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Share English Grammar Battle
MichaelM 2019-12-12 10:40
As much as schools and English training centers focus on grammar, I'm shocked by how little most know. Even the teachers' grammar is often quite bad in writing and in speaking. Most of what native English learners consider 'basic grammar' seems to be difficult for students here in China. I'm going to give you some basic word endings that every student should know about English. If you already know these, then, you might not find this article beneficial. If you don't, then, learn them. The ...
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Share Why Foreigners Can't Teach Gaokao English
MichaelM 2019-7-4 09:22
I know that for promotional purposes, most Chinese English training centers say, 'Foreign English teachers can't teach English grammar to Chinese students.' I used to disagree with this. First, I never met a foreign English teacher who tried to teach gaokao English. And, I'm very sure that those who say that foreign teachers can't teach grammar, have also never heard a foreign teacher try to teach gaokao English. It's just an uninformed statement that promotes Chinese English training c ...
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Share English Punctuation Is Important
MichaelM 2019-6-19 07:12
I'm often surprised how little punctuation is taught in English classes in China. To be excellent in English, you must learn punctuation and know how to use it. Here is a short lesson in using the apostrophe ( ' ) in English punctuation (from Apostrophes ( ' ) Show Possession or Indicate an Omission (something that is left out (omitted)) An apostrophe is used to show possession or ownership. An apostrophe and an -s should be added to singular pos ...
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Share Your Poor English: 5 Ways to Correct It
MichaelM 2017-8-10 10:03
I would guess that more than half of the CELs (Chinese English Learners) that I connect with, tell me, "Michael, my English is poor." This seems to be an attempt at relieving any responsibility for mistakes that they think they are going to make. I have more than 11,000 students connected with me from all over Asia and other parts of the world. I interact with them. I have 19 groups on WeChat which all have more than 300 people each. I talk to dozens of Chinese English teachers every mo ...
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Share Chinese Students Don't Need To Cheat
MichaelM 2017-5-17 07:03
I just heard another disturbing report of Chinese students cheating on the TOEFL exam in the USA. Of course, all were arrested and will face criminal charges because, by cheating, they defrauded the U.S. government by breaking visa procurement laws. This follows the recent news of a top government official's son in the U.K. who went to jail for attempting to bribe some of his professors for higher scores. Here's what I know about Chinese students. I know because I've taught more than 3,000 of ...
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Share Misused English Words Part 1
MichaelM 2017-5-13 05:14
Accept vs. Except These two words sound similar but have very different meanings. Accept means to receive something willingly: “His mom accepted his explanation” or “She accepted the gift graciously." Except signifies exclusion: “I can attend every meeting except the one next week. To help you remember, note that both except and exit begin with ex. Exit means 'to go out.' Add me on WeChat for free daily English lessons. WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ
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Share Speak English Right - 4/11/17
MichaelM 2017-5-2 11:00
Add me on WeChat for FREE Daily English Lessons WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ 4/11/17 Good morning. Today is Tongue Twister Tuesday. Tongue twisters are used by all professional ESL teachers and trainers. You will improve your pronunciation, annunciation, diction, fluency and rhythm in speaking English. Plus, it is fun to try. Today’s Tongue Twister “A good cook who cooks cookies, could cook more cookies than a good cook who couldn ...
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Share Speak English Right 4/12/17
MichaelM 2017-5-2 10:58
Add me on WeChat For FREE Daily English Lessons WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ 4/12/17 Good morning. I realize that a lot of non-native speaking English teachers will tell you that the secret to speaking English fluently is to learn to make ‘connected sounds’ between two words. They will tell you that when you see two words together like ‘next to’, that you shouldn’t say the last ’t’ in next and the first ’t’ in to. They will tell you to say the ’t ...
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Share Speak English Right 5/1/17 - Motivational Monday
MichaelM 2017-5-1 11:42
Join me on WeChat Free Daily English Lessons WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ 5/1/17 Good morning Today is Motivational Monday. It is also Labor Day in China. So, most people are having a day off. Happy Labor Day to everyone. I heard a quote once that said, “Go where you are celebrated; not where you are tolerated.” ‘Tolerated’ means ‘to put up with.’ It is not something that is pleasurable or desirable. I would say it this way, “Go where people like you and are ha ...
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Share Speak English Right - 4/18/17
MichaelM 2017-4-28 09:59
Add me on WeChat and I'll connect you to my public account. You can get free English lessons including script and MP3s there. WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ 4/18/17 Good morning. Today is Tongue Twister Tuesday. Tongue twisters not only challenge your speaking, but, they force you to improve your pronunciation. This is why they are so good for you in your journey to become fluent in English. Have fun and practice this tongue twister several times toda ...
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