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01
OCT
2014

Memrise: online learning tool fuses memory, fun and community

Through “mems,” students retain English vocabulary “We’ve built Memrise to embody the very best knowledge about how your brain works, and so help you learn as quickly and effortlessly as possible. We’ve turned learning facts and language into a game where you grow a...
27
SEP
2014

Conversation Tip #2: Listen louder!

Without listening, there’s no conversation “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” -Simon Sinek (1973- ) English businessman, author and philanthropistDo your students pay attention to what others are saying in a conversation? About half the...
24
SEP
2014

It’s a Breeze in Easy English Times

Idiom lessons by IAB in EET   “These lessons will help you use more colorful English in your life. Idiom by idiom, you will find speaking English less difficult and more fun. You might even find speaking English ‘a breeze.’” -It’s a Breeze book descriptionIdioms certainly...
23
SEP
2014

Q&A with Dennis Hackin, Hollywood writer about Android Roy

Hollywood writer Dennis Hackin and three-time Chimayo Press author, has always possessed a passion for writing, prolifically producing plays, movies, novels, and poems since the age of eight. Hackin’s Bronco Billy was adapted into a movie starring and directed by Clint...
20
SEP
2014

Conversation Tip #1: The right attitude is key

Positive attitudes generate positive experiences “In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” -Tenzin Gyatso (1935- ) the 14th Dalai LamaSo often our desire to have meaningful conversations overshadows the reason why we want to have them in the...
17
SEP
2014

Perfection and grammar: not essential for ESL students, or even native speakers

Certain grammar rules unnecessary for comprehension, everyday conversation “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” -Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Spanish surrealist painterIs it always essential to have perfect grammar? Must we always avoid split infinitives, dangling...
15
SEP
2014

Chimayo Press presents Android Roy by Dennis Hackin

Chimayo Press, publisher of Compelling Conversations books, branches out to sci-fi   “What is consciousness? What is all this? Why do I think? And then you look at computers and computers think–are we programming the computers or are they programming us?” -Dennis...
13
SEP
2014

EF reports decline of French EPI

Declining EPI attributable to lack of exposure “French students report lower levels of exposure to English in everyday life than any other Europeans polled. Exposure to a foreign language has been found repeatedly to be one of the strongest contributors to increased fluency.” -EF...
10
SEP
2014

Duolingo: learning through translation

Effective language-learning program with a unique approach   “We come together from across the world at varying language levels with the same goal in mind – to learn. Curiosity, questioning, and cultural understanding are something we celebrate.” -Duolingo...
03
SEP
2014

Newsmart: ESL Wall Street Journal

Language learners absorb English, journalism and current events ““To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.” -Alain de Botton (1969- ) Swiss-British writerThe Wall Street Journal remains a popular source of news...