8 ways to improve your English conversational skills

8 ways to improve your English conversational skills

How and when should you start a pronunciation course Learning a new language is a challenging endeavor by itself. You’ll need a good teacher, friends to practice with you, and perhaps a really good memory to learn all the new vocabulary. Fortunately, most native...
TOO OLD TO LEARN ENGLISH

TOO OLD TO LEARN ENGLISH

Do you feel discouraged? Embarrassed? Or doubtful? And asking yourself am I too old to learn English? Well, the answer is NO. It is never too late to learn English. Or any other language for that matter. Language learning has no age limit. While it is true that...
ENGLISH EXCELLENCE IV

ENGLISH EXCELLENCE IV

In business and elsewhere, everything you do and say sends a message. You cannot avoid communicating. People form an opinion of you within seconds based on how you’re dressed and how you speak, sit, walk, sit and gesture. Folks spend lavishly on clothes to communicate...
English Excellence – Verb future Verb tenses

English Excellence – Verb future Verb tenses

Verb future Verb tenses In previous editions of English Excellence we explored various forms of verb past tenses. Now we will look at verb future verb tenses. If you find the following complicated, dear reader, do not despair. Well, at least not immediately. The good...

Language Acquisition

At the heart of the perennial nature vs nurture debate on human development is language acquisition. Two schools of thought exist to convince us how we attain language proficiency. Are we imbued with an inherent ability to excel in a language we choose to learn? Or...
ENGLISH EXCELLENCE IV

ENGLISH EXCELLENCE II – Quiz

English Excellence II In a previous blog, we discussed the various verb past tenses – simple past, continuous past, past perfect and past perfect continuous – and the verb forms required for each. A chart laid them out in logical order. If you missed it, you can...
ENGLISH EXCELLENCE – Verb past tenses

ENGLISH EXCELLENCE – Verb past tenses

Verb past tenses In this installment of English Excellence we examine the widespread uncertainty about how and when to use the various forms of a verb’s past tense. The chart below should help make that clear.  Which one is correct? “The candidate had filed his...
Elevate yourself from the commonplace into the rare

Elevate yourself from the commonplace into the rare

Excellence in business English This is the first in a series of blogs on how to express yourself with excellence in business English – that is, succinctly, accurately and with impact. We will cover basic and advanced topics that include verb tenses, common grammar...