Always, always think through what you are going to say before speaking. You may not be fluent in the language. It’s OK to have a few seconds of dead air to contemplate your answer. We are not having a radio show so the few seconds of silence is fine. This is better than saying the[…]
A lot of Singaporeans pronounce “colleague” as ke-league. This is inaccurate. Read it as “call-league” /ˈkälˌēg/
Fan is pronounced 风 扇 fēng shàn and not fēng shăn 风闪。 Unless the wind is trying to dodge 闪 you
“Imprisoned for 38 years, supporters believe activist leader was framed for murder by police in tumultuous early ’70s.” Oh dear. How would you interpret this headline? It seems to imply the supporters were imprisoned for 38 years! Adjectives that end with -ing and -ed are called participles. When you use such participles with no proper[…]
Some questions involving angles involve adding everything up. Here’s an example.
Congratulations on getting your PSLE results! Now the next step is to head to the next stage of your life- into your secondary school years. Change is never easy, but always exciting. Here are a few tips on how to tackle Secondary One years for all the 12-year olds out there. 1. New school environment[…]
Notice that area of triangle BIE = 1/2 * width (IE) * height (22cm) also, area of triangle CIJ = 1/2 * width (IJ) * height (22cm) the two triangles overlap on the quadrilateral FGHI. so sum of triangles – FGHI = unshaded area. we don’t know IE and IJ but we know that IE[…]
It’s fine if you “talked about” something or “spoke about” something. Correct: We talked about this performance. Correct: We spoke about his experience. However, you shouldn’t “mention about” something. WRONG: We mentioned about his mistakes to the teacher. RIGHT: We mentioned his mistakes to the teacher.
I always advise writers to be concise. This is not easy and I write redundant words too if I’m not careful. In an earlier post, I wrote “past experience” when “experience” could have sufficed because experience is something that has happened. Here are other examples: bright flash of light huge skyscraper Free gift Old antiques[…]
The equal numerator method. Example: Michael and Owen saved some money. 2/3 of Michael’s savings was equal to 1/4 of Owen’s savings. What was the ratio of Owen’s savings to their total savings? When the question is of the form: [fraction] of A is equal to [fraction] of B. You can use the equal numerator[…]