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What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the world. We are all born with the necessary speech mechanisms and the capability to learn any language. We end up speaking the language that we do solely by reinforcement. The sounds a baby hears and the speech patterns he is exposed to are the ones that she develops. Soon the baby gains the fine motor skill and control she needs to create sounds herself. The infant will begin by babbling and playing with sounds. Soon she is able to produce simple vowel/consonant combinations which maybe why mama and dada are often their first words, they can make the combination and the big reaction it elicits reinforces their efforts. By 18 months she will be able to produce about 20 words that have meaning and understand around 50 words. Now babies of course have the ultimate immersion experience. In order to obtain any control over their environment they must learn the language and they are surrounded by the language almost 24 hours a day.

Of course the second language learner does not have these advantages. Even if you are now living in an English speaking country, and attending classes to learn English you will still have opportunity to speak and hear your first language with friends and family, this is especially true in America a county of immigrants where finding a community of people with the same language background is possible.

Another challenge is the expectation factor. For many years you have heard a speech pattern and there is an expectation of what you will hear when others speak. You are predicting what sounds will come next based on your subconscious knowledge of language. I call this listening with an accent. It is necessary to break through this barrier, to really hear how others are speaking, to actively listen.

To listen is to learn, and I don’t mean that in an existential way. I really mean that if you can’t hear the way the sounds are produced you cannot learn how to produce the sound. Maybe that is why ETS added speaking and listening sections to the TOEFL. The two skills are so closely linked.

Once you can hear the sounds you must add them to your own phonetic library. This means that you have in your mind the knowledge and understanding of how to produce every sound or phoneme in you original language. Now you must add on some sounds that are in the American sound system that is not in your original language sounds system. Record your self reading a brief paragraph. Only 2-3 sentences in English. Then listen to the recording. Write down exactly what you hear on the recording. Not what you meant to say but what you really did say. How is it different from what was written? Did you say th, when it was written or did you say d? I would suggest sticking with the consonants at first because the differences are easier to pinpoint.

If you would like to get help in improving your pronunciation it would be best to go to a speech therapist rather than an ESL teacher. Speech therapists are trained in physiology of the speech mechanisms and musculature. They understand what is involved in producing each sound and are trained to identify and work with articulation problems. Though an accent is not the same as an articulation problem they have similar characteristics. When a client has difficulty articulating specific sounds the speech therapist can hear and see what they are doing differently and describe and show how to do it correctly. When a client has an accent the speech therapist can see what the person is doing differently and show and describe how to make the sound so it more closely approximates the standard.

The most important advice I can give you is to keep practicing. At first it may feel like you are exaggerating when you “speak with an American accent” but I am sure that the native American speakers around you will not even notice. They will merely be impressed with your great diction!

When you speak in your native language, you don't have to think about the grammar or the words you use. Correct sentences seem to just come to you. Your brain uses sentences you've already seen or heard. If you want to learn to speak the English language fluently, you have to learn it the way you learned your native language, by reading and listening.

Reading and listening to the English language will help you develop English language intuition. Learning the English language is all about putting lots of proper sentences in your head. Your brain can then imitate them and produce similar English language sentences to express the meaning you want. When you read and listen to the English language a lot, paying close attention to useful English vocabulary, you will soon start to use new English language words and phrases in your speaking and writing. Not only that, but you will develop English language intuition. You will start to feel what sounds good and what sounds incorrect in the English language, just as you do in your native language.

To get a good feeling for the use of articles in the English language you need to read lots of sentences and analyze them closely. It seems like it would be easier to read a unit on English language articles in a grammar book, but it takes lots of time to build a sentence when you have to think of all of the English language grammar rules. When you talk to someone, you don't have time to do that. The input-based approach may seem to be more demanding, but it's the only way to achieve fluency.

If you have ever attended English language classes, you have probably been asked to read a text and then complete a task connected with it. Most teachers encourage students to read very quickly, just to get the main points out of the English language text. You might think that this way you will improve your English, but it's the other way around. Reading in such a way isn't very useful; it could even slow down your progress!

When you read in your native language, you read for content. Your brain focuses on key words that convey the meaning of the text. This way you are able to read faster. But this is the wrong thing to do when reading in the English language. You want to concentrate on the grammar, too. You should analyze the sentences closely. When reading content in the English language, try to notice interesting things in every sentence you read. It could be a useful phrase or an expression that you could have written wrongly. In this way you can learn how to use the English language more correctly, faster.

