Using Native Language in the English Class? Non-sense!
Video Transcript Below: Hello my fellow foreign English speakers! I'm Robby and I'm bringing you another video episode in the English Harmony video blog. And today's topic is teaching English via native language which is something that totally blows my mind at this stage in my life because now I know for a fact that English can be taught successfully only using English as the medium. Well, obviously in the very early stages of learning the language you would have to use your native language to understand the basic concepts of English, right? But as you progress through your learning curve and you get to know a whole lot more English words and phraseology and all that, there is no reason why you couldn't do away with the native language altogether, right? And here's a funny thing. Here in this country – I live in Ireland – and in this country when they teach foreign languages at school, at least to the best of my knowledge, they still use English during the lessons which doesn't make any sense at all. Because in other countries, such as Germany for example, when they learn English they only use English in the classroom which is something that makes a whole lot of sense! (more…)
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Different Types of English Speakers
Related blog post: 6 Types of Foreign English Speakers: Which One Are YOU? VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW: Hi guys and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog! In today's video, I'm going to draw your attention to the fact that not all native English speakers are the same. So basically, speaking with one person might actually be completely different from speaking with some other person and more often than not, it is the case. Basically, all people are not the same and here's an example so that you can actually understand better what exactly I'm talking about, right? I'm doing the PC course in the college currently and there's a guy whose mind is constantly wandering when he speaks. He just - I'm under the impression that he actually finds it very difficult to stay on the same topic for some reason or another! (more…)
How Do I Force Myself Into Reading English Fiction?
Hi guys, hello my dear fellow foreign English speakers and welcome back to Robby's English Harmony video blog, and also my podcast - in case you're listening to the podcast instead of watching the video. In today's video episode, I'm going to respond to a question asked by one of my blog readers, and the question basically is the following: “How do I force myself to read English fiction if I'm not into reading?” And let me just tell you before I get into the actual topic that I've been suggesting that you get into young adult fiction in case you find it difficult to read something in English, right? So young adult fiction is very easy to read and those writers use very easy, simple and conversational English. It's not like academic English that you would probably encounter if you picked up some classic, right? Which I've never done before, myself - well, I have picked up some classics and then I read a few paragraphs and I just couldn't wrap my head around what's being said there, OK? And that's why I'm into young adult fiction and before that there was a period of my life when I was reading fantasy fiction, it lasted for about three years or something and I read dozens upon dozens of books and the language used in those type of books is pretty much the same - it's very easy to understand, very easy to read, very friendly and very conversational, OK? (more…)