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25th April 2016

Happy New Year

From everyone at ETC in Bournemouth, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Trees and trimmings have been put away and hopefully, Father Christmas had some nice things in the sack for you. So, where do we start in a brand new year? I believe I left you contemplating the eye-brow flash? Well I hope you did your homework […]

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Merry Christmas

OK, welcome back ‘seasonal bloggers’ to ETC’s final blog of 2018. Let’s leave the tinsel and crackers for the moment and get back to the eye-brow flash. There are rumours that the Royal Family, pupils at expensive schools, politicians and statesmen were, I believe, taught not to move their eyebrows as it gave too much […]

By |December 17th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Big Eyes

Last week we considered the eye-brow flash and its implications on communication. Well, the theory goes something like this. Between English native speakers, the eye-brow flash is believed to be an indication of the trustworthiness of the speaker. It’s a subliminal message that, if not received, could make the non-recipient feel uncomfortable. Obviously, you can […]

By |December 10th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

The Eyebrow Flash

I bet you’ve been thinking about last week’s blog and the question tags, innit. Well, one of the most interesting features to accompany the body movements reinforcing the intonation patterns is known, very unscientifically, as ‘the eyebrow flash’. This is the automatic movement of the eyebrows used subconsciously to reinforce the main stress and the […]

By |December 3rd, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Innit

I trust you’ve been moving your body to reflect your intonation patterns over the last week, I know I have! Anyway, back to question tags. In recent years, with the growth of ‘Global English’, question tags have proved quite challenging, to the extent that many of them have been replaced by the ubiquitous ‘innit’.

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By |November 26th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Hmmm?

I hope you’ve been practising your intonation patterns since last week’s blog. So, this week I’d like to return to the subject of question tags. Depending on which intonation pattern the speaker chooses, we can read a lot into what has been said. “You work at ETC, don’t you?” (Rising intonation, possibly a ‘real question’, […]

By |November 19th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Intonation

For the last couple of blogs we’ve been considering question tags and intonation. After last week’s blog one or two people asked about where to begin the rise and the fall, as not all languages have the same conventions. Well, I have a pretty neat trick to help with this, so here’s what you […]

By |November 13th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Mmmmmmmmmmmm

Happy Bonfire Night! Lots of fireworks around Charminster this weekend and one or two spent rockets in the back garden this morning! Now, talking of rockets, intonation; wheeeee! There are five intonation ‘tones’ in English, namely, ‘level’, ‘rising’, ‘falling’, ‘rising-falling’ and ‘falling-rising’. To find them, try this trick. Start by saying the nasal sound /m/. […]

By |November 5th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Do, don’t?

Hope you looked up Area 51! They’re living amongst us, aren’t they! Aren’t they? Anyway, back to question tags and those ‘rules’. If the statement has an auxiliary, then use it in the tag: it is straightforward, isn’t it? If it doesn’t have an auxiliary in the statement, use ‘do’: I come from Bournemouth, […]

By |October 29th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments

Happy 50 Blogs

I hope you liked last week’s poem J. Today we reach another milestone in the life of the ETC International College blog. The fiftieth edition! Goodness me, how time flies. As promised, here are some more tips for developing your spelling. We’ve already considered the LOOK – COVER – WRITE – CHECK technique, and how […]

By |October 15th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments