Tag Archives: Mother tongues

How English sounds to non-English speakers

Have you ever wondered how English sounds to a non-English speaker? A short (under 4-minute) film called ‘Skwerl’ attempts to demonstrate this phenomenon. As I was watching this, I often had the uncanny feeling that if only I could hear … Read More»

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Spanish pronunciation interference

All mother tongues influence what learners find difficult in English. Here is a look at Spanish:

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Spelling problems for Arabic speakers

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English spelling can be a real problem for students who speak Arabic. Here is a link to a helpful website by Johanna Stirling, English Language Garden. 

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Teaching Japanese students

Find out what Japanese students find hard … Japanese learners of English have usually studied English at secondary school. Some younger students may have had some lessons at primary school. However English is generally taught in a non-communicative way, with … Read More»

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Russian student tips

Over the years Homelingua has been getting an increasing number of bookings for Russian students, especially for Young Learner courses. Most of the students are academically bright and will probably go on to top universities. Many (but not all) may … Read More»

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Chinese university students

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I came across an interesting article… Thinking about some of the cultural/linguistic obstacles that Chinese students face at an English-speaking school/university, I stumbled came across the following list from Monash University in Australia (http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/China/: Chinese students lack skills in knowing how … Read More»

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