Grammar Guide: Adjectives

Adjectives are used to modify nouns and pronouns. Generally, adjectives answer the questions which one, what kind, or how many. 

-Which class is your favorite?
-My grammar class is my favorite.

-What kind of pizza do you like?
-I like cheese pizza.

-How many pieces of paper do you need?
-I need five pieces of paper.

In addition to these common adjectives that describe, identify, and quantify, there are other types of adjectives.

Possessive Adjectives
Possessive adjectives take the place of possessive nouns in a sentence.
my, your, his, her, its, our, your (plural), their

Andrea lives in Chicago. Her brother lives in New York.
Teacher to students: Turn your papers in at the beginning of class.

Demonstrative Adjectives
Demonstrative adjectives are similar to demonstrative pronouns: They point to a particular noun to out rule other possibilities.
this, that, these, those

-Which jacket is yours?
-This jacket is mine.

Indefinite Adjectives
Indefinite adjectives are similar to indefinite pronouns; however, they modify nouns or pronouns.
all, every, any

Every child will receive a gift.
I will eat any cookies you make.

Interrogative Adjectives
Interrogative adjectives are similar to interrogative pronouns, but they modify a noun or pronoun.
whose, which, what

Whose hat is this?
Which apples should we use in the pie?

Learn more about adjectives and other grammar principles at Nomen Global

Student Spotlight: Tomoya Ito

Tomoya Ito is from Japan. He has been studying English at Nomen Global for 1 month and plans to continue his English education for 2 semesters.

Tomoya chose to study English at Nomen Global because he has decided to attend a university in the United States. Tomoya has a deep Japanese culture that he shares with the other students at Nomen Global. He is also learning more about American culture and other cultures around the world.

Tomoya really enjoys getting to know the students and teachers at Nomen Global. He says that they are all very kind. Tomoya also enjoys the classes. He has improved his English while having a lot of fun at the same time!

After studying at Nomen Global, Tomoya plans to attend a university in the United States. He will work very hard and strive to be well prepared for the TOEFL test.

Tomoya's favorite foods include curry and sushi. He also enjoys watching Japanese anime, reading novels, and reading Japanese comics. The most important thing to Tomoya is enjoying life everyday.

Meet Tomoya and other great students like him at Nomen Global.

Hiking the "Y"

Last Saturday Nomen Global students embarked on a journey that everyone in the valley can see. Countless students and Utah Valley residents have hiked the he famous "Y" that adorns the side of Wasatch mountains. Take a look at some of the pictures from this spring excursion!

We are hiking our way up the mountain.

We are taking a short break to admire the scenery and to take a quick photo.

We're almost to the Y, which covers 32,847 square feet! The 380-foot Y is the largest letter of its kind in the United States, even larger than Hollywood's famous letters!

Nomen Global students show off their muscles while sitting on the Y.

Brave students take a picture from the top of the Y. Look at that view!

To learn more about the Y, visit the history of BYU's emblem on their website.

Upcoming Activities
Timpanogos Cave 
Do you know all of the names of cave formations? We will learn about and admire the beauty of stalagmites, stalactites, and other cave formations in this spectacular natural cave located in the valley.

Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Lava Hot Springs . . . Nothing says “American Adventure” like these world-class, Western destinations. Nomen Global students will spend a week enjoying white water rafting, hiking, touring, and relaxing.

To learn more about Nomen Global and our activities, contact us on our website.

Grammar Guide: Pronouns

Last week the Grammar Guide discussed nouns. Today we will discuss something very related to nouns: pronouns. The post on parts of speech explained the 4 main types of pronouns. There are subject pronouns, object pronouns, possessive adjectives, and possessive pronouns. Other types of pronouns include demonstrative, indefinite, reciprocal, reflexive, and relative pronouns.

The first thing to understand about pronouns is how they function. Pronouns are used to substitute or replace a given noun, called the antecedent. Using pronouns allows us to add variety to our language so that we don't have to repeat the same noun over and over again.

