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Thursday, May 19, 2005

T.I.P.S - To Improve, Practice Skills

Tired of studying English through basic grammar practice? There are many other creative ways to practice and improve your language skills than just by using a textbook.

It is a good idea when you are learning a language to remember that it is not only the words and grammar that are important, but also the rhythm of the language. Each language has its own rhythm or pattern, which can be compared to listening to a song without the words. In order to learn and understand the tune of a language, it is valuable to listen to English without focusing on words. Therefore, when you are at home, try to always have the TV or radio on in the background, even if you are not actively listening. You might be making dinner, or cleaning, or even just relaxing, but having English in the background. This will help your brain to recognize the pattern of the language and improve both your speaking and listening skills.

If you would like more information on T.I.P.S for English, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca..

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