Swing Thoughts

English, inglés, golf

 

Swing Thoughts?

Have you ever heard of the English golf term “swing thoughts“? If you watch Mark Crossfield, you are sure to have heard him speak about these. He actually dedicated a complete video of his to the topic of swing thoughts. But also if you watch Rick Shiels or Me and My Golf.

What are Swing Thoughts?

Maybe you are still wondering what to call them in Spanish. Well, I would translate the term as “pensamientos de swing“.

Ever looked at the ball and thought: girar, desgirar, girar, desgirar. Well, that is a swing thought. In English, by the way, we speak about turning.

So, a swing thought is that thought that you have when you are making your swing, mostly something you need to focus on.

Examples

So, some examples of swing thought that I usually have? And believe me, I have quite a few as I am absolutely not a good golfer:

  • Finish the swing – Termina el swing. I have this problem very often and it comes together with:
  • Turn your hips! – Girar. Explained this one before, I hope.
  • Eyes on the ball! – Mira la pelota. How many people make this mistake?
  • Don’t try to kill it! – No lo intentes matar. The ball is dead and this is closely related to:
  • Let the club do the work! – Deja que el palo haga su trabajo.

Here are some interesting “swing thoughts” you can have. Usually, I don’t leave the comment section open but this time, it is. So if you have any comments, feel free to write some and maybe give some ideas on the topic as well.

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

New Year’s Resolution?

The new year is on its way. That means that many are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions (las resoluciones del año nuevo).  Stop smoking, going to the gym, learning a new language, getting your handicap below 10!

Unfortunately, we also know most people don’t get very far with these resolutions, un the UK, 80% of the people didn’t even make it for three months. Three months! So, by the end of March, 80% of the people who had resolutions will have given up!

Mow, I am not looking to dive into the details of the how and the why, it’s better to solve the problem I think.

So practice!

Here comes the reason for the title of today’s blog. If your goal this year is to learn a language, make your resolution more concrete: Set a practice goal and set it as high as possible! And then? Well, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND PRACTICE, of course. Listen to the ratio, watch TV, read books and make sure it’s all in English.

Even more interesting, locate the closest location for foreigners to have their after work cañas and start making friends. If you can make even more of it, better (yes, I am telling you that having an intimate relationship helps as long as neither of you is committed!). So make friends, in order to be able to practice in a natural environment, don’t force it. Don’t ask people to teach you and don’t be scared of making mistakes. I am sure you will make them, I make mistakes and I’m an English teacher!

Get it moving

Practicing is the best way to improve your skills, any skill, as you basically do the same thing as sports people. Tiger Woods didn’t become the player he is because he studied golf, not even because he spent so much time on the driving range. He is the golfer he is because he put in (el hizo) the rounds. He went onto the course and played.

Now, you go to that bar and practice!

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

Los tiempos del inglés – Past Continuous

No paramos con nuestra serie sobre los diferentes tiempos del inglés. Esto ya es la quinta entrada. En el anterior hemos hablado del past simple. En la entrega de hoy queremos hablar del siguiente tiempo que es, el past continuous.

El past continuous

La construcción del past continuous

La construcción del past continuous es muy parecido a la del present continuous. Esto significa que debemos de usar un verbo auxiliar que en el caso de los tiempo continuos es to be. Naturalmente, lo debemos de usar en el pasado, por lo cual se convierte en waswere. Igual que en el presente, debemos de usar después el -ing para formar el present participle. Juntando las dos cosas, se conviere en:
  • I was working
  • You were playing golf
  • He/ she/ it was playing golf
  • etc.

El uso del past continuous

Usamos el past continuous para comunicar:
  • Una acción continua en un momento específico en el pasado:
    • I was practicing golf from 10-12 this morning.
  • Dos acciones simultaneas en el pasado:
    • Mary was shopping while James was playing golf.
  • Una acción contínua interrumpida por una acción completada en el pasado:
    • I was having a shower when Mark came in.
    • He shouted while I was trying to hole the putt.
Si quiere volver a leer la entrega sobre el past simple, por favor, haga click aquí.

Espero que este artículo le ayuda y le deseo todo lo mejor. Hasta el siguiente artículo:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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Parts of the Golf Club

parts of the golf club

Golfer with Club

The golf club, the tool we use the most when performing our favorite activity. But what are the different term of this tool, the golf club? Do you know? And do you know in English? In our blog today, we would like to tell you a little bit more about the different parts of the golf club.

