As Singaporeans, our vernacular is Singlish. Uniquely local, Singlish is a colloquial language that is part of our national identity. However, there is always a time, place and occasion to use it. As a vernacular, Singlish is more suitably used in informal situations and speech, not for formal situations and in writing.
It is easy for languages to affect one another. As such, it might not be surprising that Singlish will colour our Standard English. Today, I will be highlighting 4 common errors that students commit unknowingly in their Standard English. Let’s take a look!Read More
The difficulty with handling such correlative conjunctions is that there are a few rules that one must apply for sentences that contain them. Today, I’ll be sharing these 3 rules that govern the usage of correlative conjunctions.Read More
For today’s post, I will focus solely on understanding question requirements. Specifically, I will point out 3 errors that I noticed students committing when I was conducting comprehension workshops for upper primary students. Learn how to better grasp question requirements by watching the video!Read More
Today, I am as tired as a pair of worn out shoes.
Famished, all Andy wanted to do was to stuff his face like a fat pig.
What do you think these sentences have in common? If you correctly identified the similes, then you’re absolutely right!
In our writing, we often have to use literary devices like similes to make our compositions more interesting. Many schools already teach them—some examples like “as happy as a lark” and face “as red as a tomato” come to mind. However, today, we’ll teach you how to come up with your own literary devices so that your compositions will stand out!Read More
Are you making the two mistakes that Low Mai Kai had made? I hope you are more aware of them now and will be crafting better stories after the video!Read More
“What should I even type?” Ms Xie wondered. The stark whiteness of the blank page seemed to take up her entire field of vision. She was hit by writer’s block. Since her blog post was due on Monday night, she had to find a way to write something to wow her readers—and fast.
Was that introduction attention-grabbing? Wouldn’t you like to read more? Hi, I’m Ms Xie, and I’m thrilled to share with you five techniques on how to write a good introduction for your school compositions.Read More
Hi, everyone! I hope that I have piqued your interest in my post with a word of the day. I’m Ms. Quek and this is my very first post on Lil’ but Mighty’s blog. Expect to learn a new word each time with my blog posts, as well as useful tips for English learning! In my inaugural blog post today, I will be touching on writing at the Primary Two level.Read More
In today’s blogpost, I’d like to introduce a free editing resource for you to try your hand at. The New York Times has been periodically publishing an interactive set of ten-questions challenging readers to identify grammar errors that have appeared in their recent articles. It’s called “Copy-Edit This.”Read More
The final week of Term 2 is here and I am sure all of us cannot wait to begin the June holidays! This week, to busk in the holiday mood, we will put our feet up and look at authentic learning of English from a phishy (pun intended!) email that was in the spotlight just about two weeks ago.Read More
We often use conditionals (if-clauses) in our speech but did you know that there are four different conditionals in English? Extending from our previous post on conditionals, I will be exploring this question type that commonly appears in both Grammar and Synthesis with you! Do watch it if you are keen to find out more!Read More
Before going through these 20 phrasal verbs, let’s do a quick recap on what a phrasal verb actually is. Like I have mentioned in the earlier post, a phrasal verb is an idiomatic phrase that contains a verb (e.g. break) and another element, usually an adverb (e.g. down) or a preposition (e.g. out). Sometimes a phrasal verb can contain both an adverb and a preposition (e.g. get away with).Read More
We are thrilled to share that Lil’ but Mighty completed our first primary school workshop recently! Over a span of four weeks, we conducted The Write Recipe Creative Writing Workshop at Greenridge Primary school for their P3 and P4 pupils.Read More
Hello everyone! How are you? With the closure of school to mark the end of Term 1, I hope you are all enjoying this short break! Some of you will probably relish the opportunity to wake up a little later and also have the freedom to do what you want for a week :) I usually advise my students to play hard AND also work hard during this holiday. That is because once school reopens for Term 2, it won’t be long till they will have to sit for the Semestral Examination.
Unfortunately, my advice will elicit some groans from the class as I think that’s probably the last thing students want to hear at the start of their holidays! Nonetheless, I tell them that working hard doesn’t have to be sitting down and doing assessment books. Catching up on some reading counts too!Read More
Taking up 15 marks in Paper 1, Situational Writing is a new component to Primary 5 pupils. How much time should they spend on this component and exactly how should they go about attempting the question? In our video today, let us answer these questions and run through the systematic process of tackling this component with you!Read More
Just the other day, I was confused by a student who wrote, “I was very boring as I sat in class.” Did the student just confess to being dull? Or did he mean that he was inattentive in the lesson because it was uninteresting? I am sure that it was the second meaning he was referring to, which points to the error of his statement, that instead of writing “I was boring”, he should have written, “I was bored”. What a world of difference this small change makes!
How is this related to the post I am writing today? Well, I am well aware that English is full of words that sound similar but are spelled differently (case in point: pairs and pears) and those that are identical in meaning so they are easy to misuse (boring vs bored). As such, I am going to share 5 pairs of words that often get many of my students tangled up in webs of confusion. Let’s take a look at them now!Read More