Proven English Learning Tips Part 2

Reading

Reading is a great way to learn a new vocabulary. Try to read short stories rather than long novels. These are often broken into short chapters that can be read and analyzed for language. Do not think you have to understand every word. Try to get the general sense. Underline unfamiliar words and try to guess their meaning from context. You can use your dictionary to check later and see if you were right. Use ranked players. These issues tend to be designed to test understanding of what you just read.

Use the Internet


The Internet is a fantastic invention that changed the way we live our lives. While it is fantastic to be able to read the People's Daily or chat with friends online, it's a waste if we do not use the environment to learn English. Many English schools offer a full range of mixing applications online training - but, besides that, there is much you can do yourself.

Go to English Corners

Public places such as libraries often tend to have free English corners. Do not be shy. Go beside and take part. Ask questions. Communicate with people like you who are interested in learning English.

Read English Newspapers

There are many newspapers that provide a rich source of reading material interesting and varied. It is a great way to improve your reading.

Chat

You can use Yahoo, MSN, Skype and other chatting Applications to chat in English. Try to find some of your English-speaking friends. If you have Skype, encourage your friends to it too and call them for free use of your computer.

Listen to Radio

Practically all radio station in the world is at stake with the Internet. Do not just settle for the VOA or BBC World Service. There are many other interesting alternatives. Try to listen to radio from around the English speaking world.
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Some adjectives ending in –ic and –ical

academic, aerodynamic, aesthetic, allergic, artistic, athletic, cosmic, domestic, dramatic, dynamic, egoistic, energetic, enthusiastic, epic, erotic, ethnic, exotic, fantastic, gigantic, graphic, hectic, majestic, metallic, mythic, neurotic, organic, pathetic, public, scenic, strategic, toxic, tragic

alphabetical, analytical, biological, chemical, chronological, classical, critical, economical, electrical, ethical, geographical, historical, identical, lexical, logical, magical, mechanical, medical, musical, optical, physical, philosophical, political, psychological, practical, sociological, statistical, stereotypical, technical, theoretical, tropical, vertical
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VocaTube - Christmas Vocabulary on YouTube

VocaTube - Christmas Vocabulary on YouTube

First things first, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to every reader and follower of the blog! 2010 has been a very interesting year, from the first European countries being rescued due to the debt crisis to the ash-cloud that stopped the entire World.

Not everything has been bad in 2010; during this year there have been some major discoveries that will guarantee the future of humankind, like for instance some famous YouTube series on this blog, best known as VocaTube and GrammaTube (this is obviously written to add a touch of humour to close 2010) :)

We’d like to close 2010 with a last post from the VocaTube series (season finale and not series finale **) that contains a big variety of English vocabulary related to Christmas so you can start getting yourself into the Christmas spirit!

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and through listening repetitively. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more hours you listen, the better your understanding.

Essential Vocabulary explained through images with Christmas songs – elementary English



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More Basic English vocabulary where you can listen to its pronunciation – elementary English



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Subtitled video that shows a very typical Christmas song – elementary English



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Another entertaining Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” – elementary English



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Excellent subtitled video where Mr Duncan explains vocabulary related to winter – intermediate English



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Good subtitled video about Christmas symbols – intermediate English



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Great subtitled video about the history of Santa Claus – intermediate English



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Another good subtitled video about Christmas origins – intermediate English



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What are the typical Christmas foods? Find it out in this excellent subtitled video – intermediate English



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To finish this post, a very funny video where a father and his son wish you a Happy Christmas! – advanced English



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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

** Season finale / last in the series: final episode of a season of a television program.
Series finale / final episode: refers to the last instalment of a television series.
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Tackling Tricky Homophones and Homonyms

Tackling Tricky Homophones and Homonyms

There are some words that sound exactly the same, but mean different things. These are known as homophones. Recognizing homophones is essential when it comes to gaining a better understanding of the English language, as there are several commonly used words that sound the same but have entirely different definitions and usages. To ensure that you are using these homophones correctly, you must first learn to recognize them.

