3 good things about reading/listening to books as an adult

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  So, I came across this interview with the lovely Stephen Krashen and was encouraged by the latest news from research on language acquisition (not to mention that I found out he’s a huge Harry Potter fan who listened to the stories in his car). Here are the 3 good things he tells us:   1)  You can get better at any age A lot is said about … Read More

One of the best expressions I’ve ever learned in English

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  Choosing the best expression I’ve ever learned is as difficult as choosing my favourite song. There are so many good ones! But here is one of the best: Via GIPHY “So what?” means: What importance does that have? It’s also used to express disregard, contempt, challenge and lack of interest. This expression is actually a short interrogative phrase. We … Read More

“I understand thousands of words. Why can’t I use them?” Learn how to solve this problem.

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  Have you ever been in one of these two situations? Situation 1 You’re talking to someone, trying to explain something – but not very successfully. Then this person supplies (provides) you with the word, expression, or phrase you need to explain yourself. Then you think, “I understand this word/expression/phrase! I know it. I’ve learned it before! Why couldn’t I remember … Read More

You’re the best vocabulary teacher you can get. Here’s why: 

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  Have you heard this before? “Don’t learn words in isolation!” “Learn vocabulary in context!”. You probably have. And this one? “Learn chunks.”   That’s great advice, by the way.   Chunks are sequences of words that native speakers of a language feel are the natural and best way of expressing something (phrases, expressions, collocations, idioms, phrasal verbs, verb patterns, … Read More

The best podcasts to help you at an English-speaking university

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To be accepted at universities in English-speaking countries, you’ll need to achieve a certain result in proficiency exams like IELTS and TOEFL. To prepare for these exams, you will study both general and academic English. You’ve studied hard and achieved the necessary result to be accepted on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Great! But, what happens when you start your … Read More

The 7 steps to listening to authentic podcasts in English

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*All strategies listed here also apply to listening to audiobooks. In this case, use the paperback or e-book version instead of the transcript. In reply to a post where I list 5 strategies for making the time to listen to podcasts, a friend of mine wrote: “Sometimes my mind flies when I’m listening to podcasts because I didn’t understand so … Read More

5 strategies for making the time to listen to podcasts

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  Not so long ago, people who wanted to learn a language needed to do some strange things. I, for instance, would queue to hire some tapes I could only listen to in booths at the library on my English course. Some years later there came cable TV with international channels, and yet more years later Youtube would premiere on … Read More

Are all podcasts and audiobooks good for your English?

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  Podcasts and audiobooks are the most powerful tools to help you learn English. They’re a rich source of language input, which can help you improve your listening, vocabulary, pronunciation and even speaking.   That’s because they provide you with both the audio and the written version of a text.   However, there’s a quote from Shakespeare that I very … Read More