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Dayne's Blog (30)

-Living la vida Laowai- (2013 Throwback)

-Living la vida Laowai-

Wikipedia describes Laowai as a commonly used Mandarin Chinese word, and a shorter, informal version of wàiguórén 外国人 ("foreigner").

Laowai is not intended as a negative word. Of course you may hear expat stories where the word has been adapted to be used negatively by some. Sadly, this has become human nature. I am currently not an expat, and my story is not a story about international racism. However, my story is about being…


Added by Dayne on April 1, 2016 at 2:10 — 9 Comments

Do you hit snooze?

In a recent 'Dayne's Dictionary' post, We looked at the word 'snooze' as a noun or as a verb eg. "I like to snooze in the morning" (verb) or "I like to have a snooze in the morning" (noun)

We can also use snooze, as a noun, to describe the button on our alarm clocks and phone alarms that enable us to do the verb from which it get its name. The snooze button! As a big fan of a nice long sleep, I am guilty of hitting…


Added by Dayne on March 22, 2016 at 6:30 — 13 Comments

G'day Mate! Don't Translate! (Master your second language)

Translating is really hard. Most Languages don't usually translate directly. However, when we are using our second language, we naturally translate it in our heads, using our native language.

for example; Lets assume your second language (L2) is English, and your native language (L1) is Arabic. You are having a conversation with a native English speaker, when he speaks you listen, and you naturally translate his words into Arabic in your head. Now you think of the appropriate…


Added by Dayne on March 19, 2016 at 4:41 — 16 Comments

Studying Grammar vs Using Grammar

Studying Grammar vs Using Grammar. (ESL)

By Dayne Collins.


I think I could spend my whole life studying the patterns and structure of a language without learning how to speak, write, or read it. I would probably know every little detail of the language, but never be able to use my knowledge and understanding in a practical way. Before I go any further, I would like to clarify that English grammar is important. In this post I simply want to share my views on…


Added by Dayne on March 13, 2016 at 3:02 — 30 Comments

How to speak English clearly and fluently. (Full article)

How to speak English clearly and fluently.

(For upper intermediate and advanced ESL learners)

By Dayne Collins



If you are learning English as your second language, and you are now at an advanced level, then you are likely to have a large vocabulary, as well as an understanding of the language equal to, if not better than many native speakers. However it is a safe bet, that like most learners of english, you probably find that speaking is the hardest part.…


Added by Dayne on March 8, 2016 at 11:17 — 43 Comments

(open letter to you all) Hey EC, I really appreciate the support!

Hey EC,

Firstly, I'd really like to thank you guys for welcoming me back to EC with virtual open arms. I can't express just how much I appreciate all the support and feedback I've been receiving from you all. My friends! :)

Most of the long-time members here know me by now. And I'm enjoying meeting a lot of the members that found EC during my absence. So, as many of you already know, I love teaching English! I teach English face to face in Melbourne, Australia with a variety of…


Added by Dayne on March 2, 2016 at 4:00 — 7 Comments

Job Interviews - For English Learners

Job interviews - for English learners.

By Dayne Collins.

I am sure we all LOVE job interviews, right? (Perhaps the next article will be about mastering sarcasm.)

Unfortunately for most of us they are something we can not avoid. If you want the job, you must succeed at the interview. In today's international job market, many big companies require the use of English, and as a result many job interviews for the positions people want around the world are likely…


Added by Dayne on February 28, 2016 at 2:02 — 30 Comments


Online and text abbreviations have their place in our modern era, and in the right situation (a chat room or text message) they are relatively acceptable.

However (I am going to be quite unpopular for saying this) I don't think it is wise for English learners to use many of these 'lazy words'.

