Etiqueta: Clases de inglés

Practice Your English – Shot Clock

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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.

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.

Practice Your English – The New Rules of Golf

aprende ingles jugando al golfAt 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 New Golf Rules

Recently The R&A and USGA revealed the new rules that will be implemented starting 1st January 2019. The Spanish Golf Federation has also published their translation of the changes to the rules governing this great sport.

The exercises for today are related with these rules changes.

Reading and Questions

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

  • What has been hanged to knee hight?
  • What is the penalty for hitting the flagstick?
  • How has the grounding rule changed?
  • Which three ideas should improve speed of play?

Your Opinion

There are many different opinions on the changes in the rules of golf. We, at TJ English Golf, are sure you also have your ideas on the topic. Write us your ideas in about 100 words and send them to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – The New Rules” and we will respond as soon as possible.

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

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.

5 Tips to Improve Your Fluency

When learning a new language, we try to be perfect. Perfection however is the biggest enemy of fluency and to make sure you can finish the point you want to make, you need to be fluent, not perfect.

Of course, as always, you can also watch the YouTube video we made by clicking here.

Use the words you know

Using words you know, means using words that are readily available. Maybe at the end of a sentence you can use a word you have recently heard, after an elongated uhm.

Use a word or phrase from your own language

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with a word that you have just learnt, you know you know it but can’t remember. Say the word in your own language and then try to explain it to the other person. It will keep your speech going while finishing your statement.

Related to number 2, talk your way around an unknown word

You don’t know how to say something? Explain it straight away, the worst thing that could happen is that the other person interrupts you by saying the word you are looking to use, they will want to help you without actually taking your “turn” away from you.

Don’t study grammar too much

Grammar is important, but the objective is to communicate your message. Also, keep in mind, we are not talking about writing here, where grammar matters a lot more and where you have more time to think about what you want to put on paper. We are speaking about speaking.

Don’t be afraid of mistakes

Connected to number 4. Mistakes are part of speaking. We all make them and they are part of speaking. Naturally, you should try to root the mistakes out as much as you can and you will, over time. Don’t let a silly mistake, that didn’t change your message, ruin the whole delivery of that same message.

Conclusion

After having said all this, I would like you to keep in mind that there should be a balance. You enlarge your vocabulary, you use it more fluently, as a result, you enlarge vocabulary and improve grammar and you improve fluency and so on and so forth. You see where I’m going with this I hope.

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

Being Polite, Want and Must

The verbs “want” and “must”. Two verbs that I hear around my classes with a high frequency.  They can be quite strong however to use, impolite even. And so, any alternatives?

In this video we talk about this topic and give you some ideas to use instead.

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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How to Interrupt During Business Meetings

Business meetings, the terror of us all. But now, the meeting is going on and you are looking to say something.  How do you interrupt? That is what today’s video is about. We will give you two formal phrases you can use during those dreaded meetings and also two informal/ casual phrases.

As a small bonus, we also give you two sentences you can use to ask people to wait a while before they interrupt you. As always, you can click here to see the video.

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.

Colaboración con Golf Negralejo

A partir del uno de febrero del 2018 TJ English Golf colaborará con Golf Negralejo en sus clases de inglés.

De todas las direcciones nos hablan de la importancia del inglés como idioma en el mundo globalizado. En los negocios internacionales es indispensable ya que se ha convertido en la lengua franca de ello.

A nosotros nos gusta mucho el golf. Un deporte que jugamos para relajar, para conocer a personas interesantes y donde es posible crear contactos interesantes e importantes. Además, es reconocido como el deporte de los negocios ya que hay tiempo para conversar.

¿Y porque no combinarlo?

Como lo dicho al principio, TJ English Golf da clases de inglés mientras que juegas al golf y lo hace en el maravilloso campo del Golf Negralejo. Comenzando el día 1 de enero de 2018, se imparte durante el fin de semana clases con duración de una hora (en el driving range) y de dos horas (jugando un PAR 29).

¿Para quién?

Todos a partir de 12 años de edad con un nivel intermedio/ avanzado. Obviamente es necesario que le guste el golf.

