Categoría: Practice Your English

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

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.

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

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Practice Your English – Ryder Cup

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.

The Ryder Cup

Yes yes, we know. It’s has been a week already, but can’t we really enjoy this one? Europe winning the Ryder Cup with such a big score and in great fashion. And yes, we at TJ English Golf are also proud of the result, of course, we are, Go Team Europe! And let’s be honest, 17,5 against 10,5, right?

So why not have some exercises on this topic. Many can have their opinions and we would love to know them.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on an article in The Guardian which you can read by clicking here. Here are the questions:

  • Why did the Americans need to “tip their caps”?
  • How did Phil Mickelson earn his place in history?
  • What was so important about Jon Rahm?
  • Why have the critics of Thomas Brørn been silenced?

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

  • Thomas was the better captain.
  • No other player has lost so many matches ar the Ryder Cup as he has.
  • He beat Tiger and made no mistakes at all.
  • He was criticized for his picks but they all played extremely well.

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

Practice Your English – Missing the Cut

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback.

Missing the Cut

Friday is always an interesting day in golf. Who will continue playing on Saturday and finish the tournament? After two days of play, the field is reduced and everyone wants to make it, everybody wants to make the cut.

We as spectators, naturally, look at the cut on Friday. But, what if there were more cuts?

From August 16-19, the Wyndham Championship was played at the Sedgefield Country Club. Not the most interesting of tournaments, but still very important. Find out why, in today’s article I would like to invite you to read and answer questions on.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on an article in Golf Digest which you can read by clicking here. Here are the questions:

  • Why do the best players tend to stay away from the championship?
  • Why did Hurley need to finish above place 200?
  • What is Sergio Garcia’s private drama?
  • Which “game within the game” does Harris English speak about?
  • What is so important about being better than place 150?

Your Ideas

Now you have read the article, what do you think. Does the game behind the tournament interest you? Would it be interesting to pay attention to it?

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 – Missing the Cut” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • Players look to get some rest after the summer and before the FedEx Cup Playoff
  • Because he would at least get a place on the web.com tour, now he has nothing.
  • He may lose a Ryder Cup position if he doesn’t play well
  • There is a tournament everybody wants to win, but you also need to play well to stay on the tour
  • If you are above that place, you have conditional PGA tour status for 2019.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “What Makes a Great Golf Course”, please click here.

Practice Your English – What Makes a Great Golf Course

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback.

What Makes a Great Golf Course

A few weeks ago, Mark Crossfield published an interesting video that we, at TJ English Golf, like quite a lot. In this video he asks the question, “What makes a great golf course”. So we would like to ask you the same question: In your opinion, what makes a great golf course? So we would like to invite you to watch his video, answer some questions and give us your opinion, in writing.

Listening and Questions

The questions are based on Mark Crossfield’s video that you can find by clicking here. The answers you may find at the bottom of the article.

  • What do all four degree on ?
  • What does Dan (white Titlist hat) think about location?
  • What does Mark (the one holding the camera) say about rewarding courses?

Your Ideas

Now you have watched the video, what do you think. What do you think makes a great golf course. Is it the greens, is it the layout? We’d like to know what you think.

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 – Golf Course” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • All four agree on greens
  • Dan enjoys great views and relaxing in the evening.
  • He hates courses where good shots are not rewarded.

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

Practice Your English – Shot Clock

Photo by Veri Ivanova on Unsplash

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class C1.

The Shot Clock

Slow play is becoming an important discussion in golf recently. It frustrates players and even the professionals. So, what can be done about it. Well, The European Tour is now experimenting with solutions and one of those is the shot clock. Players have 40 seconds to make their shot, if they don’t, an extra stroke is added to their total.

In amateur golf the discussion is hot as well. I myself always try to keep up the pace but, since I have a low handicap, I might not be the fastest player myself. I am aware of this and I’m working on it.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on an article that you can find by clicking here. The answers you may find at the bottom of this article.

  • Describe the reviews that were given (please, don’t just copy)
  • How was the shot clock enforced during the tournament?
  • What was an unexpected extra result of the shot clock?
  • Explain the reactions of the American players
  • Did players actually use all the time needed?

Your Ideas

So, as mentioned, slow play is a topic that is being discussed. I would like your opinion on the topic now. Do you encounter it on the course, do you think the pros should set the example by not playing slow? Are you maybe even a slow player.

Send us an email explaining in about 150 words your ideas on the questions above. Send it to info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject “Practice Your English – Shot Clock” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • Rave reviews meaning extremely enthusiastic
  • Players would receive a penalty shot if passing the 40 seconds
  • Scores actually went down compared to last year.
  • Your own answers
  • No, they didn’t. Often they hit the ball before the clock hit 30 seconds.

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

Practicar inglés con Exposición

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Hace un par de meses hablé con un amigo mío que tiene tropecientos de años de experiencia dando clases de inglés. Nos gusta intercambiar ideas para ayudar a nuestros alumnos y me dio una idea que me pareció bastante interesante y al mismo tiempo, cuando lo explicó, lógico. En este artículo me gustaría compartirlo con ustedes.

Utilidad de la exposición

Exposición simplemente es una forma distinta de decir “inmersión”. Estoy seguro que ha escuchado de su profesor, o de su academia, la idea de la inmersión en el idioma. “Es una muy buena forma de aprender un idioma.” Nuestra experiencia es que da un empujón importante a su aprendizaje del inglés. Y bueno, no es por nada que nosotros en TJ English Golf ofrecemos cursos de este estilo para ayudarle a aprender el idioma también. E incluso, nuestras clases semanales están basadas en la misma idea.

