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There is no elevator to success

There is no elevator to success

Each year I make a list of things I plan to achieve. Instead of pledging myself to unattainable New Year’s resolutions, I create a to-do-list based on daily goals rather than tasks. This list, unlike most of my to do lists, isn’t about checking or crossing things off. There is no gratification in accomplishing them and moving one to the next. The fruition instead comes from keeping those goals at the very focal point of all 365 days in the year. So, for 2017 I awake each morning vowing to inspire curiosity as frequently as possible. I promise to motivate mindful learning at every possible opportunity, not just in English but in life skills in general. And finally, as I walk through each day, I am committed to connecting people withing this multicultural community of visionaries I am so very blessed to form part of.

That is why, last week, I went to check out one of the newest co-working spaces in Rosario: REQ.

REQ, similar to EinR, is invested in connecting people and helping to them grow on both a personal and professional level. They too are committed to tearing down the walls that bind us.

Which is why, we are proud to announce the birth of what we hope will be a long-lasting partnership based on mutual support and transformative imagination.

What does this mean for you?

If you too want to break free of the four walls of your office. If you want to launch your personal project into a successful business, if you currently work from home and find yourself speaking to the walls (because community is in fact a basic human need) then REQ might be the answer. And do you know what? When you become a member at REQ you will receive a discount on English classes!

In fact, we will be teaching a free English workshop (members only) this Wednesday at 14:30 and there will certainly be more to come!

Join us! Join REQ!

New Workshops!

New Workshops!

The academic year is off to a flying start and we are excited for you to form part of it! We have so many lovely things planned for you in the coming months I can hardly wait!

I know you probably feel the same way which is why I have decided to give you a sneak peek of what is to come!

As many of you know, I am fascinated by spirituality (of all sorts) and I am not the only one. Miss Jacqueline Descoins has a burning in her bones to explore what is real as well! So when she came to me and proposed that we do an “English for the Spirit” meeting each month, you can imagine how I responded. “YES!”

You might be asking yourself, “What exactly will it consist of?”

For each meeting we would like to choose a teacher and/or theory and practice of that path to explore as a group.

First up: Mindfulness

On April 7th at 18:00 we will explore and contemplate everyday practices of being mindful and the perspectives of great masters and teachers regarding the art of mindfulness.

This is not a class. It is a spiritual meet up in English that is open to all levels and faiths.

There is no set cost for this meeting. Rather than charging a set price, we have decided to offer this meeting in such a way that everyone can participate regardless of their personal economy. All we ask is that you collaborate by giving what you can or want to give.

You do not need to make a reservation for this meeting.

English for the spirit

 

Next up: Let’s Get DRAMATIC with Improvisation!

Designed to get your creative juices flowing while practicing and developing your English with ease, Miss Jacqueline Descoins, actress and English teacher, will host the first of three theater modules: Improvisation, Storytelling and how those two work when put together via an author of choice.

Start date: May (exact date to be announced)

End date: The course is based on 8 encounters of 2 hours.

Date and time: Saturday from 15:00-17:00

Price: $200 pesos per class or $1500 if paid upfront.

If you are interested in this activity, click here and we will contact you with more information.

English theater workshop in Rosario

 

And finally, drum roll please…

We are going to explore our musical creativity while practicing English with our new English Music Lab!

Experiement musically via English

What is English Music Lab? Well, you might want to start by asking what it isn’t. It isn’t a class. It is an encounter to experiment with our voices and our ability to listen in order to create in ways we may have never known possible.

Have I piqued your interest: Let us know by signing up here.

Past Simple or Past Perfect?

Past Simple and Past Perfect are both used to talk about actions in the past. While they do not always appear together, they are often used to describe two things that happened in the past, one of which happened before the other.

For example:

i-ate-breakfast
In other words, I ate breakfast, then you arrived.  The action that happened first, or further in the past, will be in the Past Perfect tense (had + past participle) and is often (but not always) accompanied by: already, yet, just and even.

Let’s examine parts of this short story to see how they work together.

  • I had looked at twenty or more spaces in the last month but none of them were quite right.
  • By the time I had arrived to the top of the stairs, I knew this was it.
  • His negative comments were not, however, going to change my mind. I had made my decision.

Now see if you can complete these sentences with the correct form of the verb.