Sobre Golf Negralejo

Golf Negralejo tiene un Campo Pitch & Putt, único en Madrid y se considera uno de los mejores en Madrid. Destaca por sus greens. Además, tiene un campo largo de 9 hoyos (PAR 29) y uno más corto (PAR 27).

Golf Negralejo también ofrece una escuela de golf magnífica con instalaciones capaces de organizar clinics para más de 100 personas, con varias áreas de practica tanto de Green como approach.

Sobre TJ English Golf

En TJ English Golf creemos que el aprendizaje de un idioma tiene que ser divertido y basado en situaciones reales. Para nosotros eso significa inmersión. El golf es un deporte hecho para ello, mientras disfrutas de la naturaleza, hay tiempo para conversar.

Creado en 2016, la idea surge de precisamente esta idea y de la experiencia personal de nuestro fundador. El idioma se aprende practicándolo en un entorno real.

Time/Time, The Silent “e”

clases de ingles, golfThis lone letter at the end of the word (pun intended), the “e”, it changes the pronunciation of the word completely. In this video, we explain how it works.

But not only do we want to explain. We would like to invite you to do a speaking exercise:

Send us a recording of yourself pronouncing the following words and we will send you some feedback to let you know how you have done. Keep in mind, the vowels become long!

On/one, us/use, hat/hate, tap/tape, at/ate, mat/mate, sit/site, cap/cape, at/ate, quit/quite, win/wine.

Please send your recording to info@tjenglishgolf.es and we will get back to you 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.

Holiday Special Part I

During the upcoming holidays we will not publish any classes and therefore I planned to do so with an actual class, in two parts. This is part I of a class I recently recorded.

I hope this article helps you a bit and I wish you good luck with your listening. 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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Deberes para navidad

"Aprender ingles" "learn English"

After this week, there will be a break for our English classes for two weeks. TWO WEEKS! That’s a lot of time. Agreed, it’s not the two months we “lose” during summer, yet enough to forget many of the things we’ve learned over the last couple of months, isn’t it? More so if you are not able to attend (not “attend to”) classes on a regular basis. So, what can you do during the holidays? How can you keep up your English?

Your homework for the holidays

During the Christmas vacation, I need you to find one hour per day to just listen to English, without paying attention, later I’ll explain why. So, find the BBC iPlayer, for example, or any other radio station you can find on the internet. This is part of creating an English bubble. Impossible? Keep on reading because I beg to differ (I disagree).

The English bubble

A tip I recently gave in one of my recent videos is to create an English bubble around you. Well, it sounds simple, as much English around you as possible. But how to do this in reality, that’s the more complicated part, isn’t it. I do agree (not “be agree”, “to agree” is a verb), it is. Now, think about the amount of downtime (time doing nothing) you usually have. That is a lot of time you can use to put something on (play music or a recording) in the language you are looking to learn, in our case English.

One quite easy thing you can do is to listen to the radio. But there is a catch (trick), you need to stop paying attention to what you hear. What? Yes! I am serious. Often I hear students complain they don’t understand what is being said. The vocabulary is too complicated, the accents are unfamiliar. “I don’t know what they are saying, I cannot understand what they talk about!” Let me ask you this question: Does it matter? I don’t think it does, I see it as a way to train your subconscious.

Practice what I preach

When six and a half years ago I moved to Spain, I immersed myself in Spanish. Radio, television, work, even my flatmates, who native Spanish speakers, I was surrounded by as much Spanish as possible. Naturally, easy to do so when living in the country, I’ll get back to that.

My Spanish is now on a good level and I turned back to (to return to) my English bubble. I watch YouTube videos, almost exclusively, in English, I listen to BBC World Service in the morning while I read my LinkedIn, paying attention to the latter (the last). I read mostly English newspapers and articles. Spanish is the language I speak with friends and my wife.

The miracle answer?

It is necessary, to be honest, having the radio in the background is not THE solution to all your struggles (problems), of course not. In two weeks becoming fluent is difficult, but then again, that is not the goals, it is to maintain the level you have and this homework helps.

 

I hope this article helps you a bit and I wish you good luck with your listening. 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.

Hacerte socio de un club de golf

Becoming a member of a golf club is no easy feat. Today we give you some vocabulary to accomplish exactly this.

I hope this article helps you a bit and I wish you good luck with your listening. 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.

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