Increasing your English Vocabulary Using Vocabulary/Word Lists

When you are learning a language, certainly there are highs and lows. I remember back to my Spanish classes in college, when a young, very frustrated lady asked the professor how she could improve her language abilities. She felt like she was doing everything right. She was studying and got good grades on her exams,Continue reading “Increasing your English Vocabulary Using Vocabulary/Word Lists”

Usage of indefinite (a/an) and definite (the) articles

Articles (a/an/the) are used to describe nouns (so they are placed right before a noun). Examples:        the boat, a mother, the bees, an antelope, the computer, an hour Some of the most frequent corrections I make during editing involve articles and their usage. But, I promise that article usage is really easy once toContinue reading “Usage of indefinite (a/an) and definite (the) articles”

The Simplest Proofreading Tip in the World

If you are editing a document in Word, change the font and font color during the final read/review. Yup, that’s it! It really is that simple. This tricks your eyes into looking at the document as if it were new. With this, I almost always catch little mistakes that I sometimes have glossed over duringContinue reading “The Simplest Proofreading Tip in the World”

Hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes (and the bane of my existence)

There are three types of little hyphens (- – —) that may be used in English. This could be an interesting point to study for someone learning or writing English as a second language, as I have noticed that hyphens are used often differently in Spanish. In fact, I see this to be a perfectContinue reading “Hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes (and the bane of my existence)”

¿Cómo escribir la introducción de un artículo científico?

I recently saw this video on academic writing shared on Facebook. It is from the Casa d’Estudis El Pont. It is a podcast/lecture from a class on how to write the introduction of your paper, and there is a corresponding PowerPoint slideshow as a visual aid. It is a good resource, and in Spanish! Please view using the followingContinue reading “¿Cómo escribir la introducción de un artículo científico?”

Use Specific Adjectives and Precise Descriptions

Perhaps one of the easiest ways a language learner can improve their expression, communication, and writing in another language is by increasing their vocabulary. This isn’t an easy task, but you can first focus on using more specific and more descriptive terminology when communicating an idea. This is especially applicable to technical, academic, and scientificContinue reading “Use Specific Adjectives and Precise Descriptions”