Common Errors in English.

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I’m going to talk about common errors in English. We all make common errors in life. We are human. Humans make errors, though computers rarely mess up (= to make a mistake). Why don’t computers make mistakes? Because they are programmed. Who programs them? Human experts of course! So what’s the difference? When you learn English you simply need to learn the code, the program, the matrix, or the syntax (as we say in English terminology). You can’t learn English by looking at websites, listening to podcasts, joining free English conversation chat rooms or simply trying to study from a book. You need someone to check that you are learning in the best way. (Not to mention countless other reasons.)

Let’s go back to the idea of programming. Now, I’m not a programmer, but I do know that if you program something wrong, it won’t give you what you need. It will crash. You will crash or fail if you don’t have the right info or information when you need to speak to someone.

So what do I need to do? You ask. There are so many suggestions and tips that English teachers, writers, authors, and professionals are giving you every day. Too much information can be confusing. So try and find the best advice and take action on it. The best advice I can give you is practise. That’s right, practise the language. Speak it, read it, listen to it, write it, learn it.

So when you are in that situation where you need to speak to someone and you crash or fail; by taking note of what happened; what you wanted to say; what you didn’t understand, and what you need to learn to avoid a similar situation in the future, you can improve your skills.

But how can I improve my skills?

Exactly! How you plan to improve it incredibly important. With my help and support you will achieve your goal. However in order for me to provide my help and support, I need your support.

How can you support me? Well you can book lessons with me, by going to my website (maybe you are already on my website if you are reading this, if not click here. You can support me by following my blog, my website, and following these podcasts. (click this link to visit my podcast channel)


Now, that’s all I’m going to say for today about common errors. What is important is you note what errors you are making, if that’s possible. In that way you can try and stop and think, and correct those errors. Because very often these errors are subconscious. That means we don’t really realise we are making those errors until someone tells us, “Oh no. That’s wrong.”

So when we are corrected, we need to listen, to concentrate on that situation when we make those mistakes. Then we can do something to change that pattern, that repetitive situation when we are making mistakes.

We also need to think how important it is to correct mistakes. If I correct my student too much, he gets demotivated and that sometimes does not help their improvement. So what’s important is to correct the most important mistakes, while they are speaking. Then later I will highlight, or identify, those particular mistakes that the student made before.

That’s all for me today. I really hope you found this podcast useful. I am always available on my website.

Thanks for listening and see you very soon for the next podcast. Maybe even sooner for some lessons. Click here to book English lessons now.

Thanks very much.

Goodbye now.

Teacher Dominic

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