Category: About Learning a Foreign Language

Posted in About Learning a Foreign Language Notes on English Cross Cultural Comments Fluency

Vitamins: V – L – W – R and P

V as in vocabulary!

Building a strong vocabulary is fundamental. And it gives you a competitive edge.

In both your native language and in a foreign language. I can help you do this. Life is so much nicer, so much … healthier, too with a good, solid active vocabulary at your  service!

Why is this what you need to do now? Because, if you feel frustrated or inhibited when you need to speak, it’s likely that you’re … at a lack of words to say what you want to express!

You need a daily dose of Vitamine V In order to

  • understand spoken English immediately
  • read the written word quickly
  • speak – dialogue – share comfortably
  • write clearly

Q: How can I build my vocabulary?

A. If you’re interested in building your vocabulary … subscribe to the Paris Savannah Connection.

And then there’s Vitamine L:

as in Love to Listen …

We’re so incredibly fortunate to have inherited constitutions which guarantee Free Speech. And broadband access to the Internet has given us access to sources and media hitherto relatively unavailable.

Listen not only to the media you’re used to …. but why not the BBC, too … or the Financial Times ? There are interviews and documentaries, often short and sweet – here …. Listen … Whether you’re interested in business, technology, environment, science, the arts or real estate or fashion or sports  … You’ll learn to love to listen!

If you love to listen … subscribe to the Paris Savannah Connection.

Vitamine W:

W as in Word? As is What? Why? Where? Who? When?

Why not?

But what about … writing?  Now that we’re all online … we spend so much time … writing! Keep it up. Think about writing. Develop your own style.

Write! … Even a comment on this blog!

Need some help … some guidelines for good writing?

If you’re interested in writing … subscribe to the Paris Savannah Connection.

not to mention Vitamine P for … Participation.

This is like Vitamine EE (Expression Experience). You’ve got to speak .. You’ve got to Dialogue. The best way to advance .. to get better .. to improve … is to Participate. Not only do we learn from others … we learn from our experience. From doing it.

Speak and Talk and Say and Tell  — Ask  and Answer – Participate and you’ll be a happier person!

And you’d be amazed at what you have to say!

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Vitamines V – L – W – R and P : Does your daily diet include the recommended daily doses or do you absolutely have to

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Posted in About Learning a Foreign Language Notes on English Cross Cultural Comments

English: British English, American English.

(“There is the illusion that we speak the same language, but we really don’t.”)

Even in the most cosmopolitan cities, the vast majority of people we meet speak the language they grew up with:  their native language.  We naturally inherit the sounds, the pronunciations, the accents, the intonations as well as the words, the expressions,  the culture of our environments. Radio and TV “feed” us daily with language … mostly originating in our home lands.

I suppose we could say that there are both national and local languages. As we move through time, passing from one year to the next, from one decade to the next, from one generation to the next, so our language habits change. The frequencies with which a word or expression … or proverb … is used change over time. What used to be is no longer and what is … is new. We adopt words. We discard them, too. Like clothes, we wear them … but, when they’re out of fashion, they stay in the closets until they’re given away, thrown out … or brought out again years later.

But what about the same “language” spoken by different cultures?

Here’s a link to an article written last April by Roger Cohen , columnist, called “On Loos and Language.”  British … and American. Enjoy it.