Top 5 Mistakes I See With My English Students

During my time teaching English, I noticed a lot of patterns with my students. Some of these were specific to their native language, others were just due to habits their own non-native teachers had when they were young.

Though the number of different mistakes are countless, these are the five that I see the most on a regular day teaching English.

1. Silent S's
While teaching in Asia, I noticed that a lot of students tended to leave off the 's' when making certain nouns plural. For example "I have two sister" instead of 'sisters'. This, I told them, could sound confusing to a native speaker depending on the context. Over time, correcting this mistake can help you sound more natural and confident in your English.

2."Es"
My Spanish speaking students usually add an "e" before certain words that begin with an 's' sound in the English language, like "es-Spanish" or "es-Snow ". This, I realized, happens because there is no equivalent sound to start a word in Spanish. No Spanish words start with "S" and the letter itself is called "ese" so the sound is totally foreign to them. Not to worry, over time, it "estarts" to get easier.

3. Silent Beginnings
My co-teachers in Taiwan would say "ood" or "ear" instead of "would" and "year". I'm still looking into the reason behind this phenomenon, because I wouldn't see it in words like "yes," for example. Regardless, it was strange because the question could be "what country would you like to visit this year?" and the words "what" and "you" wouldn't be affected by the accent. Either way, I'm happy to help my co-teachers and students improve their pronunciation!

4. "Un" and "Uh"
This mistake, instead of being one related to beginnings, was all about the endings. My Taiwanese students would use two sounds "un" and "uh" to end their words because they were more used to ending in an open vowel. Words in Mandarin end with an open mouth, so they would say words like "orange-uh" or "pig-uh." This is very embedded in the way their tongues are used to pronouncing words but the younger the student, the easier it is to modify and learn!

5. "Is Difficult, teacher"
Back to Latin America! Spanish learners often say "is" instead of "it is" because of the way Spanish is structured. To say "it is beautiful" in Spanish, they need only say "es hermoso" and skip the "it" altogether in the conjugation of "to be". This, to them simplifies and facilitates the entire sentence. However, once translated, it doesn't quite work. We need to know what exactly is beautiful and "is beautiful" sounds incomplete. When my students learn that there is a subject missing, it solves the problem entirely!
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Interested in taking your English to the next level? I'm David a full time English teacher with 4 years experience ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ General English: โš™๏ธ Beginners English โœ… Learn the basics when greeting someone and introducing yourself โœ… Top tips to remember when speaking English โœ… Learn how to speak in the past tense โœ… Learn the basics and be able to use English in another country when traveling โš™๏ธ Intermediate English โœ… Be able to express yourself clearly and describe things completely โœ… Hold conversations with Native speakers with confidence โœ… Be able to read and understand English in a wide range of sources: online, books, magazines, etc. [ How to get started? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ ] - Book a 30-minute trial lesson with David - He will evaluate your level of English - Get a personalized lesson plan - Set and achieve your long-term goals - Get discounts when booking more regular lessons Hablo Espaรฑol y he vivido en Colombia por dos aรฑos.
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Interested in taking your English to the next level? I'm David a full time English teacher with 4 years experience ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿซ General English: โš™๏ธ Beginners English โœ… Learn the basics when greeting someone and introducing yourself โœ… Top tips to remember when speaking English โœ… Learn how to speak in the past tense โœ… Learn the basics and be able to use English in another country when traveling โš™๏ธ Intermediate English โœ… Be able to express yourself clearly and describe things completely โœ… Hold conversations with Native speakers with confidence โœ… Be able to read and understand English in a wide range of sources: online, books, magazines, etc. [ How to get started? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ ] - Book a 30-minute trial lesson with David - He will evaluate your level of English - Get a personalized lesson plan - Set and achieve your long-term goals - Get discounts when booking more regular lessons Hablo Espaรฑol y he vivido en Colombia por dos aรฑos.
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