The language journey is paved with mistakes.

Try to imagine what it was like when you first started learning to speak your native language.
It’s just impossible to imagine, isn’t it?
The language journey when we are infants starts in a relaxed atmosphere where we are encouraged to talk freely without fear of making mistakes. With a lack of self-consciousness*, we talk and talk eventually developing our abilities to communicate our needs and wants.
When we go to school, some of us slowly start to become more self-conscious. Instead of learning that making mistakes is part of the learning process, some of us learn to associate making mistakes with failure. This can inhibit our ability to learn to speak another language.

So how do we meet this challenge of learning a second language?

1. FIRSTLY:
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
  • Be aware that making mistakes is part of the process of learning a second language.
2. SECONDLY:
  • Focus on COMMUNICATION.
  • Try to get your ideas across when speaking.
  • Speak as often as you can. This is the only way you can improve your speaking skills.
  • Try also to develop your listening skills. It's a good idea to watch films with English sub-titles to help develop your listening and reading skills
  • When reading try to get the overall idea of what is being said. At first, you will understand very little.
  • It takes time and PATIENCE to develop understanding.
3. THIRDLY:
  • Try to learn from your mistakes.
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Here are a few common mistakes made by some students when speaking and writing English.

Prepositions

Prepositions are one of the hardest parts of a foreign language to learn, even at an advanced level as they function so differently from language to language.
  • Incorrect: “I’m going to home”. The preposition “to” should be crossed out.
  • Correct: “I’m going home.”
  • Many Spanish speakers make this mistake as they are translating directly from Spanish.

Contractions

The contraction ‘d can stand for had or would. Be careful when writing the full form. Look carefully at the context.
  • Incorrect: He said he had be here. Cross out had.
  • Correct: He said he would be here.
  • Incorrect: He said he would arrived. Cross out would
  • Correct: He said he had arrived

Modal Verbs

The modal verbs can, could, may, might, must, should or would are followed by the base form of the verb. Do no use the preposition “to” after these modal verbs.
  • Incorrect: They might bringing their aunt to the concert. Cross out “ing”
  • Correct: They might bring their aunt to the concert.
  • Incorrect: They can to come to the picnic. Cross out the “to” after ”can”
  • Correct: They can come to the picnic.
HOWEVER: The modal verb ought is always followed by a to. (Ought is the same as should except that it is more formal and it is always followed by a to)
  • Incorrect: You ought clean your house.
  • Correct: You ought to clean your house.
Also, don’t add –s, -ed, or –ing to the infinitive that follows ought.
  • Incorrect: She ought to cutting her son’s hair.
  • Correct: She ought to cut her son’s hair.

Expressions and Vocabulary used in the Article

paved:
  • Literal Meaning: Covered in pavement; as of concrete / asphalt / stones etc
  • Figurative Meaning: Laid out or made, as intentions, desires, plans, etc.
  • Another sentence with "paved": Studying a second language paved the way to better opportunities.
inhibit - what does it mean to inhibit something - to hold it back / to restrain / to block e.g. A teacher who makes fun of her students for making mistakes inhibits their ability to develop their skills.
meet a challenge – to deal with a problem or something difficult you have to do
instead of – in place of someone or something
aware – knowing that something exists or having knowledge of or experience of a particular thing
self-conscious (adjective) - feeling lots of awareness of oneself and actions / nervous or uncomfortable because you are worried about what people think about you or your actions.
self-consciousness (noun)