Homophones are straight-forward due to the fact that numerous homophones are spelled differently, even though they may be pronounced the same. For example, while "knight" and "night" sound the same, the word "knight" refers to a warrior from the European Middle Ages, while the word "night" refers to the time of day when the sun is no longer present. Another example of homophones are the words "wave" and "waive," where the word "wave" refers to either the action of sweeping your hand back and forth or a swell on the water surface, while the word "waive" refers to the act of surrendering something. In both of these examples, the words are pronounced the same, but mean entirely different things. Some other common homophones to keep in mind are these:

"There," "they're," and "their" are often confused and misused. To keep yourself from using the wrong term in your sentence, remember what each of them mean. The word "there" indicates place and location, such as in the sentence "The bus is over there." The word "they're" is a contraction of the words "they are" and should only be used when you want to use those two words, such as in the sentence "They're waiting for the bus." Finally, the word "their" indicates possession and ownership, such as in the sentence "Their bus is late."

"Its" and "it's" are two other commonly confused and misused terms. Remember that "its" indicates possession and ownership, such as in the sentence "The dog chases its tail." On the other hand, the word "it's" is a contraction of the words "it is" and should only be used when you want to use those two words, such as in the sentence "It's chasing the ball."

Another thing that English learners should recognize is the homonym, which is a special type of homophone where the words not only sound the same, but they also are spelled the same. For example, the word "fawn" can either mean a baby deer or the action of behaving in an excessively doting manner. In both cases, they are pronounced and spelled identically, yet still have differing definitions. To deal with these, you simply need to look up the word that you are unsure about in the dictionary and apply the most relevant meaning of the word to the sentence. This way, you will better understand what the text is saying.

Some good resources for lists of homophones and homonyms include a Michigan State University study webpage, and an Earlham College webpage.

Having a good grasp of homophones is essential in effective English communication. Knowing different homophones will allow readers to accurately recognize the meaning of English texts in pamphlets, books, signs, and other reading materials. In writing, knowing different homophones will allow writers to use the correct words in the sentences they are constructing so that the correct meanings are conveyed. Memorizing the correct usage of common homophones like the ones mentioned in this article is a great way to tackle tricky homophones. Another tactic that can be used to understand homophones is to simply look up different words in the dictionary to ensure that you are using them correctly.

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Learn English By Skype

Skype has developed a short time between the start-up of the famous network technology program billions of registered users. VO-IP services are also known as Voice over Internet Protocol offers Skype is a great service for technology development. This service will not only replace traditional phone lines, but also helped entrepreneurs to use business to make money. Voice over Internet Protocol or IP-VO is mostly a talk format on the Internet and mobile phones used in connection with wireless connections.
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Skype is free and you can download it manually via the internet since Skype can be installed on all operating systems including XP, Vista, Linux, Mac, etc. Many companies and individuals are finding ways to make money from this freely available services, international calls for mobile phones to pay a few dollars, but it makes sense to compare prices for mobile calls. Skype to Skype calls are 100% free and can be used in a number of options to generate money online.

Well-known politicians, and also use Skype to make money online with Skype provides an educational tool to learn or improve their knowledge. Millions of Skype users are beginning to teach various subjects of business consultancy to study languages. Let's talk about learning English with Skype many English teacher available for a reasonable price. They learn English online and allows students to fluently and English skills in a short time, you will be very fluent in English, and even a native English speaker.
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English teaching jobs usually happens to English speaking is very easy to explain in detail the errors in grammar and vocabulary of students. It is not just learning English online, but you can also learn other languages like French, German, Swedish, etc. So far the most popular language to learn English online, there are people all over the world are looking for English speakers who can serve them and let them speak fluent English. Online language programs are not for any company or person they come unique challenges and opportunities.
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Anyone will be able to teach English, can not start a program for learning English online, it should be on the computer and the Internet. Training program on the Internet, it should have a broadband Internet connection, your computer will be able to manipulate the instruction.
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English Schools in England

England is proud of its education system, particularly because of its world-famous Oxford and Cambridge. We must also recognize this, and with great care as we build the centers for the whole of England. Currently we have a series of English language schools in England.

Schools bath saunas language school in Wels. This school is situated in the city and is very close to the main market. The building is a building from the 18 spacious and very modern facilities like internet and free access to the library is offered to all students in this school in English in England.
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English Schools in Bristol this fascinating city, we are in the middle of Bristol Language Centre. Then there is the language of the project is located in Clifton, and reminds us of the history of Britain.

Schools, Cambridge: CE Eurocentres school. Two schools have good English in England. There is another school is located is called Embassy CES.

