Here is how you can learn English the fun way! Start your FREE email English course now!
Google  
English-Test.net
 
hygienic; clean; healthy
record
trade
sanitary
somber
full quiz correct answer

Interview with Cityspeak

The ESL Cafe Story
Interview with Spreadshirt
Interview with Flocabulary
Interview with Phrasebase.com
Interview with UsingEnglish.com
Interview with Mr. Micawber
Interview with Executive Vocabulary
Interview with Ray Desouza
Interview with Greg Ragland
Interview with MemoryMentor.com
Interview with Konstantin Krasnolutsky
Interview with Phil Burk
Interview with Arkady Zilberman
Interview with David Geer
Interview with Englishforums.com
Interview with Appliedlanguage.com
Interview with Lingup.com
Interview with EnglishNut.com
Interview with Stewart Tunnicliff
Interview with WhiteSmoke
Interview with e-English.co.uk
Interview with Maria Ortner
Interview with English-dictations.com
Interview with Jack Pillemer
Interview with LingoZone.com
Interview with EssayTown.com
Interview with Theforumzone.com
Interview with MyWorkMan.co.uk
Interview with Jun Watanabe
Interview with Cityspeak
Interview with Jacob Cooke
Interview with Ultimate Vocabulary
Interview with Ben Zimmer
Interview with voice over specialist Tom Kane
Interview with OpenEnglishWorld
Interview with Robert Phipps
Interview with LELTA
Interview with Ian S.
About the SenseDom Project
English Language Exercises 2206 English Exercises
This English grammar test package will help you learn new phrases, idioms, expressions and grammar structures every single day. And you won't even have to cram any grammar rules or vocabulary words into your head. Instead, you will be absorbing bits and pieces of the English language almost without realizing it.
 
Here is an interview we took with Steven, an English language and communication trainer from Massachusetts.
Check out Steven's site at www.cityspeak-eli.com

Question:
Have you learned a second language yourself?

Steven:
I studied Spanish and Portuguese with books at home. I've known people that speak Spanish and Portuguese throughout the last few years. I have friends that speak Spanish and Portuguese. I started practicing Spanish when I worked as a material handler in a speaker factory (stereo speakers). Most all the assembly line workers were from Latin America. I made friends with a Mexican named Abel Loza, who is from Guadalajara, Jalisco. We developed a very good friendship. He has a lot of relatives here, who I also got to know. His wife's name is Elvia.

They have two sons that are twins. Lately, I haven't been in touch with my Mexican friends. It was by having Mexican friends that I was able to practice the Spanish that I had been studying at the time. They're great people. They are very kind and generous.

As a result of having Mexican friends, I grew accustomed to eating hot Mexican salsas — that is «hot» as in «picante», of course. Chile peppers, cilantro, onions and tomatillos — small green tomatos with somewhat of a tart flavor — make a great salsa. I some times make salsas in a «molcajete», which is a type of mortar and pestle made from stone. Mexicans use molcajetes to make salsas. Also, I am in the habit of eating corn tortillas from time to time.

Question:
You have mentioned Portuguese — did you learn it too?

Steven:
When I found out that Spanish and Portuguese are somewhat similar, I decided to study Portuguese. I was using continental Portuguese pronunciation at first, but I soon found that I should speak more the way Brazilians speak if I wanted to practice speaking Portuguese. There is a fairly large Brazilian population in the Boston area. I still, more or less, remember the contintental style Portuguese pronunciation. I might use it at the workplace English course I'm currently teaching.

Question:
Have you ever travelled to countries where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken?

Steven:
I've never traveled to a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country. All things considered, I do fairly well. I can converse in Spanish and Portuguese, though it would be good if I started dedicating some time to studying again so that I can improve.

Question:
You said that you are teaching students of various levels. Who are your beginners?

Steven:
The beginners that I've tutored have all been Brazilians (so far). Actually, I did tutor a woman from Spain for a while. She was an advanced student and needed to improve her ability with English for professional reasons. Beginners like it when a teacher has some ability in their first language, especially for private tutoring. I also needed to — and still need to — use Portuguese to take phone calls, make appointments and handle the rest of the business aspect of tutoring Brazilian beginners.

If you have any English grammar or vocabulary questions,
please post them on this English Grammar Forum.


Next:ESL Cafe: Interview with Jacob Cooke



  copyright © 2003—2019 english-test.net  
 
Get FREE English course via e-mail