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Writing Challenge: Nations and Nationalities

As many of you know, I am from Canada. I was born and raised here in Canada. This means I am Canadian. You could also say that I am a Canadian. My mother tongue (also called "native language") is English. In school we learned French as a second language.

Did you notice that I capitalized some important words in that introduction? Nations, nationalities, and languages are all capitalized in English. There are many countries in the world, and English learners often mix up nations and nationalities. Here is a useful chart that you can consult when you have a question about how to describe a person from a certain country. Try not to mix up the nouns and adjectives

This month I'm going to challenge you to introduce 3-5 members of MyEC on your blog. Consult a member's profile page to find out the information you need. 

Your Task

1) Choose 3-5 MyEC members who are from different nations. 

2) Create a new blog post. Use the title "Writing Challenge: Nations and Nationalities"

3) Introduce these members by providing the following information:

  • the nation they live in (also include the nation they were born in if it is different)
  • their nationality
  • their mother tongue and any other languages they speak (including English)
  • check the chart to make sure you used the correct spelling (make sure to use proper capitalization)

4) Share the link to your Nations and Nationalities post in the comments below.

5) Visit other Nations and Nationalities posts and make at least one new MyEC friend!  Introduce yourself on their wall and share your nationality! (Ex. Nice to meet you! I'm Tara. I'm Canadian.)

My Example: 

Here are some MyEC friends you should meet! 

Grace is a hardworking MyEC member. She is from Taiwan. She is Taiwanese. Grace speaks Chinese and English. You will see how well she speaks English if you visit her page. She is a voice blogger! She writes and records very interesting blog posts. Grace is also a talented painter and photographer. 

Have you met Robbie? He is our video moderator. He is from the Philippines. I always have trouble spelling that word. Robbie is a Filipino and his profile page says that he speaks Filipino. (I think there are many different languages used in the Philippines. Am I right, Robbie?) Robbie is also excellent at English. He likes writing, making videos, and being creative. I hope we get to meet in real life one day.

Nadira is a longterm member of MyEC. She is from Sri Lanka. She speaks Tamil and English. I have worked with many Sri Lankans in my lifetime. They are always hardworking, funny people with big hearts. I'm so happy that she is on EnglishClub's moderating team. I hope to visit Sri Lanka one day.

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Comment by VanVan on December 10, 2012 at 7:57

Dear Tara,

Thanks so much for your article,

I really want to improve my English skill for my life. It will be wonderful if you agree to make friend with me.

My bog:

Comment by AijaMarta on December 9, 2012 at 7:32

Hey Tara! First time I try to challenge myself :) So here is my blog too :)

Comment by islam alnajjar on December 7, 2012 at 13:45
Comment by bright - rubies on December 7, 2012 at 11:31

Comment by nida on December 6, 2012 at 10:01

Comment by Oriani on December 5, 2012 at 23:05

I promise ,when I get some free time, I will write my post =)

Comment by shiyinglu on December 5, 2012 at 19:52
Interesting challenge! I'll try my best to take part in.but I don't put it
Comment by Scarlett on December 5, 2012 at 6:17

Comment by Rajesh on December 3, 2012 at 18:06

Hello dear teacher Tara, I am again here with the link of my blog post.:)

Comment by Scarlett on December 3, 2012 at 17:07

Dear Tara,

Thank you very much for your encouraging words. I'm trying my best in the way of learning this language. It is really nice challenge, and seems to be not very difficult for me to begin writing the first challenge of yours.

Best wishes,

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