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Jennifer England
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English Fluency Specialist
English Fluency Specialist

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Authentic Materials
Books, articles, websites, interactive media … there is so much material out there! The question is … how do you separate the wheat from the chaff ? When it comes to learning English as a second language (ESL), most students turn to worksheets, study guides...

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Who Am I?
Originally hwa ( also hwá, hwone, hwæne, hwæt, hwæs, hwám, hwæm, hwy, or hwon … your guess at pronunciation is as good as mine), the oldest word in the English language is who , reportedly in existence for 20,000 years. Going into the last stretch of the St...

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Crutch Words
Words vs. Silence. When speaking to a North American, you know the words will win. We just can’t stand silence. It’s unthinkable to enter an elevator without acknowledging the others’ presence with a little small talk. In 1976 anthropologist Edward T. Hall ...

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Fluency is Just a Stone's Throw Away
‘Away’ comes from an Old English word, onweg ,   meaning ‘on one’s way.’ it is broadly defined as ‘at a distance from’ but we can use it to talk about physical space, time and focus, amongst other things. Physical space We parked about 10 meters away from t...

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Memorizing Trick
I’m not a big fan of memorizing. In general, I don’t think this is a good method for understanding and maintaining information. After all, a conversation between friends or colleagues isn’t scripted. But I admit there are some little bits of info that we le...

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Mind your Ps & Qs
You’ve probably noticed that anglos say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ a lot. If a request is a sandwich, these two words are the bread. Many moons ago (early 14th century), those of a lesser station (servants and the like) would address their superiors by saying...

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Dream On
I remember the magical moment I realized I wasn’t translating from English to Spanish any more. It was in the middle of the night. I was dreaming that I was conversing with my parents. Something seemed strange. ‘Wait a minute,’ I exclaimed to my virtual mom...

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First-rate
Recently I was doing a fluency workshop with a group of C level executives. The first thing I asked them to do was to rate their abilities. They were all silent. Nobody seemed to know what to say. Finally one brave soul raised her hand and asked, “what does...

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Look Who's Talking
Do people think you’re crazy? If the answer is ‘no,’ then I know you haven’t been doing your homework! Yes, this is one of those posts where I’m checking up on you. Are you talking to your plant? Here is what will happen if you do: You can practice new soun...

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