English proverb of the day

"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "G.O.A.L (February 17, 2019)"

    As the clock strikes at midnight,  many people may have in their mind numerous goals for the New Year.  However, many of them end up blaming themselves for not fulfilling them.  FAs fail to find their true half, employees fail to be promoted to the  desired position. Then the problems may lie in the way people set goals  or the expectation and energy they have  when realizing them during the New Year.
    Just come to Advance Hanoi this  week to discuss the way to have a successful year.

     QUESTIONS TO PONDER:


      1. What goals do you set in 2019? Announcing your goals publicly is a  way to increase your chance of reaching them. Do you agree? Why?
     2. What is considered to be a SMART goal in the New Year?
     3. Why do many people fail to be persistent in achieving their goals? Name some major factors.
      4. Luck greatly affects your chance of fulfilling your goals. Do you  agree with this statement? How can you boost your luck in 2019?
     5.  What is the role of relationships in your goals? What strategies do you  have to improve the quality of relationship in the New Year?
     6. What are some necessary qualities a person should possess to achieve the New Year goals?
    Prepared by: May Ng

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 
    See you on Sunday at 3 P.M.!

     

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    Mistake

    (06:52:20 AM 04/04/2014)

     I sometimes browse through Twitter looking at things with the #English hash tag to re-tweet out to my followers. Today I came across this one:

    I clicked on the link, and found pretty much what I expected to find: a list of mistakes that English speakers make in written English. These are precisely the kind of points I used to teach to my American high school students.

    But these are NOT the mistakes that English learners need to focus on.

    The lists of English mistakes you read about in these lists come from writing and grammar teachers' frustrations with the writing of native students. Native students already know a language that they call "English". But their teachers have this other language that's also called "English" but is really a totally different form of the language. It's the form that is meant for formal written communication, and it's about 20-30 years out of date with the form that's actually used for written communication in the business world.

    So these mistakes are meant to point out the difference between Spoken English (which the students already know) and Essay English (which the teachers want them to learn).  Some of the favorite examples are:

    • lie / lay
    • they're / their / there
    • immigrate / emigrate

    The problems that English learners have are entirely different. The mistakes that they need to be pointed to are the ones where the language doesn't work the way that it seems like it should. Here are a few examples that I have noticed time and time again:

    • delicious - The word "delicious" isn't the most common word to describe tasty food. It's more common to say that food was "good".
    • so - "So" is usually used in a positive sense: "That's so great!" In negative sentences, it's better to use "not that", "not too", or "not very": "The speech wasn't that long. It wasn't too difficult to understand. It wasn't very interesting."
    • explain - "Explain" doesn't require a preposition afterwards: use "explain something", not "explain about something".

    The problem with teaching the native-speaker mistakes to English learners is that it can lead to speaking and writing that is far too formal. I often read something written by someone who obviously put a lot of classroom and textbook hours into their learning and think, "That sounds great - if you're talking to a robot." Of course, I try to make my comments a little more constructive than that, but the point is that overly formal languagecan make it hard for a person to cope in casual speech environments or to make social connections with other English speakers.

    So next time you see one of these lists of mistakes, take a minute and think about who it's really for.

     

     

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