I have worked in Dubai for four years, and I just recently married and came home to the Philippines. I am now studying at the American Institute for English Proficiency, and I need to improve my English first before I migrate to Australia where my husband resides.
English is the international language and also the primary language of several countries where we Filipinos are seeking to be employed or migrate to. In fact, English is in the Constitution as the national language of the Philippines. English is the foundation in which we are able to communicate with everyone regardless of their national origin.
For us Filipinos, English is our second language, but our parents and teachers urge us to be as fluent as possible in English for various purposes. Fluency and knowledge in the English language could change our lifestyle; it is the key of success for our career.
Here are some tips on improving your English:
Read. Read. Read. Yes, I typed that word “read” thrice because I cannot emphasize enough how important reading is. Read anything from books to magazines and newspapers
Listen. And I really mean listen, not just hear. Listening requires the heart and the mind, not just the ear. Pay attention. Focus. Concentrate. Talk to English speakers and listen. When you have great listening skills, you improve.
Watch. If you don’t have anyone to converse with, watch movies as much as you can.
These could be the steps that can improve your English better. It will develop your thinking skills and expand your vocabulary. English is the great armor and weapon to bring all over the world. Enhance yourself and be a smart English speaker.
Ten Reasons You Need to Learn English Now by Sanaz Raeisi
I have been living here in the Philippines for the last four years, and I must say that my English has improved dramatically. I have better speaking skills, and my confidence is stronger than ever when it comes to talking to all kinds of people, especially Filipinos who speak very well and native English speakers.
For some odd reason though, many Filipinos, despite living in a country where English is the national language, they have not improved much. Maybe it’s because they don’t see the importance of learning English. For those who are still not sure if English is important, here are 10 reasons why you should really learn English now:
POPULARITY. English is the most popular language in the world. About 400 million people speak English and 500 million people use English as a second language . The total estimated is one billion people worldwide will understand this language. When you learn English, you have access to all these people.
COMPUTER. Approximately 80% of computer information can be processed in English. When it comes to learning computer skills and using the computer in general, it becomes easier when you know English very well. In this age of information, you always access the computer. You must as well get comfortable by knowing English.
PRINT MEDIA. English is the official language of exchanged media and press. About half of the worldwide papers are published in English. Only in India, three thousand magazines are published in English. So, If you always want to be updated with the latest news and information, English is the language you must know.
TRENDING. English is the language that most people in the world are learning. Currently, about a billion people are learning the language. Two hundred fifty thousand people in China learn English only through television. Learn English now; you don’t want to get left behind.
TEXT MESSAGES. Seventy-five percent of the worldwide text messages sent around the world are in English. Philippines is actually the “texting capital of the world.” I believe, however, the most Filipinos do not text well in English and use “jejemon” instead.
INTERNET INFORMATION. More than 80% of websites are written in English. So if you want to have more information from the web, learn English. Furthermore, about 70% of emails sent around the world are in English.
BROADCAST MEDIA. Six of some of the largest information networks (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN) are broadcasted in English. You get better, more trusted information.
EASY TO SPEAK. There are more than 600 thousand words in English, but it is estimated that by learning only 1,500 to 2,000 words , you can already converse internationally. Of course, you want to speak well, so you should really be learning more. The point is, you actually don’t need that much English to start conversing.
TRAVEL. Travel is easier, more comfortable, and more fun if you know English! You can travel to 45 English speaking countries without a guide or translator. Most people in the Philippines are English speakers. In fact, some of the best English schools like the American Institute for English Proficiency is located right here in the Philippines.
WORK. Learning English can be an advantage to migrate or to find work in even non-English-speaking countries . Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US are all looking for migrant workers.
With all these reasons, why aren’t you learning or trying to improve your English yet? Learning any language will open your vision towards life and you will have a more mature character and even you will strengthen your mind. You will become more dynamic and your personality becomes better and brighter. Start today. It’s never too late.
To master English, one must have a very good foundation of the English language, which begins with understanding the categories the different words belong to. These categories are called “Parts of Speech,” which are the building blocks of forming sentences. Each word in the English language belongs to eight different categories:
Noun. Person (Chris, that’s me), place (American Institute for English Proficiency, that’s where I teach), thing (English, that’s what I teach), or an idea (freedom, that’s what I want to have). You can proper nouns (specific names of people like Chris and places like Makati or Quezon City) or improper nouns (general names like mom or places like school).
To make it easier for you to remember, look at it as an acronym:
VAN (Automobile), CAP (Hat), PI (In math, it’s roughly equal to 3.14. For Filipinos, it’s the Philippine Islands). To make it even easier to remember, create a sentence out of it. I drove my VAN, put on my CAP, and thought about the PI. Trying playing around with it.
Okay, I know this post is not complete. I will come back to give definitions to the rest of the parts of speech. Let the picture above guide you for now. In any case, this should be very basic for you. Come back often because I will soon be posting intermediate to advanced writing and grammar tips.
A woman should never shout out loud that she wants a “cock” unless she is looking for some pure unadulterated fun in the bedroom, or in public if that is her preference. Unless it’s a mistake, and she meant, Coke, the sodapop, and not cock, the rooster or the you-know-what-I-mean.
Pronunciation can be very tricky, and if we’re not careful, it can get messy and get you in trouble. The English teacher here (I’m guessing she’s Korean), pronounced Coke with the schwa (German) sound instead of a long O, the same sound in oval, okra, or Oprah.
The VERB, or action word, is the most important part of the sentence? Why? The verb gives life, motion, and color to the subject. It gives the subject meaning and movement. Otherwise, the subject just sits there and does nothing. Here are some verbs that every beginner English language learner should know.
Go down the list and check to see if you already know how to use some of them. If not, it’s time to practice. Feel free also to add other “verbs for beginners” in the comment section so that I can update this list. Cheers!
I have always wanted to write a book, and each time I tried (and I even went to Palawan for a week to start it), I couldn’t pour anything out of my mind. I thought about many different things, such as my inspiring experiences in life to self-help type of books. I couldn’t come up with anything. I felt that I wasn’t ready for such a big feat. Now, I find my “Eureka!” moment. I have been teaching English for the last seven years. So why not an English and grammar book?
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain is right. School and education are two different things. There are things we learn in school that may sometimes be contrary to things that we learn or experience outside. Mark Twain reminds us that we sometimes need to forgo what we learned in school for what the world has to teach us. There are some things that we just can’t learn in school. That is why we need to learn from all of our experiences.
Let’s take English for example. Learning English should not be just confined to the four walls of the classroom. It needs to be taken outside. It must become a lifestyle. It must go beyond “schooling.” A true English education, or learning English, must extend to conversations with friends outside of the classroom. When a student has an environment conducive to learning English, they become more proficient.