Do some native English speakers recite English words in order to learn them?

For learning new words or for pronunciation – no. Reciting words is a method used to learn a second language when outside of that language’s environment. When within the language environment, new words are learned through frequent encounters with them in context. Meanings are not usually check in dictionaries but rather inferred through context. Foreign Read More …

Why major in English as a foreign language, if you’re not going to be a language teacher?

The English major on its own is insufficient for many jobs other than an English teacher. Also, many other majors graduate with a decent amount of English. However, you are not wasting your time doing English. I can tell you that 10% of my students studying English majors already have majored in other subjects and Read More …

What are the most common mistakes in the English language use?

Based on my 10 years as an English teacher, among non-native speakers of English, the most common mistakes: Am/is/as/was/were and “have/has”getting mixed up Overusing “have/has” Overusing simple present tense when other tenses are more appropriate Getting the case wrong on verbs and so missing out the “s” on the end of them Mixing up he/she Read More …