  1. I _______________(be) in the corner room, alone and standing on a chair in order to reach the cobwebs in the big stained glass windows when I ____________(hear) a noise.
  2. Maybe he ___________ (be) right. Maybe I ____________(be) working too hard.
  3. My husband ___________ (chose) the corner classroom and was in the middle of giving class when he ____________ (see) bright white light flash across the blackboard.
  4. Without turning around, he ____________ (continue) writing, thinking his student __________ (take) a picture rather than copy the notes.
  5. They ___________ (search) the room for explanations. The windows and doors ________ (be) shut to keep the cold out.
  6. With little exchange they both acknowledged that class ________ (end).
Do you Believe?

Do you Believe?

He has been and always will be skeptical. I, on the other hand, am a believer.
We arrived on time. I looked up at the address; Catamarca 3095.

“This is the place,” I said with excitement. My heart fluttered as I rang the dusty doorbell.

“Nothing a little spring cleaning can’t fix,” I thought to myself. I had a good feeling about this place.

“Who is it?”

“Hi, we are here to see the house you have for rent.”

“Oh yes, I will buzz you in. Just push on the door”

The door opened to a long staircase with a violet and green colored glass window at the top.

My eyes filled with tears. I had looked at twenty or more spaces in the last month but none of them were quite right. Too big, too small, too noisy, etc. By the time I had arrived to the top of the stairs, I knew this was it.
This would be my new language institute.

The agent guided us through each room with the enthusiasm of a man on his deathbed. The more we commented about how lovely it was, the more he tried to deter us from renting the space.

“The old pine floors are in fantastic condition!” I exclaimed.

“Aren’t they? Too bad they have termites. You will likely have to change them,” he responded.

His negative comments were not, however, going to change my mind. I had made my decision. With a little cleaning and a lot of love, I would make this place mine, and I did.

As we left, I remember saying to my husband “It has a special kind of energy doesn’t it?”

He just scoffed. He has never believed in that kind of thing.

After going back and forth with the agent, we finally convinced him to let us rent the space. Only now do I understand the creepy words he said when he shook our hands. “Well I hope she treats you nicely.”

She? Was he personifying the house?

Eager to start hosting my classes there, I immediately began cleaning and painting. I spent long days and nights making the space my own. Each morning I would arrive, put the kettle on, turn the music up and begin my flow. And it was on one of those mornings that I finally understood who she was.

I had been in the corner room, alone and standing on a chair in order to reach the cobwebs in the big stained glass windows when I heard a noise. It came from the bathroom.
I stepped down from my makeshift ladder and turned down the music.

“Hello? Who is there?” I said.

I received no response but I no longer felt alone. I cautiously walked toward the bathroom and as I did, I smelled the scent of a woman’s perfume and sensed a female’s presence.

She.

That night at dinner I told my husband about the experience.

“I think we have a ghost in the institute” I said. “I feel like she lives in the bathroom or on the balcony between the bathroom and the corner classroom.”

“Don’t be ridiculous,” he said, “ghosts don’t exist. It was probably someone passing by on the street.”

Maybe he was right. Maybe I had just been working too hard.
But then, a week or two later, something happened.

It was 8 P.M. My husband had chosen the corner classroom and was in the middle of giving class when he saw bright white light flash across the blackboard. Without turning around, he continued writing, thinking his student had taken a picture rather than copy the notes.

“Damned youth with their smart phones,” he thought to himself.

But he couldn’t help hearing his wife’s words in the back of his head. Ghost, woman, corner classroom.

When he turned around he found student’s face white with terror.

“What’s wrong? What happened?” he asked.

“Did you just see that, that white light on the board? It, it flashed and then was gone.” stammered the student.

“You mean you didn’t just take a picture with your phone?”

“Nah, man, I was taking notes!”

They searched the room for explanations. The windows and doors had been shut to keep the cold out. They were the only two people in the school. Nothing could have made a bright white light flicker twice across the board.

With little exchange they both acknowledged that class had ended. The fear in the air said more than the words stuck in their throats.

They left that night and perhaps she left with them. I haven’t seen, smelled or sensed her since. All I know is, my husband is still skeptical but he cannot deny the lack of explanation for what he saw that night.
As for me, I have always believed.

