Somebody might ask you, "What other languages do you speak?" Or you might be asked, "What languages are you fluent in?"
What is this word "fluent" anyway?
You know the verb "to flow"? Well, the root of the verb "to flow" is at the root of the adjective "fluent". When you speak a language fluently, like a river, it flows naturally when you are speaking. You ability to understand others flows naturally and smoothly.
Use each word once (fluency fluently fluent) and fill in the blank for each question directly below. Post your responses in the comments form, and we will respond:
Are you ____________ in English? Do you speak any other languages ____________? Is ____________ in English a goal of yours?
When your words flow naturally, correctly and smoothly, you are fluent in that language. Is that your goal?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I hate the way English teachers describe the difference between a transitive and an intransitive verb. They - me included - say that "a transitive verb is a verb that takes an object." Now excuse me, but unless you're an English teacher, you probably don't know what that means.
It takes an object? Where does it take the object to? It takes an object to the movies?
So here is a little example, to help explain this concept:
AN INTRANSITIVE VERB
My husband is standing by the front door at 7:00 a.m., and says, "Okay, honey, I'm going to take off."
What he means is that he is about to leave. He is using the two-word verb "to take off" to mean "to go out". The sentence ends, I say "Good bye; call me when you get to work" and he turns around and walks out the door.
A TRANSITIVE VERB
It has been raining all day, and my husband returns from work, and comes in the front door. He is standing in the hallway and starts walking into the home. I call to him and say, "Honey, don't forget to take off your shoes!!!"
Now in the way in which I am using it, this two-word verb "to take off" is transitive: He asks "To take off what???" and I call "your shoes". So the object of the verb "take off" is, in our situation, his shoes.
There are many verbs in English which, in some cases, are intransitive and in other cases are transitive.
An English sentence with an intransitive verb can be as short as two words: He left. It requires the subject of the sentence and the verb. An English sentence with a transitive verb must be at least three words long: The subject of the sentence, the verb, and the object of the verb.
This is an important concept: We will show you more examples in future blog posts.
Posted by Jane at 7:33 AM