Entries by Reggie Meriales

Lessons about Islam from Muslim Students in AIEP

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we get students coming from the Middle-East, and all of them are Muslims. I have always been so curious about religions other than my own and not in a way that I’d subject it to comparison. I just enjoy learning that way. Fortunately, The students were very happy…

Learning English through Television

I grew up in a home where English is not an everyday thing. My parents only spoke the language when they were talking to visitors from other countries, and I would only have to think in English when I was playing video games on my old Play Station because all the games I had are in English; though, it would be nice to…

Common Misconceptions of a Filipino English Speaker

When I was growing up, I noticed that many Filipinos react to English in the most peculiar way. Although it wasn’t my first spoken language, I never saw it as something other than just another language when I was young. I actually grew up in a Tagalog-speaking environment, but English was spoken from time to time…

Learning Figurative Language Using a Rap Song

Figurative language is something you can use to be more expressive or be more creative in writing songs, poems, or even stories. There are many things where you can apply it in, and many even use it without being aware of it. Learning the different kinds of figurative languages can develop a person into…

Ten Ways to Use the Comma

Commas are tricky things. They have many purposes in writing, but people seem to use them incorrectly from time to time. I can’t blame anyone because there is just a lot of rules to follow when it comes to this particular punctuation mark. So today, I figured that I’d share some ways on how to use it…

An Inspiring Student: Abdullah Ali

In schools, students come and go, and many of them usually come back. Some even leave a big mark on the teachers that would make them miss the students so. Commonly, it’s about his personality or how the student developed throughout his course in the school. One that I would never forget is Abdullah Ali. […]


Growing up, I’ve played a lot of different games. From board games to video games, I have tried so many that I’ve lost track with all of it. One thing is for sure though, each of the games I’ve invested my time when I was younger, and even today, it has improved my English a […]


Being established in the Philippines, the American Institute for English Proficiency gets a lot of Filipino students. And as a Filipino and one of the English specialists of AIEP, it really feels great helping other “Juan Dela Cruzes” improve on their communication skills, but I’m not saying it’s a piece of cake. And don’t get me wrong, there […]


Many foreigners would leave their home countries to work or to study. But if one was to work in Japan, then that person would be advised to learn how to speak, read, and write in Japanese. In the Philippines, apart from vacation, foreigners come here to get a job or to enroll in the local […]