4.16.2010

WELCOME TO STOP SPANGLISH

Hello, everyone!


Most of my students will tell you that I'm a patient person... most of the time. I don't typically yell. I try to remember to take a deep breath when I get frustrated. But the advertisement put me over the edge.... YES, WE WANT.

What?

There it was...or, better said, there they were: two advertisements in the Gregorio Marañón metro station. Two pictures of smiling children with their hands up, and the words: "YES WE WANT" in big letters, in the upper left-hand corner.

Oh, no. The Comunidad de Madrid just spent nearly two million Euros on an ad campaign that is extremely, surprisingly....INCORRECT.

Oh, no.

And that is how I got the idea to start this blog.

My name is Patricia. I'm Canadian, and have been working as an English teacher since 1999 (and I've been in Madrid since 2001.) I'm not a trained linguist. I work for myself; I'm not an academy or a company (well, not yet, anyway.) I don't have a university degree in Education. But I do teach English, I do hear the mistakes that students make.

Most of all, I see how students behave and I see the things they do, and I get really frustrated because I know that there are a lot of people who could be great English speakers, but who have problems. Maybe they use too much translation when they speak in English. Maybe they don't practice enough outside of class. That's a shame, because doing things like that prevents people from really being able to communicate effectively in English.

So that's the reason why I started this blog. I wanted to create a free, easy, comprehensive resources that students can use to imporve their English and their study skills. Every day, or as frequently as I can, I promise to....
  • include information that will help you understand why English and Spanish are different.
  • give you examples of Spanglish that I hear, and an explanation of why it's technically incorrect;
  • make a list of free resources and events where you can practice your English;
  • provide you with links to articles and online videos that are a fun way of practising English
  • help you with any questions you may have about exams like TOEFL, First Certficate and the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.

Thanks for reading! And if you have any questions, doubts or comments, feel free to add a comment at the end of the blog.

Talk to you soon!!!

Patricia

TODAY'S VOCABULARY
to take a deep breath: to take a long inhalation, especially when you need a moment to think about something.

a shame: a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret: The bankruptcy of the business was a shame. It was a shame you couldn't come with us.

2 comments:

Diamonique said...

Thanks Patricia.

I think your initiative is great.

I'm Spanish and I have to use English every day at work so any little help is more than welcome :)

Patricia Dawn SEVERENUK said...

Hi, Diamonique!!

Thanks for your kind words. I really hope that this blog can help people with their English and make them feel more comfortable when they have to speak, read or think in English.

I'd love to hear your suggestions about how we can make this blog useful for everyone!