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Descriptive Language & Persuasive devices – Advanced & Proficiency Level Students — Mary’s English Blog

In a post published April 26, 2015, I recommended A guide to understanding persuasive language, provided by the University of New South Wales, Australia. This guide provided excellent advice on developing writing and speaking skills. Unfortunately, this link is no longer available, but don’t despair! I have found a well-written, concise guide on Literary Techniques by the BBC […]

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147 Words to Use instead of “Very” — Mary’s English Blog

How often do you use the word “Very” to add emphasis to an ordinary word? How about trying out some dynamic new words? (Don’t you think that “dynamic” is preferable to “better”?) Once again, GrammarCheck.net have created an easy-to-use, helpful Infographic to boost your English. Keep in mind that the recommended words are not the only […]

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The WORLD is no longer BIG and SCARY – but there is another LEARNING problem — The FUTURE of Learning

(Photo credit: https://bit.ly/2PXbL9h) In the past our world was literally the connection we had with our family and friends. Anything outside of that world was big and scary. It was only the brave who ventured beyond that comfort zone, and it was only those brave ones who moved the world forward. Needless to say the […]

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Take advantage and go HARD in English – but be careful of the BURNOUT — The FUTURE of Learning

Originally posted on The FUTURE of Learning: (Photo credit: http://bit.ly/2zOkRwy) This topic does keep coming up again and again, but I think it needs to be defined more clearly this time, and to be aware of some possible fall out too. The concept of ‘going hard’ in English is really just like the picture above.…

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English Pronunciation: 20 VOWEL-SOUNDS IN 20 Minutes — Mary’s English Blog

Back by popular demand is a lesson I did four years ago. Follow my instructions, practise regularly, and your pronunciation will improve. The practice is necessary as you are training your mouth to make new, different movements. It is physical practice like learning to surf or drive a car. The students who were in my class (from Asia, […]

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