Trang học Anh văn mới của tôi.

Trang học Anh văn mới của tôi.

Đã 6 năm kể từ khi blog này ra đời. Chúng tôi đã nhận được những bài viết chia sẻ kinh nghiệm rất hữu ích từ các tác giả, và sự ủng hộ nhiệt tình của các bạn.

Bây giờ, kinh nghiệm cũng đã kha khá, tôi mở một blog khác dành riêng cho các bài học tiếng Anh ngắn để mọi người cùng học tại https://hocanhvankhongkho.wordpress.com/. Các bạn cũng có thể tham gia cùng tôi trên facebook tại https://www.facebook.com/hocanhvankhongkho để có thể nhận được bài học ngay khi đang lướt facebook.

Rất mong các bạn sẽ ủng hộ cho blog mới này, và mong rằng blog sẽ giúp các bạn thêm hứng thú khi học tiếng Anh.

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And you can follow the link to read what participating bloggers have to say about this proverb. A good reading practice 🙂

One of the commonly confused pair

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The distinction between “affect” and “effect” trips up lots of people, but with one or two little mnemonics, you can master this tricky pair in probably 95% of cases.

Effect is almost always used as a noun meaning “the result of some action.”

Affect is almost always used as a verb meaning “to influence or bring about change.”

Affect, which is an action (another word for “verb”), starts with an a, like action. There’s your first mnemonic. When something affects something else, it has an effect. The affect or verb happens first and the effect or noun second, just as affect comes first in the alphabet and effect second. There’s your second mnemonic.

My experience with mnemonics tends to be that once I’ve had to use them enough, I internalize the underlying grammar that they help me to remember so that I no longer have to remember…

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Minh Anh's place

We all know how a powerful vocabulary may improve our English proficiency. It makes us look smarter (seriously! 😉 ), helps us better explaining ourselves and understanding others. A common way to learn vocabulary for ESL students is to memorize words. However, I would say the best way is to invest some time in learning root words, prefixes and suffixes. These will help you guess the meaning of new words and memorize them easier (make sure you still look it up in a dictionary to get the precise meaning and any other implication it might have). They can even help you guess what a word you want might look like.

An excerpt from a post in VirtualSalt at http://www.virtualsalt.com/roots.htm will clarify my point:

Many words are made up of a root (or base word) and a prefix. Some words also have a suffix. For example, the root word port…

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Most commonly misspelled words, even for native speaker.

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Courtesy, as pretty much always, of Bryan A. Garner, here’s a list of 25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

  • accommodate
  • committee
  • consensus
  • definitely
  • embarrass
  • expedite
  • grammar
  • harass
  • hors d’oeuvre
  • innovate
  • inoculate
  • lieu
  • millennium
  • minuscule
  • misspelling
  • noticeable
  • occurrence
  • pavilion
  • persevere
  • playwright
  • receive
  • restaurateur
  • separate
  • supersede
  • ukulele

Commit these to memory, and should you ever find yourself needing to accommodate a ukulele player who wishes to receive an inoculation from a playwright while persevering at his art in a pavilion, you’ll be spared the embarrassment of making any innovative misspellings, whether minuscule or easily noticeable.

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Minh Anh's place

Apart from the online resources I introduced a while ago in the two posts “Tiếng Anh dành cho người đã đi làm” and “Tiếng Anh dành cho người đã đi làm – Phần 2” in my other web blog, which includes a couple of journals and Vietnam voanews, today I would like to introduce you to some podcasts specified in business English.

1. Business English Pod. Here you will listen to conversations that happen in regular business meeting, such as how to mingle with colleagues, how to answer in interviews, and how to  present in a meeting, etc.

2. Video Vocab – Learn English vocabularies for business through short, cute, informative videos, which always end with a short practice for the words you have just learned. As an ESL learner, you may already know or hear of most of the terms, but are not sure about…

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Great explanation on the subtle differences between “can” and “may”

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Photo by Flickr user http://www.worththewhisk.com

I believe it’s generally known that “can” is the favored verb when asking about whether it’s physically or mentally possible to do a thing and “may” is favored when asking for permission, but there turn out to be some nuances that can be a little confusing. With the help of Bryan A. Garner’s A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (which I refer to often in these posts), I’ll outline some of the nuances.

First, Garner allows that in speech and informal writing, the distinction is insisted upon only by the “insufferable precisian.” So when blogging informally, feel free to use “can” in place of “may.” In fact, among three caveats Garner offers is one suggesting that over-use of “may” can give your writing a prissy tone.

The other two caveats:

  • Use of phrases like “mayn’t I” or “may I not” can be stilted, so it’s…

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