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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I think that we should take advantage of technology!

I have been teaching Spoken English for more than 20 years. Some years ago, there was nothing like the Internet to support online classes. Like other teachers, I was also teaching offline regular classes.

I started teaching Spoken English online some years ago. The Internet world has changed a lot. In fact, it is making us change and develop very fast. I have taught a lot of online one to one sessions.

As a teacher, you can’t teach more than 5-6 hours in a day. I have to teach offline classes too. I think that it is the need of everyone today to update and use the best technology. In the technological age, the world is very fast. Time has become more important for everyone.

Now, I want to focus on one to group sessions. It is very easy to teach group classes through the Internet. We all are busy developing in our respective areas. And learning has become more important for our consistent development.

Today, if you are in one country or another, it doesn’t make any difference. Through the Internet, you can learn at any place and time. I think that we should use the technology and why we should not take proper advantage for our development in education, when in every other area; we have to use the technology.

I think that we should try to the best advantage of technology. I will continue teaching one to one sessions time to time but now onwards, I think that I need to focus on teaching online group classes.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Speaking English is based on practice of words & grammatical structures!

Today, we live in a global village. The world has to use English language. English speaking is the need of everyone. For learning speaking English, we should try to practice English in day to day life. We can not improve English, if we don’t practice. Both English Grammar and vocabulary have to be developed in habit through practice.

If you want to improve in English speaking, you should think in English and Speak in English. You can not speak English fluently, if you think in your mother tongue and want to speak English fluently. Translation method doesn’t work in spoken English. You need to think and speak in English without doing translation. So, it can be said that it is good to practice thinking in English and speaking in English.

You can improve spoken English, if you learn new methods of improving your English speaking skills. How to improve spoken English is a big question, and the best answer is PRACTICE. In the beginning, when you are developing your spoken English, you should not bother about mistakes in English grammar and vocabulary. You should just try to speak English as much as you can do. Practice speaking English is the first need to focus for the beginners.

English grammar is also required to be developed in habit. Revision is the ultimate solution. A Practical English Grammar by Thomson and Martinet can be referred by advanced English grammar. You can download it from Google, if it is possible in your region or you can buy from the local market. And if you want to buy it online, it is being sold on Amazon. English grammar is very important for good English. Other than leaning grammar from the book, you should also develop the habit of reading and listening English but you should pay attention to the grammatical structures while reading and listening.

English vocabulary is the most important and you need to be consistent in working on vocabulary. Dictionary is the need for your vocabulary improvement. Oxford advanced learners is a good English dictionary. A good dictionary has a number of examples. Without examples, you can’t learn how to use a word in English language.

In the end, once again, it can be said that English speaking can be developed in habit, if you practice in every area of English language, it means you should read, write, listen and speak consistently, persistently and patiently.As the world has been changing and developing and you want some immediate solution for making improvement in your vocabulary Just Click Here!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Learning Speaking English!

You want to learn speaking English correctly, fluently and confidently. There are many people who know English well but they are hesitant to start speaking English. One reason or another, they don’t find English speaking very easy.

You should have listened that some people speak a lot and very confidently when they are drunk. Why they feel confident, when they are drunk- they don’t feel hesitant to speak confidently. In fact, they don’t feel any fear of mistakes.

It is the truth that if you start speaking English some day, there are a lot of chances that you are going to have the mistakes in making sentences or you may not be able to use the most appropriate words for conveying your senses. It is the truth that mistakes are held, they are not knowingly done.

So, one truth, we should never ignore that whenever you start speaking in English, you are going to have mistakes. That’s why, it is the best solution of the problem of mistakes that you should not mind mistakes in making the sentences in the beginning.

When, you take initiative to speak English, first you are going to have mistakes. You want or don’t want it. Ultimate solution is that you should start speaking English like a drunken person. Only then you may start practicing speaking in English. Therefore, if you can’t speak English confidently, start speaking today without caring about the right or wrong words or sentences.

Practice is the basic solution. You should focus on practice and must take initiative for speaking English. It is the known fact that writing makes a writer and speaking makes a speaker. So, you need to focus on speaking the language.

Without a doubt, it may be said and accepted that if you want to learn speaking English, just start speaking now, not tomorrow.

Practice, practice and practice! Only practice can make you speak English correctly, fluently and confidently, so that for learning English speaking, start and continue speaking.

Fundamentally, there are three problems faced by English speaking learners. Some people can’t recollect the right word for the right situations in the sentences. It is said to be vocabulary problem, it means some words are not known or fully alert that’s why they don’t come to help when, they need to come to serve you. It becomes a big problem in English Speaking.