3 Tips to Polish Your Writing

3 Tips to Polish Your Writing

Writing is not an easy task which is why so many of you avoid doing it. But I have great news. The more you do it, the easier it gets! Because writing an essay is compulsory for the TOEFL, FCE and IELTS I am going to give you five tips that will make writing easier and more efficient.

1.Regardless which kind of essay you are writing, Agree or Disagree, Preference, Description / Explanation, If / Imaginary, Compare & Contrast, the most important part of your essay is the Thesis Statement.

The Thesis Statement is more than the main idea, it tells the reader what the entire essay will be about and it acts as a guide for the paper. It usually reflects an opinion or judgment, but can also be used in comparative essays.

A typical independent writing task for the TOEFL is:

Some people feel you learn more from books than from watching television. Do you agree or disagree. Use examples and details to support your opinion.

I might write a Thesis Statement like the following: While technology is advancing at unprecedented speeds, I still believe we learn more from reading a book than from watching cable television.

2. Once you know the kind of paper you will be writing and you have formed your Thesis Statement, the best thing to do is to choose 2 or 3 points that support your Thesis.

In this case I would say:

  • Authors spend years researching and writing books.
  • Television often compresses large amounts of information into very small bits of concise information, whereby leaving out a great deal of knowledge.
  • Commercials and advertisements of cable television interrupt learning and offer a great deal of distraction.

3. Here is where the fun part comes in! So now that you have your Thesis and you have decided on your main points we just need to fill in the gaps. How do we do this? With my special recipe: PERDS

PERDS is:

 

  • Point – Authors spend years researching and writing books where as many television programs and series are written in just a matter of months.

 

  • Example – For example, it is said that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mocking Bird, spent nearly 40 years writing her masterpiece. 
  • Restate example – That is nearly half a lifetime!
  • Detail – On the other hand, the movie, likely took four months to adapt the screenplay.
  • Summary – This is just one example of why I think books contain much more information than anything you could see on television.

These three tips should help your essay writing skills greatly! Not only will they help you to organize your information, but they will help your writing flow nicer and allow you time focus on your use of language rather than the structure in order to give your writing the polished touch!

Stay tuned for our creative writing tips in next month’s newsletter!

For more information about writing courses. Contact us at englishinrosario@gmail.com

 

Student Showcase – Debora Romero

Student Showcase – Debora Romero

I am not sure who chose who as a teacher. Perhaps we chose each other. Nonetheless, I have been teaching Debora English for a little over a year now and she has been teaching me to look more closely at my patterns and habits.

Debora is a Coach and I want to showcase her here today because she is doing great things!

I also think there is a bit of misunderstanding around the term “coach.,” especially because it has become quite trendy lately. A coach is not a new wave version of a Psychologist. A coach is not a friend. Their only motive is to accompany you through listening to you and questioning what they hear in order to help you achieve your goals. A coach is simply an extra set of non-biased eyes to see yourself with. They act like mirrors, showing you different perspectives of the same reflection.

Just as Messi has a personal physical trainer, today more and more people are opting to hire coaches of all kinds: life coaches, executive coaches and political coaches to help prepare them for peak performance in their lives, careers and goals.

But I am no expert. Debora, however is, so I decided to interview her.

What made you decide to pursue a career in coaching?

Well, when I learned about coaching, I initially thought, “Hey, it could help me!” and it did. I learned a great deal and the process was so useful for my personal change, that I wanted to share it with the world.

Are you specialized in a specific area of coaching?

Yes, I am specialized in executive coaching, team coaching and political coaching. I am currently working mostly with teams and their leaders, however, I have begun to work with some politicians as well.

How is working with a coach different from working with a psychologist?

Well, to begin with, the main difference between coaching and psychology is that in coaching we seek to guide you into the future in order to meet your goals. We don’t try to resolve the past. The past is the past. We are not concerned with it. We are only concerned with this moment and how you can modify actions and habits that will allow you to achieve the things you want most in your life. The only moment we delve into the past is to look for positive experiences that can serve us today in our growth. Not only this, but in coaching, we don’t “treat” a “patient.” The Coachee must be mentally open to the process. We cannot work with someone who is going through mental instabilities.

What is the coaching process like?

