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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

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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

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.

Inglés International

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Todos sabemos que hay un concepto en la vida que jamás cambia, siempre hay cambio. Los idiomas no se distinguen en este sentido y por lo tanto, no paran de desarrollarse. Los diferentes idiomas de España salen todos del latín, tanto como el portugués y el francés.

El inglés no es diferente. Desde que los anglos y los sajones están en lo que hay en día llamamos Inglaterra, se ha desarrollado el idioma. Desde el inglés antiguo de Beowulf hasta hoy. Sin embargo, no quiere decir que el inglés no se sigue desarrollando y ahora más que es el idioma que más se usa en el mundo. Naturalmente, lo hace más difícil pero también tiene sus ventajas para usted como hispano hablante. ¿En que? me pregunta, pues en el hecho que están saliendo ya las historias que los nativos no pueden comunicarse bien con los que hablan el inglés como segundo idioma.

El origen y variaciones

En su base, el inglés ya es un idioma internacional. Durante su historia ha pasado por el mundo entero y ha ido recogiendo palabras de muchos diferentes idiomas. Por ejemplo, las palabras “breeze” o “barricade” son de origen español. La palabra “dollar“, se dice, viene del neerlandés “daalder” (un florín y medio).

Lo dicho es que además hay que mirar en el uso del inglés hoy en día. El inglés, nos guste o no, es la de facto lengua franca del mundo. pero la gran mayoría de la población del mundo, no la tiene como lengua materna. ¿En que resulta eso? Estoy seguro que ha ha conocido el spanglish, esa combinación del español con el inglés, la famosa “from lost to the river“. Pero en serio cree que solo pasa con el inglés? Discúlpeme que soy tan directo, pero es un poco arrogante y/o despectivo, depende de como lo quiere ver. No, lo tienen muchos idiomas. Chinglish (chino) por ejemplo, franglais (francés), itanglese (italiano) y así podemos seguir bastante rato.

Inglés internacional

Entonces, démosnos cuenta que el spanglish, pues, no es el único en el mundo. Hay muchos variaciones. Y como nadie habla todas la variaciones, cuando todos se juntan en una sala (de reuniones), tenemos que hablar de tal forma que nos entendemos con todos. Tenemos que encontrar una forma de hablar más común para todos. Entre aquí en international English, la variación de inglés internacional que todos entendemos. ¿Cómo se consigue? No complique las cosas al momento de hablar. Estructuras más básicas, vocabulario más básico etc. El resto es para los traductores y abogados.

Podemos ir incluso más lejos. Tenemos alumnos que tienen sus reuniones en el ámbito de la Unión Europea, donde asisten personas de multiples países. ¿Los que frecuentemente tienen problemas de entender?: Los ingleses. ¿Porque? Porque hablan el inglés de los ingleses y como están convencidos que el resto habla inglés, dan por hecho que es el mismo. Pero el principio es lo mismo que un español que se va a México y pregunta donde coger el autobus, nos miran algo raro.

Está aquí el problema del inglés idiomático, que no todos hablan. Puede estar basada en la cultura (piensa en proverbios) o algo que está pasando en el país nativo que no todos saben. Ejemplo: Carrying Coal to Newcastle.

Con quien habla

De vez en cuando me gusta preguntar mis alumnos, de donde viene la gente con quien tiene que hablar inglés. Por supuesto que hay los que responden EEUU, Reino Unido, pero hay muchos que responden China, la India, Alemania y Polonia.

El inglés es el tercer idioma del mundo, después del mandarín y español. El inglés, lo hablan 372 millones de personas (según wikipedia) y sí, ya que mandarín tiene 898 millones de hablantes. Sin embargo, en total en el mundo unos 1.500 millones de personas hablan inglés, 1.200 millones de ellos no son nativos. ¡Solo un quinto es nativo! ¡4 de cada 5 personas con quien habla no es nativo!

Ya vemos que he de tener en cuenta que tenemos que adaptarnos a la posibilidad que tenemos que hablar de otra forma.

No es escusa para hablar mal

Espero que no me entienda mal, no le estoy dando permiso para hablar más spanglish diciendo que el resto tiene que trabajar para entendérle, ¡no! Lo he dicho muchas veces en mis videos y en otros artículos, usted tiene que hacerse entender. Si cree que su interlocutor no le entiende, toca buscar otra forma de hablar. Para lo que sí le doy permiso es de vez en cuando ignorar las cosas pequeñas del inglés y de los dialectos de los ingleses, y americanos, y… ya me entiende creo.

 

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 – 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.

Abbreviations

 In this blog, and video, we will talk about abbreviations which we may find at work.

ASAP

As soon as possible. This means that things need to get done as soon as possible.
How to use it: Get it done ASAP!

N/A

Not applicable. I have very little to add actually.
How to use it: Do you have an example sentence? N/A.

FYI

For your information. We use this to inform people on something.
How to use it: FYI, I made the putt.

BTW

By the way. I would use this when I would like to add some information or digress for a moment.
How to use it: BTW, I scored PAR.

EOD

End of day. You can use this when you need to refer to something at the end of the (working) day, maybe something needs to be done by then.
I will send you the quotation before EOD.

COB

Closing of business. Similar to EOD and used in the same way as well.

COD

Cash on delivery. This is used in regard to financial transactions. The payment will be made when the delivery of the ordered goods has been made.
How to use it: We can wait with the payment, it’s COD.

TBD

To be decided. You need to think a little bit about what you want to do with the issue at hand. I use it on my website as well.
How to use it: Golf course for the next Special, TBD.

RSVP

Réspondez S’il Vous Plaît. It’s actually French, as you may have noticed.It means, please respond. Typically you will find this on invitations to events and it is correct to actually respond.
How to use it: If you want to participate in the tournament, RSVP.

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

3 Types of Rain For Your Golf Round

Rain, English, Golf

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The last couple of weeks, we have seen a lot of rain in Madrid and in Spain, and boy did we need it. However, this has made our rounds of golf somewhat complicated, who likes to get wet when playing golf for 4 hours of more. It is, however, part of the game; maybe not in Spain, but it is in many other countries. As Larry David said: “Weathermen merely forecast rain to keep everyone else off the golf course.”

Now, having said that, with your permission, I would like to give you three different words that you can use to describe rain when you are playing that round of golf.

Drizzle

This may be the most problematic type of rain. The drops are small but there are many, and they won’t stop falling. When you are outside for a long time, drizzle can get you very wet and, with some bad luck, soaking wet because you don’t really notice that is it falling. But your clothes take the water and slowly it goes deeper and deeper. After four hours or more of golf, you will have a serious problem.

Rain

Yes, rain is a type of rain as well. Actually, I need to specify that I am talking about precipitation and rain is a kind of precipitation. It is what we see mostly. Drops of water falling from the sky, we get wet but, an umbrella or good quality rain clothes will save the day. Even in Spain we see this. In other words, this is the normal type of rain.

Downpour

This is the worst of all. This is when we really don’t want to stay outside. The heavens have opened and the amount of water falling is incredible. With some bad luck, it is quickly impossible to play golf due to little puddles forming all over the course, especially if the draining system is not that good.

Question

Now that I have given you these three words, I would like to ask you this question: With what type of precipitation do you typically stop playing golf? Do you continue playing with a downpour of do you stop even with a drizzle.

Please let us know on our social media by using the hashtag #tjenglishgolf

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

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

 

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

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

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