English Sessions through Skype – Sesiones de inglés por Skype

English Sessions through Skype

Recently, I was asked about how the English With Liz classes would be taught through Skype.

I’ve called these Skype conversation sessions English classes. However, I’d like to make it clear that it will not be like a regular English class. In other words, I will not teach a regular lesson, like the present tense verbs in English, and teach you only about this.

Instead, what I will do is spend an hour session talking with you in English.

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I intend to help you improve your English speaking skills through a fun and comfortable chat. Of course, I would answer any specific questions you may have about the language, vocabulary, and I will help you with pronunciation practice and correct you, as well.

The FUN Conversation Sessions via Skype

If you are familiar with Skype, then you know that you can see each other and speak to each other through your computer, iPhone, and other technological devices. We will agree on a day and time, and we will chat for an hour!

By the way, did I mention that it will be fun? 🙂

Sesiones de inglés por Skype

Hace poco alguien me preguntó ¿Cómo se impartarán las clases por Skype?

Les he llamado a estas sesiones clases de inglés. Sin embargo, quiero aclarar que no serán típicas clases de inglés. Es decir, no les voy a dar una lección de inglés (como una lección del presente de los verbos del inglés).

En cambio, platicaré con ustedes por una hora en inglés.

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credit: http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.uk.co “Mántente calmado y diviértete.”

Mi intención es de ayudarles mejorar su inglés en un ambiente relajado, divertido y cómodo.  Por supuesto, contestará cualquiera pregunta que tengan sobre el inglés, vocabulario y les ayudaré con la pronunciación y gramática. Además puedo corregir la pronunciación y la gramática.

Las sesiones de conversación por Skype serán divertidas.

Si estás familiarizado con Skype, sabes que son videollamadas gratuitas disponibles en tabletas, computadoras, iPhones y otros dispositivos. Nos pondremos de acuerdo en el día y la hora y platicaremos por una hora.

¿Ya les dije que será divertido? 🙂

More on English with Liz – Más sobre English with Liz

More on English with Liz

As I continue to work on English with Liz, I’d like to share more on what it will look like.

English with Liz will be…

Casual, Fun Conversation -When I studied in Italy in the late 1990’s, one of my homework assignments was to go to a piazza and talk to local Italians. That was so much fun, and I learned so much that summer!  I intend that English with Liz will be much like this.  Picture us meeting up for coffee and just speaking in English.

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credit: http://www.sheknows.com

Comfortable Environment – I know you don’t know me personally, but I consider myself to be a fun person to hang out with.  Also, maybe we won’t be meeting up for coffee, but you will likely have these sessions from the privacy of your comfortable home as I will.  

3 Topics Chosen or Freestyle – You’ll have the choice to choose 3 topics that you would like to talk about during our session. Or, you have the option of doing it Freestyle! What do I mean by freestyle? By this I mean that we can talk about anything that comes up. There’s a possibility that I may not know about the topic , but in that case, I’ll do my best to contribute to the discussion or you’ll be my teacher for that topic. 🙂

With all this said, please don’t expect English with Liz to be a typical class session.

While I will help you with specific vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and other English language concepts like making requests, idiomatic expressions, and any questions you may have on English, I will not be giving any homework assignments, nor will I give any  assessments (exams). I can make suggestions, if you’d like. My intention is to help you improve your English through a fun and comfortable exchange of speaking and listening.

Now, I’d like to hear from you! Do you have any suggestions for English with Liz?

Más sobre English with Liz

A medida que continúo trabajando en English with Liz, me gustaría compartir con ustedes más …

English with Liz será…

Una Conversación Informal y Divertida -Cuando estudié en Italia en los noventas, una de mis tareas era de ir a una piazza y hablar con italianos. ¡Fue muy divertido y aprendí mucho ese verano! Así como mi experiencia en Italia, podríamos imaginarnos tomándonos un cafecito en un ambiente informal mientras hablamos en ingles.

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credit: http://www.sheknows.com

Un Ambiente Confortable – Sé que ustedes no me conocen, pero me considero ser una persona divertida  con el que uno se lo podía pasar bien. Además, sé que no nos reuniremos en un café, pero probablemente tendrán estas sesiones en la privacidad de sus propios hogares así como yo.   

3 Topics Chosen or Freestyle – Podrán escoger 3 temas que les interese de lo que quisieran hablar durante nuestra sesión. O tendrán la opción de hacerlo Freestyle. ¿Qué significa freestyle? Freestyle significa que vamos a poder hablar de cualquier cosa que se nos venga a la mente. Es posible que quizás no sepa el tema, pero en ese caso, haré todo lo posible para contribuir a nuestra conversación y serás mi profesor/a de ese tema. 🙂

Dicho esto, por favor no esperen que  English with Liz sea una clase típica. 

