Being able to give good clear instructions is an important skill to learn both for your career and family life. To avoid having to do everything in life yourself, you are going to have to learn to delegate, but to do that you need to be able to give good clear instructions. If you neglect […]
So what is the big deal about praise? Praise pleases people. The bottom line is (ultimately) that we all feel better about what we are doing if someone notices – somehow it makes it more worthwhile. Praise shows appreciation and that makes a big difference. It’s a key motivator and costs nothing. Let me […]
You know how it is – you keep meaning to “do something about your English” but find yourself reaching for your English novel, thinking “Well it’s better than nothing”. It is.
Have you noticed how this cooler autumn weather makes it is far less appealing to walk around the block mid afternoon – as our energy fades? I wanted to come up with a way that you could take a constructive break at work, one that would boost your English at the same time. Take a brain […]
There are three key challenges that every language learner has to overcome, if we are to become confident speakers of a foreign language: vibrant vocabulary grim grammar and pesky pronunciations,
As promised in my blog ‘Venturing out of my Comfort Zone‘ I will be sharing the teaching reminders I gained from teaching German to three English speaking expatriates in Berlin recently. The first blog post in this series talks about empathy and being on the same page/wavelength as your learners.
Learning a language one word at a time is an approach that beginners use but once your vocabulary expands it is no longer the most effective vocabulary boosting strategy. Being familiar with prefixes can make guesswork a lot easier, both in terms of speaking English and understanding it – either in conversation or in writing.