Wednesday, November 21, 2018 / Published in Learning English

When I was in university, I took some Chinese classes. One of the biggest challenges I had was learning how to pronounce the sounds correctly.

As a native English speaker, I struggled to reproduce a lot of Chinese sounds. Not only were the sounds difficult for me to make, but Chinese is also a tonal language. Chinese has four tones: high, rising, dipping, and falling. It also has a neutral tone. The sounds and tones were hard enough on their own. Together? HAH! Even now, I sometimes still have difficulty having correct pronunciation for both sounds and tones.

What really helped me improve my pronunciation was music. Once a week, at my university, there was a Chinese singing class. Each class we would learn and practice one or two songs. It was always fun, and I have many fond memories of laughing with my classmates at our pronunciation. However, as time went on, we found that the songs we learned were actually helping a lot with our pronunciation. To this day, I still remember many of the songs we learned. I also like to practice new songs!

Using singing and music is a wonderful way to learn a language. Here are some of the songs I’ve used before in my classes.

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Thursday, November 08, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English

CELPIP Speaking Task 5

*UPDATE: Written on the whiteboard is “Although (your choice) is a good choice, I think that (my choice) may be better.”

What is not clear is that “(your choice)” refers to the choice that the other person has made. My apologies if the video is not clear on that point!

 

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English
Here are three strategies for the body of your speaking answer:

 

 

 

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English
Friday, November 02, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English
Thursday, November 01, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English
Thursday, November 01, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English
Thursday, November 01, 2018 / Published in Guest Post, Learning English

We have a special blog post from one of our amazing students, Mike!

I would not say it is a challenge, but it’s a valuable experience for being an English learner that I had three interviews with different native English speakers. Before sharing these, please let me introduce myself first.

My name is Mike and I was born in Taiwan. Following the traditional education in Taiwan, English was not a tool for me; it was a subject which I had to study for the exam and I hated it. For this reason, I hardly talked to anyone in English because it almost killed me. It was easy to keep the speaking part of English away when I was a student; I could be a good student only with reading and writing. But it didn’t work after I got a job and that was why I went to Canada to improve my English skills.

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Monday, October 29, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English

To improve your CELPIP score on Task 1, watch this video!

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Friday, October 26, 2018 / Published in CELPIP, Learning English

Listening is a key part of your ability to speak English, whether it is for the CELPIP test, or real life. Always focus on improving your listening first!

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