In this article, we use phonetic symbols to show you how to pronounce different words. In this article, we use US pronunciation and if you would like to know more about phonetic symbols, please click here.

 

The Vocabulary Basics

A golf club, in its basics, consists of three parts, and this is the same for all club. If we have a look at the picture of the golfer, next to this text, you can see she holds a club in her hand. From right to left, starting at her hands, the three parts of the club are:

  • The grip /grɪp/ – the part you hold in your hands. Please be careful of saying /graip/ or /greep/.
  • The shaft /ʃæft/ – the part between the grip and the head. This is pronounced like the movie Shaft.
  • The head /hɛd/ – the part that actually hit the ball. The pronunciation is the same as the head on your shoulders.

Shaft Vocabulary

So, the basics are the basics. But a good golf club consists of more parts than just the grip, shaft and head. The shaft, for example, comes in different varieties of stiffness /ˈstɪfnəs/:

  • L – Ladies /ˈleɪdiz/
  • A – Senior /ˈsinjər/
  • R – Regular /ˈrɛgjələr/
  • F – Firm /fɜrm/
  • X – Extra Firm /ˈɛkstrə fɜrm/
  • S – Stiff /stɪf/

    The parts of the head

Head Vocabulary

Now the head of the golf club, the part everybody is interested in because that is how we hit our ball 250 meters. (We don’t, but some do.)

 We have decided to give you a picture of the vocabulary of the head so it becomes easier to also attach the word to the part, we thought it would be easier. This does not keep us from our responsibility of showing you how to pronounce these different words:

  • Hosel /ˈhəʊz(ə)l/
  • Heel /hil/
  • Toe /toʊ/
  • Face /feɪs/
  • Cavity /ˈkævəti/
  • Sole /soʊl/

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

Practice Your English – Irish European Tour Players

Are you looking to continuously improve your English? Then the adage is practice, practice, practice. I would like to invite you to do this and hereby, I present you with a means, some exercises.

Irish European Tour Players

Ireland is one of those countries we think about when it comes to golf. I have friends here in Spain who often discuss traveling to the country and enjoy golf and “other activities”.

But what is Ireland doing when it comes to golf? Where have the Irish tour players gone? Philip Reid asks himself this question as well in The Irish Times. In today’s exercise, this is the article we read.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on the before mentioned article in The Irish Times which you can read by clicking here. Here are the questions:

  • Numbers of Irish players what? And what does that mean?
  • How many players held tour cards back in 1996?
  • What is the first reason given for it being more complicated for Irish players to obtain such a card?
  • What, according to Mr. Reid, is the role of the Golfing Union of Ireland?

Your Ideas

There are so many things we could ask you to write about regarding this Ryder Cup. We would like to ask you to be creative and give us an opinion you have. Maybe about the result of the picks made by the European captain, maybe about the comments made by Phil Mickelson after the tournament. Maybe you would like to say something about the results of the Spanish participants.

Send us an email explaining in about 250 words your ideas on the questions above. Send it to info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject “Practice Your English – Ryder Cup” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • The numbers have dwindled which means that they have dropped gradually.
  • 13 players held tour card at that moment.
  • More players from different countries are obtaining spots on the tour, the competition is growing making it more complicated for Irish players.
  • Its role is to govern the sport of golf, for men, in Ireland.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The Ryder Cup”, please click here.

Welcome a Golfer at your Club Correctly

First impressions are the most important we can make because they are the first (duh) and they stay with the people we meet quite a bit. Therefore, the correct use of language is key. In this article, I will explain some basic things that are essential for the purpose of welcoming guests.

Guests

Respect for the people who visit your course is shown in the way you speak about them, the way you refer to the. As golf is part of the hospitality sector, we prefer to speak about guests instead of clients. The difference? A guest will stay at our facility and will receive a service in the form of hospitality, similar to a restaurant or a hotel. Clients buy products or services.

Referring to the people who visit your resort as guests changes the mindset and the approach.

The Correct Greeting

As mentioned before, greeting our guest is a key part of making a good first impression. This also means that you need to use the correct greeting. And here it is important to remember that the parts of the day may be different in English than they are in your language. So, good morning is valid after a certain hour, especially not as late as in Spain.

  • From 0:00 midnight to 12:00 midday (noon) we say “morning”;
  • From noon to 18:00 we say “afternoon”. Here it is interesting to mention that “afternoon” actually means “after noon“;
  • The last one from 18:00 to 24:00 midnight, we say “evening”.