The process depends on the focus you wish to give it. For example, if you are working with teams, we might estimate a six month process where the coach is present in staff meetings every fifteen or twenty days. In the case of a personal process, of course this is always subjective. The time frames change from one Coachee to another, but we would calculate approximately five months with meetings every two weeks. Each session lasts between an hour and an hour and a half. During each session I ask the Coachee what they want to work on and then I simply listen, stopping them every once in a while to ask a question that might help them see something useful.

Who would benefit from coaching?

Coaching is for anyone who is struggling to reach their goals or desires. However, it is ideal for those who have already overcome certain emotional blocks that would impede them from advancing and achieving what the want to achieve.

Great! Thank you Debora for answering my questions!

If you are are interested in having someone accompany you in the process of reaching your goals, we encourage you to visit her website at: www.deboraromerocoach.com.

 

 

Five Frequent Mistakes

Five Frequent Mistakes

O.K. O.K, I know you aren’t all grammar lovers and for one reason or another we have been taught to loathe grammar but I am going to try to make this fun because, as you know, I effing love GRAMMAR!

There a dozens of common mistakes that even native English speakers make and while I am not exactly a grammar Nazi, I do cringe when I hear them. So, let’s get down to business.

Let the count down begin!

5. Insure, ensure or assure?

Let’s make this short and simple. Insure is about the Benjamins. What I mean is, it has to do with money. Dolla dolla bill ya’ll. You insure your car, your house or your life so that, in the case you crash, get robbed or die, someone gets cash retribution.

Ensure is all about guarantee – notice that guarantEE has two ‘E’s. That is how you remember the difference. So if you want to ensure a good grade on the TOEFL, you should study. A lot!

Finally, assure is when you take away doubt. So, picture this: you are super nervous about the exam. You come to me and say, “Teacher, I am panicking! I am so nervous about the test!” and what do I do? I speak inspiring and uplifting words to assure you that you will do marvelously!

4. Affect vs Effect

This one happens often, and I must confess, I always double check my writing to make sure I have used the correct form but the easiest way to remember is:

Effect is a noun. So something or someone had an effect on you.

Her speech had a huge effect on me. 

Affect is a verb. We use it when we are talking about the act of changing.

Staying up all night is really affecting my health. 

So the effects of staying up late are affecting my health.

Get it? Got it? Good!

3. Lose vs Loose

Lose is a verb. It is the oppose of win.

I never lose my temper. (Remember, lose is an irregular verb!)

Loose is an adjective that means the opposite of tight.

If you are trying to lose weight, you should wear loose clothing to help your circulation. 

2. Then vs Than

O.K. kids, this is happening all too often!

Then is in reference to time.  

Let’s eat then we can go for a walk.

Than is used for comparisons.

Her house is bigger than mine. 

1. Lay vs Lie

This one is so frequently committed that even native English speakers and rock gods like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan can’t seem to remember the difference.

Lay is always used with an object. That means you have to lay SOMETHING down.

Everyone on lay your guns on the ground! 

Lie is the an action that you do all on your own. For example, I lie down every day after work. 

But chaos begins when you have to use the past tense and past participle.

Do you have your thinking caps on?

So the past tense of lie is lay and the past participle is lain.

Wait, WHAT?! Yep, that’s right.

I lie down every day after work but yesterday I lay down at work, I have never lain down at work before.

The past tense and the present perfect tense of lay is laid.

The dog always lays his bone on the doorstep but today he laid it on the couch. He has never laid it on the couch before. 

This last one takes time to remember, but I can assure you that the effects of practicing will pay off!

If I had my life to live over again

If I had my life to live over again

If I had my life to live over again

I would live it just the same

For one does not grow

In the absence of pain

 

And though wounds run deep

They always turn to scars

Leaving their mark on our memory

Leaving their mark in our hearts

 

I am grateful to you

To them and to those

To the events that collided

In making me grow

 

Because learning is done

In the grey space of mistakes

There are no correct answers

Errors unravel our fates

 

No, I would not change

This I know is true

Because each of my failures

Eventually led me to you.

 

Spot On

Spot On

What are you thinking about? she asked.

I wasn’t thinking about anything, he responded.

