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How to Improve your English

How to Improve your English
by Fatima Fatouhi

Fatima (Filipina) and her husband (Iraqi).
Fatima (Filipina) and her husband (Iraqi).

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fatima Fatouhi is currently a student at the American Institute for English Proficiency.

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Ten Reasons You Need to Learn English Now

Ten Reasons You Need to Learn English Now
by Sanaz Raeisi
AsianMaleProfessionalI 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sanaz is a former student, now a marketing specialist, at the American Institute for English Proficiency.

Easy Way to Remember the PARTS OF SPEECH

Image Source: GrammarKnot
Image Source: GrammarKnot. Click on image to enlarge.

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:

  1. Verb
  2. Adjective
  3. 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).
  4. Conjunction
  5. Adverb
  6. Pronoun
  7. Preposition
  8. Interjection

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.

Who Wants a Cock? A What???

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.

Do you want to improve your English and American accent?  Join us at the American Institute for English Proficiency: www.aiepro.com.

Most Common Verbs Every Beginner English Learner Should Know

Source: Google Images
Source: Google Images

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!

  1. accept
  2. account
  3. achieve
  4. act
  5. add
  6. admit
  7. affect
  8. afford
  9. agree
  10. aim
  11. allow
  12. answer
  13. appear
  14. apply
  15. approve
  16. argue
  17. arrange
  18. arrive
  19. ask
  20. attack
  21. avoid
  22. base
  23. be
  24. beat
  25. become
  26. begin
  27. believe
  28. belong
  29. borrow
  30. break
  31. bring
  32. build
  33. burn
  34. buy
  35. call
  36. can
  37. care
  38. carry
  39. catch
  40. cause
  41. change
  42. charge
  43. check
  44. choose
  45. claim
  46. clean
  47. clear
  48. climb
  49. close
  50. collect
  51. come
  52. commit
  53. compare
  54. complain
  55. complete
  56. concern
  57. confirm
  58. connect
  59. consider
  60. consist
  61. contact
  62. contain
  63. continue
  64. contribute
  65. control
  66. cook
  67. copy
  68. correct
  69. cost
  70. could
  71. count
  72. cover
  73. create
  74. crop
  75. cross
  76. cry
  77. cut
  78. damage
  79. dance
  80. deal
  81. decide
  82. deliver
  83. demand
  84. deny
  85. depend
  86. describe
  87. design
  88. destroy
  89. develop
  90. die
  91. disappear
  92. discover
  93. discuss
  94. divide
  95. do
  96. draw
  97. dress
  98. drink
  99. drive
  100. drop
    eat
    enable
    encourage
    end
    enjoy
    examine
    exist
    expect
    experience
    explain
    express
    extend
    face
    fail
    fall
    fasten
    feed
    feel
    fight
    fill
    find
    finish
    fit
    fly
    fold
    follow
    force
    forget
    forgive
    form
    found
    gain
    get
    give
    go
    grow
    handle
    happen
    hate
    have
    head
    hear
    hear
    help
    hide
    hit
    hold
    hope
    hurt
    identify
    imagine
    improve
    include
    increase
    indicate
    influence
    inform
    intend
    introduce
    invite
    involve
    join
    jump
    keep
    kick
    kill
    knock
    know
    know
    last
    laugh
    lay
    lead
    learn
    leave
    lend
    let
    lie
    like
    limit
    link
    listen
    live
    look
    lose
    love
    make
    manage
    mark
    matter
    may
    mean
    measure
    meet
    mention
    might
    mind
    miss
    move
    must
    need
    notice
    obtain
    occur
    offer
    open
    order
    ought
    own
    pass
    pay
    perform
    pick
    place
    plan
    play
    point
    prefer
    prepare
    present
    press
    prevent
    produce
    promise
    protect
    prove
    provide
    publish
    pull
    push
    put
    raise
    reach
    read
    realize
    receive
    recognize
    record
    reduce
    refer
    reflect
    refuse
    regard
    relate
    release
    remain
    remember
    remove
    repeat
    replace
    reply
    report
    represent
    require
    rest
    result
    return
    reveal
    ring
    rise
    roll
    run
    save
    say
    see
    seem
    sell
    send
    separate
    serve
    set
    settle
    shake
    shall
    share
    shoot
    should
    shout
    show
    shut
    sing
    sit
    sleep
    smile
    sort
    sound
    speak
    spend
    stand
    start
    state
    stay
    stick
    stop
    study
    succeed
    suffer
    suggest
    suit
    supply
    support
    suppose
    survive
    take
    talk
    teach
    tell
    tend
    test
    thank
    think
    throw
    touch
    train
    travel
    treat
    try
    turn
    understand
    use
    used to
    visit
    vote
    wait
    wake up
    walk
    want
    warn
    wash
    watch
    wear
    will
    win
    wish
    wonder
    work
    worry
    would
    write

My First Book – Working Title: Competitive Grammar for Global Speakers

GrammarScreenShotI 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

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

MarkTwainMark 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.