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Me llamo Michele. Vivo en Sídney, Australia y mi lengua materna es inglés. My name is Michele. I live in Sydney, Australia and I'm a native speaker of English. PORQUE ESCOJERME COMO TU PROFESORA Aparte del hecho que tengo calificaciones de enseñanza y también como experiencia en enseñar inglēs como segundo idioma nosotros tenemos experiencias compartidas al aprender un idioma extranjero. También me encanta enseñar mi idioma nativa. WHY CHOOSE ME AS YOUR TEACHER Apart from having teaching qualifications and experience teaching English as a second language we have a shared experience in the study of a foreign language. I also love teaching my native language English. PORQUE OFRESCO MIS SERVICIOS COMO PROFESORA EN VERBLING? Encuentro que Verbling es un excelente medio para aprender un idioma. WHY AM I OFFERING MY SERVICES AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER ON VERBLING? I have found that Verbling is an excellent language platform in which to learn a language. COMO SÉ ESTO? Cuando descubrí Verbling, ya había estudiado español por más de 3 años. Estudié español con Verbling desde el 2014 hasta Septiembre 2019, este año. Con la ayuda, guía y sentido de humor de mi profesora de Verbling, he alcanzado un buen nivel en español. HOW DO I KNOW THIS? By the time I discovered Verbling, I had already been studying Spanish for over 3 years. I studied Spanish with Verbling from 2014 to September 2019, this year. With the help, guidance and sense of humour of my Verbling teacher, I have now achieved a good level in Spanish. CARACTERISTICAS PERSONALES Sentido de humor, comprensiva, cariñosa, sociable, trabajadora y insaciablemente curiosa. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS A sense of humour, empathetic, caring, sociable, hardworking and insatiably curious NIVELES ENSEÑADOS A2 (Principiante superior) a B2 (intermedio superior) NIVELES QUE ESTOY DISPUESTA A ENSEÑAR Niveles dispuestos a enseñar en Verbling: A1 a B2 LEVELS TAUGHT A2 (Upper Beginner) to B2 (upper intermediate) LEVELS WILLING TO TEACH Levels willing to teach on Verbling: A1 to B2 FILOSOFÍA DE ENSEÑANZA Adaptare mis clases a tu nivel y necesidades especificas de aprendizaje. Como soy una persona y maestra comprensiva, siempre alagare tus esfuerzos para ayudarlo a alentarlo a mejorar sus conocimientos en el idioma Ingles. Como tal, nunca menospreciaré los esfuerzos que realices al aprender inglés. Prefiero crear un ambiente relajado, seguro y amigable donde puedas aprender a tu propio ritmo y donde sientas que no tienes miedo de expresarte y cometer errores. Esto significa que estableceré una relación amistosa con usted desde la primera clase. Aunque prefiero que hagas tarea, no es obligatorio. Depende totalmente en cuanto tiempo tengas disponible. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY I will adapt my classes to suit your level and specific learning needs. As I am an empathetic person and teacher, I will always praise your efforts to help encourage you to improve your English language skills. As such, I will never belittle the efforts that you make when learning English. I prefer to create a relaxed, safe and friendly learning environment where you can flourish at your own pace and where you feel unafraid of expressing yourself and making mistakes. This means I will establish a friendly rapport with you right from the first class. Although I prefer you do homework, it is not obligatory. It is dependent entirely on how much time you have at your disposal. PORQUE ENSEÑAR INGLES COMO SEGUNDO IDIOMA Y MI METODOLOGIA DE ENSEÑANZA a) Tengo titulación docente y experiencia en enseñar Ingles como segundo idioma. b) También, mi amplia experiencia en la enseñanza del habla, así como mi experiencia en la industria del entretenimiento me ha dotado de habilidades que he podido utilizar en mis clases de Ingles. Por ejemplo, he preparado varios guiones que puedo hacerte leer y actuar por ejemplo, reservar una mesa en un restaurante. c) Atraves de mis estudios del idioma Español, he tenido que desarrollar estrategias sobre la mejor manera de aprender un el idioma. Esto me da una ventaja adicional cuando se enseña Ingles como lengua extranjera, ya que puedo ensenarte estas estrategias. d) Aparte de esto, he aprendido a comprender los desafíos específicos que enfrentan los Hispanohablantes cuando aprenden Ingles. Los últimos tres años he ensenado Ingles como segundo idioma voluntariamente a Hispanohablantes de Sur América. Hice esto para desarrollar mas habilidades para ensenar mi idioma nativo como también para ver si es algo que me gustaría hacer. Y SABES QUE? Me encanta ensenar Ingles como segundo idioma. e) LENGUAJE DE INSTRUCCION - INGLES Todas mis clases son conducidas en Ingles para que puedas adquirir las conocimientos necesarias para comunicarte en este idioma. Esto quiere decir que explico el significado de las palabras y expresiones en Ingles. Sin embargo, si tienes dificultad en entender mi explicación en Ingles, tengo la habilidad de explicar ciertas expresiones y vocabulario en Español. f) COMUNICACION - Comunicación en mi clase es clave. esto significa que siempre hay oportunidades en mis clases para que te expreses libremente aunque sea en Ingles defectuoso. Todos los que nos hemos esforzado por aprender un segundo idioma sabemos que empezamos con pequeños pasos. g) DESAROLLO DE HABILIDADES me centrare en ayudarte a desarrollar las cuatro habilidades necesarias para aprender un segundo idioma escuchar/hablar/leer/escribir ORTOGRAFIA: Como el inglés no es fonético, siempre utilizo textos en conjunto con el habla / audio para desarrollar