Schools, Brighton city is not the enthusiasm of young people to learn English. Language school BSC is a recognized expert. Other good schools in England is an English language schools and the Community of Saint-Gilles.
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Schools in Liverpool: We have a first class school in Liverpool called Liverpool School English LSE. The building is designed to allow any kind of disturbance is visible everywhere, even though it is full of cracks. He is one of the best English schools in England.

Hastings Schools: Here we have created Embassy CES. It is located near the market so that students do not meet any problems. Modes of entertainment are a stone's throw away from the English schools in England.

Schools in London Bloomsbury: St Giles International School is proud of what we bury the flowers to London. It is actually located in a century-old building was completely modernized to meet modern needs. Architecture of this place and fill you with surprise and joy not let you leave without a complete look at it.
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In addition to the above locations, we have schools and training centers in central London, Manchester, Newcastle, London Highgate, London, Covent Garden, London Greenwich, London, Wimbledon, Oxford, Torbay, Margate, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, etc. All these English schools England is proud of technology in language teaching and located sites to give you peace of mind. You can focus on their own course and do not know the border from the rest of the world.
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Phrasal Verbs – Grow

Grow apart = gradually become less friendly as interests/opinions change e.g. We used to be close friends but now we’ve grown apart.
Grow into clothes = become big enough for clothes to fit you e.g. I got a bigger size but I’m sure my child will grow into the jeans.
Grow on somebody = to like a person or a thing more whereas in the beginning you didn’t. e.g. I didn’t like the shape of the car but now it’s grown on me.
Grow out of clothes = when clothes become too small. e.g. She grew out of the yellow dress.
Grow out of something = to develop from somewhere e.g. The exhibition grew out of the photos I took on my trip abroad.
Grow out of something = stop being interested in something e.g. He liked playing with toy cars but now has grown out of it.
Grow up = to become an adult e.g. They grew up in Indonesia.
Grow up! = stop behaving like a child e.g. Oh grow up, it’s not funny.
Grow up on something = something you did or had when you were a child e.g. We grew up on those adventure books.
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GrammaTube - Comparative and Superlative Adjectives in English

GrammaTube - Comparatives and Superlatives Adjectives in English

Bigger or more big? What is the right form? If you’re not sure, don’t miss this new episode in the GrammaTube series.

In this new post we introduce several videos chosen from YouTube that will allow you to understand and properly use comparatives (bigger than) and superlatives (the biggest).

Grammar can be one of the most difficult skills to develop in English but it is without doubt the key to progress throughout your learning. A good grammar base will help you to write properly and speak in English, hence improving communication with other people.

Very good subtitled video where Learn American English explains how to use comparative adjectives



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Basic comparative and superlative explanation and exercises



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Subtitled video that explains the concept of adjective, comparative and superlative



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Excellent song to learn comparative adjectives in English



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Learn about comparatives and superlatives with this video containing questions and answers



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How to compare two things in English, using comparative adjectives



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Great grammar lesson on superlative adjectives (most, best ...)



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Interesting video about exceptions to the regular grammatical rules for comparatives and superlatives



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The World smallest and biggest things



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Top 20 Most Common English Phrasal Verbs

Top 20 Most Common English Phrasal Verbs

You can radically improve your English fluency in a short time if you learn the most commonly used English phrasal verbs and start using them in your English conversations. And of course, the same applies on written communication! If you’re able to use phrasal verbs in your e-mails, for example, they’ll be much easier to read and understand!

So without a further ado, let’s get down to the business!

Bring up – means to mention something. You can tell your colleague, for example: “They didn’t bring up any of our suggestions in the meeting”.

Carry on – this phrasal verb is very similar to “go on”. Just like “go on” it means “to continue” but it’s usually used in phrases like “Let’s carry on” or “You can carry on without me”.

Chase up – a very handy way of saying “to find, to seek out”. For instance, you’ve been assigned a particular task, but some necessary files are missing. You can say “I’ll chase up those files” meaning you’ll go and see where those files are. You can also chase up a person – “I’ll chase up Frank because I need his help with homework and no-one else has an idea how to do it!”

Come across – to find something by chance or to encounter something unexpectedly. If you found an interesting article online and you’re telling your friend about it, you can say: “You know, I came across this article online where they’ve done research on…”

Come up with – this is a very useful phrasal verb if you usually find it hard to describe the fact when someone has told you about a new plan or a good idea. You might be struggling with phrases like – “He created a good plan” or “She produced a brand new solution” or even – “I devised a new idea on how to…” Native English speakers would simply say “She came up with a brand new solution” so you can start using this phrasal verb!

