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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Tsefa (U15495930) on Friday, 9th November 2012

    I have been learning and studying English since childhood. But I have been making some mistakes time after time. I really want to improve my English skill. I would like to as well how to expand my thought when I write any ideas.

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    Posted by abdikaafi (U15496295) on Friday, 9th November 2012

    can you helpme how to learn english ?

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    Posted by Tsefa (U15495930) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    You can learn and improve your English language skills by different ways. For example by reading short stories, listening to BBC radio and by looking into English dictionary and may be set a target to know one word each day and it's meaning.
    Learning is a process if you practice every day soon you gone get there.

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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Tsefa:

    May I remind you of that saying: "Practice makes perfect."

    The more you do something, the better you will become.

    *****

    If I had to give you just one piece of advice, it would be this:

    READ - READ - READ.

    I am an old man (75 years old). But I continue to expand my

    vocabulary through reading. Just this morning, I learned three

    new words/terms:

    1. biro. (We Americans say "ballpoint pen.")

    2. po-faced (My dictionary tells me that it's used in the United Kingdom. For example: Po-faced expression = an expression that does not show any humor.)

    3. the Greek E. (In handwriting, there are different ways to write the letter "e." The Greek E looks like a backwards 3.I never knew that.)

    I discovered these words/terms on ONE page of a British magazine.

    So every day read something that really interests you. Thanks to to the Web, there are a million (really!) websites from which to choose.


    Good luck.


    James

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    Posted by Tsefa (U15495930) on Thursday, 15th November 2012

    Thank you! James for the great advice. Yes! Indeed practice
    Makes you perfect. I have been asking people to review some of my writings, some of the feedback, I have been received to work on in my verb to be and using preposition.
    Do you have any advice how to improve on these areas?

    You support is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Tesfa





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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Friday, 16th November 2012

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Thank you,Tsefa, for your kind note.

    1. Yes, "to be" is a special verb. Learners definitely (in my opinion) should understand "to be" very well before proceeding to other verbs. Some learners get confused when they want to make questions and negative sentences with "to be." They sometimes use "do" (does, did) with "to be" because they remember that it is necessary to use "do" with OTHER verbs. As you know, one NEVER uses "do" with "to be" when you want to make a question or a negative sentence.

    2. If you post a short paragraph here on a regular basis, there are many people who would be delighted to check your use of verbs, including "to be." Be sure to include questions and the negative in your writing so that people can check your understanding of these constructions (types of sentences).

    3. Do not be too upset about prepositions. One great grammarian told us that prepositions are not really grammar. They are really an idiomatic item. That is, it all depends on what a majority of people think.

    a. Here in Caifornia, we say "Wait IN line." In New York, they say "Wait ON line."

    b. Here in the United States, we always say "I live ON Maple Street." I believe that our British friends usually say "I live IN Maple Street."

    c. Some Americans say "Be respectful OF your teacher." I think that many now use "TO."

    i. I think that the only way to learn prepositions is: READ - READ - READ. (And listen carefully when you watch a movie or TV show.)

    James

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    Posted by Tsefa (U15495930) on Friday, 16th November 2012

    Thank you again James, for your advice. May be I will try to write short paragraphs as often as I can, and people will read and suggest on the paragraph.

    Please see below pragrph and comment.

    My day at work to day!

    I had an an easy day today. Because it is Friday to day the office environment was a bit relaxed than the normal Monday to Thursday. In the morning I finalized one of the reports I have been working since yesterday. Then had lunch with a friend and went to the closest shopping centre. We had a window shopping and coffee and returned to the office.

    If it is not to much to ask may be you can suggest a topic and I will try to write short paragraph based on that topic.

    You see I have already started practicing bit per your suggestion.

    Cheers,
    Tsefa


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  • Message 8

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    Posted by Vox_Populi (U3226170) on Friday, 16th November 2012


    I had an an easy day today. Because it is Friday to day the office environment was a bit relaxed than the normal Monday to Thursday. In the morning I finalized one of the reports I have been working since yesterday. Then had lunch with a friend and went to the closest shopping centre. We had a window shopping and coffee and returned to the office. 


    I would write the piece above thus!


    I had an easy day today and because it is Friday the office environment was a bit more relaxed than the normal Monday to Thursday. In the morning I finalised one of the reports I had been working on since yesterday, had lunch with a friend and then went out to the shopping centre. We did some window shopping, had a coffee and returned to the office.


    Try this because it flows much better.

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  • Message 9

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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    You are very welcome, Tsefa.

    As you can see, another member has just posted an excellent review of your paragraph.


    James

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  • Message 10

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    Posted by Tsefa (U15495930) on Wednesday, 21st November 2012

    Our team day out

    We had team day out today. It was great I
    had a good time. We went to a lawns bowling. The team was divided into ten groups and we were vs each other. Unfortunately my team lost in the first round and we had to seat and watch when the other teams vs each other. While I was sitting and watching the game a couple of people came and start a conversation but I couldn't hold long conversation because I was so worried about my English and thought people judge by it. But I have to see had fun.



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