About the second problem, everyone knows very well, it is the problem of Grammar. Some people know grammar but when they speak in English, grammar is not used as naturally as it happens in the mother tongue. So grammatical correct speaking is considered the greatest hurdle by most of the people.

Third problem has already been discussed that is lack of practice. Generally, many people don’t start speaking in English for years because they know the truth that some grammatical mistakes are held when they want to speak in English.

As a conclusion, it is the fact that if you want to start learning English speaking, just start speaking and be consistent, persistent and patient for the long-term.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

How to learn a new language!

When you decide to learn a foreign language, first you need to finalize your aim: Why you want to learn a particular language. Another important point to settle is that what level of proficiency you need to develop. So, the ultimate question is like this: How much ambitious you are for a language.

You should have some burning desire to learn a language. You should feel some special love for the language, you want to learn. As it is said that ambition comes from the heart and aim comes form the mind. You ought to be interested in learning and developing the language whole-heartedly.

Once you have taken firm-emotional decision to learn a new language. Half the job has already been done. Now, as you are sure that you are going to learn. There are many ways to start learning but one thing can be easily accepted by all of us that input- I mean consistent input- is the most important factor to decide your speed of learning. Words and structures should be read and listened as long as they are not fully active. So, you need a lot of patience. A word or structure has its own world. You should not be willing to challenge its existence. You should help the word or structure, by the time; it is not fully ready to serve you.

I would like to emphasize here that if you want a word or structure to be prepared to serve you for your whole life, why you should not be patiently giving it sufficient number of revisions in reading and listening. Another way, it can be said mind learns and forgets by nature. If it has to forget something important for you, it means that you need to help your mind a bit more so that it can learn the word or structure properly forever. You must not be impatient; otherwise you should be prepared to help your mind. In fact, your mind wants to learn and it also wants to help you in using the word or structure in giving output. Words and structures expect from us that first, we should learn how to learn and keep on learning.

Learning giving output is equally important. Start giving output form the very first day. You should keep in mind that mistakes are held in giving output, they are not knowingly done. So, don't worry about mistakes, just start speaking and writing.

Ultimately, it can be said that nobody is perfect. Learning a language is a process, once you have learned how to learn. Then you need:practice,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Verb Pattern : Group 5

Patterns of exclamatory Sentences:
(a)What (+Adjective+) Noun (Subject+verb)
What a charming girl (she is)!
What a lovely garden (it is)!
What a good idea!
What a fool you are!
What a terrible noise!
What a (large) nose He has!
What beautiful music They are playing!
What a pity!

(b)How + Adjective/adverb +Subject +verb
How charming she is!
How lovely the garden is!
How clever you are!
How sweet the song is!
How tall you have grown!
How well she dances!
How quickly the holiday has passed!

Subject + verb + Noun/pronoun + adjective

The boy pushed the door open.
The smith beat it flat.
She washed the plates clean.
The thief broke the safe open.
He turned the lamp low.
You have made the shirt dirty.
I like my coffee strong.
We found the trunk empty.

In first six examples, the adjective denotes a state that results from the action expressed by the verb.In the last two examples the noun and the adjective combine to be the object of the verb.
Verbs used in this pattern include: get, keep,beat,drive,make, paint,leave,turn, find, like wish.

It + be + no good etc. + gerundial Phrase

It is no good asking him for help.
It was no good talking to her.
It's no use worrying about it.
It is worth seeing the film.
It was worthwhile seeing the exhibition.
It is amusing watching monkeys.
It has been a pleasure meeting you.

Subject + verb +noun/ pronoun +present participle

I saw him crossing the bridge.
We smell somthing burning.
We noticed the boy walking down the street.
She caught him opening your letters.
They found him playing cards.
She kept the fire burning.
- (please)start the clock going.

The verb in this pattern include: see, hear,smell,feel, watch, notice,find,observe,listen,get,catch,keep,leave,set, start.

5.Subject + verb +Noun/pronoun +plain-------

I saw him go out.
She watched him steal the watch.
We heard her sing.
The thief felt someone touch his arm.
---- Let me go.
We made Tom behave well.
He bade them leave the house.

Subject + verb + interrogative + to-infinitive etc.

I don't know how to do it.
I wonder where to spend the weekend.
She knows how to drive a car.
He forgot when to turn.
Tom couldn't decide what to do next.
We must find out where to put it.
-- Remember how to do it.