Subject Personal Pronouns
Subject pronouns take the place nouns in the subject position of a sentence.
I, you, he, she, it, we, you (plural), they

Scott is going to go running. He runs everyday.
The students will visit Yellowstone. They love to travel.

Object Personal Pronouns
Object pronouns take the place of nouns in direct object, indirect object, and object of the preposition positions of a sentence.
me, you, him, her, it, us, you (plural), them

Juan wrote a letter for his mother. He will mail it to her.
Your brothers love pizza. You should give them some pizza.

Possessive Personal Pronouns
Possessive pronouns take the place of both the possessive noun and the noun it modifies in a sentence.
mine, yours, his, hers, ours, yours (plural), theirs

My car is red. Yours is black.
Their house is large. Ours is small.

Demonstrative Pronouns
Demonstrative pronouns act as a pointer that indicates a particular noun rather than other possible nouns.
this, that, these, those

-Which apple do you want?
-This is the apple I want.

Interrogative Pronouns
Interrogative Pronouns are used to ask questions.
who, whom, which, what

Who is going to the picnic?
Whom do you know in the class?
What is your name?

Indefinite Pronouns
Indefinite pronouns refer to categories of nouns in general.
anyone, anything, anybody
everyone, everything, everybody
someone, something, somebody
no one, nothing, nobody

Everyone is invited to the school party!
Carla is new to the US. She doesn't know anybody.
I have nothing in my basket.

Reciprocal Pronouns
Reciprocal pronouns refer to a mutual relationship.
each other, one another

They love each other.
For two years, they wrote one another.

Reflexive Pronouns
Reflexive pronouns are used when nouns perform an action to themselves.
myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves

While I was washing dishes yesterday, I cut myself on a broken glass.
They thought to themselves about their future.

Relative Pronouns
Relative pronouns introduce an adjective clause and refer to the noun previously mentioned.

The boy who is wearing a red jacket is a new student.
The girl whom I met yesterday is a new student.
That house is where I lived for 20 years.

Pronouns are extremely useful in English to take the place of many different kinds of nouns. To learn more about pronouns and other grammar principles in English, visit us at Nomen Global.

Student Spotlight: Blanca Corea

Blanca Lidia Corea Marcia, born in San Pedro Sula, is from Honduras. She has been studying at Nomen Global for two months and will continue studying English for eight months. Blanca is studying at Nomen Global to acquire the necessary skills to pass the TOEFL and GRE. She is confident that the skills she is developing will not only help her tremendously on the TOEFL and GRE but also help her in everyday life situations.

Blanca enjoys her teachers at Nomen Global. She reports that they push and encourage the student to give their very best. She also enjoys Novels Study because it has helped her improve her reading and writing skills. After Blanca finishes at Nomen Global, she hopes to attend BYU and to attain a master's degree in nutrition.

Blanca enjoys going to the gym, swimming, and participating in outdoor activities. She says that her greatest success is to have found a wonderful man who complements her life. She says she has a marvelous marriage! Blanca also loves Italian and Chinese food.

In addition to improving her English, Blanca hopes to pass the TOEFL with a score greater than 95 and to pass the GRE with a score greater than BYU requires. Long term, Blanca aspires to earn a master's degree in nutrition for athletes, to learn how to play the piano, and to receive certification as a physical trainer—particularly weight training. Blanca hopes to run her own company that encourages people to improve their lives by eating and exercising intelligently.

The most important thing to Blanca is, of course, family. She believes that families are one of the most precious gifts that she has.

To learn more about Blanca and other great students like her, visit us at Nomen Global!

Utah: Life Elevated

Are you looking for a great English-learning experience in an exciting location? Nomen Global is located in the middle of a land of adventure. Check out this video from the Utah Office of Tourism that shows just a few of the great things to do in Utah.

In addition to the vast outdoor activities available in Utah, there are hundreds of other reasons that people choose to study here with us.

