Entries by Mike Rowland

ETYMOLOGY AND GREEK

The American Institute for English Proficiency can help you improve your English vocabulary.  It’s good to know, therefore, that English borrows a lot from different languages.  One such language is Greek. How did this happen?  Well, in 331 BC the Greek-speaking King of Macedonia, Alexander the Great, conquered many of the lands…

What is Yiddish?

The English language commonly adopts a lot of vocabulary from other languages. The U.S.A. is a country made of immigrants from all over the earth. Consequently, many terms from the variety of languages of these one-time newcomers have been borrowed into American usage. One of these tongues is Yiddish.

CHOOSING BETWEEN THESE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMS: IELTS OR TOEFL

The American Institute for English Proficiency gives prospective students a chance to receive private lessons for English-language exams.  If you are going to be tested in academic-level English, you can choose either IELTS or TOEFL.  But what is the difference, and which one should you consider? The two exams each test the English levels for […]

SPECIALIST PROFILE: MICHAEL ROWLAND

Michael Rowland graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., where I also hail from.  He worked for several years in the U.S. for a political publication and its related policy committee.  He also studied classical drama (such as the works of Schiller and Shakespeare) in Los Angeles.  He came to live in the Philippines in […]

ENGLISH WORDS FROM LATIN

The American Institute for English Proficiency (located at two spots in Metro Manila, Philippines) can help you improve your English vocabulary.  One of the ways for vocabulary development is to know root words, etymology, or origins of words.  For example, the word boondock comes from the Filipino (Tagalog) word, bundok, which means mountain. It’s good […]

FRENCH AND ENGLISH SHARE 40% OF THEIR VOCABULARY

At the American Institute for English Proficiency (which has two branches in the Philippines), you can study to build your English vocabulary.  English borrows heavily from other languages.  The language which English has borrowed the most from is French.  In fact, it is quite possible that the English language shares at least 40% of the […]