The common verbs used in this pattern are: know, understand,wonder,remember,forget,decide,settle,find out,enquire,see,explain,guess,learn, consider.

Subject +verb+Noun/ pronoun +interrogative + to infinitive etc.
I shall show you how to operate it.
He has taught me how to play chess.
They informed us where to turn off the road.
-- (please) advise me what to do.
-- (please) tell us how to get there.
We asked him where to get tickets.

The chief verbs used in this pattern are those illustrated in the table.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Verb Patterns: Group 4

Subject+ verb+ too+Adjective/Adverb+ to-infinitive etc.

She is too weak to carry the box.
I am too busy to attend the party.
He talks too fast to be understood.
My sister is too young to go to school.
She is too proud to listen to me.
The boy is too lazy to work.
He worked too slowly to be of much use to me.

Subject + verb Adjective/Adverb+ enough to-infinitive etc.

She is strong enough to carry the box.
He is clever enough to understood it.
The police ran fast enough to catch the burglar.
You are old enough to know better.
She was hit hard enough to be knocked down.
He is tall enough to reach the picture.
She is stupid enough to believe us.


Subject+ verb so+ Adjective/ Adverb + that-clause.

It is so dark that I can see nothing.
He talks so fast that you can hardly follow him.
The box fell so heavily that it was broken.
It was so hot that we had to postpone our trip.
He was so furious that he couldn't speak.
He walked so quickly that we couldn't catch him up.
I was so tired that I couldn't walk any further.

It+ be Adjective/Noun + Noun clause.

It is strang that he should have behaved like that.
It is likely that there will be rain this afternoon.
It is possible that he doesn't understand Hindi.
It is doubtful whether he will be able to come.
It is a pity that you didn't try harder.
It was fortunate that you escaped the accident.
It was a mystery who can have taken my book.

Subject+ verb Noun/pronoun Past participle

I heard my name called.
I want this letter typed.
She felt herself lifted up.
you should get that tooth pulled out.
He had his suit cleaned.
We found the house deserted.

The verbs in this pattern are: see, hear,find,feel,want,wish,like,make,prefer,get & have.


Subject+ verb+ interrogative + clause

I asked where he was going.
Nobody knows when he will arrive.
I wonder what he wants.
She showed how annoyed she was.
Tom could not decide what he should do next.
I can't imagine why she has behaved like that.
- Find out when the train is due.

The important verbs used in this pattern are: say,ask,wonder,know,believe,imagine, decide,discuss,understand,show,reveal,find out,suggest tell( especially in tthe interrogative and negative).


Subject + verb Noun/pronoun interrogative +clause

She asked me when you had gone.
- Tell us what it is.
I showed them how they should do it.
- (please)advise me what I should do.
- (please)inform me Where I should turn off the road.
Can you tell me where he lives.

The chief verbs in this pattern are: tell,ask,show,teach,advise,inform.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Verb Patterns: Group 3

Subject + verb + Subject Complement
This is a pen.
His brother became a soldier.
It is me.
That book is mine.
Gopal looks sad.
My father grew angry.
The children kept quiet.
The milk has turned sour.
The complement usually consists of a noun (1&2), a pronoun
(3&4),or an adjective(5,6,7& 8).

Subject + verb + noun/pronoun+ (to be) complement
I consider the plan ( to be) unwise.
We thought him (to be) foolish.
People supposed him (to be) a patriot.
They reported Robert (to be) a reliable person.
The court appointed her guardian of the orphan child.
The club chose Mr Sunder trreasurer.
She called him a fool.
The complement may be an adjective, adjective phrase or noun.
The chief verbs used under this pattern are: appoint,choose,elect, make,call,name, nominate, crown,christen.

Conditionals: Type 1(open condition)---Main clause :will/shall/can/may+plain infinitive

If you study hard ---- you will get a first class.
If it rains--- we shall postpone our picnic.
If I find the pen-----I shall give it to you.
If he runs all the time-----he can get there in time.
If her uncle arrives--------she may not come with you.
If you hit the dog--------- it will bite you.
Coditionals of this type that something will happen if a certain condition is fulfilled. The condition may or may not be fulfilled.

conditionals: type 2 (improbable or imaginary condition)
If-clause simple past(subjunctive) ------------------Main clause :would, should,could, might +plain infinitive.

If you should studied hard--------------you would get a first class.
If I were you -------------I should not do that.
If we started now----------------we could be in time.
If you were a millionaire------------how you would spend your time?
If he stopped smoking -------------he might get fat.
If I had a degree ----------------I could get a job easily.

conditionals of this type are used when we talk about something which we don't expect to happen or which is purely imaginary.

