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Dreams and Goals for 2011

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Tweet Do you have any dreams or goals for the future? The end of one year and beginning of another year is when many people think about these things. Are some of your goals related to learning English? Make sure […] [...]

Blogging in English follow-up

Tweet If you would like English-speaking commenters and readers on your blog, please be careful about the service that you use. (Especially if you would like commenters who don’t speak your language!) I just tried to leave a comment on an English-learner’s blog. The blog is on Livedoor. My comment was rejected (it was not […] [...]

Blogging in English

Tweet If you’d like to write more in English than you can on Twitter, try blogging. A great way to have a really simple English blog is to use Posterous. Posterous is so easy that you can even blog just by writing an e-mail! It will be posted to the blog automatically. Yes, even if […] [...]

Language Exchange Done Right?

Tweet Happy New Year! I’m slow to post again. Sorry! I have an important project that I have to finish, so I can’t spend enough time here. Anyway, I hope you had a good new year and will have a good 2009. Today let me tell you a little about Lang-8. It’s a language exchange […] [...]

Contractions Aren’t Slang: “It’s” is Okay

Tweet Do you often use contractions when you speak? Contractions are words like it’s, I’m, they’re, we’ll, couldn’t, etc. (standing for the phrases it is, I am, they are, we will, could not, etc.). You probably quickly learned to use contractions in spoken English. You may have been told that contractions are slang or informal […] [...]

Send Your Stuff

Tweet Remember the previous entry about PostCrossing? Well, how about sending more than just a postcard? That’s the idea behind Gimme Your Stuff. You put together a small package of interesting things from where you live, and trade it by mail with someone in a faraway country. For example, I might send a small box […] [...]

Please share your thoughts with me.

Tweet People who teach English writing have learned that it is important for writers to have an audience. In other words, if you just write an essay and give it to your teacher, it’s not too interesting for you. You’re probably going to have more fun and learn more if you know several people will […] [...]

Academics: Success with Research Papers/Contacting Professors

Tweet Today I found a good article about how to do research for university-level papers. Most undergraduates and nearly all graduate students in American universities will write several long “research papers” before they graduate. These papers are big projects, with two important parts: the research and the writing. Most students are so worried about the […] [...]

How to write a postcard in English

Tweet Here’s a photo of postcards for sale in Germany, taken by Shawndra and Simon. Before, I posted about writing a postcard through PostCrossing. Here are some ideas about how to write a polite and friendly postcard in English. It’s easy! There’s not much space on the card, so you can only write a few […] [...]

Postcrossing: Trade postcards across the world

Tweet Postcrossing is a free system for helping strangers exchange postcards. 1. You register with the site. 2. Then you request an address to send a postcard to. 3. The site gives you someone’s address and a postcard ID number. 4. You write and mail the postcard, with the ID number on it. 5. The […] [...]