Les ayudaré con vocabulario específico, pronunciación, gramática, y otros conceptos del idioma como hacer peticiones en inglés, expresiones idiomáticas y cualquiera pregunta que tengan sobre el inglés. Sin embargo, no les daré tarea, ni les daré exámenes o pruebas. Podré hacer sugerencias, si quieren. Mi intención es de ayudarles mejorar su inglés en un ambiente relajado, divertido y cómodo.

Ahora, me gustaría saber lo que piensan de English with Liz. ¿Tienen alguna sugerencia para English with Liz? 

 

Algunas Ventajas de Hablar Inglés – Some Advantages of Speaking English

Algunas Ventajas de Hablar Inglés

Ayer hablé con una amiga y compañera  del trabajo y me dijo que aún tenía dificultad con el tiempo pasado en inglés. “¿Me puedes ayudar con esto?”, me preguntó.  “Por supuesto” le dije. Pensé que afortunada era que aprendió inglés y que ventaja que lo habla también.

www.timeanddate.comMe hizo pensar más en algunas de las ventajas de hablar inglés y de English with Liz.

1. El inglés es un idioma universal – En un artículo publicado por el diario estadounidense The New York Times declara el inglés como un lenguaje global.  David Crystal, autor de English as a Global Language, dice “Esta es la primera vez que tenemos un idioma hablado mundialmente por cada país en el mundo.” He ido a Europa dos veces y aparte de hablar español y un poco de italiano, estaba agradecida que había una gran cantidad de europeos que hablaban inglés. 

2.  Oportunidades de trabajo – Cuando enseñé inglés, la meta de la mayoría de mis alumnos era de aprenderlo  para conseguir un trabajo bien pagado. Si aprenden inglés tendrán una mejor oportunidad de conseguir un empleo mejor pagado o con un puesto más elevado.

3.  Beneficios Cognitivos – Un estudio publicado en Cerebrum – The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual, o Los beneficios cognitivos de ser bilingües habla de los beneficios de saber dos o más idiomas, habla de “niños bilingües de tan sólo 7 meses de edad se adaptan mejos a los cambios ambientales, mientras las personas mayores bilingües pueden tener menos deterioro cognitivo.”

Hay muchas más ventajas de hablar inglés que las que mencioné aquí. ¿Qué otras ventajas pueden haber como resultado de hablar inglés o un segundo idioma?

Some Advantages of Speaking English

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend and coworker of mine, and she told me that she still had difficulty with the past tense in English. She then asked me if I could help learn it. “Of course”, I said. I thought how fortunate she is for having learned English and what an advantage it is to speak English.

www.timeanddate.comAs I think more about English with Liz, it got me thinking about some of the advantages of speaking English.

1. English as a Global Language.  There is a New York Times article from 2007 titled Across cultures, English is the word  that declares English as a global language. David Crystal, author of “English as a Global Language” states, “This is the first time we actually have a language spoken genuinely globally by every country in the world,” he said. I have been to Europe twice, and aside from Spanish and some Italian, I was grateful I was that many Europeans spoke English as I was able to communicate with them. 

2. Job  Opportunities When I taught ESL classes, many of my students’ goal for learning English to get a better paying job. If you learn English, you’d have a better opportunity to  think of my co-worker and how fortunate she is to have learned English for many reasons and one of them being that she has a job that pays her well because she speaks English.

3. Cognitive Benefits – A study published in Cerebrum – The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual spoke of benefits of knowing two or more languages.  For example, “bilingual children as young as seven months can better adjust to environmental changes, while bilingual seniors can experience less cognitive decline.”

There are many more advantages than the ones that I have listed here. What other advantages do you know of as a result of speaking English or another language?

Welcome To My Bilingual Blog! !Bienvenidos A Mi Blog Bilingüe!

Hi Everyone!

I started my bilingual blog today! I decided to take baby steps with it and I began by “redoing” my Welcome post. Please be patient as I work on the website to make it easier to navigate between posts in both languages.

Thank You,

Liz

!Hola a todos!

!Hoy empecé mi blog bilingüe! Decidí tomar pasos pequeños con todo esto y escribí de nuevo la sección de mi blog que les da la Bienvenida. Por favor sean pacientes mientras sigo trabajando con mi página web para facilitar la navegación entre las entradas de ambos idiomas.

