Category Archives: Speaking

Losing your nerves in the classroom

carole/ marzo 22, 2024/ Pronunciation, Speaking, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

We all know that speaking is the most challenging skill of all in a second language. We get nervous and block and cannot get the words out. As a result we lose confidence and give up. But to learn we have to get over our nerves and say what we mean to say even if we get the ending of the verb wrong or we err on the pronunciation. Making mistakes is all part of learning a language.

Children and Games

carole/ mayo 24, 2023/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Pronunciation, Speaking, Spelling, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

One of the classes I enjoy teaching most is young children. They have boundless energy, and no challenge is too much for them. They arrive to class all smiles and eager to learn. The trick is keeping their attention. With practice I have tweaked my lesson plans around their short attention span. We start with ten minutes vocabulary learning either through a song or video and then we practice with a game such as four in a row. Here the children aim to win four cells in a row by matching the cell´s picture to the correct item of vocabulary in the list. This is a sure guarantee that they retain something.

Water is the engine of life

carole/ enero 24, 2023/ Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

As an English Teacher I find this subject fascinating. I like to bring this theme into my classes often to inspire my students to drink more water and of course to learn more vocabulary! I start off by explaining how water keeps the organs of our bodies operating efficiently.

Why learn a new language?

carole/ noviembre 10, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Exams, Grammar, Learning online, Pronunciation, Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

As tourism is the primary industry in Mallorca, young people are learning languages to increase their career opportunities when they leave school. For that reason, English and German are the second languages on the curriculum. Over the past decade I have seen the demand for German rise exponentially. As Germans are the majority purchasers of property here, Mallorquins have been obliged to learn and speak German proficiently.

English Made Simple: Verb Phrases

carole/ julio 25, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

A breath of fresh air for English learners are Verb Phrases which are simple to use and very common. The verb is linked to a noun instantaneously giving meaning to the verb. Let´s take the example of the verb to wear. What do we wear usually? Glasses? Automatically glasses (noun) makes an association with wear (verb). Verb + Noun = Verb Phrase. Once we can associate a meaning with the verb, it helps us immediately assimilate and memorise it more easily.

Losing the fear of speaking

carole/ junio 24, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Speaking/ 0 comments

Why is it that so many students have a mental block when it comes to speaking English? Is it the fear that they will jumble up the words and come out with something incomprehensible making them look ridiculous? Or is it that they are looking for perfection and refuse to speak until the phrase is perfectly constructed in their minds? If you can identify with one of these people, it´s time to let go of the fear!

Why is grammar so fundamental in learning a language?

carole/ mayo 12, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Writing/ 0 comments

So much has been written on this topic and for very good reason!
To construct a building, we need a sturdy foundation which will support the walls and roof. The same goes for learning a language. We need a structure to build phrases. This structure is comprised of verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and conjunctions. In linguistics this is known as metalanguage. The grammar of a language is its basic framework which allows you to combine a finite number of words in an infinite number of ways and still be understood immediately.

Do you feel comfortable speaking in English?

carole/ abril 11, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Speaking/ 0 comments

Holy Week has arrived and so have the tourists! Hotels, restaurants, cafes, rent a car, airlines, transport companies and retail outlets are being inundated with clients. Great news for Mallorca as tourism is its core business. Apart from first-class service, tourists expect that we communicate with them in their own language.


carole/ enero 12, 2022/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Exams, Grammar, Pronunciation, Speaking, Vocabulary/ 0 comments

Many students ask me if exams are important to measure their level of language. It is a good question and one which I will endeavour to answer. If you have managed to command a language to the extent that you can make yourself understood by a native, you have done well. But notice the word ´well´. Why didn´t I use very well or proficiently? Because making yourself understood doesn´t mean that you speak the language grammatically correct or use the most up to date vocabulary

English made simple

carole/ octubre 28, 2021/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Exams, Grammar, Pronunciation, Speaking, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing/ 0 comments

There is no doubt that learning a new language has its complications. The main one being that we can never directly translate from our native language into the second language. For example, we say in English I am hungry but if we make a direct translation in Spanish Estoy hambre, it doesn´t make any sense as the verb they use is Tener (to have) not Estar (to be) = Tengo hambre.

Use of the verbs Suggest and Recommend and their differences in meaning

carole/ octubre 4, 2021/ Blog Carole Brown Idiomas, Business Themes, Grammar, Learning online, Speaking, Spelling, Writing/ 0 comments

When we are suggesting something, we are endorsing it as a promising idea only. There is no obligation on the third party to follow through. When we are recommending something, we are advising what should be done in a particular situation which would benefit the third party. It holds more weight than suggest and makes the receiver sit up and take note.