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Tips and short talks on effective communication for students of English as a second language.

Latest Episodes

How to Use "Make" and "Do"

Today’s podcast is about the uses of make and do. This drives everyone crazy. In Spanish, for example, you have only one word for both make and do, “hacer,” so it’s difficult to figure out which English word “make” or “do" is correct to use. A lot of my students have learned a rule that I think is completely useless. They learn that you use “make” for things you do with your hands. No, ladies and gentleman, that doesn’t work. The expression “make good time” for example means to arrive at a place quickly. It usually takes me an hour to get to work but today it only took 30 minutes. I made great time. Did you walk to work on your hands? No. It’s an absurd rule. Forget that rule. File that rule under stupid. You have to learn which one to use by learning the context and that’s what I plan to do today. I’m going to go through some of the most common expressions that use make and do, so sit back, MAKE yourself comfortable and let’s DO it right.

12 MINJUN 6
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How to Use "Make" and "Do"

The Comma Crisis

I have just finished correcting about eight medical articles. I do medical translations from time to time and also check the English before publication in American and European journals in English. The two most common mistakes when I do corrections are the misuse of the definite article and the overuse of commas. Last time we talked about articles and how to use them, so today I’m going to talk about when you should use a comma.

14 MINMAY 16
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The Comma Crisis

How to Use Articles

Episode 11. When to use definite and indefinite articles. In depth!

9 MINAPR 13
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How to Use Articles

Using the Password Game in English Class

Just a short episode to talk about a game that I have been using a lot in English class to help build vocabulary and teamwork. The name of the game is password and in this episode I will explain how it is played.

3 MINFEB 7
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Using the Password Game in English Class

Episode 9 Using Such and So

Tips on how to use such and So.

4 MIN2018 NOV 24
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Episode 9 Using Such and So

Relative Clauses

An explanation of relative clauses: What they are and how to use them.

6 MIN2018 APR 19
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Relative Clauses

Common English Mistakes of Native Spanish Speakers

These are common mistakes I hear every day in class. Most of the errors you will see in this short presentation are due to native language interference. This comes about because: - The student probably learned with the grammar-translation method - The structure in English is alien to the structure in Spanish, setting up a classic negative learning situation. Intensive drilling of the correct form, every day at first and then a periodic surprise progress check, is required to correct these very tenacious errors.

16 MIN2018 APR 12
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Common English Mistakes of Native Spanish Speakers

Episode 6: Auxiliaries

A discussion of the uses of auxiliaries in the English language.

7 MIN2018 JAN 2
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Episode 6: Auxiliaries

Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

7 MIN2017 DEC 26
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Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

Simple sentence structure

I discuss the elements of a simple sentence: subject + verb + object.

4 MIN2017 DEC 20
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Simple sentence structure

Latest Episodes

How to Use "Make" and "Do"

Today’s podcast is about the uses of make and do. This drives everyone crazy. In Spanish, for example, you have only one word for both make and do, “hacer,” so it’s difficult to figure out which English word “make” or “do" is correct to use. A lot of my students have learned a rule that I think is completely useless. They learn that you use “make” for things you do with your hands. No, ladies and gentleman, that doesn’t work. The expression “make good time” for example means to arrive at a place quickly. It usually takes me an hour to get to work but today it only took 30 minutes. I made great time. Did you walk to work on your hands? No. It’s an absurd rule. Forget that rule. File that rule under stupid. You have to learn which one to use by learning the context and that’s what I plan to do today. I’m going to go through some of the most common expressions that use make and do, so sit back, MAKE yourself comfortable and let’s DO it right.

12 MINJUN 6
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How to Use "Make" and "Do"

The Comma Crisis

I have just finished correcting about eight medical articles. I do medical translations from time to time and also check the English before publication in American and European journals in English. The two most common mistakes when I do corrections are the misuse of the definite article and the overuse of commas. Last time we talked about articles and how to use them, so today I’m going to talk about when you should use a comma.

14 MINMAY 16
Comments
The Comma Crisis

How to Use Articles

Episode 11. When to use definite and indefinite articles. In depth!

9 MINAPR 13
Comments
How to Use Articles

Using the Password Game in English Class

Just a short episode to talk about a game that I have been using a lot in English class to help build vocabulary and teamwork. The name of the game is password and in this episode I will explain how it is played.

3 MINFEB 7
Comments
Using the Password Game in English Class

Episode 9 Using Such and So

Tips on how to use such and So.

4 MIN2018 NOV 24
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Episode 9 Using Such and So

Relative Clauses

An explanation of relative clauses: What they are and how to use them.

6 MIN2018 APR 19
Comments
Relative Clauses

Common English Mistakes of Native Spanish Speakers

These are common mistakes I hear every day in class. Most of the errors you will see in this short presentation are due to native language interference. This comes about because: - The student probably learned with the grammar-translation method - The structure in English is alien to the structure in Spanish, setting up a classic negative learning situation. Intensive drilling of the correct form, every day at first and then a periodic surprise progress check, is required to correct these very tenacious errors.

16 MIN2018 APR 12
Comments
Common English Mistakes of Native Spanish Speakers

Episode 6: Auxiliaries

A discussion of the uses of auxiliaries in the English language.

7 MIN2018 JAN 2
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Episode 6: Auxiliaries

Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

7 MIN2017 DEC 26
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Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

Simple sentence structure

I discuss the elements of a simple sentence: subject + verb + object.

4 MIN2017 DEC 20
Comments
Simple sentence structure