HIDDEN TREASURES

HIDDEN TREASURES

Good morning!  Just when you’ve fooled yourself into believing that you’ve read a lot, you’re surprised by yet another gem. That’s how I came across Bill Bryson – his writings would have remained a mystery to me, had a friend not gifted his book, The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way. The

SOME MOMMIES

Good morning! There are some situations that are so mirthful (funny, joyful) that they leave you with tears of laughter. This is what happened to me when I read the mail of a participant in one of my workshops. “The first session was good, I hope you won’t disappoint me with your teaching even later,”

CHILLAX, WILL YOU?

Good morning! The word ‘muggle’ was so often used in the best seller Harry Potter series that the readers made it a part of their vocabulary. And the author, J K Rowling, who became Ms Moneybags overnight, ensured, with her success, that Oxford English Dictionary included the word in its new edition. The word is

Heads over Heels

Good morning! Though, there is no season for love—monsoon, perhaps, would classify as the most romantic time of the year. So what if the rains are eluding us. Walking hand-in-hand in the rains or getting drenched while munching on the corn cobs. Yeah, there is nothing sweeter than being in love, especially, when the rain

THINKING IN ENGLISH

Good morning! There are people, who are of the opinion that if you think in a language then you are good at it. And that is why they insist that if you want to have a command of English, you have to first let it start talking to your brains. But that’s obvious; it’s surely

BIRTHDAY CANDLES

Hi! If you make a wish while blowing the candles on your birthday cake, your wish comes true within a year and, hey, the candles are supposed to be blown off in one breath — it brings good luck. Also, make sure that you don’t tell your wish to anyone. Remember the saying ‘tell a

SPEAK FRESH, WRITE ORIGINAL

Hi all! How was Uttarayan? The aftereffects are still there, I guess. I love the way all the festivals are celebrated in Gujarat, with such infectious gusto (enthusiasm). The skies are full of colourful kites and the sweet shops a maze (confusion) of endless queues. The only thing that dents (damage) the celebrations is the

SURABHI’S ENGLISH CLASSES SIMPLE OR ADVANCED?

Good morning! My senior tells me that articles are getting more complex by the day. Since the column is meant for the people to learn simple English, I should be more lenient (moderate, easygoing) with the language, he says. Sir, I do agree with you. At the same time, Sir, as a teacher, slowly- I

LET’S GET TO KNOW ABOUT IELTS

A very good morning to all of you! So, it’s going to be a day full of colours and fun? A lot of inquiries come to me for IELTS. So today let me tell you a little about this test. International English Language Testing System is the full form of IELTS. Initially, it was a

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