Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Speak English fluently

do-you-speak-englishHow to speak English fluently – Importance and Tips
You know the language, the grammar and even the pronunciations. However, you might find it difficult to speak flawless English without hesitation for five whole minutes. That is due to lack of fluency. Your brain knows all the words, but since you have not trained it enough, it is not able to bring forth those words as quickly as needed to speak fluently.

Importance of fluency in English


Just like grammar and vocabulary, fluency in English is a mark of a learned person. Fluency helps you sell your ideas, communicate your thoughts to others, convince, reach out, and even impress with a speech that is clear, confident, to the point and crisp.

You can improve fluency of a language only by talking. You need to go about learning a new language just like you learnt your mother tongue. You listened and you repeated. You do the same with English. Most people have excellent written expression but when it comes to verbal, they are stumped.

You get enough time to repeat your thoughts in your head before writing or typing. However, while speaking, you have to be quick. The other person does not have all the time in the world to listen to you stammering and grope through words. By the time you actually finish your sentence, the listener would have forgotten what you began in the first place. Being fluent helps your thoughts to be heard clearly and correctly.

Three simple tips to improve fluency.



Listen to the common phrases, words and diction. Listening to news broadcasts such as BBC and CNN will be of great help. Repeat newly learnt phrases with a colleague or family member. Speak aloud. Muttering in your head will not help because your mouth is not used to moving that fast or used to certain set of words. Listen and repeat.



Read good quality books by famous authors and good English newspapers. You will find many new words by reading books. This will improve your vocabulary. Understand the context in which the new words are used. Use them in sentences while speaking to colleagues and family or friend. Do not make it sound too artificial.



Communicate in English as much as possible. It is all right to be wrong. It is totally fine to make mistakes. You learn from your mistakes and move on. Your mental block could also be a hindrance for fluency. That means that the thought ‘I am poor in verbal expression’ can make you stammer. So do not just talk. Talk confidently. Talk to convince. Talk to take people by storm. That is how you improve English. Once this mental block clears, your fluency will improve on its own.

Follow these simple tips to improve fluency. Believe in yourself and never shy away from mistakes. Take them seriously and vow not to repeat the mistake ever again. In addition, do not forget to listen, read and talk your way to fluency.

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Compound Adjectives


A compound adjective is an adjective that contains two or more words.

In general we put a hyphen between two or more words (before a noun) when we want them to act as a single idea (adjective) that describes something.

  • I live in an English-speaking country.


English-speaking is an adjective (used to describe the country). We use a hyphen to connect the word English withspeaking to show that it is one adjective (or one idea).

This adjective with two words joined by the hyphen is called a compound adjective.


Some more examples of compound adjectives are:

  • Our office is in a twenty-storey building.
  • I have just finished reading a 300-page book.
  • He is a well-known writer.


Compound adjectives can be formed as follows:

  • Adverb-past participle / noun + ed
    a well-known writer
    a brightly-lit room
    deeply-rooted traditions
    a well-mannered girl


  • Adjective-present participle (verb + ing)
    a good-looking boy
    a free-standing tower


  • Noun-past participle
    a tongue-tied boy
    a sun-dried fruit


  • Adjective-past participle / noun + ed
    a short-sighted man
    tumblr_static_dog1rhox7lcsk40ksk84oww8ga long-haired lady


  • Noun- adjective
    a world-famous singer


  • Adjective- noun
    a last minute solution
    deep-sea diving


  • Noun-noun
    a part-time job





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Questions for Starters

6043189_f260Hey Starters, here you have some questions that you can use in a conversation with someone for knowing more about him/her.   /  Oigan Starters, aqui tienen algunas preguntas que pueden utilizar en una conversación con alguien para conocer un poco más acerca de él/ella.






What’s your name?

 ¿Cómo te llamas?

How old are you?

¿Cuántos años tienes?

Where are you from?

¿De dónde eres?

Where do you live?

¿Dónde vives?

How are you?

¿Cómo estás?

What do you do?

¿A qué te dedicas?

What is your favorite food?

¿Cuál es tu comida favorita?

What is your favorite movie?

¿Cuál es tu película favorita?

Who is your favorite actor/actress?

