Happy New Year to you!
Welcome to my blog in 2015 with a new title image and pages now in Japanese to help you get around the site.
Coming up at NELS this month is our New Year Party on Jan 17th. Click here for more information in Japanese.
Check out photos from last year’s party.
Join us for more mulled wine and fun and games!
Also, I’ll have my monthly pronunciation lesson on Jan 25th. This month the focus is on the sounds /f/, /h/ and /w/. Find out more here.
I hope to see you soon at NELS!
Recently, A student told me about this website which gives good advice for building (increasing) your vocabulary.
It talks about how best to use a learner dictionary, gives handy hints for learning new words, and offers techniques to help you organise your learning.
On the same page are lot of links for advice about exam skills, so whether you are going to take a writing, speaking, listening or reading exam, or if you are just interested in improving your English, check out this BBC Learning Languages site. It’s great!
Understanding the news in another language can be difficult, right? But what if you got a little help with vocabulary? And what about if you could listen to the text too? And how about if you could do a quiz about what you had read? That would make it not only easier, but more interesting and fun too, right?
Well check out this article about super giant squid by the BBC Learning English website, and enjoy understanding the news in English.
You need to be able to understand text like this for 英検 and TOEFL. For more information about NELS classes, click on the links.
If you would like to find out more about NELS in 日本語, click here.
Now I’m sure you all know that to make most nouns plural (more than one) you just add -s, right? One pen, two penS. Easy, isn’t it? And I’m sure you know that after one potato, you get two potatoES. Also, that man becomes mEn, and woman becomes womEn (be careful of the pronunciation though – /ˈwɪmɪn/), and a child becomes childREN.
But do you always remember what happens to a sheep, a deer and a mouse?
And what about more uncommon words like fungus and crisis? And actually, WHY do they have special plural forms?
Find out here, and you can also practice your pronunciation too.
This week has been NELS most successful week ever! Today we had another trial lesson and we got another new student. This week we’ve enrolled four new students and, as one of them signed up for two courses, have five new enrollees. Yay! That’s a 100% success record – so, if you try our FREE trial lesson with our bi-learning system from a native English teacher and a Japanese English teacher, you too can find out why our potential customers become NELS members.
By the way, how do you write five out of four in numbers? I know it’s different from the Japanese way, so send me your answers!
It can be difficult to understand the difference between ‘until’ and ‘by’, so read this to help you. (Then write me your own example sentences!)
by + a time means “not later than”
e. g. You must be home by midnight. / Can you finish the work by six o’clock?
You cannot use until with this meaning.
Call me by 3 o’clock. NOT Call me until/till 3 o’clock.
Something happens by a time in the future.
e. g. I will have gone to bed by the time you get home.
Something continues until a time in the future.
e. g. I will stay up until you get home.
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