Why are many Chinese students, who have learnt English for years, still poor at English?

The teaching method for English in China is poor. The main reason for this is because the examination method is poor. Teachers teach for the exam and nothing else. The exam is based on vocabulary memorization and understanding of grammar rules. There is no need to compose sentences let alone paragraphs or longer essays. There Read More …

In English why can’t I write “sutle” instead of “subtle” when the latter only adds complexity?

It may look like simplifying spelling would improve the language, however, simplified spelling is often more difficult to read. Since people read more than write, the language should be optimised with a balance towards ease of reading rather than ease of writing. Consider the following example: For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” Read More …