Tips To Learn English

Posted by idea2ry | 7:21 PM

Author: George Williams

Do you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your English skills.

The TOEFL Test: TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is a test used by many colleges, universities, government agencies and exchange and scholarship programs in the US, UK and Canada as a means of evaluating the language skills of a person whose first language is not English.
You can find TOEFL study guides easily online with other recommended resources listed. You may be able to access some of the sample tests and prepare with personal study. Or you may look for a class with an instructor to help you prepare for the test.

ESL Classes: ESL classes are a common means for students to learn English with group of classmates. These can be in the form of an evening class with various individuals attending or may be part of a college program during the day.

The course length and the topics covered will differ from country to country and school to school. Some summer programs are geared for international students to gain a basic grasp of the language before starting studies in English taught classes of the college or university.

Since the standards of passing a course, or the course material itself, will vary drastically, some students may feel that the language skills gained upon completing the course does not equip them to handle school work or social interactions adequately.

Some schools offer students and alternative of home-stay programs for students. Home-stay programs benefit the student by placing them for several weeks or months with a host family that speaks English. The student is then able to immerse him or herself in the culture and social speaking of the English country they are living in. There are also online ESL programs that may be suitable for distance education, especially if programs are not readily available in your area.

Private Tutors: Another popular method of learning English is with private tutors. The materials and methods used by ESL tutors will vary greatly and it is important to establish what material will be used and to feel comfortable with the tutor. Asking friends or other students for references can be helpful in finding a good tutor.

A combination of these English learning methods will be effective as well. You can take a summer course while staying with a home-stay host family and then arranging for private tutoring during the school year. Making an effort to use your new language skills regularly in social situations will improve your progress regardless of the program or course you are using.

Example 2
The Qualities of a Good Husband and Wife
Nowadays, people try to find the following qualities in each other. First, they desire to find understanding. Understanding is important in a marriage. Marriage fail whenever a couple fails or refuses to understand each other. Second, they desire someone who is patient. Understanding cannot occur while one or both persons loses their temper, so patience is certainly required. Third, the partner should be imaginative. Imagination can add excitement to a marriage and save it from collapse. Last, the partners should be faithful to each other. Although changing oneself is important, each person should only dress and disguise in order to excite the companion to love him or her more. The above are among the most essential qualities which people try to find it each other, or themselves.




Why Do Foreign Men Like Asian Women?
Asian women have a fascination for Western men, which may include these reason. First, Asian women are more dutiful toward their husbands traditionally. They regard their husbands as their older brothers, as their sons and take good care of them. Asian women are taught to regard son as more important than themselves. Second, Asian women still have a traditional feminine virtue. They continue to support their husbands and look after their children. To many Asian women, the home and the family are still most important. Third and last, Asian women still are more exciting than Western women because familiarity breed contempt. A foreign visitor only meets most Asian women in their homelands; therefore, he knows little about them and desires them for what he's seen. The above reasons help explain the stimulation of Asian women for the foreigners.

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Practice and Quiz: (For Thai learners)

ESL Role-Play

Posted by idea2ry | 11:45 AM

Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world. In the classroom, everyone knows you are a student and mistakes are allowed, and the environment is contained and safe. Speaking another language outside the classroom is completely different and often students are lost at sea as soon as they step outside the door. Lists of memorized vocabulary are suddenly useless when ordering in a restaurant.

Role-plays, or simulations are one of the ways ESL instructors can ease students' transition into using English in real world situations. A simulation is where students act out a real-life situation, for example checking into at a hotel, but do not act out a different personality. Role-plays are where students take on different personalities. In a role-play, for example, one student may be asked to take on the role of "an angry neighbor" which is out of character for the student.

Role-plays require more imagination by students and teacher and can be difficult to manage because they are unpredictable. The initial scenario develops from the students interacting with each other and can literally go in any direction. This gives students practice in a non-threatening environment, and gives the motivation and involvement where they have to think in English. Role-plays are interesting, memorable and engaging, and students retain the material they have learned. In their assumed role, students drop their shyness and other personality and cultural inhibitions, making them one of the best tools available for teaching a second language.