Acronyms like LOL (laugh out loud) and BRB (be right back) are okay, as…

Added by Dayne on February 20, 2016 at 15:00 — 23 Comments

A Podcast About Accents! - This&Th@ Ep. 4

PDF + Bonus Accent ArticleThis&Th@ English Ep.4

This month Katie and I discuss ACCENTS! This episode gets really fun.…


Added by Dayne on February 17, 2016 at 5:00 — 6 Comments

Accents (in English)

Accents (in English)

By Dayne Collins

Writing this article is a calculated risk, I may become unpopular in the EC universe, lose a few readers, and receive some disapproving comments. I am aware that a lot of learners who read my content are borderline obsessed with mastering a particular accent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to discourage anyone from achieving their desired accent, I just want to share my opinion on accent acquisition in ESL English…


Added by Dayne on February 14, 2016 at 20:30 — 18 Comments

Long Time no EC

Hey EC,

It's been a while, hasn't it? Many of you are probably thinking, "who the flip is this guy?" That's fair enough too. Sadly, the last time I logged in here was probably in 2014 and a lot has happened since then. I've been working really hard, keeping very busy, and taking on more and more projects. I've even moved to a new home. One that's very close to my office, and I love it here.…


Added by Dayne on February 13, 2016 at 10:57 — 20 Comments

Improve your English with sport! This&Th@ English Podcast ep.6

This&Th@ English Sport Edition

Howdy, Sport Fans!

Here is the link to the study guide:…


Added by Dayne on July 6, 2014 at 12:04 — 1 Comment

This&Th@ English Podcast ep.5 - No Tobacco

This&Th@ English Podcast + PDF guide ep.5 No Tobacco Day 



Added by Dayne on June 1, 2014 at 2:58 — No Comments

*PODCAST* Ep.3 This&Th@ English - Rhyming & Poetry

Listen to Ep.3 of This&Th@ English w/ Dayne & Katie. Ft. Darren McErlain

Don't forget to follow on with our PDF Study Guide!

This month our topic is Rhyming.

Rhyming is a big part of the…


Added by Dayne on March 27, 2014 at 4:19 — 3 Comments

English Podcast! This&Th@ English Ep.2

Hi, EC!

Thanks for all of your support. You are helping the Podcast become a success!

In this Episode of This&Th@ Katie and I discuss Earth Hour & other ways to protect the environment. Thanks to those of you who have written to us and answered our questions. Unfortunately we couldn't feature everyone's responses, so please check the PDF to see if your response is there! :)

Don't forget to use our helpful PDF to…


Added by Dayne on March 6, 2014 at 4:19 — 3 Comments

ENGLISH PODCAST! This&Th@ English Ep.1

This&Th@ (This and That) English is a fun filled podcast for English learners!


Join voice over artist/broadcaster Katie Adler & EC Member/English teacher Dayne Collins every month as they host a fun filled 'edutaining' podcast. This&Th@ is designed to help you improve your English skills the fun way. You won't even realise you're studying!…


Added by Dayne on March 6, 2014 at 4:16 — No Comments

English Vs Japanese

English Vs Japanese   By Dayne Collins - Academia ESL

Ninjas are badass, I really enjoy sashimi, and Japanese horror films are definitely the scariest.

It's no secret that Japan is the home of many interesting things. Did you know that Japan is also the home to three different writing systems? In English, we have to worry about one alphabet containing 26 letters. Japan has Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Wrap your mind around…


Added by Dayne on December 28, 2013 at 9:15 — 7 Comments

English vs Korean

English vs Korean  By Dayne Collins - Academia ESL


K-pop is pretty huge right now, and many of us have had some exposure to the Korean language. Personally, I like to able to politely thank the kind lady at the Korean grocer for giving me free candy when I buy a big bag of Kimchi. (I tried making my own… wow, it was really bad.)


What is it that makes Korean and English…


Added by Dayne on December 22, 2013 at 15:06 — 6 Comments

English Vs Mandarin


English Vs Mandarin By Dayne Collins – Academia ESL


The best thing about learning a language is discovering the unique differences, and sometimes uncanny similarities. What makes Mandarin and English so different? Do we have anything in common?…


Added by Dayne on December 22, 2013 at 9:34 — 3 Comments

English with Katie Adler

Recently I was the special guest on Katie Adler's live English language talk show.

I had a wonderful time on the live online talk show, and I hope some of you were able to tune in and listen. If you missed the show, I would like to invite you to listen to the replay.

To listen to the replay of Live with Katie Adler featuring yours truly, click here



Added by Dayne on October 4, 2013 at 12:41 — 3 Comments

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