National and State Parks
With 5 national parks and over 40 state parks, Utah is the place to see breathtaking scenery and to explore some of the world's most inspiring sites. Nomen Global is a car ride away from Arches, Bryce Canyon,  Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks. These parks are recognized not only for their beauty but also for their recreational opportunities. Students are able to explore Utah year-round at these parks.

Arts and Culture
Besides the abundance of adventure available in Utah, Provo is a central location of striking art and music. Situated 5 to 10 minutes away from BYU and UVU, Nomen Global students have easy access to museums and performances sponsored by these universities. The Covey Center for the Arts is just across the street from Nomen Global! In addition to the local theaters and concert halls, the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera are less than a 1-hour drive from Provo. Each year, the world-famous Sundance Film Festival is just 30 minutes away from Nomen Global. Students who study with us experience culture like no where else.

The 2002 Olympic Winter Games invited the world to experience Utah's culture and attractions. The Peaks Arena, located down the street from Nomen Global, hosted the Olympic Women's Hockey games. In the same area lies Seven Peaks Water Park, which entertains our students each summer with its wave pool and water slides. Lagoon Amusement Park takes the thrills to the next level with its roller coasters and attractions. Thanksgiving Point features a golf club, dinosaur museum, and a giant screen! Nomen Global is lucky to be at the center of hundreds of attractions and great restaurants.

Winter Fun
Winter in Utah is both beautiful and thrilling! Blanketed in the Greatest Snow on Earth, Utah's 14 world-class ski resorts have attracted snow lovers across the globe. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy ice fishing, snowmobiling, tubing, sledding, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. For the less-adventurous crowd, the enchanting streets of Provo, Salt Lake City, and Park City are decorated with lights and snowflakes.

Summer Sports
As much fun as the winter brings Utah, summer brings just as much, if not more! Summer allows Utah residents and Nomen Global students to experience the Wasatch Mountains in temperate weather. Hiking, biking, camping, and climbing can all be found in our back yard. We haven't even mentioned the water sports. Lakes and rivers lie around the corner, allowing us to experience boating, water skiing, tubing, white water rafting, swimming, and fishing.

To learn more about things to do in Utah, visit Utah's travel website. You can request a free travel guide to explore all the options that Utah provides for you. To learn more about studying English at Nomen Global, visit our website.

Grammar Guide: Nouns

Today's Grammar Guide will focus on another common part of speech: nouns. Nouns are some of the first words that we try to memorize when we learn a new language. Without nouns, our thoughts and ideas would be difficult to express.

One aspect of nouns that many students of English find difficult is articles. Nouns can be categorized into 3 groups when trying to determine whether or not to use an article: generic nouns, indefinite nouns, and definite nouns. We will discuss these three groups today.

Generic Nouns
We use generic nouns when we want to talk about something in very general, unspecific terms. We could say that we use a generic noun as a symbol to represent a whole group.

A student must do homework everyday.
Students must do homework everyday.
Homework helps students learn.

In these sentences, a student, students, and homework are generic nouns. We are not referring to any student or students in particular; we are referring only to students in general. We are not referring to any specific homework assignment; we are referring to any and all homework.

The article a is used for singular count nouns.
No article is used for plural count nouns or non-count nouns.

Indefinite Nouns
We use indefinite nouns when we want to talk about something that is real but unidentified specifically. We could use an indefinite noun when we refer to something for the first time or without explaining its details.

Yesterday I met a new student.
Yesterday I met some new students.
Yesterday I had a lot of homework.

In these sentences, a student, some students, and a lot of homework are indefinite nouns. We are referring to a real student or real students, but the student or students are not specified further. We are referring to actual homework, but the homework is not specified. Generally, when we talk about something for the first time, the nouns are considered indefinite because they are not known by both the speaker and the listener. After we talk about something once, we can use definite nouns.

The article a is used for singular count nouns.
Some and other expressions of quantity like many, a few, a lot of, and numbers are used for plural count nouns.
Some and other expressions of quantity like much, a little, and a lot of are used for non-count nouns.

