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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

Gerund or Infinitive

English, golf, aprender inglesA topic I frequently receive questions about, is when to use the Gerund (-ing) and when to use the Infinitive (to do/ to make). In this article I would like to get into that a little bit and explain the rules around this topic.

As always, you can also watch the video we made by clicking here.

Also, if you are here for the exercises, you can download them by clicking here.

The Gerund

Firstly, I would like to remind you that within this article, we are talking specifically about the gerund noun. Nonetheless, I do want to note that the -ing ending can also be used for Adjectives as well as with the continuous tenses (past and present), in which case we tend to call is the present participle.

To define the use of the gerund noun, there are 5 rules we need to keep in mind. We use the gerund:

  1. Following a preposition
  2. A verb transformed into a noun as the subject of the sentence
  3. Following an expression
  4. Following a verb
  5. After a phrasal verb

The Infinitive

For the infinitive, we also identify 5 rules, plus a special rule regarding modal verbs. We use the infinitive:

  1. Following an adjective
  2. Following a modal auxiliary verb
  3. Following a main verb
  4. When it is used to express purpose
  5. When it follows the object of the verb.

The special rule that needs explaining, is, as said, regarding modal verbs. After a modal verb, we cannot use “to”. Here in Spain, for example, I hear many people say “you must to”. Well, how about “you must”, without “to”.

Exercises

Naturally I hope I have made this topic as simple as possible. However, if you’d like to practice a little but, please click here to download (see what I did here?) some exercises.

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

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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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

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