Tips on pronouncing English like a native

I wrote some little bits of nonsense for my classes at the village school in Magura. I’m not trained to teach English as a foreign language, so concentrating on good pronounciation was the main thing. One of the main difficulties with English, for Romanian speakers (Romanian is a phonetic language where every letter is pronounced and always in the same way), is the wild chaos of its pronounciation rules. These little exercises don’t make much logical sense, but they should help fix some of the stranger irregularities in students’ heads.

Here are the exercises.

Want to be a nicer, kinder person?

Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic, writes journalist Sarah Young in The Independent newspaper.

After being quizzed on their preferences for books, TV and plays, 123 participants were tested on interpersonal skills including how much they considered other people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.

The study, conducted by Kingston University in London, found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to those who preferred watching television.

“Engaging with fictional prose and comedy in particular could be key to enhancing people’s empathetic abilities.”   Read the article here

 

 

James Patterson knows…

18485745_10155383444697028_8682038524923248348_n

Come to Bookfest this week at Romexpo, Bucuresti, and find amazing books! (Come and discover my new book, too, at the Booklet Fiction stand. I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday.)

Exciting, yes, but there’s more to it.

Sair & bookshelf

Sarah Grant, English teacher and British expat in Bucuresti, had this to say about the book (and more).

Arabella McIntyre-Brown’s exciting Dragons Over London brings home the values of loyalty, courage and openmindedness through a whirlwind of magic, suspense and adventure. Whether you’re a tiny mouse or a huge dragon, acceptance and truth are the crux to overcoming bigotry, discrimination and prejudice to build strength and resilience in the face of adversity…. Read the whole review here.

My first customers!

Here are Luca and Nadia, proving that it’s never too early to fall in love with books… With thanks to Fairy Bookmother and family friend, Alexandra Craciunoiu.

Woman holds baby and book Dragons over London
Alexandra introduces Luca to his first book. He doesn’t look 100% convinced so far!
Baby sitting with book open
Nadia absorbed in the story of George and his dragon

Book of the month!

1493367447ni_pe_cerul_Londrei_C1_3D
Yes, the dragons have that wonderful label… the publisher’s book of the month!! Doesn’t that sound nice?

George 3

The dragons have landed!

1493367447ni_pe_cerul_Londrei_C1_3DMona, the publisher, called me this evening to tell me that she had a copy of Dragoni pe cerul Londrei (Dragons over London) in her hand – just back from the printers! She’s thrilled with it and everyone at Booklet Fiction loves the book and is very excited about it’s future, and potential world domination…

I don’t think Hagrid’s Norwegian Ridgeback has anything to worry about quite yet, but of course we’re all hoping that Romanian kids will enjoy the story of George, Xiaolong and the naughty British dragons for years to come.

So the big event news: the official launch will be at Bookfest in Bucharest on Friday 26th May – just over three weeks away. Eeek! (as George would say).

bookfest logoHere’s the Bookfest website – the list of exhibitors will be posted soon so you can check where Booklet Fiction’s stand is. I’ll post the news here as soon as I know, too.

At the moment I’m due to be ‘on stage’ at 12.00 hrs and again at 16.00 hrs, and there’ll be stuff happening and maybe one or two prizes to be won. I’ll confirm times nearer the event – just in case there’s a change. But come alone, and bring kids!