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by Syl
Sat May 17, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: taught - bought
Replies: 3
Views: 12268

Re: taught - bought

Here is another one: Why English is so Hard (a poem) We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes. Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice, But ...
by Syl
Sat May 17, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Present Unreal Conditionals
Replies: 4
Views: 5350

Re: Present Unreal Conditionals

Great site, Becki!

The activity with the boardgame for Mohammad's specific question is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

Syl
by Syl
Sat May 17, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Free ESL Materials *^_^*
Replies: 2
Views: 4140

Re: Free ESL Materials *^_^*

What can I say? WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! (sorry for the capitals, LOL) What a site!!! Absolutely awesome! I always get impressed by colleagues that know what sharing is. Because so many of us don't have the means to buy things and this kind of sharing can help so many teachers, especially those that are st...
by Syl
Sat May 17, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: English pronunciation
Replies: 1
Views: 3528

Re: English pronunciation

Hi Ewa I've just filled in the form, hope it helps. I confess there were some questions which I couldn't find the right answers that adapt to my approach, for example, a last option that says "other" and a text box with the explanation. But anyway, what you are doing is very nice, I wish you success...
by Syl
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: comparative adjectives
Replies: 2
Views: 4622

Re: comparative adjectives

Many people say that the correct form is "He is bigger than I" because it implies the verb "am" -"He is bigger than I (am)." Others say that "than" is a preposition, so it requires the pronoun "me". Yet, it is also a conjunction. The solution to the question is: Unless you say "He is bigger than I a...
by Syl
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Present Perfect Simple - Seeking Feedback
Replies: 1
Views: 6097

Re: Present Perfect Simple - Seeking Feedback

Looks nice ;-)

I have already sent you a message through the contact form. '

Way to go!

Syl
by Syl
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: tenses used after "so that"
Replies: 5
Views: 21214

Re: tenses used after "so that"

I guess annoussa doesn't need this explanation anymore, but probably others might get some help. I second Susan's and Mimino"s replies, adding that the connector adverb "so that" implies a cause and a result: "The blind man didn't cross the street because he couldn't" - cause (and both verbs are in ...
by Syl
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:29 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: help!! present continuous
Replies: 7
Views: 22113

Re: help!! present continuous

Dear Mimino, You are absolutely right! If you use the word "sense" in an idiom, something that has a meaning that you can easily understand "makes sense". "Mimino, what you are saying makes sense." :-D But when someone has good understanding and judgment, there is no doubt one should use the idiom "...
by Syl
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: online linguistic questionnaire for research
Replies: 2
Views: 15656

Re: online linguistic questionnaire for research

Dear Heloise,

I would like so much to help you, but I am not a native speaker :-(

Hope you've got help since you posted your request...

Good Luck!

Syl
by Syl
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New lesson on Teaching Truffles - R and L Pronunciation
Replies: 2
Views: 6450

Re: New lesson on Teaching Truffles - R and L Pronunciation

Hi, Dave! I have been visiting your site, and I have only 3 words to tell you: WAY TO GO!!! I recommend it strongly to all the colleagues here, first of all you belong to those rare kind people who offer free contributions, not asking a penny for such great work published there! Thank you for this o...
by Syl
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Recommended Business English books?
Replies: 2
Views: 5648

Re: Recommended Business English books?

Hi, ClaudiaS

I get lots of materials from Oxford University Press, and I'm sure you will find something that meet your needs there. Just google the words "Oxford business books" and you will find them easily.

Good luck!

Syl :)
by Syl
Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between an error and a mistake?
Replies: 5
Views: 19366

Re: What's the difference between an error an a mistake?

Hi, Susan!

I've found a site where one can read the book online (not download), but still very useful. Thank you for the tip!

This is the address:

http://v-live.blogspot.co.il/2011/07/mi ... ulian.html

Merry Christmas to you both!