Fall apart – describes when something falls into pieces. Let’s say you’re wrapping an awkward package and you’re struggling with it. You can say “The whole thing just keeps falling apart, I can’t wrap it; can you help me?” This is another phrasal verb foreigners don’t normally use and if you start using it on similar occasions you’ll find it much easier to describe the situation!

Get along – means to have a good relationship with someone. You can say “Do you get along with Mary from the accounting?” if you want to ask that person if he/she is in good terms with Mary. Another sample sentence - “I don’t get along with Mark, I didn’t like him from the very first day I met him!”

Get away with – means to avoid being punished for not having done something or for breaching rules. A typical phrase you can start using right away is “Did you think you can get away with this?” if you’ve caught someone having done something you’re very unhappy about.

Get over – if you can’t accept something that’s happened in your life and you can’t stop thinking about it, you can say - “It’s very hard for me to get over it.” And if you want to lift someone’s spirits and say that it’s not such a big deal after all, you can say: “Common, get over it, it’s not as bad as it looks!”

Give up – use this phrasal verb when speaking about resolution you’ve stopped pursuing or expectations that are most likely to remain unfulfilled. “I gave up my New Year’s diet; I just couldn’t stick to it.” “I’ve given up hope of getting a better job.”

Go on! – This is a typical way of telling someone to begin a particular action or resume doing something. If you can’t wait on someone to start telling an interesting story, you’d exclaim in excitement – “Go on, go on!” You can also use “go on” if you, for instance, are writing down figures your co-worker is calling out for you. Every time you’re ready to put the next figure down you can use the phrasal verb “go on” to let your partner know that he can call out the next figure.

Hold on! – Literally “hold on” means to hold on to something. Most common use of this phrasal verb, however, is when you want to tell someone to stop doing something or to wait until you’re ready to proceed with the initial action. Foreigners usually use “Stop!” and “Wait!” instead; “hold on” is more natural in spoken English.

Look after – means “to take care of” and is used a lot in communications between supervisors and employees at work. Typically your boss would ask you “Can you look after this order for me?” So if you want to sound more natural and friendly, don’t say things like “I’m responsible for this customer”. “I’m looking after this customer” is the best way of putting it.

Look up – to find something in a phone book, on the Internet or any other reference media. This is a very handy phrasal verb to use in sentences like “Can you look up their address on the Net?”

Make out – to recognize, to distinguish details of something. “I just couldn’t make out what she was saying!” – you can say a phrase like this if the person in question spoke too fast, or with a distinct accent, or too quiet. Another sample sentence – “I can’t make out these details; can you help me with this, please?”

Pull over – if you drive a car, you can use this phrasal verb to describe an action of driving to the side of the road in order to stop. Typical application of this phrasal verb – “Can you pull over at the next petrol station?” Foreigners would most likely say “to stop at…” so if you start using “pull over” you’ll sound more natural when speaking English!

Put down – simply means “to write down.” “Hold on, I’ll put it down, let me just find a piece of paper!”

Put off – this is an informal way of saying “to postpone”, “to do later”. “I don’t want to clean my house today, I’ll put it off till tomorrow” would be a perfect example of this phrasal verb in use.

Turn up – means to arrive. You can inquire about your friend by asking “Has Michael turned up today?” if you haven’t seen him and you’re wondering if he’s come to work or school today at all.

Watch out! – you can use this phrasal verb if something endangers someone else’s safety and you want to bring that person’s attention to that object or activity. Foreigners usually use unarticulated sounds instead – like “Ahh!” or “Ohh!” simply because on occasions when a super-fast reaction is needed they can’t think of a fitting word or phrase to say.

Guest post from English learning enthusiast Robby Kukurs. Robby writes about improving spoken English on his blog EnglishHarmony.com. He also regularly posts videos about improving English fluency on his YouTube channel.
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How to Learn English Online

Learning English can be a tricky and intimidating task. Luckily, hi-tech advancements have currently made learning the English language much more simple, fun, and suitable. One hi-tech sophisticated method that has enhanced the method people learns English is the Internet. This up to date form of communication has opened the world to an entire new way of learning the English language. The huge stuffs on the web makes learning English a fewer daunting undertaking.