Una parte importante de la inmersión es que no solo tiene que usar el inglés, también está expuesta de forma pasiva a él y en eso está la clave: La pasividad. Aquí es importante clarificar lo siguiente: Hay cuatro destrezas en un idioma, hablar, escuchar, leer y escribir. Las de hablar y escribir los llamamos activas y las de escuchar y leer pasivas. No obstante, no me refiero a “pasiva” en este sentido. Refiero a que no se ponga a practicar activamente el idioma. Estar inmerso en él sin tener que usarlo conscientemente. Me gusta decir por eso, oír. Por favor, toma nota de que he escrito oír, no escuchar.

Sé que quizás no está muy claro, por favor, sigue leyendo, se lo voy a explicar mejor.

Oír versus escuchar

¿Me puede explicar por favor que quiere decir con oír?

Entre los verbos oírescuchar existe una diferencia importante que es la de prestar atención. Normalmente escuchamos la radio. Así nos lo enseña el español y así lo determina la gramática. Escuchar significa prestar atención, oír no incluye atención. Lo primero es algo activo, lo segundo es pasivo. Y es eso de lo que estoy hablando aquí. Nos gustaría que empezara a oír el idioma que quiere aprender, sin prestar atención.

Cuando era niño

Una cosa que me parece interesante en este contexto, es que usted tuvo clases de español antes de poder hablarlo.  Simplemente empezó a copiar a sus padres y/u otras personas en su alrededor que hablaron el español. En primaria se lo han mejorado, expandido etc. ¿Porque no lo podría hacerlo con el inglés? Sí, sería algo al revés que seguro que haya tenido sus clases de inglés en el pasado.  No obstante, de niño aprendió diferenciar entonación, ritmo y sonidos por inmersión. Repito, las personas en su alrededor se encargaron de eso.

Investigación

En internet encontré varias referencias (primero y segundo) a estudios que demuestran que funciona. En uno de los estudios refieren a hispano hablantes estudiando vasco, y resulta que, los que además de estudiarlo también oían la radio mejoran el oído más rápido que los que solo practican los sonidos del idioma hablando. Algo parecido pasó con los inglés parlantes estudiando hindi y tailandés.

No olvide las clases y el trabajo

Naturalmente, si ahora tiene clases, no estoy diciendo que las puede dejar. Las clases siguen siendo muy importantes para mejorar su uso de la gramática y para expandir su vocabulario. No lo dude. Además, tiene que trabajar el idioma. No se aprende solo a través de la exposición. He conocido personas que han pasado mucho tiempo en el extranjero y durante ese tiempo nada mas han tratado con personas de habla española, ahora tampoco hablan el otro idioma. Se tiene que poner de su parte y practicar el idioma de verdad.

Ahora usted

Ya le hemos explicado la teoría. Ahora quiero invitarle a poner la información en práctica. Haciendo las cosas diarias en casa, ponga la televisión o la radio en inglés. No hace falta prestar atención. Téngalo como ruido de fondo mientras haga lo que tenga que hacer. ¿Lo puede hacer durante el trabajo? Entonces, ¿porque no usa cascos y tiene el sonido en el fondo?

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 – The Home of Golf

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At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class C1 (with a great Scottish accent).

The Home of Golf

St. Andrews. Who would not like to play that golf course, we definitely would. Maybe you are lucky enough to play there this summer. Therefore, we would like to share with you this video: A five minute guide to St. Andrews and what to do there.

Watching and Questions

The questions below are based on the video which you may find by clicking here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

  • How many golf courses are there at St. Andrews?
  • Which is the most famous golf club at St. Andrews?
  • When was the St. Andrews Ladies Putting Club founded?
  • Which is the courses at St. Andrews are the easiest to play on?
  • Which sea is mentioned as being close to the town?
  • How far back does golf go at St. Andrews?
  • Why was there a new trophy created?
  • Which famous couple met at the University?

Your Ideas

Would you like to play at St. Andrews?
Record a speech of about 2 minutes on your ideas of the St. Andrews golf courses and send it to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – The Home of Golf” and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

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

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Answers

  • There are 7 golf courses, the most famous being the Old Course.
  • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
  • It was founded in 1867
  • The Old Course, as the other ones are almost never available.
  • It goes back to the 14 hundreds.
  • The former one was given to Tom Morris as he won the Open three times in a row.
  • Future King and Queen William and Kate.

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

Practice You English – Open de España

Open de España John Rahm

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At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class B2/C1.

 

The Open de España

More than a week has past since John Rahm won the Open de España in a magnificent manner. Everyone on the golf world, in Spain, spoke about the tournament while it was being played and I know many who went to the golf course. A shame I was busy playing golf my self (yes, I am being sarcastic).

I thought you would enjoy some exercises about the Open de España.

Reading and Questions

The questions below are based on the article by ThoughtCo which you may find by clicking here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

  • The runner-up was Paule Dunne, therefore, his final position was?
  • What is the oldest record set for the tournament, as mentioned in the article?
  • Why is Antonio Garrido the first winner in the European Tour’s history?
  • Why was Miguel Angel Jimenez’s victory in 2014 important?

Your Opinion

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, many we excited about the tournament being played, especially that is was so close to Madrid. Did you go? And what’s next?
Write us your ideas in about 100 words and send them to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – Open de España” and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

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

You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter following this link.

Answers

  • He was second. The second position is called “runner-up”.
  • The golfer with the most wins, Angel de la Torre.
  • Because the Spanish Open was the first ever European Tour tournament played, and he won, in 1972.
  • He was 50 years old, setting a record for the older ever European Tour winner and being the first to do so in his 50’s.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The New Rules of Golf”, please click here.

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