Friday, September 28, 2018

Grammar - Who's versus Whose

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Many students learning English often misspell a number of words that sound the same but have a different spelling (such words are known as homophones). What is surprising is that there are a number of native speakers who also make the mistake of confusing such like-sounding words.

The difference between who's and whose is easy to spot because of the apostrophe, making it simple to differentiate between the two words.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10 More IELTS Speaking Cue Card Questions (part 3)

https://argutelegacy.blogspot.com/search/label/SpeakingPlease note that the following questions can be used by teachers and students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English. All you have to do is talk about the topic with your speaking partner or tutor or even practice with the help of a stopwatch by timing your answer. A reasonable answer should last about 2-5 minutes.

For those preparing for the IELTS exam, this is the third list of cue card questions for Part 2 of the Speaking component. You can find the first list here and the second one here. Practice these questions by timing yourself and sticking to 2 minutes for each topic.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Hwang Sun-won - Conversation in June about Mothers (Overview)

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If there were ever a more trite statement made about literature, it would be that reading stories from different literary cultures enriches people's experience of the world. However, "books take you places" isn't just another platitude rehashed by publishers, Reading teachers or something you'd find pasted on a cardboard sign in a Fox Books megastore from Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. It's an observation, albeit somewhat hyperbolized due to its dependence on personifying books, founded on readers' escapades with every book cover opened. 

This feeling of being transported to a new kind of reality is what I sensed after reading Hwang Sun-won's "Conversation in June about Mothers", a short story born out of the Cold War which presents facets of the mystery that is motherhood. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Grammar: Causatives

Please read the first two paragraphs from Grammar: The Subjunctive by way of introduction to this series of blog posts regarding grammar.

Using a causative construction demonstrates a better knowledge of English, which is why it is taught to students preparing for a B2, C1 or C2 level English examination (IELTS, ECPE, ECCE, ESB, LRN, MSU-CELP, MSU-CELC, TOEFL, TOEIC, ALCE, to name a few).

The reason why we use the causative voice is because we want to say that we didn't do something on our own, but 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

10 More IELTS Speaking Cue Card Questions (part 2)

https://argutelegacy.blogspot.com/search/label/SpeakingPlease note that the following questions can be used by teachers and students or anyone who wants to improve their spoken English. All you have to do is talk about the topic with your speaking partner or tutor or even practice with the help of a stopwatch by timing your answer. A reasonable answer should last about 2-5 minutes.

For those preparing for the IELTS exam, this is the second list of cue card questions for Part 2 of the Speaking component. You can find the first list here. Practice these questions by timing yourself and sticking to 2 minutes for each topic.



IELTS candidates should also read the tips for Part 2 of the Speaking section here:IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Sample Questions (List 1) & Tips.

You can find more information about the Speaking exam if you also read

Useful Vocabulary Words for Speaking Exams 

IELTS Speaking: Part 1 Sample Questions (List 1)
 
IELTS Speaking: The Basics


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Virginia Woolf - The Legacy (Overview)

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When a wife dies and leaves her husband her diary, all is possible. In Gilbert Clandon's case, the legacy his wife leaves him is much more than he could ever have imagined. 

Virginia Woolf signs an exceptional short story which questions the foundations of marriage, people's need for communication by any means possible and their inclusion in a mutually beneficial partnership. When one reneges on that contract, the other will seek new outlets to grow, as personal development in any marriage is inevitable. If that development is undertaken without any consideration for one's spouse, then problems will unavoidably ensue.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Roald Dahl - Lamb to the Slaughter (Overview)

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Some stories you know will be great the minute you read their title. Combine this fact with the name of their author and the result is a fireworks display. 

Roald Dahl has written some of the most memorable stories in the last century because of their quirkiness and deep sense of raw reality disguised in simple, straight-forward prose. And like any good classic short stories, his behave in a way that make readers search for an alternative reality that will explain the whys and wherefores of human behavior.

Patrick Maloney tells his pregnant wife he's leaving her. "What will Mary do about it?" is the question in a reader's mind and how is this tied to the title of the story? As is plain, from the get-go, questions arise that grow in number as the story progresses and leave us either giggling at the end of it alongside Mary or wriggling uneasily in our seats.

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