Germany destroy Brazil’s final dreams with seven-goal battering

Miroslav Klose, left, Toni Kroos, right, and Sami Khedira, all first-half scorers for Germany, celebrate during the battering of Brazil.

Miroslav Klose, left, Toni Kroos, right, and Sami Khedira, all first-half scorers for Germany, celebrate during the battering of Brazil.

It was the night Germany removed the crown from football royalty. They did so with their own version of the beautiful game and, by the time they had finished, Brazil had suffered an ignominy that was so extreme and implausible it felt as though a black marker pen had been taken to the pages of their football history…

This gorgeous article from The Guardian epitomises all that I love about the English language. It is a showpiece of the power of the language, written by the people who created it. Feast on it and feel what language can be when we treasure it, dedicate ourselves to it and keep it pure – instead of mixing it with other languages and dialects.

Read it to see what an advantage a strong command of language can give you in this intensely competitive world. Singaporeans tend to focus on science and math, on paper qualifications. But in a country where close to a quarter of the population are already university graduates, a proportion that will probably rise to half within a decade or two, what is the big deal about being a university graduate? How you will stand out is by the way you communicate; by your ability to use language to persuade, to win an argument, to inspire others.

Therefore time spent to improve your linguistic power is a great investment – and not just for GP.


For enquiries on GP tuition by the blogger, a First Class Honours grad from NUS, please call/text 98392152 or click ‘About the Tutor/Testimonials’ above. All lessons on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis. Secondary English tuition also available.

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About gptuitionsg

A dedicated English and GP tutor with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, Steven Ooi retired from the profession after a 14-year career during which he was one of the most sought-after private tutors in Singapore. He is the recipient of the Minerva Prize from NUS, which is awarded to the top English Language honours student of each cohort. This website, which has consistently ranked among the top 10 on Google and has received over 530,000 hits, has now been converted into a GP resource site cum listing of recommended tutors. If you are a GP or English tutor who wishes to be listed here, please email Steven Ooi at stevenooi18 @ (remove the spaces). Interested parties will be assessed and interviewed by him, and qualifications will be checked. These procedures are necessary to uphold quality standards. DISCLAIMER: While every reasonable effort has been made to assess the competence and verify the qualifications of recommended tutors here, no guarantees are made and you engage them at your own risk. By using this website, you agree that you will not hold the webmaster Steven Ooi responsible for any consequences — direct or otherwise — that occur in relation with your use of this website.
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