Conditionals: type 3 (Unfulfilled conditions)
If clause: past perfect-------- Main clause + would, should,could, might + perfect infinitive.

If you had studied hard------------you would have got a first class.
If I had tried again--------------you should have succeeded.
If I had seen him----------I could have saved him from drowning.
If you had left that wasp alone------ it might not have stung you.
If you had come to me --------- I would not have got into trouble.

Conditions of this type say that something didnot happen because a certain condition was not fulfilled.

Subject + verb + that clause (Object of the verb)

I suppose (that)he is not at home.
I expect (that) it will rain.
We hoped (that)you would succeed.
He says (that)he has met your uncle.
The teacher said he was very busy.
Padma suggested that we should go to the park.
He admitted that he had written the letter.
They complained that they had been fairly treated.

That is often omitted,especially after say,think,suppose, hope & expect.
Among the important verbs used in this pattern are say,think,suppose,imagine,know,believe, admit,confess,declare,suggest,complain,hope,expect,fear,feel,hear,intend,
notice,propose,show,understand, wonder.

Subject+ verb+ Noun/pronoun +that clause

He told me (that)he was coming on Sunday.
I warned him that there were pickpockets in crowd.
She has assured me that she is ready to help.
Vemu promised us tht he would be here at five.
We have informed him that we are leaving this afternoon.
He satisfied me that he could do the work well.

The chief verbs used in this pattern are tell,inform,promise,warn,remind,teach,assure,satisfy.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010



The work is done.
The work was done.
The work will be done.

The work is being done.
The work was being done.

The work has been done.
The work had been done.
The work will have been done.

Negative and Interrogative sentences have also to be practiced.

The work is not done.
The work will not be done.
The work will not have been done.

How is the work done?
How was the work done?
How will the work be done?






Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Verb Patterns: Group 2

1.Preparatory There + be+ Subject:

There + be + Subject,etc.

There is a book on the desk.
There is a hotel near the station.
There is a lamp beside the bed.
There was someone at the door.
There are twelve months in a year.
There are plenty of pins in a drawer.

2. Subject + verb + to infinitive,etc.(object of the verb)

She wants to go.
I forgot to post the letter.
He fears to speak in Public.
They intend to postpone the trip.
Ramesh proposes to go into business.
We would like to visit the museum.
I hoped to get a first class.
He decided not to go there.
The verbs used in this patterns are: like, love, prefer, begin, start,agree, try, attempt, choose,continue,intend, propose,desire, wish, want,hate, dislike, hope,expect, promise, refuse, fear, remember, forget, offer, learn.

3. Subject + verb + noun/pronoun + to- infinitive.

I would like you to stay.
We asked him to go.
He helped me to carry the box.
She advised him to study medicine.
The doctor ordered Gopi to stay in bed.
They warned us not to be late.
I can't allow you to smoke.
Who taught you to swim?

The chief verbs used in this pattern include: ask, tell,order,command, persuade,encourage, urge, want, wish, request,intend, expect,force, tempt,teach, invite, help, warn, like,love, hate, allow, permit, remind,cause,mean, dare.

4. to-infinitive after adjectives expressing emotion or desire.

Subject + verb + adjective + to-infinitive etc.

We were glad to see him.
She is afraid to go alone.
My brother is eager to join the army.
I shall be happy to accept your invitation.
He was anxious to meet you.
They are impatient to start.

5. to -infinitive after easy, difficult, hard, impossible, etc.

Subject + verb +Adjective + to- infinitive, etc.

This book is easy to read.
This rug is difficult to wash.
His actions are impossible to justify.
The subject is hard to understand.
His speech was difficult to follow.
The food is difficult to digest.
This medicine is pleasant to take.

6. It + be + Adjective to-infinitive, etc.

It is easy to learn Hindi.
It will be difficult to give up smoking.
It may be difficult to get the job.
It is bad to borrow money.
It is cruel to treat animals in that way.
It was impossible to lift the box.

7. It + be + Adjective +of +noun/pronoun + to infinitive, etc.

It is kind of you to help us.
It was clever of Mohan to find his way here.
It was careless of her to make a mistake.
It was unwise of me to lend him money.
It was foolish of Mr Ramesh to accept the offer.
It was wicked of him to say such things.

The following adjectives can be used in this pattern: kind, good, generous, considerate,foolish, stupid, unwise,clever, wise, nice, wrong, polite,brave, cowardly,silly,wicked,cruel,careless, etc.