Dr Albert p’ Rayan

Oscar acceptance speeches

The 89th Academy Awards witnessed quite an unusual drama that had the Twitterati use the hashtag #OscarBlunder in their tweets.

03 Mar 2017

Hyphenated words

What is the difference in meaning between these two phrases: i) hazardous-waste management and ii) hazardous waste management?  In the first phrase ‘hazardous-waste management’, the waste is hazardous

24 Feb 2017

Words and their collocations

dr albert p’ rayan is an ELT Resource Person and  Professor of English. He can be contacted at rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

17 Feb 2017

Diplomacy and politeness 

Social media tools such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have given enormous freedom to people to comment on anyone and on anything. As a result, many resort to social media to express their joy andi

10 Feb 2017

Budget and its collocations

British linguist Harold Palmer wrote in 1933 that “It is not so much the words of English nor the grammar of English that make English difficult… that vague and undefined obstacle to progress …

04 Feb 2017

Confusing words in English

Honored to witness the historical Inauguration and swearing in ceremony for the 45th President of the United States!” tweeted Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos), who is US President Trump’s nominee for Secreta

28 Jan 2017

All the resources you need

In my column last week I discussed how English language learners can master prepositions.

22 Jan 2017

The mastery of prepositions

About two years ago, I conducted an informal survey among those whose proficiency in English is fairly good to find out which aspect of English they found difficult to master.

15 Jan 2017

Is it English or Englishes?

In my last week’s column, I discussed some of the Indian English expressions and raised these questions: Is English the sole property of the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada? 

07 Jan 2017

Indian english expressions

There are many Indian English expressions which have amused native speakers of English.

01 Jan 2017

Why do we say ‘merry’ Xmas?

Dr ALBERT P’ RAYAN is an ELT Resource Person and Professor of English. He can be contacted at rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

25 Dec 2016

To singularize or to pluralize

Common grammar problem English language learners face is mastering the singular-plural aspects of the English language. 

18 Dec 2016

Idioms with the word ‘day’

There are many idiomatic expressions with the word ‘day’.

11 Dec 2016

Oxford dictionaries word of the year’s shortlisted words

The noun Brexiteer is a person who is in favour of Britain exiting the European Union.

27 Nov 2016

How to use the Oxford Dictionaries Word of 2016?

The term, as an adjective, “relates to or denotes circumstances in which objective facts are less influential.

21 Nov 2016

Skin specialist to leather specialist

Dr albert p’ rayan is an ELT Resource Person and  Professor of English. He can be contacted at rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

06 Nov 2016

Is ‘shall’ outdated?

Dr Albert P’ Rayan is an ELT Resource Person and Professor of English. He can be contacted at rayanal@yahoo.co.uk

30 Oct 2016

Parallelism in sentences

It is not just grammatical accuracy that makes a piece of writing good. There are many other characteristics such as organization, coherence, diction, grammar and style that constitute a good piece of

16 Oct 2016

WhatsApp can help you learn!

How whatsapp can help one learn english the instant messenger way

25 Sep 2016

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