Here are a few pointers and suggestions to assist ESL teachers using and managing role-plays:

-The more engaging the better. The value of role-plays come from students immersing themselves in the material. - Choose a 'hot' topic and stage a debate. Assign students positions on the topic (for/against). This will get students out of their personality and into the role where they do not have the same inhibitions. - Preparation is very important to success. Give students 'personality cards' which sketch out their personal characteristics or scenario.

Divide students into groups and give them time to sketch out various scenarios, and go over extra or special vocabulary ask them to discuss how they will act, think about the character and plan what they will say. For example, what are possible responses/replies for the angry neighbor? - The teacher, as facilitator of the role-play must support students in their role, i.e. they 'are' in the backyard arguing over the fence. Don't do anything to interrupt the pretend environment. Leave grammar correction to the end. Correcting students in the middle of an argument interrupts the pretend environment. Make notes and do a debriefing after. - Exaggeration is good! Encourage students to exaggerate their actions, opinions and movements.

Exaggeration helps students immerse themselves in the role. - Stage a rehearsal first. Have students practice their role in small groups with coaching from the other students. - While the role-play or debate is in progress, have other students suggest vocabulary first, and act as backup if they do not know.

Role-plays are unpredictable which makes them both a valuable learning tool and at the same time difficult to manage. Sketch out the various routes the role-play can take from the initial scenario. This will give you some idea what to expect and avoid any surprises.

Suggested topics for role-plays:

- Lovers problems (He has to move away to get a new and better job) Spending money (Government, United Nations etc. spending money, who gets what)

- Traveling (where would you go? what would you do?)

- Debates on current affairs/politics. Extreme opinions or opinions at the opposite ends of the spectrum work well (i.e. left wing/right wing etc.)

Role-plays can range from 30 minutes or one hour to a year-long corporate simulation for business English. Staging role-plays can be challenging for an instructor, but is also great fun. After you have done a few, you will know what to expect and feel more confident.

Advantages of Reading English Newspaper
Newspaper are reading materials that contain many kinds of world-wide information. In Thailand we will find many types of newspaper, but the most common ones are newspapers written in Thai or in English. Only certain groups of people read the English newspapers, such as the Bangkok Post and The Nation. These people will gain advantages in reading them. These advantages can be classified into three major groups to acquire many types of knowledge, to get informative information in daily life and to increase the reader' English knowledge.

The first advantage of reading English newspapers is to acquire many types of knowledge about the world. Both English newspapers in Thailand contain the current happenings around the world. Readers can have good opportunities to see the pictures of important persons, cities and civilizations and keep them as records for future use. Moreover, readers can read many kinds of news stories so that they will be informative and use this information in their careers of business. In addition, readers may entertain themselves from reading comics and cartoons.

The second advantage of reading English newspaper is to get many kinds of informative information in daily life. All newspapers contain many sections for readers who are interested in reading particular reading materials. For reader who like entertainments may prefer reading feature stories; however, for those who are interested in reading the other ideas may read articles on many fields; namely, economics, politics and education and so on. For those who have personal problems in their daily life may read the section of editorials. Finally, for readers who need new houses or want to buy second-hand things may find the advertisement sections useful to them.

The last advantage of reading English newspapers is to improve to readers' English knowledge and skills. Readers who practice reading everyday will acquire the improvement in both English grammatical knowledge and reading and writing skills. Moreover, since English newspapers cover many sections, readers can increase their level of current English words or vocabularies. Furthermore, readers of English newspapers are often exposed to foreign culture through the pictures and ideas which are mixed up with the usages of English language. Above all, readers often have some chances to practice and to improve their thinking skills from completion of puzzles and from reading many comics and cartoons.

In summary, the above paragraphs have discussed three advantages of reading English newspapers. The first advantages is that reader gain many types of knowledge. The second advantages is that readers will get may kinds of information in their daily life. The last advantage is that readers improve their English knowledge together with their reading and writing skills.

Format of Essays


Introductory Paragraph_________________________________________
___________________ Thesis Sentence
Body Paragraph 1_____________________________________________
Body Paragraph 2_____________________________________________
Body Paragraph 3_____________________________________________
Concluding Paragraph__________________________________________

Descriptive writing vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize the topic and enter into the writer’s experience.

