The most common weak-form words – Part 5 – Auxiliary verbs 2

    In this last part I am going to take a look at the verbs to do and to be. The reason for analyzing them separately is that these two verbs (does and was/were, to be more precise) create great difficulties for Vietnamese learners of English when it comes to listening. When it comes to pronouncing them, weak form is always pronounced and strong form is often misunderstood. (more…)

      Who vs. Whom

      One of my students asked me yesterday on Facebook to help her to rewrite a sentence using who or whom. They are going to have a test, a test that is a hundred percent grammar … or close to hundred percent grammar.

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        The most common weak-form words – Part 5 – Auxiliary verbs 1

        The last category of weak-form words is auxiliary verbs. A characteristic of auxiliary verbs is that they are always used in conjunction with other verbs. One important thing is that in their negative form, auxiliary verbs never have the weak pronunciation. Some of the auxiliary verbs even have different vowels from their non-negative strong form. (more…)

          Tips on learning English – Tip 10 – Review if you want to remember

          Yes, review if you want to remember. We, humans, remember what we learn for short time. If you want to remember for long time then you have to review what you have learned. This is particularly valid for learners of English who learn English at school but then do not use English on daily basis. (more…)

            The most common weak-form words – Part 4 – Prepositions and function words

            The next group of words that we are going to analyze is prepositions and other function words. These words usually occur in their strong form when they are found at the end of a sentence. In other cases they are used in their weak form (with one exception, the word to). (more…)

              Tips on learning English – Tip 9 – Creating a blog for learning English purpose

              How can typing and creating content for a blog help you learn English? This is the question in everyone’s mind. I want to learn speaking English, not writing English. (more…)

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                The most common weak-form words – Part 3 – Pronouns

                The pronouns that have a weak and strong form in different situations are his, her, your, them, he, and you. The other pronouns also have a weak and strong form but they are often insignificant. (more…)

                  What are the useful techniques that a teacher should adopt in a classroom?

                  Teaching, undoubtedly, is a noble profession. A teacher comes across different types of students- unruly and disruptive ones, withdrawn asocial types and many others. In order to manage all those students a teacher has to be very competent. (more…)

                    Tips on learning English – Tip 8 – Talk to yourself

                    How would a Vietnamese learner of English practice English if he lives in Vietnam and everybody around him speaks Vietnamese? In this context, practicing English speaking skills is a tremendous task. (more…)

                      The most common weak-form words – Part 2 – and, but, that, and than

                      Here are other words that not many learners of English know they have a weak form. (more…)