¿Quién es tu actor/actriz favorito?

What is your dream job?

¿Cuál es tu trabajo ideal?

Do you cook?


Do you have a pet?

¿Tienes mascota?
Are you single or married?

¿Estas casado/a ó soltero/a?

Do you have children?

¿Tienes hijos?
Do you have girlfriend/boyfriend?

¿Tienes novia/novio?

Do you smoke?

What is your favorite season?

¿Cuál es tu estación del año favorita?

Do you like Christmas?

¿Te gusta la Navidad?
What is your hobby?

¿Cuál es tu pasatiempo?

So / Neither

To indicate that something that someone said is true for you too, you can simply say, “Me too.” To say that a negative statement applies to you too, you can say “Me neither.”   In these types of situations we also sometimes use so or neither with auxiliary verbs and pronouns.



SO is used to show agreement with positive statements.

SO + Auxiliary + Subject (pronoun)

The Auxiliary needs to agree with the verb tense in the original statement.

It is similar to using TOO at the end of a sentence.

Person A Person B
I am happy. So am I. = I am happy too.
I‘m going to Brazil in the summer. So am I. = I am going to Brazil too.
You look nice today. So do you. = You look nice too.
Stephanie has a new boyfriend. So does Mary. = Mary has a new one too.
We went to the concert last night. So did I. = I went to the concert too.
I would love a coffee right now. So would I. = I would love a coffee too.
He will win a prize. So will I. = I will win one too.
They have finished their homework. So have I. = I have finished too.
I can speak two languages. So can I. = I can speak two too.
He should study more. So should I. = I should study more too.
We could see the mountains. So could we. = We could see them too.
My brother had eaten too much. So had I. = I had eaten too much too.



Neither is used to show agreement with negative statements.

Neither + Auxiliary + Subject (pronoun)

The Auxiliary needs to agree with the verb tense in the original statement.

It is similar to using either at the end of a sentence, although Neither is more commonly used, especially in spoken English.

A: I don’t understand Spanish.
B: Neither do I. (= I don’t understand Spanish either.)

A: I cannot swim.
B: Neither can I. (= I can’t swim either.)

Sometimes people respond Me Neither instead of Neither + Auxiliary + Subject though this is very informal in spoken English.

Person A Person B
I am not hungry. Neither am I. = I’m not hungry either
I‘m not going to quit. Neither am I. = I’m not going to quit either
They don’t speak French. Neither do I. = I don’t speak French either.
Stephanie doesn’t eat meat. Neither does Mary. = Mary doesn’t eat meat either.
Mary didn’t go to the party. Neither did I. = I didn’t go either.
I wouldn’t like to do his job. Neither would I. = I wouldn’t like to do it either.
He won’t stop talking. Neither will you. = You won’t stop either.
You haven’t finished your meal. Neither have you. = You haven’t finished either.
Mike can’t reach the top shelf. Neither can I. = I can’t reach it either.
You shouldn’t talk in the movie. Neither should you. = You shouldn’t talk either.
We couldn’t hear him. Neither could we. = We couldn’t hear him either.
I hadn’t seen her before. Neither had I. = I hadn’t seen her before either.


If you want more information, here is a very useful LINK , when you finish reviewing, try these exercises to check your understanding:



IdiomsAn idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the definitions of the individual words, they don’t make sense literally but we understand what they mean. People use idioms in everyday language. In this web page you can learn the commonest idioms in English with their definitions. Click on the image.

Conversation Corner Schedules January-April 2014

These are the schedules and counselors available for Conversation Corner:

  • Frank – Monday 8:45 to 9:30 am
  • Lynn – Tuesday 8:45 to 9:30 am
  • Stuart – Monday to Thursday 4:30 to 5:15 pm
  • Olga – Monday & Wednesday 6:00 to 6:45 pm
  • Olga – Monday & Wednesday 7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Stuart – Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 to 6:45 pm
  • Aleisha – Tuesday & Thursday 7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Stuart – Friday 6:00 to 6:45 pm
  • Lynn – Friday 7:15 to 8:00 pm
  • Christy – Saturday 12:45 to 13:30 pm
  • Lynn – Saturday 12:45 to 13:30 pm