<![CDATA[Roney's Online ESL Academy - Blog]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:16:17 +0300Weebly<![CDATA[ting the tiger and the present continuous]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:57:34 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/ting-the-tiger-and-the-present-continuous
This animated image is, of course, of Tigger, from Disney's version of "Winnie the Pooh."
But let's call him "Ting." As "Ting," he is a perfect image to help you remember the present continuous. Ting never stops moving: he illustrates actions happening right now. And he seems to have a sprING in his tail.

So when you talk about actions happening right now, remember to add the "-ing" to their tail.

<![CDATA[Will the alien: he comes from the future]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:27:31 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/will-the-alien-he-comes-from-the-future
This is Will the Alien. He is from the future. He has a time machine. He materializes before any verbs describing future actions. So they become "I WILL eat," or "They WILL swim." He also has a stun ray. It freezes the verb in its basic form.
He is from the planet Going To. Sometimes he says "Going To" instead of using his name.
Will's wife is named May. She acts the same way. Will usually does just what he says, but May often changes her mind.
He WILL help you remember how to form the future tense in English.
<![CDATA[dead ed]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:55:29 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/dead-edThis is Dead Ed. He is the Ghost of Actions Past. Get the idea? He haunts verbs describing actions that happened in the past. So "happen" becomes "happen-Ed," and "remember" becomes "remember-Ed," and so on.
A useful way to remember the English tense. We remember something better when we can visualize it. We remember something better when we can personify it, because this evokes an emotional attachment. A little scary is even better. And we remember stories, so if we can make it all into a little story, we will also find it easy to remember.
And no, this is not just for kids. Ed can be your friend at any age.
<![CDATA[month names]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:31:42 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/month-namesMost of the English names of months actually mean something. Images to associate the words with the meanings can be a good way to memorize them.

April: same name as Avril Lavigne.

March: named after Mars, god of war.

August: Named after Caesar Augustus, Emperor of Rome.

February: means "purity." So does a bride's white wedding gown.

January: named for Janus, god of beginnings and endings.

July: named for the Roman general Julius Caesar

June: named for Juno, the queen of the gods.

May: named for the spring goddess Maia.

October: although it is the tenth month, it is named "eight" --octo. The same word is used in "octopus" because of its eight legs.

September- originally the seventh month, the name is from "septem," meaning seven.

<![CDATA[genres of tv show]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:16:22 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/genres-of-tv-showThere are familiar "genres" or types of TV show in America. These may not be the same in your country. These pictures may help you identify them.
<![CDATA[Clothing vocabulary]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:33:32 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/clothing-vocabularyOld ads are perfect for helping you remember vocabulary: they are designed to be memorable. They are especially good for clothing, because it is such a common item for sale. Here are a few examples.







This last one is not an old ad, but it is also proven to be memorable:


<![CDATA[PEST]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:42:00 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/pestA quick mnemonic for remembering what verbs are stative (stative or state verbs do not describe an action):
Or ask, "can I force someone to do it?"
If the answer is no, it is probably a stative verb.
<![CDATA[Whether and Weather]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:12:39 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/whether-and-weather​This popular chidren's poem is also a good tongue-twister for pronunciation practice. Distinguishes "w" from "wh":
Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

From Robert Louis Stevenson, "A Child's Garden of Verses"
<![CDATA[Bad Technical Writing]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:39:27 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/bad-technical-writingCan you see and explain the problem here?
<![CDATA["rEALLY" COMMON MISTAKE.]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:28:30 GMThttp://sroneykor.com/blog/really-common-mistakeThere is a punctuation problem with this sign. It is a common error. Spot it?