While learning a new language we usually try to refer to our native language, trying to find an expression and then try to communicate in the way we would in this language but in English. Usually, this kind of use of the English Language could lead to common mistakes or misunderstandings. To avoid this during your language course, we have created some shortlists that will allow you to identify the most common and correct them.
The use of upper and lower case letters
The use of capital letters, the rules and the proper use of them are important to keep in mind while writing in English. Like other languages, in English, the first letter that starts a paragraph begin with a capital letter and most of the rest of the words are written in lowercase, but there are some exceptions to this rule and some examples could be found in the following table:
|Incorrect in English||Correct in English|| Explanation|
|A colombian student||A Colombian student|| Country-specific words are always capitalized, including nationalities|
|Dear Mrs. Pérez, thank you for..|| Dear Mrs. Pérez, Thank you for..|| The first word after the salutation and a comma is capitalized|
|My birthday is in april.||My birthday is in April.||The Months are always capitalized |
|I don´t work on sundays.||I don´t work on Sundays.||The days of the week are written in capital letters.|
The mentioned rules are especially important in official letters and emails, in which you want to make a good impression and making a poor choice of words or grammar mistakes will make you stand out, and not in a pleasing way. During your English course, you will learn the different rules for good writing.
Singular and plural nouns in English
Here are some examples for you to help you understand the use of the singular and plural nouns in English. During your language course abroad you will have the opportunity to practice each of the following cases:
|Incorrect in English||Correct in English||Explanation|
|I need informations.||I need some information.|| The word information is an uncountable noun in English, which is why its form is always singular |
|I learn vocabularies.|| I learn vocabulary.||Vocabulary is a collective name, so it doesn't have a plural form |
|The police was suprised.||The police were suprised.|| Police is a plural word in English |
|The peoples are nice.||The people are nice.||La palabra people is written without s and has a plural meaning |
In most cases, our students have no problems mastering the use of the plural of nouns in English. However, advanced students should also pay attention to these subtleties to enrich their knowledge of this language.
Pronunciation in English
The correct pronunciation will avoid misunderstandings and allow you to have fluent and pleasant conversations. In our language courses, you will systematically practice pronunciation and oral expression.
| Word || Incorrect in English || Correct in English |
| purchase || purCHASE || PURchase → emphasis on the first syllable |
| employer || EMployer || emPLOYer |
| employee || emPLOyee || emploYEE |
| data || [data] || [deɪtə] |
| psychology || [psaɪ…] || [saɪ…] → the letters ps are pronounced as a letter s |
Learning English abroad will allow you to be constantly surrounded by native-speakers who would correct your pronunciation and will help you enhance your current language skills. During your course, you will be given tips to improve your pronunciation and practical exercises to learn them.