When an individual embarks on the development of learning English, they need various learning materials such as text books, videos, and audio tapes. Usually, it was tricky to find all of the suitable educational materials. It took a bunch of time to find out the most suitable learning tools. Nowadays, with a simple click of the mouse, individual has a world completed with materials that they have right to use. For example, sites such as Youtube have numerous learn english free videos lessons on learning to speak English.
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They are so many English language learning sites where you can discover every material required to learn the language. These particular English languages learning sites are developed for those individual who wants to learn the language online easily at own home. These sites offer learning material in such areas as grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, fun learning games, English books, articles, quizzes, magazines to read online, English chat forums that give a place where an individual can talk other learners and practice everyday English, lessons for beginners, as well as a place to share English tales and poetry. In spite of buying plenty of newspaper, books, and magazines and then sort through in sequence that does not interest you, you can discover anything that interests you. The Internet has presently about every medium that uses English. These are English newspapers, journals, magazines, e-books, video, music, radio and online news networks. You can locate just about any topic online. It is a great deal, additional fun to learn English with a topic that is interesting.
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There are so many online English learning sites that offer teachers who provide lesson procedure that include tests, live conversation with students, or email correspondence with them. Lessons can be getting any time and any where. All that one need is access to a computer and the Internet. People with busy life, students have the capability to learn at their own tempo. These programs are planned to meet the students' requirements and have top local English speaking teachers.

The Internet also has sites where learners can develop skills of learning such as internet voice communication tools,like learn english online skype  to practice their language speaking ability. People can speak with others sequentially to practice and even make some good friends. It is always helpful to have good support system that will assist motivate you to keep learning. There are also chat boards, chat rooms, and email, where people can practice how to speak and write .English suitable Sites like Facebook and Twitter are a big way to meet and interact with English speakers.

Learning the English language will get better job opportunities and unlock up the doors to career development. Because the Internet has become a huge part of most people's lives, the affluence of information posted from worldwide makes it a precious tool when learning to speak and write the English language.
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Best English Learning Tips Part 1

These are some best english learning tips that educate you to turn into a booming English language learner. A number of it sounds idiosyncratic but it does in actuality work. So it’s importance a shot!
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Set Targets

It’s a lot much easier to encourage yourself to work if you have something to seek for. Targets can be short or long term. A short term target in learning English might be to learn sufficient to be capable to book a hotel room. A longer term aim could be to attend a University in an overseas country, or get a 6.5 on the IELTS exam.

Be ready to Work Hard

Learning a language is normally not easy. The majority of people have other stuff to do in their lives to one side from learning English. You need to understand this to be tolerant with regard to your growth. But you won’t accomplish much if you don’t put in the attempt. Your progress depends a lot on you.

Make Time

A lot of of us having busy lives and get it hard to fit new things into an already reputable routine. Learning English can be necessitating discipline. You require setting away time for your learning and being ready to study throughout that time. Putting things off as you’re too tired is OK every now and then, but it shouldn’t turn into a habit. Make English an essential part of your schedule.
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Ask Questions

YOU ARE NOT DAB! You can’t anticipate yourself to understand everything and not have any questions to ask. Don’t be frightened to ask questions to your instructors and/or friends.

Do Some Extra-curricular Work

Having an instructor to teach and guide you is very important. However, you can also study by yourself in fact; this will be more likely to make you a booming language learner. Don’t wait until it’s time for class to pull out your English books.

Watch English Movies

This is a good way to choose up informal English and put into practice listening. You don’t require being able to know every word to understand what is incident in a movie. Concentrate on the English Subtitles to assist with understanding - this is a big way to perform reading also. Prefer movies that you are more likely to be capable to follow. Movies with short dialogue, alienated by long sequences of no dialogue are perfect, as they permit time to understand the language. Passionate movies tend to fall into this category.

Listening English Music

Music can be an entertaining way to learn English. The next occasion you’re at a karaoke bar or maybe at home singing in face of your TV, attempt singing an English song. This is a good way to put into practice some sentiment into your English and will truly develop the way other people recognize your meaning when you’re speaking English to them.
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Describing success/difficulty (Vocabulary)

When we talk about goals, aims, objectives, targets etc. we can use the following words to describe our success or difficulties.

