If you're working for a company in Australia and plan to stay here permanently, it's most likely that about 9.5% of your salary is being paid by your employer towards your Superannuation fund - this is the money you build up over your lifetime and which you'll use in retirement. This retirement system was set up in the early 1990s as a way to plan for an ageing society as the … [Read more...] about Market Talk – Investment Vocabulary
I was chatting with a fellow teacher and language learner the other day and he had this to say about learning: "I think it's much better to take it slowly. You remember things better when you take your time. English once a week, with a bit at home, that's enough in my view." We then changed the topic, but I returned to this theme a bit later as I wanted to follow up on … [Read more...] about Look At What Works
You'll improve your spoken English fluency if you become more aware of collocations in English. For example, last week we looked at the word 'so', in particular examples with so+much: "I've got so much work to do." "I've had so much pasta tonight." "I've got so much to do today." If you see so much as a separate unit of lexis or vocabulary, it'll help you avoid some … [Read more...] about Using ‘SO’ In Conversation – Part 2 [‘SO MANY’]
You've probably read in some English coursebooks that the words if and will can't be used together in a sentence. However, as you'll see today, that's not true! First up, what the coursebooks mean is that if and will can't be used together in some specific situations. For example, when you're forming a regular conditional sentence, perhaps to talk about something that the … [Read more...] about ‘If’ And ‘Will’ *Can* Go Together
Sometimes you can improve your English simply by having a deeper understanding of words you already know, as well as learning which other words they frequently go with. Take the word so. As a native speaker of English, I can grab a pen and write a list of tons of collocations which feature so: so + good | hard | exciting | tired | boring | many Another option to find … [Read more...] about Using “So” In Conversation – Part 1 [So Much]
Wherever you are, I hope you've had a wonderful start to the New Year, and that you're raring to go for a great year ahead full of growth and learning! Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Focus On Your Learning System, Not Your Goals Goals on their own are just wishes, really. Having a system means you have organised a certain number of hours each week for English, … [Read more...] about Kick Off 2016 With These Learning Tips!
When you’re debating with a friend or colleague, and they disagree with you, you might use this phrase: “I see your point, but..” and then add your counter-argument. For example, say you’re talking about the best tennis player of all time: Pavel: “It has to be Nadal. He’s won 14 Grand Slams and has a strong record against Federer.” Me: “I see your point, but Federer … [Read more...] about Can You See The Other Side..?