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Thursday, May 7, 2015

EwR Public Relations - Vania Millán's Comments about EwR

MAYO 7, 2015
BY VANIA MILLÁN
Blog: "All you need is love"

“¡Hay lugares que te descubren personas encantadoras y que están llenos de encanto…Así me ocurrió con Lúa. el restaurante del que os hablo hoy. La vida a veces te pone en el camino personas que te llenan, que te descubren ideas, que te construyen y que te aportan…y eso me ocurrió a mi con mi profesor de inglés…si, si…mi profe!!! Jajajaja. Y es que Raymond para mí es toda una caja de experiencias de la que me gusta aprender y escuchar…son muchas cosas de las que hablamos, en inglés por supuesto que hay que dar clase!!!ja,ja, ja…



Curioso y explorador nato como yo… es una de esas personas que siempre te sorprende con buena información, un lugar para comer, una aplicación nueva, un romantico restaurante… pues sí, es toda una guía y es que es un amante de conocer y experimentar los mejores lugares. Sería él, el que me invitara a conocer hace ya un tiempo Lúa y sobretodo a la persona que estaba detrás de este lugar Manu. Restaurante Lúa tiene algo especial y es estar en manos de un gallego que no para de innovar y pensar y con la humildad suficiente como para dirigir un lugar tan exitoso como es este y ese es Manu….”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

EwR Speaking - Master Conversation Skills in English (Step 4 of 4)


English with Raymond's
Fourth of Four Steps
to Master Conversation Skills in English

Many students, who are learning English as a second language, feel that their greatest deficiency in using the language is with conversation skills. Here is the fourth of four fundamental characteristics of good conversation skills that can help you be a better listener, as well as a better speaker, during a conversation with someone else.

STEP FOUR:

People like to feel good when having a conversation with someone else, so help them do that.

In order to make someone feel good while talking with you, it is important to consider the following. Be likeable instead of sounding so overly competent. Don’t try to impress your conversation partner with flattery in order to help him/her feel good during the conversation. Try and be sincere with your words, and ask for advice when you really need it.

Would you rather have a conversation with a delightful simpleton or a competent imbecile? Regardless of what you think most people might choose, research shows that personal feelings play an important role when having a conversation with someone. If someone is dislikeable, it doesn’t matter if s/he is incompetent in order to have a conversation together. What matters more is that the person is likeable, even if s/he is somewhat simple-minded. Therefore, if you want to make your conversation partner feel good, it is more important for you to be likeable rather than totally competent. This might sound strange at first, but simply put, try and be pleasant with your listener instead of trying to demonstrate your intellectual competency. People don’t mind talking to someone who isn’t a know-it-all, especially if s/he is delightful to be with. Good feelings are an important factor in order to master conversation skills. Help the other person to feel good and relaxed during the conversation.

It isn’t necessary to constantly compliment and praise someone in order to make him/her feel good. People are not ignorant to the fact when someone is using flattery in order to get what s/he wants. Therefore, don’t flatter your conversation partner in order to make him/her like you and feel good talking to you. It won’t work. Too much flattery will only help you destroy a conversation. Dale Carnegie listed six ways to make people like you: (1) become genuinely interested in the other person, (2) smile, (3) remember that a person’s name is the sweetest and most important sound to that person, (4) be a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves, (5) talk in terms of the other person’s interests, and (6) make the other person feel important, but do so sincerely. People feel good talking to someone they get to like, even if it means liking that person just a little bit.

Even if someone doesn’t like you, it is possible to win his/her respect by giving honest compliments and asking for sincere advice. If you try to be unbiased and unprejudiced during the conversation, your conversation partner will probably find some of your qualities that s/he appreciates. Therefore, don’t hesitate to be positive and compliment the other person in order to help him/her change the original perception that s/he had of you. Futhermore, ask for the listener’s advice, whether it be personal or professional. In this way, you are establishing a commitment with your partner in order to demonstrate your sincerity. Pay attention and be genuinely interested in what s/he has to say. The other person will begin to feel good, and probably will even draw better conclusions about you.

Hence, if you help to make your listening partner feel good while speaking to you, it is possible to succeed and master a conversation with him/her. The skills mentioned above will help you accomplish this task. Remember that people like to feel good when having a conversation with someone else.

Written by Raymond Bevilacqua, ENGLISH with RAYMOND©, December 2014

Saturday, March 7, 2015

EwR Fun - Imaginary World Journey with EwR


You won't believe where it takes you.....



Have fun!

Click on the title or the photo in this entry.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

EwR Words - The Origin of Saying “she” for a Ship


Click on the above title or the photo below
for #English language vocabulary practice,
the answer to this question, and much more.



Question:

What’s the origin of using the personal feminine pronoun “she” with a ship?  In other words, why is a ship called “she”?

Answer:

On the first page you will find a humorous poem which illustrates why a ship is called “she”. Read the poem and determine what the underlined and bolded words mean. These selected words have a double-meaning. Study their meanings on the second page.  Also located on the second page are two more possible answers to the question at the top of this entry.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

EwR News - EwR Spanish Military Experience in Madrid


ENGLISH WITH RAYMOND

Experiencia docente con MILITARES (MINDEF)


  Profesor de inglés para las pruebas del Tribunal de Idiomas del Ejército de Tierra y Aire (2002-2006)

  Profesor de inglés con militares españoles en Madrid (2002 - actualmente) con:

        Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Armada (CIDA)
        Director General de Armamento y Material (DGAM)
        Escuela Militar de Idiomas (EMID)
        Estado Mayor Conjunto de la Defensa (EMACON)
        Estado Mayor de la Defensa (EMAD)
        Gerencia de Infraestructura y Equipamiento de la Defensa (GIED)
        Jefe de la División de Estrategia y Cooperación Militar de EMACON
        Jefe del Estado Mayor Conjunto de la Defensa (JEMACON)
        Jefe del Estado Mayor de Ejército (JEME)
        Ministerio de Defensa (MINDEF)
        Subdirección de Programas del Ejército de Tierra
        Subdirección General de Tecnología e Innovación (SDG TECIN)
        Subdirección General de Planificación, Tecnología e Inovación (PLATIN)

  Profesor de inglés de clases particulares y grupales (2002 - actualmente) para:

        Mandos superiores militares                                     Oficiales y ejecutivos militares
      ▪  Exámenes SLP (todos los niveles)                         ▪  NGOs