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Sorry I was absent so long from MyEC, but I can't add comments - I can see your blogs, but 'Cancel' appears if I try to leave a comment. Even Josef has no idea what's wrong with my account. That's driving me up the wall or I was banging my head against a brick wall.
Yes, I've just signed up with a new account. It seems I can add comments now under the new one - what a relief! You won't recognize how disappointed you are until you can't add comments…Continue
This year is a incredible year for me. I celebrated my first birthday in EC in August. I am just a year old in EC. believe me, in this one year EC brought lots of changes in to my life. My attitude towards life & work changed. Positivity covered me and I took things around me more enjoyable and fun.…Continue
Yes, 'no doubt' ('probably') means you assume that something is true or likely to happen - it sounds like 'I suppose', for example, 'No doubt Expector will give us another blog challenge soon.'
If you want to say something is certainly or definitely true, you use 'there is no doubt that'. You can say 'There is no doubt that your English has improved.'
You can also use 'without (any) doubt' ('absoulately certain') to emphasize…Continue
Yes, 'tip' means 'advice'. From now on, I'll try to give you some tips on English usage - every week or every month or whenever I feel like giving such a tip.
The tips aren't really blog challenges, though you can write a blog on any tip I give you - sure, I'll try to correct you If you write such a blog.
I hope you'll agree it's a good idea for me to give you such a tip often. You could also consult a dictionary or a native English teacher if you're not sure…Continue
It's important to practice regularly if we want to improve our English skills. Some of us may think it's an easy task, but actually it's a long and gradual process and takes a lot of effort, time and…Continue
The village was getting ready to welcome Justina who won the gold medal in women's 200M freestyle swimming and in 100m backstroke in the Olympics. Justina's father was overwhelmed by her success. Justina is a 17 year old high School student. Besides swimming, Justina likes windsurfing and skiing. Everyone in Justina's family went to the airport to welcome Justina, except her disabled mum. At the airport the…Continue
Discourse markers? Unfamiliar to you, right? In fact, you use discourse markers more often than you may think.
A discourse marker is a word or phrase that is used to connect or organize what you say or write, for example, 'so', 'OK', 'right' and 'by the way/incidentally' are often used as discourse markers. Some people might call them 'linking words' or 'linking adverbials', though.
You may be familiar with the following discourse markers: as far as...is concerned, on the…Continue
Yes, we encourage you to help (to) correct each other. I hope you'll agree it's worth it!
When you try to correct each other/one another, you should make sure you really know the ropes. Leave what you aren't sure about uncorrected, for example, if you're not sure about 'part of something', then don't assume the sentence 'Making mistakes is part of learning' is incorrect.
I suggest you look it up in a dictionary if you're not sure about a…Continue
I bet nobody is really happy to be corrected, even though they know it's helpful in improving their English.
Sure, I'm no exception - it can be so frustrating when I know somebody has corrected me. I've been learning English since I was little, and I'm the blog moderator of MyEC, a well-known English learning and teaching website. Can you imagine how frustrated or disappointed I was when I knew I was still making mistakes?
"No, no - I'm supposed to speak fluent English and my…Continue
Yes, it's an idiom which means 'have a secret idea or plan that you intend to use later' or 'have a surprise plan or solution (to a problem)'.
You may have something good or bad in your sleeve, for example, you may try to cheat by having a card hidden in your sleeve:) I hope you have something great for a puzzling problem or a situation, though.
You could write a short paragraph by using the idiom - it can be fun if you really get the picture. Here's a sample…Continue
Yes, you got it - it means 'it's too difficult for me to understand'. Hey, don't get me wrong - it's not that 'what you wrote is all Greek to me':)
In fact, I'm trying to learn more about medical terminology (medicine English) - a mouthful! Some of the terms are just too long or too difficult to pronounce - they are driving me up the wall!
Some of the words are just Greek while some are derived from Latin. It can be so hard to…Continue
Did you read Josef's 'MyEC Recommended Features' for this month? I hope so - if you've just checked your email.
Don't miss the 'Englishclub Grammar' recommended by Josef. I'd recommend 'Grammar Help Desk', where you can ask any question related to English grammar, and Alan, a native English teacher, will…Continue
While most of us think it's helpful to be corrected, some people might not think so.
You may think it's embarrassing to be corrected in public - you may feel frustrated or disappointed or even offended.
Making mistakes is part of learning, though. It's hard to imagine you'll be fluent in English without making any mistakes. So, chances are you'll make some mistakes in your writing. That is to say, the mistakes are always there whether somebody corrects you or not. So, why…Continue
I think there isn't any person persons in the world who doesn't enjoy sweets, chocolates or ice creams. Honestly even a bite of any sw…Continue
'Any' can be very tricky to use. It's not uncommon for a learner to make mistakes when using the word 'any'. First, I'd like to give you some sentences for you to get the picture:
Have you got any books to read?
I haven't got any (books).
I haven't got any help, either.
Are you feeling any better now?
Any book will do - I just want something to read.
If any of them want(s) to join in the discussion, just let me know.
Evangelina has just published a writing challenge. The reason she did so may be due to the encouraging comments on her previous blog in which she asked if we were ready for or welcome a writing challenge.
While it seems most of the members think it helpful to take part in a writing challenge, some members may be doubtful about it. They may try to ask this question: what's a writing challenge really for or…Continue
I've just bought a book on English grammar to celebrate World Book Day.
I enjoy reading books on English grammar and have bought scores of such books. I even thought I had enough and the bookstore seemed no longer attractive - I used to be a regular visitor there.
The fact that I've got enough grammar books, however, doesn't mean I don't need to learn more grammar. I know there's still confusion, or rather, I know there's still something I don't really know…Continue
Yes, 'to be readable' means 'to be enjoyable and easy to read'.
I can tell that you do have a great idea or topic or something fun to share with us. You even managed to write a blog about it, but only to find that other members don't seem to be so interested in it. You're so frustrating and wonder what's wrong with your blog.
If that's true for you, you're not alone in feeling that. It's not easy for a learner to write something readable, even though they may have a wide…Continue
Yes, I mean 'determiners' by 'articles'. A/an is called 'indefinite article', while 'the' is called 'definite article'.
Articles can be so tricky to use, though. Sometimes you need to put an indefinite article before a noun or noun group, while sometimes you should use a definite article instead, or don't use anything, which is callled 'zero article'.
You say 'the Great Wall', 'the BBC', 'the University of London' but 'Hyde Park', 'CNN', 'Beijing University'. 'In prison' and…Continue
I've noticed that some members here may be tired of the blogs about learning or teaching English. They think we should try to pay more attention to those blogs which are not directly related to English learning or teaching.
Yes, MyEC is more than just a great place for learning or teaching English.
First, it's a social network. We can mingle with other people from around the world. You can communicate with others by writing blogs, uploading photos, chatting, or joining in a…Continue