Definite Nouns
We use definite nouns when we want to talk about something that is specifically identified. Both the speaker and the listener are thinking of the same thing when they use a definite noun.

Did you meet the student from Japan?
Did you meet the students from Japan?
Did you do the homework from grammar class?

In these sentences, the student, the students, and the homework are definite nouns. We are referring to a specific student or specific students that both the speaker and the listener are aware of. We are referring to specific homework that both the speaker and the listener know about. After we mention an indefinite noun for the first time, we can use definite nouns to refer to that same thing.

The article the is used for singular count nouns, plural count nouns, and non-count nouns.

To learn more about nouns, come study with us at Nomen Global.

Teacher Spotlight: Charlene Josier

Charlene Josier is one of our incredible English teachers at Nomen Global. She has been teaching English at Nomen Global for over 3 years. Charlene teaches Grammar Levels 2 and 3, Current Events, TOEFL Preparation, and Integrated Skills Level 2.

Charlene is from Nassau, Bahamas. She has a bachelor's degree in communication, a master's degree in TESOL. She is currently working on a master's degree in human resources.

Besides teaching her wonderful students, Charlene loves working in a good environment and working as a team with her peers. Charlene contributes a great deal to the school with her ability to see a project to the end, her stick-to-itiveness, and continuous improvement. She also loves to see her students accomplish their goals and aspirations.

"There is no neutral area between good and evil." by W. Eugene Hansen is Charlene's favorite quote. She enjoys learning Italian, cooking, and socializing with groups of her friends.

Meet Charlene and more great teachers like her at Nomen Global.

Summer English Adventure!

Nomen Global is excited to take English outdoors and into the wild! During our 4th of July break, we are exploring some of the most popular national parks and engaging in world-class activities. Take a look at a few of our destinations:

Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
Yellowstone National Park is in the top 10 most popular national parks in the United States. Famous for its plentiful geysers and hot springs, Yellowstone is both a beautiful and educational experience.
Photograph by David Mencin, National Geographic
Nomen Global students will take a tour of the most popular site at Yellowstone National Park to learn about the history and dangerous beauty that Mother Earth provides. To view more pictures of Yellowstone, visit National Geographic.

Jackson Hole
The center of the action and adventure, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is the destination with endless possibilities. We will embark on a classic Western experience: horseback riding.
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We are also excited to go white water rafting on the Snake River. The Snake River has been rated one of the top places to white water raft in the world! You don't want to miss this adventure!

Lava Hot Springs
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After we exert ourselves on the range and on the river, we will relax in the Lava Hot Springs. These world-famous pools of naturally hot water will ease our muscles.

Grand Tetons
Don't forget to pull out your cameras for Grand Tetons National Park. We will spend a day hiking in this gorgeous western mountain range.
Photograph by Mike Briner, National Geographic
Star Valley, Wyoming
We will lodge in the beautiful Star Valley. In addition to hanging out and enjoying being with each other, we will spend some time golfing! This favorite pastime is loved for many reasons.

Our excursion will begin on Thursday afternoon on June 23 and will last until mid-week on June 29. The students will have some time to relax and enjoy the local festivities in preparation for Independence Day on July 4. The total cost is still in the works, but the more people who come, the less expensive this adventure will be! Feel free to invite your friends and familythis is a trip you won't want to miss!

Be sure to find out more about Nomen Global at our website.

Grammar Guide: Verbs

The last Grammar Guide on April 22 focused on all eight parts of speech. For the next few weeks, we will explain an additional topic that has to do with that part of speech. Today, we will talk about verbs.

Verbs are one of the most important aspects of English sentences. Generally, verbs are some of the very first words that students learning English learn. We already know that verbs represent the action or the situation in a sentence. But did you know that every verb has 4 different forms? The form of the verb is like the "shape" of the verb. We use the form of the verb to create the verb tenses. 

Let's look at some examples. 

