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The Power of your Native Grammar πŸ“‘

Dear English learner,

I know that learning grammar in English can be challenging and confusing. However, I know for sure that if you have a basic understanding of your native grammar, you can learn English grammar easier and faster. Let’s take a look at why this is important for English learners.

Having a basic understanding of grammar patterns in your native language is important when learning a foreign language because it helps in several ways.

🌠 Transferable skills

Learning grammar in one language can help in the acquisition of grammar patterns in another language. This is because many languages share similar grammar structures, and understanding the grammatical concepts in one language can make it easier to recognize and learn them in another language.

πŸ‘ Comprehension

Knowing the grammar patterns and syntax of your native language can help you understand the structure and function of sentences in a foreign language. This will allow you to better comprehend what you are reading or hearing, and make it easier to remember the new language’s grammar patterns and vocabulary.

πŸ’¬ Communication

A basic understanding of grammar in your native language can help you better express yourself when speaking and writing in a foreign language. This is because you will have a better grasp of sentence structure and be able to construct more complex sentences.

🚩 Error correction

Knowing the grammar of your native language can help you remember grammar patterns easily and identify errors in the foreign language you are learning. This is because you will be able to recognize when a sentence in a foreign language does not follow the grammatical structure you are accustomed to.

πŸš€ Freedom

Knowing the basic grammar of your own language can help you use a new language on your own. You will know more about how languages work and understand grammar patterns and syntax better. This will make it easier for you to speak and write the new language with more confidence, and you won’t need to depend on a teacher or dictionary all the time.

So, if you’re learning a new language, don’t forget to *brush up on your grammar skills in your native language! It can make learning the new language much easier and help you communicate with more confidence.

Plus, you’ll be able to identify errors and correct them on your own, without always needing a teacher or dictionary. Good luck on your language-learning journey!

With love,

P.S. *brush up on is a phrasal verb. It means to review or refresh your knowledge or skills in a particular subject or activity that you have learned before. It’s like giving yourself a quick reminder of what you already know.

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Tips and Tricks for Online Classes

Are you an English learner looking to improve your English skills online?

Look no further! Here I’ll share tips and tricks to help you succeed in your language-learning journey.

The following tips can help you maximize your online classes so you can achieve your learning goals and become better at speaking English.

1. Set a schedule and stick to it ⏰

Plan out your study time, and attend online classes on time. Consistency is key to learning a new language.

2 Practice regularly πŸ’ͺ

The more you practice, the more confident you will become in your language skills. Look for opportunities to practice during your class, such as actively participating in the breakout room activities.

3 Improve your listening skills πŸ‘‚πŸ”ˆ

Listen to your English teacher and classmates and try to guess the meaning of new words from context. Don’t use your translator to translate every single new word you hear. Try to listen to different accents and dialects to improve your comprehension.

4 Improve your reading skills πŸ‘€ πŸ“š

Read English language materials such as books, articles, and news stories to improve your reading comprehension and vocabulary.

5 Participate in class discussions πŸ—£οΈ

Don’t be afraid to speak up and participate in class discussions. This will help you to practice your speaking and listening skills and will also give you the chance to learn from your classmates.

6 Take notes πŸ“

Taking notes during online classes can help you remember important information and improve your writing skills.

7 Ask for feedback πŸ™‹

Ask your teacher for feedback on your language skills and areas that need improvement. Use this feedback to set goals and work on areas that need improvement.

8 Use online resources πŸ’»

Take advantage of online resources such as grammar websites, vocabulary lists, and language learning apps to supplement your class work and improve your language skills.

9 Connect with your classmates 🀝

Connect with your classmates outside of class to practice your language skills and build your confidence. You can creat a Whatsapp/ Telegram/ Facebook/ Wechat study group.

10 Be patient and persistent 🧘

Learning a new language takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and persistent in your efforts to improve your language skills.


πŸ’‘ Finally, learning a new language can be challenging, and it’s important to be kind to yourself during the process. Making mistakes is a natural part of learning, and it’s okay to not get everything right the first time.

πŸ† Instead of being hard on yourself, try to focus on the progress you’re making and the improvements you’re seeing in your language skills. Celebrate your successes and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

πŸ—΅ Remember, everyone makes mistakes, even native speakers!

😊 By being kind to yourself and embracing your mistakes as opportunities for growth, you’ll be able to learn English with greater ease and confidence

Can you think of other tips to succeed in your online classes? Share your comments below ⬇️

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What is ✨ Magical Thinking ✨ in Learning Languages?

Dear English learner,

I know that learning a new language can be challenging, and sometimes it’s tempting to look for quick fixes or magical solutions that will make everything easier. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can actually hold you back from making progress in your English learning journey. In this post, I’ll explore what magical thinking is, why it can be problematic, and how to avoid falling into its trap.

What is Magical Thinking?

Magical thinking is when someone believes that two things are connected, even if there is no logical reason for them to be related. For instance, if you think that wearing a lucky charm will help you pass a test, even though there’s no proof to support that idea, then you’re using magical thinking.

It’s important to remember that believing in things like lucky charms, mantras, and positive thoughts won’t necessarily help you achieve your goals. To succeed in learning English, it’s better to focus on practicing regularly and using effective learning strategies.

