Perhaps, the most important use of English today is international communication with business colleagues. Writing seems to be declining rapidly in importance, along with spelling, punctuation and grammar, but understanding the spoken language and pronouncing it clearly remain vital. Listening and speaking have to go hand in hand, but trying to speak with no understanding, … Continue reading Back with some further thoughts for you.
Life is always to be changed for the better, but any attempt at self-improvement that lacks a firm foundation will lead only to muddle, frustration and depression. Truly effective speech and action depend on clear thinking, and clear thinking depends on careful looking and listening. Just seeing is not looking; just hearing is not listening. … Continue reading Do not fall into deep water!
Everything must get recorded, but only the good stuff should be recollected.
Listening for detailed information is hard work and rarely practised in the real world outside examination halls, except by university students taking notes in lectures (Nick Kenny, talking to the Cambridge English Language Teachers’ Association in 1999). Language is not so much a means of transmitting information as a means of lubricating (facilitating) the operations … Continue reading The Use of Language