Are people concerned about accents?
Overall, it appears so based on the Internet searches and firsthand experience teaching ESL to learners of varied ages.
Accents reveal the background of a person and their unique characteristics. Lots of people are proud of their accents and really like hearing other people’s accents, too. But, sometimes accents interfere with understanding and communicating. It might be difficult for people to understand what you have to say. You might be embarrassed by what you perceive as an accent and avoid social interactions. Frustration might set in if you notice that others don’t understand you. You may be asked to repeat yourself. People might get distracted from your accent and not attend to what you have to say. Speaking with an accent that is not intelligible to others may limit your educational or career advancement. This in [...]
So what exactly is casual conversation?
Casual conversation means blabber, chatter, chitchat, gab, gossip, table talk, trivial conversation, jesting, joking, kidding, ribbing, dialoguing, and small talk. – Roget’s Thesaurus 2014.
The more social actions, the more activities you participate in, and the more time you spend with these actions and activities, the more opportunities you have to speak casual English. The [...]
So many people think that those people who are successful at learning a second language have…
high cognitive abilities
a special talent
a unique skill
Research shows otherwise. The number one factor that is a predictor for successful ESL learning is MOTIVATION. And the number one word to help justify an excuse is the word BUT.
Check out this video and see how “BUT” [...]
Words are the only things that last forever. – William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English critic and essayist.
These words and many other pertinent quotes fill the pages of VocabMonk.com. Co-Founded by Vidhatanand, Deepasha, and Vaibhav Kakkar – and newly-released, it is advertised as a one-stop shop for personalized vocabulary building. Short-term benefits include helping with the vocabulary sections of competitive exams [...]
At the end of a conference on resilience I gave to a group of first year teachers, one of the participants told me her abbreviated story of the great stress she had been experiencing for months and what she did to end the slide. Paula taught in an inner-city charter school traveling an hour and a half each way [...]
Introduction – Definition of Casual and Formal Language
In an earlier article I wrote about how to talk using casual language and formal language in English. I defined the words “casual” and “formal” before discussing the topic, and gave some practical examples of words and phrases, what they mean, and when to say them. This is a brief review in [...]
What is casual speech?
Casual speech is the way you talk with others who are close to you or in everyday informal situations like riding the bus, shopping at the store, chatting on the phone, and talking to your co-workers during work breaks. It is the language that is used on television shows and in the movies and often in [...]