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1. When students study writing in English, they find tenses really confusing. Please help us understand why it is so easy to make mistakes with tenses in English.

  When we compose in English, confusion with tenses occurs very often. Let’s take a look at the tenses that are tending to be mistaken frequently. For example, there is the present simple tense and present progressive tense. Sentences with the present simple tense, unlike those with the present progressive tense, can include adverbs such as “frequently”,” usually”, “often”, “sometimes,” and so on, and when you use expressions with “every”---such as “everything”, “every time”, “every day”---then you might want to stick to the present simple tense. Expressions such as “once a month”, “twice a week”, “three times a year” also go with the present simple tense.
  On the other hand, the present progressive tense is often used with “now”, “at present”, “at the moment”, “right now”, “today”, etc. Can you tell the difference? Aside from grammar checking, using the right tense is also very important to convey what you mean.

2. What is the crucial difference between dictation and note taking? And how to be good at note taking?

  If dictation is practice for listening, note taking is preparation for TOEIC speaking. When you do dictation, you write the main components of the sentence such as subject, predicate verb, object, etc. On the other hand, when you do note taking you write down the main content words.
  The best way of note taking might be a fast reading comprehension with short sentences. In that way we are trained to read fast and understand the point. Let me tell you ways of efficient note taking.
  First, try to write sentences with importance.
  Second, use sentences and words as simply as possible. Use phrase more than clauses and avoid unnecessary modifiers.
  Third, remember that the purpose of note-taking is to write the main contents in a short time.
  Fourth, use your sign or mark either in English or Korean

3. Telephone English is a convenient way of practicing English without actually meeting a partner.

  However, sometimes it’s hard to communicate effectively over the phone as our facial expressions are one of the important vehicles to express and understand each other. How can we make the most of Telephone English?
  As you indicated, facial expression is another way to communicate which is not available with Telephone English. Hence the best way to benefit from telephone English is to focus on the verbal aspect, to repeat and use various expressions. Pay attention to intonation, tone, and accent. Feel and experience vivid English.
  Through telephone English, we can tell colloquial style and literary style. It definitely helps you improve your English speaking ability by offering you a chance to talk with native speakers freely. But, still, there is no royal road to learning. We must review and study everyday steadily.
  The key is feedback. Use a diary and recording file. And then review again.

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