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Thursday
Apr032014

The Online Conversation Café

Would you like to join us in the English Makes Sense ONLINE Conversation Café?  Fill out the LEARNER INFORMATION SHEET and send it to Michele.  She will contact you and tell you how you can become a part of this dynamic, online English learning experience.

Low investment.  

High return.

If your English level is at least Intermediate level, for only 7€ per month, you can join the Online Conversation Café.

As a member of the English Makes Sense Conversation Café, you will receive a study kit and the opportunity to learn together with your teacher and other English-language learners just like you.  

In addition, you will practice what you have learned by participating in guided conversations from the comfort of your home or office twice a month. 

Our small group conversation meetings are lead by Michele, a former teacher of "Englishtown" online English school. Voted Teacher of the Month by Englishtown numerous times, Michele knows how to make language learning a fun and enjoyable experience. 

Are you ready to learn English with enjoyment?  You can register and pay for your Online Group English Class here.

Saturday
Oct052013

ACCENT ON OUR HEROES

Listening comprehension is is one of the most difficult skills to master.  

Listening to a variety of accents and using different media (movies, documentaries, radio programs) can help you perfect this skill.

Listen to Conversation Café participants read their essays. 

The Conversation Café: HERO Part II by English Teacher To Go

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PRONUNCIATION, ACCENTS & FLUENCY

According to researchers, it is almost impossible to achieve pronunciation of a native speaker when learning a foreign language after the age of 15.  This means that we are all "condemned" to have FOREIGN ACCENTS unless we learn a second language very early in life.  But, guess what?  It doesn't matter!  Everyone has an accent of some kind.  An accent is simply the way that you speak.  An accent is not an indicator of fluency.

According to the British Council, 375 million people speak English as a first language and around 750 million people are believed to speak English as a foreign language.  In other words, listeners are accustomed to hearing English pronounced in different "foreign" accents.

The goal of speaking any language is COMMUNICATION.  Unless your pronunciation is extremely poor, your accent should not be a problem, so forget about trying to sound like a native speaker.  It's not going to happen.  Instead, it will be easier for the native speaker (and non-native speaker) to broaden his or her range of hearing.  So listen to and become familiar with the different English accents that exist in the world.  Chinese.  Japanese.  French.  Italian.  Spanish. Brazilian. 

Finally, accents are beautiful indicators of diversity.  No two people look alike.  Why then should people all speak alike?  Besides, I will tell you a secret that English learners seem not to be aware of.  Native speakers find foreign accents to be very charming and often, quite sexy.  So please don't lose your charm or your sex-appeal. 

Do you agree with the CNN article ranking the world 12 sexiest accents?

1. Italian

2. French

3. Spanish

4. Czech

5. Nigerian

6. Irish

7. Oxford British

8. U.S. Southern

9. Brazilian Portuguese

10. Trinidadian

11. Thai

12. Argentine

Which speakers of English are easiest for you to understand?

Which speakers of English are most difficult for you to understand?

Saturday
Sep072013

The September Conversation Café Worksheet

The ENGLISH TEACHER TO GO! multi-sensory learning worksheets have been created to help English language learners engage all of their senses while learning English.  Even though they are intended for specific use in connection with Michele’s private English sessions, the English Makes Sense Seminars and workBooks, and the online Conversation Café, any learner or teacher of English can incorporate them into their own English program. So please feel free to print, copy and distribute the worksheets.   Happy teaching!  Happy learning!