Example : Informative Description

A visit to the Supermaket

One afternoon, my elder sister took me to the super-market near our house. She had wanted to buy some things in order to make a cake.
A uniformed guard was stationed at the supermarket's entrance. He obviously on the lookout for shoplifters.
Inside the supermarket I could see shelves and shelves of goods on display. There were so many different types of things on sale that it was impossible to name them all. In general goods were placed together under different sections. There were sections on frozen food, grocery, confectionery, stationery, toys, hardware, electrical goods, clothes, watches, sports equipment, shoes and others.
We wandered around for a while just looking at the things on sale. When we had looked to our hearts' content we walked over to the grocery section to buy what we intend to.
Then we checked out at the exit. My sister bought us an ice-cream each which we enjoyed all the way home.

You should think of writing as a process involving the following steps:

1. Topic sentence

2. supporting details

3. Coherence

4. Transition

5. Closing Sentence

A narrative paragraph describes an event, feeling or experience in story form or in the order the details of the event happened.

Sample of transition


because : Micheal studies hard because he want to pass the examination.

as : I could not come as it rained hard yesterday.

: As he was a fool, he refused to listen to me.

Since : Since you have worked hard, you will succeed.

seeing that : He was ill, he couldn't come to work.

(seeing that he was ill, he couldn't come to work).

due to the fact that

owing to the fact that

in view of the fact that

on account of the fact that


so that


in order that

for the purpose that

for fear that

Example :

I come to see you so that you can help me.

She comes so she sees her mother.

He took medicine for the purpose that he might recover.

I help him for fear that he failed in the exam.




even though

even if

not with standing that

Example :

He is honest, though he is poor.

Although he is stupid, he does his work wll.

I will go there, even though I have to walk all day.


as + adj + as

as + adv + as

not so + adj + as

not so + adv + as

Example :

He is as clever as you are.

John ran as fast as Billy did.

He is not so tall as I am.

He didn't write so fast as I did.

Preposition Phrase

because of

In spite of

Example :

Jane was absent from school because of his illness.

He went to class in spite of being late.


Posted by idea2ry | 11:19 PM

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Example 2

Nowadays the global warming is the critical problems for the people around the world. Due to the climate change dramatically, it takes strong affect to the human being including animals and plants. The global warming caused by the greenhouse gases – air pollute which have been generated by human for instance from the transportation. These gases rise up to the atmosphere and trap the sun energy for escaping, thus, the global warming up every year. It is reported that the earth’s temperature has risen about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last century. If the human’s activity still releases the greenhouse gases the earth will be get hotter and affect on economic and health definitely. The ways that we can help to suppress global warming are using sustainable energy, reuse or recycle the materials and preserve the forest including animals to maintain ecology system.

Using sustainable energy seems to be the most interesting choice to help the critical of global warming. To date the scientists conduct the research and develop new technology of sustainable energy such as using gasohol instead of fuel to reduce the air pollution from the combustion in car. The new models Japanese cars are designed to use the electricity from the self-rechargeable batteries which is the green technology for the world.

Reuse and recycle of materials such as paper, metal and plastic are the activity that everyone can help. The simply way is getting start in the house by reuse the stuff within the house for example reuse the paper by using 2-sided pages. Others are sort out the type of rubbish before the council come to collect. The sorted out stuff will be brought directly to the recycling process and produce the new one from them.

Preserving forest and animals should be issues as the law. If anyone breaks this law, they will get punishment seriously. The forest and the animals are very important to maintain the ecology system. If the forests are destroyed, flooding, storm or any danger can happen easily. That is affect strongly on both economical and healthy.

Thus, the global warming is not too far from us since now. Everyone has to help for suppressing this danger. Start from yourself and then extend to the social.


Posted by idea2ry | 12:06 PM


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Make Your Own Personal Dictionary

If you can get your hands on a dictionary, a bilingual one or a target language only dictionary, you'll be in the clover when learning English or another foreign language. Be sure to highlight new words you need from reading through a short target language magazine or newspaper article. But if a dictionary in your target language is non-existent or unavailable, you can make handy little flashcards with today's group of words on one side and their meanings in English (or your Mother tongue) on the other side. Tuck a few of these in your pocket or purse to quickly refer to as you go through the day's activities. You'll pick up essential vocabulary on a daily basis. In scant weeks you'll be using your flashcards less and less as you internalize the new vocabulary. When the first batch is "learned", start another batch.

