Back to basics

It´s important to keep in mind that learning English does not always have to do with learning new grammar or vocabulary. This is important too, but revising basics is foremost. We Spanish have been learning English for years and acquiring bad habits (mostly mispronunciation) that we have been doing for years!! It takes time to correct these and for that we should pay attention and listen to ourselves… Learning grammar is ok, but it can be extremely boring… Reading novels is great if you have an intermediate level or above, but looking up words in the dictionary might also put you off… I recommend you watching TED videos, a first watch without subtitles and a second time reading the English subtitles while watching. Start with short videos (5-7 min max) and choose a topic you´re interested in.
Also,find a website related to something you like, a hobby for instance, and read the content as often as you can. If you love the topic, you´ll find yourself learning English with very little effort…. xxx More next week.

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Decisions, decisions…

It´s funny how we are confronted with reality in our day to day lives. We think things are going to turn one way and then everything twists and we need to find another solution to our problems…
Flexibility is the key, human nature is designed to readjust once and again to changes and although these might frighten us, they help us grow and see life from a different perspective, no doubt enriching us and transforming us into better persons…
The comfort zone is ok for a while but the satisfaction you get from overcoming your fears is beyond any other feeling you could imagine… xxx More next week

Old friends

Wow!! So nice to hear again from my long lost friends in London!! It´s wonderful to see and hear from people you have known nothing about for more than 10 years!! And the friendship is still there! Time and distance might give us the idea that we no longer have these friends, but I can tell you, we couldn´t be more wrong!! We go through life leaving a trail, and all those around us stay in our hearts, just as we do in theirs…

Keep in touch, stay connected, try to get in touch with someone in your life (classmate, workmate, flatmate…) you haven´t heard from for the last 10 years, I can assure you it will brighten up your day… xxx More next week…

Difficult words

We are often faced with difficult words to pronounce in English, some of them especially tough for us Spanish…”vegetables”, “beach”, “sheet”,…words that can bring up laughs if mispronounced…I´ve had these problems too, I had to learn this language just like you! I always tried to find a way to say these words using different words or just by avoiding them completely! But my advice is “don´t be afraid to make mistakes”, because it´s the only way forward. “Practice makes perfect” and the more you practice, the better you´ll get at speaking in English. Take advantage of every opportunity you might find to speak in English and practice your listening every day…you can learn so much just by listening to music and singing the lyrics from a song you love… xxx More next week