Liar! You are a goddamned liar Raven. You can’t just turn your mind off. We are always thinking! It is a human condition! Why are you afraid of telling me what’s on your mind? I can see it in your eyes. You are worried about something. Don’t be worried. Talk to me. I want to listen to your problems. That is what partners do right? Raven? Are you listening to me? Raven! Good god, it is like talking to a fucking wall. I should leave your ass before you leave me. You don’t care about me, about us. Is this all a joke to you?

Jesus Jessica, calm down! You always do that. You jump to conclusions. I don’t know what I was thinking about. I don’t think I was even thinking! For crying out loud! I was day dreaming, dreaming about getting out of this town, about turning over a new leaf, starting fresh. I was dreaming about getting a better job, one that doesn’t kill my back and leave my whole body hurting. I have lots of thoughts Jessi, I can’t just reach out and grab one for you to examine the second you think to ask me to. They leave just as quickly as they appear.

Don’t you leave me Raven.

I’m not going to leave you and I don’t want to argue with you Jessi. I don’t want to argue about what was or wasn’t going on inside my mind. I just want to sit here, silently. I want to relax. I’ve had a long day. It was hotter than hell out there and now I am here, with you, and all I want to do is enjoy my cold beer in silence. Is that too much to ask of you?

Raven was accustomed to Jessi’s overreactions by now. They had been married for well over a decade. He had always been faithful to her, had never even given her the reason to suspect him of infidelity, and still, she allowed jealousy and insecurity to get the best of her. She was afraid of losing him. Her father had been addicted to heroine and her mother wasn’t much of a mother at all. Raven was all she had. He was the only person she could depend on and they both knew that.

After a long silence, Raven spoke. I don’t know what to do or say to make you see. I am not big on words. When you have actions, words are dull. But the blind have a hard time seeing the actions of others and while your vision is perfect, you aren’t seeing me so I am just going to say it loud and clear for you. I have had two goals in my life, one is to stop suffering. I haven’t yet figured out how to conquer that one. The other is to take refuge in my happy spot on a daily basis. This one I achieved years ago but that happiness is nothing to me if I can’t share it with you. Do you understand me?

Jessi’s lower lip began to tremble. Why haven’t you ever taken me there, to your happy spot?

Jessi, it’s you! You are my happy spot. I take refuge in you!

Written by Stephanie Cariker

Director at EinR

Prepositions are for Preppies

Prepositions are for Preppies

Well, call me a preppy then because I love grammar and prepositions are one of the key elements to dominating the English language.

Let’s start by defining this small yet fundamental part of the language.

  1. The prepositions job is to connect things and is always followed by a noun or a word that is posing as a noun, (like a gerund or infinitive) You can think of this as the word that links the verb to the noun.
  2. We usually use them to describe time, place or movement. But these are easy. Your teachers have been drilling your on these since you were 5! If you need to review the prepositions of time and place, this is a pretty good chart.
  3. The most difficult part about learning the prepositions is when they are attached to verbs or adjectives, forming collocations. This is not to be confused with phrasal verbs which are also formed by verbs and prepositions that, when put together, change the meaning of the verb entirely. For example, I could say, “Everybody get down!” I am using that verb/preposition combination in a very literal way. I want everyone to literally get down on the floor. But I say, “I say Sarah a the club last night. She was getting down!” What I mean to say is, she was dancing like no one was watching.
  4. Prepositions are not the most important part of the sentence and it is because of this that they are hard to hear.

This week we worked on several of the most commonly used prepositional collocations (with both verbs and adjectives) but you will find a more complete verb list here.

So how can we learn and remember these darned things? I would recommend learning the verb with the preposition, as if it were part of the same word.

For example don’t just learn the verb depend because depend is always followed by on.

ie: You can really depend on Frank. If he says he will be there at 10, he will be there at 9:55. 

So, here is a little example:

I always dream about traveling, never dream with, and I am always famous for my cooking and never famous about. When I loose something I always search for it and when I can’t find it I worry about where it might be. I am always addicted to and and never addicted by and if you ask me what I am afraid of I will say snakes. In fact, I am terrified of them, though I am quite fond of animals in general. I am fairly accustomed to living abroad, never accustomed with, and even though I don’t always agree with some of the cultural habits, I would never argue with anyone. Arguing about ideas is useless. Because when you argue, you do not listen to the other person.

If you would like to see more collocations in context, you can click here to read this month’s short story.