First of all thanks to the blog reader who pointed out an error in one of my posts. Running a blog is a new experience for me. In a way it is a lonely experience. There is very little interaction with the readers. I do not know what kind of posts ...Read more What interests people?
We have been enjoying some warm spring weather in Vancouver and it sure picks up everyone’s spirits. The temperature does not vary dramatically from season to season in Vancouver . Winter temperatures rarely go below zero centigrade. Sometimes, ev...Read more Spring, joy and language learning
My wife is away in Toronto visiting her 89 year old mother. Next month I will go to Europe.One main purpose is to visit my 93 year old uncle in Sweden with whom I am very close. I guess we are all getting older. Tonight I went to dinner in a small...Read more My community has changed
The last few days have been splendid. I sit in my house and look out at the ocean, the sun dancing off the dark blue peaceful waters of our inland sea, as the sun prepares to set behind the mountains. The colour of the water is deep, and I am remi...Read more Enjoying Vancouver
There have been two comments on the subject of pronunciation and intonation. These both came from Hong Kong from Cantonese speakers who have a high level of fluency in English but who want to achieve as close as possible to native speaker pronunci...Read more Intonation and pronunciation
The Importance of Phrases The principles of Chinese grammar are different from English. I deliberately ignored explanations of the theory of Chinese grammar because these theoretical explanations made no sense to me. Instead, I just accepted the v...Read more Book excerpt: Phrases
Once you reach the intermediate stage you face the longest and most demanding part of your task. You now want to achieve breakthrough to fluency. You need to move from being able to say a few things in a limited social setting to being able to use...Read more Book excerpt: interesting content
We continue to have wet weather. After my early morning workout I went to my favourite cafe for my morning cappuccino and to read two newspapers. ESL learner from Pakistan, you who write so well, learned English so well and share my enthusiasm for...Read more Diary: Thoughts on a rainy day