These different parts of the day also turn into their respective greetings combined with “good”. Meaning that before 12:00 we say “good morning” to people and after this, until 18:00 you say “good afternoon”. The last one would be “good evening”. Be aware to never say “good night” as we say this when we go to bed.

Learn More

If you wish to learn more, you can do so in our eBook, English for Caddie Masters which is available on Amazon.

 

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

Los tiempos del inglés – Past Simple

Esto va a ser ya la cuarta entrega sobre lo diferentes tiempos del inglés. En el anterior hemos hablado del present perfect que siempre es el primer tiempo que aprendemos al estudiar el idioma. En la entrega de hoy queremos hablar del siguiente tiempo que es, el past simple.

El past simple

La construcción del past simple

La construcción del Past Simple en general, no es muy complicado. Hay que usar el verbo en el presente y añadir -ed al final, ya está. Por ejemplo:

  • I worked
  • You walked
  • He/ she/ it played
  • etc.

Ay, sí, vhay que mencionar los verbos irregulares. ¿Se acuerda de los verbos que tenía que estudiar?: Drive-drove-driven; write-wrote-written. Pues, los segundos tenemos que usar aquí. Son importantes para estudias y recordar.

El uso del past simple

Usamos el past simple para comunicar:

  • Una acción completada en (un) momento(s) específico(s) en el pasado:
    • I scored a hole in one yesterday (si no me cree, la foto del certidicado está en instragram).
    • I read a book about golf.
  • Acciones habituales en el pasado:
    • I got up early every day to go and play golf.

Si quiere volver a leer la entrega sobre el present perfect, por favor, haga click aquí.

Espero que este artículo le ayuda y le deseo todo lo mejor. Hasta el siguiente artículo:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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Why We Focus on Conversations

Imagine you are looking to prepare a killer boeuf bourguignon for Christmas dinner. You have studied the ingredients, you which actions to take, how long to have the beef on the fire and everything else. And here you are, standing in the kitchen, all materials ready, the in-laws are waiting at the dinner table and then you find out, you don’t even know how to turn on the stove. 5 hours later, the kitchen resembles a war zone, burnt pots, your spouse and in-laws are livid yet very happy that eventually, you decided to order a pizza because neither of them wanted to die of the result of your cooking.

Seems ridiculous? Well, of course, it is, I would have made them eat my boeuf bourguignon, like it or not. Ok, yes, I would have ordered the pizza as well, but that is beside the point. It’s a metaphor, of course.

If you don’t know how to turn on the stove, why would you directly try to make that dish? It makes no real sense, does it? So, then why do you do it with English? Why do you keep putting your head in the books, trying to perfect your understanding of the 2nd conditional if you haven’t tried pronouncing a sentence such as I love you? (A simple but beautiful and useful sentence.)

It is easy to sit down in a classroom and start listening to recordings, fill in some blanks or answer questions. Now, of course, that is important, as it will give you a base to work with. But we, at TJ English Golf, feel like it is similar to studying recipes from a cookbook. You need the practice, and that is why we believe in conversations.

Espero que este artículo le ayuda y le deseo todo lo mejor. Hasta el siguiente artículo:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

Si desee más información sobre nosotros y nuestras clases, aquí lo encontrará

Interrumpir en reuniones de negocios

aprender inglésReuniones de negocios, sí, los tenemos todos. Son importantes para hacer funcionar a nuestros negocios, proyectos etcétera. Si participamos en este tipo de reunión, obviamente queremos poder participar de forma activa en los mismos, de forma educada y correcta.

En esta entrada, le quiero mostrar varias frases que puede usar para interrumpir con educación. El artículo está basada en un vídeo que publicamos en YouTube anteriormente.

En este artículo hacemos uso de la fonética (americana). Si desee leer nuestro artículo sobre la misma, por favor [pincha aquí].

Casi me olvido de una cosa, algo que siempre es bueno decir en inglés: Excuse me (/ɪkˈskjuz mi/). Recomiendo que lo usa siempre cuando quiere interrumpir.

2 Frases formales

“I don’t mean to interrupt…” (/ doʊnt min tu ˌɪntəˈrʌpt/). No quiero interrumpir… Es cortesía decirlo a pesar de que, claramente, está interrumpiendo la persona que está hablando. Después de decirlo, puede seguir con lo que quiere decir.

“Can/ Could I add something?” (/kænkʊd  æd ˈsʌmθɪŋ/). ¿Puedo/ Podría añadir algo? Queda claro de que si dice esto, debe añadir algo.