Gracias,

Liz

Here is the new welcome post. Aquí está la nueva entrada de bienvenida.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my writing blog! I’m Elizabeth, but you can call me Liz! I’m originally from Lynwood, CA and I am now living in Northern California. I’m a simple girl with many passions and I absolutely love life! Writing has been one of passions since I was a little girl, but I also enjoy running, reading, traveling,and learning. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing over the years, and a couple of years ago, I started writing my memoir as a way to heal from my divorce. I have honed my writing, and I have even found my own voice. The time has come to share my writing with everyone! I’ve never been more enthusiastic, nor have I ever had more energy as I do now! I am grateful for all this. Join me as I blog in English and Spanish on my journey and experiences as a writer, my own spirituality, and on creating my heaven on earth. I welcome your comments!

Regards,

Elizabeth

!Hola a todos y bienvenidos a mi blog! !Soy Elizabeth, pero me pueden decir Liz! Soy de Lynwood, California, y actualmente estoy viviendo en el norte de California. !Soy una chica sencilla, con muchas pasiones y me encanta la vida! La escritura ha sido una de mis pasiones desde que era una niña, pero también me encanta correr, leer, viajar y aprender. He disfrutado la escritura en los últimos años, y hace un par de años, empecé a escribir mis memorias como una forma de sanar de mi divorcio. He perfeccionado mi escritura, e incluso he encontrado mi propia voz. !Ha llegado el momento de compartirla con todo el mundo! !Nunca he tenido más entusiasma, ni he tenido más energía como lo tengo ahora! Estoy muy agradecida por todo esto. Acompáñenme en mi blog donde escribiré en inglés y español sobre mis experiencias como escritora, mi propia espiritualidad, y en creando mi cielo en la tierra. !Espero sus comentarios!

Saludos,

Elizabeth

Keepin’ It Real

In one week, I came upon these two different quotes:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”~ Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And then came a post, Yourself, by John Saddington on this topic. http://tentblogger.com/yourself/

As if this wasn’t enough, I was watching my favorite comedian, Dave Chappelle, on Inside The Actor’s Studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NjYRTHpfU His brutal honesty inspired me as he talked about walking away from a 50 million dollar contract for another season of the Dave Chappelle Show because he wasn’t being his true self anymore.

The Universe was telling ME something and I HEARD it and LOUD and CLEAR!!

For a week I thought and thought about this. Have I been my true self lately? When I write, am I my true self? If I’d sit with you or anyone, then I’d have to say yes. But when I blog, I wasn’t being true to myself.

Come to find out, I wasn’t “keepin’ it real” in my blog and this is why-

1. FEAR.

Why did this not surprise me? The world of blogging is still fairly new to me as I began just 4 months ago. I certainly have feared what readers would say about it all – my writing, my dream- to the degree that I took no action for a very long time.

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In an ideal world, everyone would love your writing.

But this is not always the case. As writers and bloggers, we open ourselves up to the criticism and praise, and this makes us vulnerable. However, I keep in mind and return to my initial intentions of helping others through my writing and pursuing my dream of becoming a published author and speaker.

2. Show and Presentation

Again, as a new blogger, I focused a little too much on the actual presentation of the blog. By doing this, my writing suffered as I was no longer writing from my heart. In his post, Yourself, John Saddington says, “To live freely and to give freely of oneself through such a medium as one’s blog is deeply personal – I believe we do ourselves and our audience a disservice by holding back because it, ergo, becomes no longer personal – it becomes simply presentation, and on a bad day just bullshit peacocking.” From http://tentblogger.com/yourself/#more-40074 True, right? Will this blog’s content change? No. The only thing that will change is that I’ll be writing from my heart.

Why “Keepin’ It Real?”

When I initially came up with this title, I literally laughed out loud. The truth is that it has to do with my background and where I am from. I am Mexican-American and I grew up in Lynwood, California. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this city or it’s location, it’s in Southern California, and its neighbouring city is Compton – a city I lived in for the first six years of my life. You may call this the ghetto, but I called it home and I love it! We kept it real there.

For the most part, I think I am a simple girl.

My students would disagree. They joke with me and they’ll say that Ms. C (as they affectionately call me) is “gangsta” and “a thug.” I laugh of course because I’m so far from this. Being from where I am is a part of me though. I am who I am. Do I go around snapping my fingers in a Z formation? No, but I’ll do it on occasions. And yes, I’m down with rap and hip hop. I jokingly tell others that it would be a sin for me to not like this music given where I am from. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And now, for an exciting announcement…

Never have I been more enthusiastic or have had more energy to create than at this time. Being that I am bilingual (Spanish and English) and that this is a big part of culture and who I am, I have decided to keep it even more real by doing my blog posts in Spanish and English- a bilingual blog. More work? Yes. But I can only see the advantages from where I stand.

Thank you for reading my posts.

How are you keepin’ it real? Are you writing from your heart?