:-)

Syl
by Syl
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How to teach a 9 yrs old Chinese boy?
Replies: 1
Views: 4148

Re: How to teach a 9 yrs old Chinese boy?

Hi Angellee Please post more details: Are you going to teach the kid privately? I mean, is it tutoring? Or do you teach him already at school? What do you mean by "How to attract the boy's attention and make him behave during class exactly", tell me about his behavior, if there is any problem. And l...
by Syl
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between an error and a mistake?
Replies: 5
Views: 19366

Re: What's the difference between an error an a mistake?

Syl. Thanks a lot for your quotations but there are still some questions coming around my mind, here's my email sulay@ucp.cf.rimed.cu I'd be glad if you write me, the fact is that I'm involved in a bachelor's friend's thesis and I just got it but that question never hit me. so write me soon Hi ther...
by Syl
Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What's the difference between an error and a mistake?
Replies: 5
Views: 19366

Re: What's the difference between an error and a mistake?

Anthony, I had a little "tour" around the net, being myself a little confused about this point, too. I found so many explanations, that one gets even more confused after reading them... Here is what Wikipedia says: "Oral and written language An individual language user's deviations from standard lan...
by Syl
Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help!How do you teach grammar.
Replies: 8
Views: 13725

Re: Help!How do you teach grammar.

You are absolutely right, Anthony, and I am glad there are teachers that agree with my point of view in this aspect. The communicative approach is the main goal in the learning of any language. Unfortunately, most schools demand their teachers to emphasize accuracy, giving less importance to fluency...
by Syl
Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Present perfect vs present perfect continuous
Replies: 1
Views: 12983

Re: Present perfect vs present perfect continuous

Hi, Craig As you know, the present perfect is a present tense because its use always implies a relationship with the present time. There are some situations in which we use the present perfect: a) to express an action or state begun in the past which has continued up to and into the present (with th...
by Syl
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: inductive approach of teaching grammar
Replies: 5
Views: 18179

Re: inductive approach of teaching grammar

You are most welcome, Caroline!

Syl
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: FCE trouble
Replies: 3
Views: 8667

Re: FCE trouble

Oh, I am also replying to you with a big delay, I am sorry!

Before proceding with my advice, are you still working with him?


Syl
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: How can I speak without an accent?
Replies: 10
Views: 43099

Re: How can I speak without an accent?

Hi I am a former ESL student, now a ESL teacher. I found this site through Google, I just wanted to ask a question, maybe you guys know. I know English very well, probably at the level of a native speaker. However, I don't like the way I talk. I have a foreign accent and any time I talk, everybody ...
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Help!How do you teach grammar.
Replies: 8
Views: 13725

Re: Help!How do you teach grammar.

Caroline,

I hope you've read my reply in another post. :)

Syl
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Word Stess
Replies: 1
Views: 4073

Re: Word Stess

This probably happens because she is using her mother tongue intonation. One of the activities I use is to say sentences, moving my hand according to the intonation, up and down, and having the pupil repeat the sentence after me; I do it many times until the result is acceptable. Only then I proceed...
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: taught - bought
Replies: 3
Views: 12268

Re: taught - bought

Here is the answer: "" GHOTI = FISH ??? I take it you already know Of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble, but not you On hiccough, thorough, laugh and through? Well done! And now you wish perhaps To learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word That looks like b...
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: help!! present continuous
Replies: 7
Views: 22113

Re: help!! present continuous

shayanjameel wrote:Use the Present Continuous with Normal Verbs to express the idea that something is happening now,
Hello, dear colleague.

What do you mean by "Normal Verbs"?

Thank you :)

Syl
by Syl
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Grammar and Usage
Topic: Accent verification
Replies: 3
Views: 14732

Re: Accent verification

shayanjameel wrote:The beloved British accent is within reach of the non- British at last! Use your sultry new voice to get all the girlfriends you ever wanted...!
????? I don't understand what you mean.