Remember, they say that you can never be too rich, too thin or have enough foreign language vocabulary.

Foreign language learner and British ex-pat Kate Peckitt now living and teaching in New Zealand relates, "When I was trying to learn Finnish it was just so different. I started making up one of those little spiral-bound note pads with new words and phrases from everywhere - from street signs to supermarket and store aisle labels, names and just anything I ran across in the course of my day."

Be sure to include frequently-used phrases and useful sentences on your vocabulary flashcards too. Write grocery lists, appointments, diary entries, to-do lists and reminder notes in your new language. Keep at it. "Slow and steady always wins the race", as Self-Improvement Guru Anthony Robbins quotes adding, "Most people over estimate what they can do in a year and they under-estimate what they can achieve in a decade or even a lifetime."

He adds, "Most New Year's resolutions fail because people tend to want to do it all overnight."

Remember the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare? The key to success is taking small, but frequent and consistent steps.

A writer is sitting at his desk trying to work on an article that is due tomorrow. He knows what he wants to say, but he just can not seem to put it into words. He decides to pull out his trusty thesaurus to try to find the right words to convey his message. The writer finds some words that he thinks will fit perfectly into his article, but he is not sure, because they are outside his vocabulary. The writer consults his dictionary to make sure that the words he has found actually describe the meaning he is trying to convey. After consulting his most important tools, the writer completes his article, and is very happy with his finished product, and so is his editor.

A dictionary is a great tool for any writer’s arsenal that can expand your vocabulary, and help you find the words that you need when you are writing. You definitely want to pull out your dictionary when you think that a word will fit in your writing, but you are not quite sure about the word’s meaning. Also the dictionary can help you see different ways to use a word, or different meanings for the same word. You have to be careful sometimes, because many words have multiple meanings, and readers might be confused about the meaning of the word the writer was trying to use.

A thesaurus is another very important tool for every writer to have on hand when writing. A thesaurus gives synonyms for words, which means that it gives you a choice of multiple different words that have a very similar meaning to the word you looked up. This can be very helpful when you are trying to spice up your writing. Every writer can get stuck in a rut by using the same words in many of their pieces. A thesaurus will combat this by giving you a plethora of different words to use. Without using a thesaurus your writing will become very dull and redundant. With a dictionary and a thesaurus by your side, you should be able to accomplish any task.

Basically, this is just another expression for sms dictionary, or sms shortcut. These abbreviations are simply the text messaging shortcuts that people use each and every day to make sending sms text messages so much quicker and easier. Some of the shortcuts below are only used for instant messenger messages, or at the end of a text message to convey the mood of the person sending the text message. Some of the txt msg shortcuts are good examples of how people shorten words when they send text messages.

So let's take a look at some common text message abbreviations, then.

SMS Text Messaging Abbreviations:

 Anything - NTHING
Are you OK - RUOK?
Are - R
Ate - 8
Be - B
Before - B4
Be seeing you - BCNU
Cutie - QT
Date - D8
Dinner - DNR
Easy - EZ
Eh? - A?
Excellent - XLNT
Fate - F8
For - 4
For your information - FYI
Great - GR8
Late - L8
Later - L8R
Lots of love/laughs - Lol
Love - LUV
Mate - M8
Please - PLS
Please call me - PCM
Queue/cue - Q
Rate - R8
See/sea - C
See you later - CU L8R
Speak - SPK
Tea - T
Thanks - THX
Thank you - THNQ
To/too - 2
To be - 2B
Today - 2DAY
Tomorrow - 2MORO
Want to - WAN2
What - WOT
Work - WRK
Why - Y
You - U
Happy/Smiley - :-)
Angry - :-||
Very happy - :-))
Confused - %-)
Tongue tied - :-&
Sad - :-(
Saintly - O:-)
Laughing - :-D
Crying - :'-(
Surprised/shocked - :-O
Screaming - :-@
Kiss - :-*
Pig - :@)
Clown - *:-)
Wink - ;-)

There are more sms shortcuts that could make up a so-called sms dictionary, but the more words you use the less effective the shortcuts are as people stop understanding what you're actually saying.


Posted by idea2ry | 5:23 PM

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10. Live Radio and TV from Around the World

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