There are 4 verb forms: simple, past, past participle, and present participle
We'll take the verb to listen and to speakTo listen is a regular verb and to speak is an irregular verb.

Simple Form
This form is usually the first form that we learn when we are introduced to a new verb. Notice that the "simple form" is simply the infinitive form without the to. The simple form is used in the verb tenses simple present and simple future.

simple present: I
listen to you. I speak English. I read* books. I write letters.

simple future: 
I will listen to you. I will speak English. I will read books. I will write letters.

Past Form

This form is usually the second form that we learn when we are introduced to a new verb. The past form is tricky because it is inconsistent between regular and irregular verbs. For regular verbs, the past form is the simple form plus -ed. For irregular verbs, the past form varies. Some past form irregular verbs change the vowel, others stay the same, others change the spelling completely. The past form is used, of course, in the simple past verb tense.

simple past: 
I listened to you. I spoke English. I read* books. I wrote letters.

Read is pronounced differently in the present and past tense. In the present tense, read is pronounced like "reed." In the past tense, read is pronounced like "red."

Past Participle

The past participle can either be very easy or very tricky. For regular verbs, the past participle is generally the exact same form as the past form. For irregular verbs, however, the past participle varies as well. The past participle is used in all three (present, past, future) perfect tenses.

present perfect: 
I have listened to you. I have spoken English. I have read books. I have written letters.

past perfect: 
I had listened to you. I had spoken English. I had read books. I had written letters.

future perfect: 
I will have listened to you. I will have spoken English. I will have read books. I will have written letters.

Present Participle

This form is one of the most common forms, meaning it is used in the most verb tenses. This form is also the easiest except for the simple form. Simply add -ing to the simple form of the verb to create the present participle. The present participle is used in both the progressive and perfect progressive tenses.

present progressive: 
I am listening to you. I am speaking English. I am reading books. I am writing letters.

past progressive: 
I was listening to you. I was speaking English. I was reading books. I was writing letters.

future progressive: 
I will be listening to you. I will be speaking English. I will be reading books. I will be writing letters.

present perfect progressive: 
I have been listening to you. I have been speaking English. I have been reading books. I have been writing letters.

past perfect progressive: 
I had been listening to you. I had been speaking English. I had been reading books. I had been writing letters.

future perfect progressive: 
I will have been listening to you. I will have been speaking English. I will have been reading books. I will have been writing letters.

If you want to learn more about verbs and grammar, come study with us at Nomen Global.

Student Spotlight: Herve Nounbo

Herve Claude Saounde Nounbo is a student from Cameroon. Since February 2011, Herve has been studying English at Nomen Global. He likes studying at our school because our teachers are kind and friendly.

After Herve finishes studying at Nomen Global, he plans to go to college. He likes to play soccer in his free time. The most important thing to Herve is to be at peace with everyone he meets.

To meet more students like Herve, visit us at Nomen Global.

International Food and Laser Tag

Nomen Global students have had an exciting week of food and fun. We started off with an international food banquet! For our Monday Activity, we set out as groups on a quest to find the best restaurants that represent our respective countries. The Mexican students found great Mexican food, the Korean students found delicious Korean food, and the list goes on! After each group found its way back to the school with plates of international dishes, we taught each other about the significance of each dish in our countries. We gave short presentations about our home cultures and traditions. The best part, however, was the food itself! We took samples of dishes from around the world and shared our favorite foods with each other.

Take a look at Nomen Global students as we sample foods from around the world.

The week ended with a fun trip over to Provo's favorite laser tag facility, Laser Assault. Nomen Global students suited up in laser-sensored vests and laser guns. Similar to paint ball, laser tag is a 2-team sport. The teams seek to protect their own targeted laser sensors and shoot the opponents' target. Wearing laser-sensored vests, each player is also a target! Teams earn points when they shoot other team members and their  target. Although our students lost this week's battle, we loved playing this high-intensity sport! We will return and hopefully claim the victory!

To learn more about Nomen Global and its students, visit our website.