because people speak English
Hello my precious EC friends.Today I sat down for what seemed like an age, and my mind took an unexpected journey across Middle Earth.No, I am not speaking Elvish, I am talking about watching The…Continue
Hello EC friends.As some of you know, I like to write articles to help you improve your English skills and post them here on EC.I need your help. I would like to post articles that you (the reader)…Continue
I really enjoy learning about the culture, and natural beauty of the places you all come from.Please share in a comment; Where you are from, and your FAVORITE thing(s) about your home country.I am…Continue
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Translating is really hard. Most Languages don't usually translate directly. However, when we are using our second language, we naturally translate it in our heads, using our native language.
for example; Lets assume your second language (L2) is English, and your native language (L1) is Arabic. You are having a conversation with a native English speaker, when he speaks you listen, and you naturally translate his words into Arabic in your head. Now you think of the appropriate…Continue
Recently I was the special guest on Katie Adler's live English language talk show.
I had a wonderful time on the live online talk show, and I hope some of you were able to tune in and listen. If you missed the show, I would like to invite you to listen to the replay.
To listen to the replay of Live with Katie Adler featuring yours truly, click here
-Living la vida Laowai-
Wikipedia describes Laowai as a commonly used Mandarin Chinese word, and a shorter, informal version of wàiguórén 外国人 ("foreigner").
Laowai is not intended as a negative word. Of course you may hear expat stories where the word has been adapted to be used negatively by some. Sadly, this has become human nature. I am currently not an expat, and my story is not a story about international racism. However, my story is about being…
Accents (in English)
By Dayne Collins
Writing this article is a calculated risk, I may become unpopular in the EC universe, lose a few readers, and receive some disapproving comments. I am aware that a lot of learners who read my content are borderline obsessed with mastering a particular accent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to discourage anyone from achieving their desired accent, I just want to share my opinion on accent acquisition in ESL English…Continue