What makes this blog different (=hopefully more interesting, entertaining, and informative) than other English language learning sites is that in addition to sharing my considerable experience as an on-line teacher, I will include my Christian perspective and break-down* church lingo* (like in this section header*).
An asterisk will identify expressions that may be unfamiliar to English language learners and/or people unfamiliar with some “Christian” expressions . The definitions for these words and phrases can be found by following the asterisk, or as I cleverly described it, by Following the Star!* (This is a “play on words” because it is reference to the Wise Men who followed the star to find the infant Jesus).
“Watch and Learn, People! Watch and Learn!”
The title of this paragraph is an expression used by my six year old grandson recently. As he was pretending to be a police officer arresting a “bad guy” he shouted, “Watch and learn, people! Watch and learn!” Meaning we should watch him as he showed us how it was done. This page contains links to each of the posts on My Virtual English. Hopefully, you can watch and learn from my successes as well as my failures! Happy learning, Michele
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FEATURED VIDEO Double Bubble Train Your Face It’s a workout for your face! Learn how to blow a double bubble and strengthen your face and tongue to improve your ability to make the sounds of English.
A, An, or The?…THAT is the Question FEATURED VIDEO Lessons learned. For learning and teaching how to use a, an, or the (called articles in grammar). This article includes The Butterfly Story.
Are You Coming or Going? Lessons learned using coming versus going.
Body Language: Expressions Speak Louder Than Words Lessons on body language, facial expressions, gestures, and cultural and gender differences in communication.
Comfort Food, Words, and Women These are lessons on expressions using the word comfort.
Cursing: Using inappropriate words appropriately! Is it okay to swear? This article will help you decide when and if it’s appropriate. This is a lesson learned regarding the importance of honest feedback.
Did I Forget to Mention…Ellipsis? This article explains ellipsis. What ellipsis is, how ellipsis is used and how understanding ellipsis will improve your English skills.
Especially Strange! These are lessons learned about using the word especially in English and suggests that there may be confusion between especially and specifically.
Frickin’ Fricatives Lessons explaining fricatives and the importance of developing an English persona to make fricative sounds with confidence and power.
Just Peachy! A love story Expressions using peach and peachy, as well as my love story and my firsthand experience of how God takes us from the pits to a life that is peachy.
Let Me Qualify That! (Qualifying Statements) This lesson explains the phrase, “Let me qualify that statement” and explains how to qualify statements in a variety of ways.
Look! Watch out! These are lessons about the difference between look, watch, and see. This article explains when to use each of these words.
Not Scary This Halloween post examining word pairs like scared/scary, frightened/frightening, and loved/loving is informative, not scary!
Rest Assured I’ll Reassure You These are lessons about using assured versus reassured and the expressions, “Rest assured,” and “Let me assure you,” as well as a discussion about our relationship with God.
Say it isn’t So! This article introduces expressions using such and so, and explains how and when to use them.
Shoot! Expressions and uses of shoot, and shot
Talking Naturally about Nature These are lessons learned while teaching about nature. It explains how to talk about nature and natural things naturally. This article feature several photographs by the author paired with quotes about nature.
Take Your Lunch and Eat it Too! We say eat lunch or dinner not take lunch or dinner. This article includes a slide show about the idiom, “have your cake and eat it too.”
The Art of Small Talk Tips for making small talk and asking engaging questions.
The Challenge of Using Challenging A lesson on how to use challenge, challenging, and challenged.
The Word? Word! How English and Christianity are related and what The Word, the word, words, and Word! all mean.
This is Confusing. Isn’t it? An explanation of how to use and answer tag questions, which are statements followed by a question.
To and Fro with To, For and From FEATURED VIDEO Lessons learned. For learning and teaching the differences and uses of to, for and from. Includes an original poem.
Tough Topics: Aging and Death First in the Tough Topics series. Aging and Death is about Western cultural ideals and explains how to talk about aging and death.
We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This! These are lessons learned while talking about meeting people (for the first time and beyond) and formal meetings.
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