su comprensión de como suena el inglés escrito. Aunque fui criada aprendiendo la ortografía del Reino Unido, he tenido bastante experiencia leyendo literatura Americana (mas reciente Khaled Hosseini) y como tal, puedo ensenar ortografía del Reino Unido también como ortografía de Estado Unidos. h) MATERIAL DIDACTICO Uso dibujos, fotografías, diagramas y mapas, audio y textos para ayudar en el proceso de aprendizaje. WHY TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AND MY TEACHING METHODOLOGY a) I have teaching qualifications and experience in teaching English as a second language. b) Also, my extensive experience teaching speech and drama as well as my experience in the entertainment industry has equipped me with skills that I have been able to use in my English language classes. c) Through my studies of the Spanish language, I have had to develop strategies on how best to learn a foreign language. This gives me an added advantage when teaching English as a foreign language as I can teach these strategies to you d) Quite apart from this, I have gained an insight into the specific challenges faced by Spanish speakers when learning English. The last three years I have taught English as a second language voluntarily to Spanish speakers from South America. I did this to develop more skills in teaching my native language as well as to see whether it would be something I’d enjoy doing. AND GUESS WHAT? I love teaching English as a second language. e) LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION – ENGLISH All my classes are conducted in English to enable you to acquire the necessary skills to communicate in this language. This means I explain the significance of words and expressions in English. However, should you have difficulty understanding my explanation in English, I have the ability to explain certain expressions and vocabulary in Spanish. f) COMMUNICATION – Communication in my class is key. This means that there are always opportunities in my classes for you to express yourself freely, albeit in broken English. All of us who have endeavoured to learn a foreign language know that we start with baby steps first. g) SKILLS DEVELOPMENT I will focus on helping you develop the four skills that are necessary when learning a foreign language Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing Spelling: As English spelling is not phonetic, I always use texts in conjunction with speaking and audio to develop your understanding of how written English sounds. Although I was brought up learning to spell the UK way, I have had considerable experience reading American literature, (most recently, Khaled Hosseini) and as such I am able to teach both UK and USA spelling in my classes. h) TEACHING AIDS I use drawings, photographs, diagrams and maps, audio and texts to aid in the learning process.
Flag
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Me llamo Michele. Vivo en Sídney, Australia y mi lengua materna es inglés. My name is Michele. I live in Sydney, Australia and I'm a native speaker of English. PORQUE ESCOJERME COMO TU PROFESORA Aparte del hecho que tengo calificaciones de enseñanza y también como experiencia en enseñar inglēs como segundo idioma nosotros tenemos experiencias compartidas al aprender un idioma extranjero. También me encanta enseñar mi idioma nativa. WHY CHOOSE ME AS YOUR TEACHER Apart from having teaching qualifications and experience teaching English as a second language we have a shared experience in the study of a foreign language. I also love teaching my native language English. PORQUE OFRESCO MIS SERVICIOS COMO PROFESORA EN VERBLING? Encuentro que Verbling es un excelente medio para aprender un idioma. WHY AM I OFFERING MY SERVICES AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER ON VERBLING? I have found that Verbling is an excellent language platform in which to learn a language. COMO SÉ ESTO? Cuando descubrí Verbling, ya había estudiado español por más de 3 años. Estudié español con Verbling desde el 2014 hasta Septiembre 2019, este año. Con la ayuda, guía y sentido de humor de mi profesora de Verbling, he alcanzado un buen nivel en español. HOW DO I KNOW THIS? By the time I discovered Verbling, I had already been studying Spanish for over 3 years. I studied Spanish with Verbling from 2014 to September 2019, this year. With the help, guidance and sense of humour of my Verbling teacher, I have now achieved a good level in Spanish. CARACTERISTICAS PERSONALES Sentido de humor, comprensiva, cariñosa, sociable, trabajadora y insaciablemente curiosa. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS A sense of humour, empathetic, caring, sociable, hardworking and insatiably curious NIVELES ENSEÑADOS A2 (Principiante superior) a B2 (intermedio superior) NIVELES QUE ESTOY DISPUESTA A ENSEÑAR Niveles dispuestos a enseñar en Verbling: A1 a B2 LEVELS TAUGHT A2 (Upper Beginner) to B2 (upper intermediate) LEVELS WILLING TO TEACH Levels willing to teach on Verbling: A1 to B2 FILOSOFÍA DE ENSEÑANZA Adaptare mis clases a tu nivel y necesidades especificas de aprendizaje. Como soy una persona y maestra comprensiva, siempre alagare tus esfuerzos para ayudarlo a alentarlo a mejorar sus conocimientos en el idioma Ingles. Como tal, nunca menospreciaré los esfuerzos que realices al aprender inglés. Prefiero crear un ambiente relajado, seguro y amigable donde puedas aprender a tu propio ritmo y donde sientas que no tienes miedo de expresarte y cometer errores. Esto significa que estableceré una relación amistosa con usted desde la primera clase. Aunque prefiero que hagas tarea, no es obligatorio. Depende totalmente en cuanto tiempo tengas