The Old SGM Blog

Posts from 2018

Taking some time off

Welcome to the last post of the month! I’m here to announce that this is also the last blog post of the year. For those of you who read this blog every week, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot to me that you enjoy my words as much as I enjoy writing them. Every word that I...

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One thing French people need to know about anglophone culture

In much of the anglophone world, we get excited a lot. In fact, “being excited” is the automatic response to a lot of things in everyday life. Any anglophone learning French has probably made the mistake of saying, « Je suis excité•e », only to find out that it doesn’t mean the same thing....

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Forget about your native language when you speak English

Okay, maybe forgetting your native language when you speak English is probably too extreme. We understand the world through our native languages, so we will never forget them 100%. But did you know that your native language is blocking you from expressing yourself better in English? In...

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It's normal to be nervous when speaking English

You’re speaking English, and you feel like you’re not breathing normally. You’re not zen. Your brain is working really hard, trying to remember verb tenses, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. You feel like you’re in the spotlight. You feel like if you say something “wrong”, people will laugh at...

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Do you think in English?

Control your mind is a section in my free mini-course, Tips to Speak English Confidently. A long time ago, European monarchs spoke many different tongues. Elizabeth I is known to have been proficient in many languages. All the websites say something different, but most of them say that...

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"Lady topics" in English

When I started SGM, I imagined having female clients who wanted to talk about topics that their “normal” English classes never taught them. Indeed, when I worked at an English school, I had a lot of colleagues (English teachers) who said that they felt embarrassed whenever one of their...

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Why Speak English?

Have you lost your motivation to speak English? Too much grammar? Fears that you’ll never be “fluent” or whatever “fluent” means to you? If you need a motivational boost to continue in your journey to speak English, here are some answers to the question, “Why speak English?” 1. Because...

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How to keep a conversation going in English

1. Make sure you still want to talk to them. Make sure they still want to talk to you. Are you interested in knowing more about this person, or are you just wasting your time? I know that you want to practice your English, but don’t forget that this is a real person, not a practicing...

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Is speaking English fluently just a dream?

Hey guys! It’s October! The Fall weather calls for some truth tea… I receive this question all the time in the chat application: “I want to know how to improve my English speaking”. Okay great! I’m just going to wave my magic wand and voilà ! Your English speaking has...

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How to Remember Vocabulary

This is a very frequently asked question, and for a very good reason. One of the most difficult parts of language learning is remembering vocabulary. Trust me, I have trouble with it too. Unfortunately, there is no step-by-step guide to the best way to learn vocabulary. Each person has to find...

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