2 Frases informales

“One quick thing…” (/wʌnkwɪk θɪŋ/). Una cosa rápida. Después sigue con lo que quiere decir. Ten cuidado, si dice, one quick thing, no empieza con una historia de 5 minutos. Manténlo corto para que se puede seguir con el punto pronto.

“Just let me say…” (/ʤʌst lɛt mi seɪ/). Muy parecida a la frase anterior. Usted quiere añadir algo rápido. Por favor, mantenlo breve.

2 Frases para no ser interrumpido

Y… que pasa si se da cuenta de que le van a interrumpir a usted mismo mientras no hayamos terminado con el punto que estamos haciendo. ¿Como hacer que esperen unos segundos?

“Bear with me” (/bɛr wɪð mi/). Una forma de ser más educado, más formal. Significa algo como, “por favor, ten paciencia”.

“Hold on” (/hoʊld ɑn/). La forma inglesa de decir, espera. No hay que coger nada, sólo esperar un momento.

Espero que este artículo le ayuda y le deseo todo lo mejor. Hasta el siguiente artículo:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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Speaking Politely en inglés

Todos sabemos que los ingleses son famosos por sus formas de hablar, educado, poco directo y muchas veces no dicen lo que der verdad quieren decir. Quizás a veces parece increíble. Sin embargo, es bueno saber como hacerlo.

Ahora, voy a ser honesto, al escribir éste artículo no estaba muy seguro que si me iba a fijar en formas o lenguaje. En realidad he decidido hacer las dos cosas. No es por nada que en inglés se dice “manners maketh man” (los modales hacen al hombre) sabiendo muy bien que el lenguaje es parte de ello.

1. Sé menos directo

¿Vaya ironía verdad? Yo le digo que debe ser menos directo y se lo digo así, de forma directa. Algo raro es, pero eso no quita que en inglés hablamos de forma indirecta.

Quizás alguna vez ha escuchado de las directindirect questions:

En vez de decir: Where is the driving range?
Decir: Could you tell me where the driving range is?

En vez de decir: Can I change my tee time to three o’clock?
Decir: It is possible to change my tee time to three o’clock?

Los modal verbs tienen un papel importante en esto. Con por ejemplo can o could se pregunta por posibilidades.

Luego es importante no exigir sino pedir. En nuestro artículo sobre el uso de want referimos a este tema. 

2. Please, thank you, excuse me

Parece obvio, ¿pero cuantas veces lo olvidamos? En inglés se usa mucho, incluso que he leído artículos de españoles en el Reino Unido que dicen que exageran. Puede ser, sin embargo son palabras elegantes. Ah, y por favor, di excuse me antes de empujar a una persona, en caso contrario pierde su efecto por completo.

Casi olvido que you’re welcome es un muy buena respuesta cuando alguien le dice thank you.

3. Sé positivo, evita palabras negativas

¿Palabras negativas? Si, palabras negativas. Palabras que hacen que una frase suena negativa. Baduncontrolleddreadfull y así podría seguir mucho tiempo. Y sí, es mejor evitar este tipo de palabra y hacer que la frase que está diciendo tiene un tono positivo. Entonces:

En vez de decir: that was a bad shot
Decir: That was not such a good shot

En vez de decir: your golf pants look terrible
Decir: You could have chosen a better pair of pants

4. Toma la culpa

Evita decir you, sobre todo en una discusión. Puede ser que le problema que tiene es causado por otra persona, pero no lo dice. En su lenguaje, el problema lo tiene usted. Esto, por cierto, no sólo le servirá en inglés, también es una buena técnica si tiene que debatir un tema en castellano. 

En vez de decirYou are very expensive.
Decir: We were looking for a lower price.

En vez de decirYou did badly.
Decir: I expected more of you.

5. Tacos son para comer, no para decir

Con antelación tengo que pedir perdón. ¿Por qué? Porque este tema es una gran frustración mía en España. DEJAD DE USAR LOS TACOS (EN INGLÉS). Está tan mal visto en inglés que ya tenemos y usamos apodos para palabras de este tipo. The f-word por ejemplo: Mum, he said the f-word es una frase que se escucha decir a los niños. Entendemos que a veces tiene que soltar algo, por ejemplo cuando el segundo PRO-V seguido va al lago, pero incluso entonces, lo susura.

 

Espero que este artículo le ayuda y le deseo todo lo mejor. Hasta el siguiente artículo:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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