7 Reasons Interpreters should Study English Online

If you are an interpreter and are reading this, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you. I, myself have dabbled at interpreting. Though it was a nice experience, I never got the hang of it. First, you don't have any dictionaries you can consult while you work. Then, you have to keep up with so much information, and finally, you have to interact with all parties concerned, no matter how interesting, boring, tragic, or upsetting. In other words, it takes a linguistic mammoth to be an interpreter! If you work with English, and it is not your native language, how do you keep it up? What is your strategy to maintain and improve your English language skills? If you're at a loss, that's o

What is a native speaker and why should you care?

Among English teachers, the term "native speaker" is a touchy and ambiguous subject. Now that I am going to explain it, I will open a can of worms. However, I will do this: use the worms as bait and catch some big fish with them and fry them up for you. So here goes: My definition of a native speaker is someone who learned English from birth in an English-speaking country. Then, of course, to make this person a competent teacher, he or she needs to have studied at the primary, secondary, and university level in English. That way, your teacher will ideally provide you with the grammar and vocabulary you need as a student. I fit this description. Now that I have laid out my definition, I think

7 Tips for Effective English Learning

Be fearless Some students can be daunted by a new language, whether through reading, writing, listening or speaking. I find that listening is particularly difficult. How do you answer a native speaker if you don't understand everything they said? Of course, if you are in an office or on the street in an English-speaking country and you have to answer someone in English, then that could be potentially stressful. Thankfully, with a kind and caring teacher, you don't have to worry if you don't know the answer. They will repeat the question more slowly and wait for your answer. Thus, they act as a safety net which you can use to become more confident. Be observant and write things down Whenever

Stopping by Woods

Poetry is a great way to become familiar with a language. It is rooted in the way the words sound, the way they are put together. They often paint a picture like this one does. Imagine that you are out in the middle of the woods alone, on your horse. How do you feel. The first time you listen to the poem, just listen to the sounds. Don't worry about the meaning. Then listen to it again and read along. Make a note of the words you don't know. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a fa

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