When it comes to learning English, magical thinking can take many forms. Some examples include:

  • Believing that grammar is not important and that you can become fluent just by speaking with native speakers or watching TV shows.
  • Some people believe memorizing grammar rules or vocabulary lists will make them fluent, but this is not enough.
  • Thinking that you’ll magically “get it” one day, without putting in the necessary time and effort to study and practice.
  • Expecting that you’ll become fluent in a matter of weeks or months, rather than accepting that language learning is a long-term process.
  • Assuming that you’ll understand everything perfectly once you’re immersed in an English-speaking environment, without realizing that confusion and misunderstandings are a natural part of the learning process.
  • Assuming that you’re too old or too “bad at languages” to learn English, without giving yourself a chance to try and improve.
  • Assuming that it is normal to be confused ALL the time.
  • Assuming that an advanced English level class will help you learn faster because one day you will magically grasp the basics of the language that you can easily and smoothly learn in a lower level class.

In a nutshell: Magical thinking is when people think they can learn a language quickly without much effort.

Why is Magical Thinking Problematic?

Magical thinking can be problematic 2 main reasons:

1 Unrealistic expectations

Magical thinking can lead to unrealistic expectations and disappointment when things don’t go as planned. If you believe that you’ll become fluent quickly and easily, and then find yourself struggling with grammar or vocabulary, you may feel frustrated and demotivated.

2 Laziness

Magical thinking can prevent you from taking action and making progress. If you believe that there’s a magical solution to your language learning challenges, you may not be willing to put in the necessary time and effort to study and practice. As a result, you may not make the progress you’re capable of and may miss out on opportunities to improve your language skills.

How to Avoid Falling into the Magical Thinking Trap

To avoid falling into the magical thinking trap, it’s important to have a realistic and growth-oriented mindset. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Recognize that learning a language is a long-term process that requires time, effort, and practice. Don’t expect to become fluent overnight, and be willing to invest in your language skills over time.
  • Focus on the process of learning, rather than the outcome. Instead of obsessing over how fluent you are or how many words you know, focus on enjoying the learning process and making incremental progress.
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or feeling confused. These are natural parts of the learning process, and they’re actually signs that you’re challenging yourself and making progress.
  • Seek out resources and support that can help you improve your language skills. This could include textbooks, online courses, language exchange partners, or a tutor.
  • Stay motivated by setting realistic goals and celebrating your progress along the way. For example, you could set a goal to learn how to use five new words each week, and then celebrate when you achieve this goal.

Don’t let magical thinking hold you back from achieving your language learning goals.

Language learners must practice speaking, reading, writing, and listening regularly. It’s also important to use various resources, like books, podcasts, and news articles. Avoid thinking that one method or tool is all you need for success. Remember, everyone learns differently. It’s good to practice speaking with English speakers, even if you make mistakes.

Wishing or visualizing won’t make you learn faster. The most effective way to learn is to study and practice consistently.

Remember that there are no shortcuts or magical solutions – the key to success is hard work, dedication, and consistent practice.

With love,

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Why doesn’t my English teacher correct every single mistake I make?

Dear English learner,

I understand that you may feel frustrated that your teacher doesn’t correct every single mistake you make. However, please keep in mind that teachers have to strike a balance between correcting errors and allowing students to express themselves freely.

It’s important to understand that correcting every mistake you make can be too much and not the best way to learn a language. Research has shown that too much feedback can actually make it harder to learn and make you less confident when using the language.

Giving feedback is MORE than simply correcting your errors or pointing out every single mistake you make. There are different types of feedback that English teachers usually give to their students to help them improve their language skills.

Here I’m going to explain briefly the different types of feedback many English teachers give to their students:

Corrective feedback

Corrective feedback is a type of feedback that is given when a student makes an error in their language use. For example, if you said “I goed to the store” instead of “I went to the store”, your teacher might give you corrective feedback by saying “It should be ‘I went to the store’.”

This type of feedback can be valuable for improving your language skills, but it’s not the only form of feedback that you can receive.

Positive feedback

Positive feedback is a type of feedback that focuses on what you did well. For example, if you gave a great presentation in class, your teacher might give you positive feedback by saying “You did a wonderful job presenting your ideas clearly and confidently.”

This type of feedback give praise for a job well done, and it can also boost your motivation and confidence.

Formative feedback

Formative feedback can come in various forms, depending on the context. For example, your teacher might give you feedback on a piece of writing you submitted or provide you with guidance during a conversation practice. The feedback might include suggestions on how to improve your grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, or communication skills.

This type of feedback focuses on addressing specific areas for improvement, can help you identify where to focus your efforts.

Summative feedback

Summative feedback is a type of feedback that is given at the end of a learning period or after a task has been completed. For example, at the end of a course, your teacher might give you a final exam or project and provide you with a grade based on your overall performance.

This form of feedback can help you identify areas where you still need improvement, as well as what you did well.

In addition to feedback from your teacher, you can also seek feedback from peers or language exchange partners. They may be able to provide a different perspective on your language use and offer suggestions for improvement.

I hope this explanation have answered your question.

With love,