week six: Tackling ‘to’ and ‘for’

Week six: Tackling ‘to’ and ‘for’

So far we have concentrated upon using listening to help to overcome some of the difficulties of learning English. This week we are going to explore those difficulties in a bit more detail. As we discussed in the first week, the strange way that English formed left us...
Week five: The Magic of Harry Potter

Week five: The Magic of Harry Potter

As we have discussed, the key to becoming excellent at English is to become brilliant at listening. However, this can be a challenge because the stress-timed rhythm of the language makes the schwa sound – which we need to be able to hear in order to identify tenses,...
Week Four: The Wonders of Rhythm

Week Four: The Wonders of Rhythm

The second aspect of pronunciation that can help with listening, speaking, and language acquisition in general is rhythm. ‘Rhythm’ is the pattern of a language, including its stresses. When discussing the rhythm of language, the terminology can be intimidating....
Week Three: The Problem of Pronunciation

Week Three: The Problem of Pronunciation

It is something that causes profound problems in English. This is not just for students from other countries, but also for native learners. Pedagogues and language theorists have been struggling for many years to find the Holy Grail of English language acquisition....