MOMI LEARNS| Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well. (the nosebleed edition)

Feb 15, 2017 | Likes, Only Berlin

“Fill up this form.”

We were asked by the registrar to fill out the form she just handed to us.   But did you know that to fill up means to pour something until a container is full?  The better way to say it is “Fill out the form” or “fill in the form.”

This is just one of the English expressions we have come to accept and use in our everyday dealings.  The truth is, they can cause confusion when used in conversation with native English speakers.  It is because they are loosely translated and inaccurate.

Often, to express something, we literally translate words to cope up with our struggle with the language. English, after all, is not our first language.  It is not what we commonly use to think and feel.   I remember one momma relayed to her son that “your slippers are inverted.”  She must be communicating to her little boy that his slippers were interchanged.  These nonstandard English expressions used by Filipinos is what we refer to as Filipinism. Another funny example of Filipinism we often hear from Filipinos is “nosebleed.”

Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well. (the nosebleed edition)

Don’t Speak Good.  Speak Well! The Nosebleed Edition

Effective communication is essential.  It is a life skill that connects us to people and helps make our message come across.  Through communication, we gain understanding, build respect, and create a connection.   And no better way to communicate than speaking not just good English, but well!

It is for this reason that American English Skills Development Center, Inc. came up with the book “Don’t Speak Good.  Speak Well! The Nosebleed Edition”   The book is intentionally designed to improve our English command and fluency.  It is handy, comprehensive, and compelling.

The book has three parts.

English Fundamentals

The first part is a review of the rules of English grammar.  Written in a concise manner, the book details the parts of speech and how one can properly put them together.  Summary tests (and answer keys) are provided at the end of each topic to determine one’s learning progress.

English Communication Strategies

The second part tackles conversation strategies and expressions.   Enumerated are useful phrases and expressions one could use in starting a conversation, for instance.  The chapter also provides communication strategies one could use in case of difficulty.  An example would be what to say when still thinking about the next word.

English Sound

The last part is all about pronunciation.  Aside from tips on sounding more natural when speaking English, exercises on how to improve one’s intonation are readily available.  At the end of the book, a product key and instructions are provided to access the American English website for more pronunciation and accent practice.

Don’t Speak Good.  Speak Well!

“Don’t Speak Good.  Speak Well! The Nosebleed Edition” is for Filipinos who would love to understand the nuts and bolts of the English language.   It is for the open-minded who aims to improve his spoken and written English skills in a relaxed and explanatory manner.

The book is 115 pages.  It is written in such a concise manner that neither dictates nor bores readers. It uses simple words and charts to comprehend each lesson quickly.  The book is engaging.

Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well. (the nosebleed edition)

Available for an introductory price of P590.00, one could enjoy complimentary unlimited access to the American English e-learning site.   This is because a unique product code comes with each purchase.

Learning English can be distasteful for most people.  But it is necessary.  It is a tool to be understood, be connected, and be heard.  One can speak good.  But he may opt to speak well.  Settle for the latter.

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  1. Nilyn Matugas

    Aborted egg – Balut
    I need to subtract – kailangan ko magbawas
    At marami pang iba. Mga katuwaan namin, pero ang totoo di rin talaga namin alam pano Englishin yan! haha. Thanks to my BPO trainings, I learned about the “fill out/in” and not “fill up” the form. Pero I still have a lot of Filipinism, still learning and unlearning others. hehe.

    • momiberlin

      I agree. We use a lot of Filipinism. I think it is part of FIlipinos being so carefree and jolly lang talaga.

  2. Nora

    I’m not from Filipinos but I still understand what you’re talking about! My first language is Finnish and my second language is English. In Finnish there are couple of funny misunderstandings when we speak English. For example free and available are the same in Finnish – but it’s definitely not the same to ask free rooms or available rooms in hotel reception. Haha!

    • momiberlin

      Hahaa. Funny. I get you there. So many Filipino words as well that have different meanings in other dialects and you will just laugh because of the yes – misunderstanding.

  3. Maria

    I’ve read this book too and did a review on my blog. I love this book! So many are conscious about grammar yet so many are using improper terms which can really affect so much. To be honest, most of us use Filipinisms which we think are correct. It’s so funny when we learn the proper way. Then we realize, we have been living on a lie! Hahaha!

    • momiberlin

      It is a helpful book indeed. So compact and complete. Very handy as well you could bring it with you anywhere. During check ups, I bring it with me so I could read and learn somehow as I wait for my turn to be called.

  4. Louisa

    This book should get a widespread circulation. Once upon a time I was a Communications trainer and simple terms get mixed up by the layman. Learning the proper use of pronouns and prepositions would do wonders for a person’s vocabulary. These are the things I notice that get the most confusion.

    • momiberlin

      I agree. It is very handy and compact. Even school kids could easily understand its content. And surely, it will bring get help to many.

  5. Pinay Mommy Online

    Looks like an interesting book. I am sure there are a lot of things that I should be unlearning to properly use and teach the language for speakers of other languages. I think this will be a good reference for me and my homeschooling kids.


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