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TOEFL VS IELTS (PARTE I)

Estos dos son exámenes estandarizados diseñados para medir las capacidades funcionales del idioma inglés en personas cuyo idioma nativo no es este. El TOEFL es el examen de rigor para...

5 claves para dominar una entrevista en inglés

No importa el área laboral. Desde la medicina hasta la tecnología, las posibilidades de que tengas una entrevista en inglés son cada vez mayores. Si pensaste que era posible volar...

Revista Aerolínea Easy Fly (enero 2016)

La revista completa se encuentra en el siguiente link. La nota está en la página 20....

Falsos Amigos: Sensible vs Sensato

Los falsos cognados nos llevan a lugares insospechados y peligrosos en el idioma. Pensaste que ‘sensible’ en inglés es lo mismo que en español. Intenta de nuevo!...

Pronunciation: It is still

La mejor manera de mejorar nuestra prounciación es pensar en bloques y unir las palabras. Esta es la manera como las personas hablan naturalmente. En el ejemplo de este video,...

Falsos Amigos: Actually vs Actualmente (Currently)

Creías que actually quiere decir ‘actualmente’ en inglés? Tenemos listados interminables de palabras que se parecen, pero en inglés quieren decir una cosa y en español otra. Estas palabras son...

All vs Every

Cuando utilizas ALL y cuando utilizas every?...

All vs Every Saturday

No es lo mismo decir ‘I play tennis all Saturday’ que ‘I play tennis every Saturday’, ambas frases se refieren a una concepción del tiempo bastante diferente (y con serias...

Both, either, neither…

Si te confundes y no tienes idea de cuando utilizar both, either y neither no tengas miedo, aquí te lo explico con calma. Tenemos toneladas de material y de consejos...

Stop and Listen to Yourself

Languages have always been a love or hate issue. If you pay attention, you will realize that here are those who are extremely passionate about the topic and jump at...

Serious Teachers

As I come close to my 20th anniversary of teaching English as a foreign language I can’t help but reflect on the nature of this business and the quality of...

Dictionaries, English, And Coffee

According to Robert McCrum in his book ‘Globish’, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary gave the English language its ‘contagious adaptability, catchy populism and innate subversiveness.’1 I guess I feel very subversive now...

Pedos de Monja (Nun’s Farts)

I got this chocolate in Mexico. I have to admit I haven’t tried it yet (don’t think I will) since its name means ‘Nun’s Farts’. More so, there’s a small...

High Tech vs Low Tech

Between the whiteboard and me there is a secret…we have an ongoing relationship… My last post was about the iPad. God I love that device. It has changed my life...

What’s a native English speaker

I think the whole ‘Native English’ concept affects a lot of TEFL teachers who are not ‘native’ by the standards expected by some students and are ruled out even if...

The Gatekeepers

I was recently hired to evaluate a group of students at a university. The students needed to obtain a B1 placement score on the Common European Framework of Reference for...

I love Bogotá

Fellow blogger Aiysha recently asked a question about which countries are the most interesting to visit. I want to narrow the search and focus on cities. Now, I have lived...

The Gatekeepers 2

Some months ago I wrote about teachers being gate keepers to people who need to pass an English requirement in order to enter a university, get a degree, or be...

Rosetta Stone as a learning tool

I’ve been learning Portuguese for the past three years and have been using Rosetta Stone for the last two. I decided to enroll in the interactive language learning program, the...

Content and Methodology

Most prospective students inquire about class content and methodology, and while I understand their concerns, I’m not always keen to reveal this. The reason is not selfishness nor cockiness, quite...

Teachers’ Day

Last Friday, May 15, Colombia had its Teachers’ Day celebration. The date for teacher’s day varies from country to country, although there is an official World Teachers’ Day celebrated on...

Is learning a language like war?

Is learning a language like war where anything and everything is valid to get your goals? In fact, it’s probably more like a street fight a la ‘Bridget Jones’. (Do...

The ilussion of progress

In what I understand is an effort to sell more books publishers, institutes and some teachers alike have convinced students that their language learning process is tied to the completion...

The power of words

Words are everything in a language. Words affect the way our message is perceived and how people react to it. Words can make the difference between a sentence being just...

One-To-One Teachers as shrinks/psychiatrists

For a lot of corporate or one-to-one language teachers there is a particular situation which has been the subject of conversation in many informal meetings or happy hours: The teacher...

Technology and teaching

When I first started working as an English teacher twenty years ago things were very different: there was no internet available for the masses, English books did not come with...

The Script

What in the world?…. When learning a language a lot of students start memorizing scripts: How to make a hotel reservation, order a pizza, book a plane, say hello… The...

10 Successful Colombian Executives Working Abroad

Publicado por la Editorial del Colegio de Estudios Superiores en Administración (CESA) en el año 2014, este libro nos cuenta como un grupo de ejecutuivos colombianos logró vencer las barreras del...

Entran ‘Out” y Salen ‘In’

This is a good as it gets. I think it’s the epitome of cool. The latest tally claims that Bogotá has more than 8,000 beauty salons. There are streets where...

Cómo aprender un idioma en el siglo XXI

Públicado en Amazon KDP en el 2015, este libro llego a ser el número 1 en Amazon por varios días. Basado en la experiencia de más de 20 años de...

Individual vs group classes

Often, when attempting to learn another language or discipline, people see themselves facing the responsibility of choosing between options within a sea of endless possibilities. Should I choose face –...

Learning Globish (The City Paper, Bogotá, January 2015)

Even though the Colombian government has been aiming to make bilingualism part of a business culture in order to keep its professionals competitive in a global marketplace, few language academies...