disponible. TEACHING PHILOSOPHY I will adapt my classes to suit your level and specific learning needs. As I am an empathetic person and teacher, I will always praise your efforts to help encourage you to improve your English language skills. As such, I will never belittle the efforts that you make when learning English. I prefer to create a relaxed, safe and friendly learning environment where you can flourish at your own pace and where you feel unafraid of expressing yourself and making mistakes. This means I will establish a friendly rapport with you right from the first class. Although I prefer you do homework, it is not obligatory. It is dependent entirely on how much time you have at your disposal. PORQUE ENSEÑAR INGLES COMO SEGUNDO IDIOMA Y MI METODOLOGIA DE ENSEÑANZA a) Tengo titulación docente y experiencia en enseñar Ingles como segundo idioma. b) También, mi amplia experiencia en la enseñanza del habla, así como mi experiencia en la industria del entretenimiento me ha dotado de habilidades que he podido utilizar en mis clases de Ingles. Por ejemplo, he preparado varios guiones que puedo hacerte leer y actuar por ejemplo, reservar una mesa en un restaurante. c) Atraves de mis estudios del idioma Español, he tenido que desarrollar estrategias sobre la mejor manera de aprender un el idioma. Esto me da una ventaja adicional cuando se enseña Ingles como lengua extranjera, ya que puedo ensenarte estas estrategias. d) Aparte de esto, he aprendido a comprender los desafíos específicos que enfrentan los Hispanohablantes cuando aprenden Ingles. Los últimos tres años he ensenado Ingles como segundo idioma voluntariamente a Hispanohablantes de Sur América. Hice esto para desarrollar mas habilidades para ensenar mi idioma nativo como también para ver si es algo que me gustaría hacer. Y SABES QUE? Me encanta ensenar Ingles como segundo idioma. e) LENGUAJE DE INSTRUCCION - INGLES Todas mis clases son conducidas en Ingles para que puedas adquirir las conocimientos necesarias para comunicarte en este idioma. Esto quiere decir que explico el significado de las palabras y expresiones en Ingles. Sin embargo, si tienes dificultad en entender mi explicación en Ingles, tengo la habilidad de explicar ciertas expresiones y vocabulario en Español. f) COMUNICACION - Comunicación en mi clase es clave. esto significa que siempre hay oportunidades en mis clases para que te expreses libremente aunque sea en Ingles defectuoso. Todos los que nos hemos esforzado por aprender un segundo idioma sabemos que empezamos con pequeños pasos. g) DESAROLLO DE HABILIDADES me centrare en ayudarte a desarrollar las cuatro habilidades necesarias para aprender un segundo idioma escuchar/hablar/leer/escribir ORTOGRAFIA: Como el inglés no es fonético, siempre utilizo textos en conjunto con el habla / audio para desarrollar su comprensión de como suena el inglés escrito. Aunque fui criada aprendiendo la ortografía del Reino Unido, he tenido bastante experiencia leyendo literatura Americana (mas reciente Khaled Hosseini) y como tal, puedo ensenar ortografía del Reino Unido también como ortografía de Estado Unidos. h) MATERIAL DIDACTICO Uso dibujos, fotografías, diagramas y mapas, audio y textos para ayudar en el proceso de aprendizaje. WHY TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AND MY TEACHING METHODOLOGY a) I have teaching qualifications and experience in teaching English as a second language. b) Also, my extensive experience teaching speech and drama as well as my experience in the entertainment industry has equipped me with skills that I have been able to use in my English language classes. c) Through my studies of the Spanish language, I have had to develop strategies on how best to learn a foreign language. This gives me an added advantage when teaching English as a foreign language as I can teach these strategies to you d) Quite apart from this, I have gained an insight into the specific challenges faced by Spanish speakers when learning English. The last three years I have taught English as a second language voluntarily to Spanish speakers from South America. I did this to develop more skills in teaching my native language as well as to see whether it would be something I’d enjoy doing. AND GUESS WHAT? I love teaching English as a second language. e) LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION – ENGLISH All my classes are conducted in English to enable you to acquire the necessary skills to communicate in this language. This means I explain the significance of words and expressions in English. However, should you have difficulty understanding my explanation in English, I have the ability to explain certain expressions and vocabulary in Spanish. f) COMMUNICATION – Communication in my class is key. This means that there are always opportunities in my classes for you to express yourself freely, albeit in broken English. All of us who have endeavoured to learn a foreign language know that we start with baby steps first. g) SKILLS DEVELOPMENT I will focus on helping you develop the four skills that are necessary when learning a foreign language Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing Spelling: As English spelling is not phonetic, I always use texts in conjunction with speaking and audio to develop your understanding of how written English sounds. Although I was brought up learning to spell the UK way, I have had considerable experience reading American literature, (most recently, Khaled Hosseini) and as such I am able to teach both UK and USA spelling in my classes. h) TEACHING AIDS I use drawings, photographs, diagrams and maps, audio and texts to aid in the learning process.