MonthOctober 2014

How are you today?

Talking About Feelings in English

When you meet somebody for the first time, what are some of the first questions you ask?

‘What’s your name?’  ‘Where are you from?’ ‘What do you do?’ and ‘How are you today?’

Today we’ll look at some responses to that last question, as we talk about the different words associated with feelings and emotions in English.  A lot of the British people you meet will probably answer ‘I’m fine’ if you ask them, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be so brief! It’s always good to have more choices.

Here is a table with 10 potential answers to the questions ‘how are you?’ or ‘how are you feeling?’ I’ve divided the table into positive and negative feelings to show the opposites.

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Top Tips for Learning a Language – Part 2

In the last post I wrote about some of the things I’ve learned since I started studying my second language.  We looked at the importance of planning your studies, making time to practice, and being consistent with the way you learn.

If you’re learning a new language, it’s important to focus on receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing). When you’re studying a language by yourself, it’s easy to get reading and listening practice, but much harder to practice the productive skills which are so important if you want to become fluent in your new language.   I hope that the next four tips help you to include more speaking and writing practice in your daily routine.

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Top Tips for Learning a Language – Part 1

I moved to Vienna in late summer, which has meant a lot of changes.  One of the biggest is that as well as being a teacher, I’m now a language learner again! My German is only intermediate, and so far I’ve tried short evening courses, intensive courses and self study to try to improve. That last one is  the most difficult for me.  Whether it’s homework, revision, or wider reading, it’s always easy to become distracted from your learning and lose motivation.

My last couple of months as a student have reminded me how challenging it is to learn a new language, and I hope that that makes me a better teacher.

Whether you’re in a class, working with a tutor, or teaching yourself, here are my tips for staying motivated.

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