Success
To succeeded in something
To attain goals/aims/objectives/targets
To reach targets/goals
To managed to do something
To achieve a great deal
To accomplished a lot
To meet expectations
To surpass/exceed expectations
To fulfill a lifelong ambition

Difficulties
To have difficulty in something
To find it difficult to do something
To have some trouble with something
To have a hard time
To be unable to cope
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GrammaTube - Learn the First, Second and Third Conditional with YouTube

GrammaTube



After the great reception that the VocaTube series have received (where we compile videos about a specific vocabulary topic on YouTube), we have decided to create GrammaTube, which follows the same principles but focusing on videos for learning, practising and improving English grammar.



Grammar can be one of the most difficult skills to develop in English but it is without doubt the key to progress throughout your learning. A good grammar base will help you to write properly and speak in English, hence improving communication with other people.



In this first post about the GrammaTube series we’re going to discuss conditionals (the first, second and third conditional). Conditionals are usually taught to students with an intermediate level of English. However, we encourage you to watch these videos even if your level of English is lower, as they are very educational and easy to follow.



Good video where conditionals are explained (IF, WILL, WOULD, WERE):







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Excellent explanation about the three English conditionals:







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Practice the first conditional with the following video:







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Learn the second conditional with real conversations:







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Funny video to learn the second conditional with sentences from “The Big Bang Theory” series:







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Subtitled video that shows lyrics from songs to illustrate the use of conditionals:







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JenniferESL explains the conditionals used in present (2a):







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Another great lesson about factual conditionals from JenniferESL (2b):







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Conditionals statements with “unless” detailed by JenniferESL (2c):







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JenniferESL explains unreal conditional statements in the present time (2d):







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JenniferESL gives an explanation of form and use of unreal conditionals in the past (2e):







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Exercises to practice unreal conditionals in the past by JenniferESL (2f):







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I love Irish humour - Apartment to let in Dublin city centre

Irish people are known for being very social and friendly. They certainly are and they also have very good sense of humour.

To put you in context for this joke, daft.ie is Ireland's no. 1 property website. Taking advantage of the latest snows in Dublin, Mr Plow has decided to let his apartment for just 57€ per week.

Apt in Dublin

This studio is available immediately and its specifications are quite interesting:

Deceptively spacious open plan unfurnished studio in one of Dublin's top locations.

Carbon neutral, hand crafted Inuit design, beautiful ambient light leading to rooftop garden. The studio comfortably sleeps five.

Pets allowed, no parking.

Short term lease for is available the month of December. Owner is interested in selling if market warms up:
  • Central heating
  • Pets allowed
  • Wheelchair access
Visit datf.ie to see the full property ad (and learn related vocabulary in English)
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Asking for language help

Excuse me/Sorry....

I don't understand.
Could you repeat that?
Can you speak more slowly, please?
What does....mean?
How do you spell that?
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3 More Tips to Master English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs 3

Some time ago, we discussed 3 powerful tips to learn English phrasal verbs. Today, we’re presenting 3 more tips that will help you mastering English phrasal verbs. Trust me, after putting into practice all these 6 tips, you’ll notice the improvement in your level of English! Following three tips are numbered from 4 to 6 as they should be used in combination with previous 3 tips already discussed.

Tip #4. Don’t translate phrasal verbs into your language when writing them into your pocket dictionary! Use other English words to explain them!

If you learn new phrasal verbs through your native language, you won’t get out of the translation mode when speaking English. It’s when you build a sentence in your native language in your head first, and then translate it into English. This advice is actually relevant when learning any new English words, so once you’ve acquired the basic English vocabulary, you’d better stop using your native language as reference.

You can always explain a new phrasal verb using very simple, basic English words and that way you’ll facilitate thinking in English which is crucial for your English fluency.

For example, a phrasal verb you’re learning is ‘to keep up’. Write it into your dictionary as part of a phrase ‘keep up with me’ and explain it using simple English – ‘to stay at the same level as me when walking or doing something.’

Tip #5. To choose which phrasal verbs to learn, you can simply start with a list of most commonly used ones. You can also look out for phrasal verbs in textbooks or other English texts you read and you’ll also definitely hear them in English songs, films and of course – newspapers. If you come across the same phrasal verb a number of times, it’s a pretty good indicator that it’s often used and therefore worth memorizing.

Also – when choosing in what context to learn a particular phrasal verb, go for a phrase you’ve heard in real life or read in newspaper. So for instance, if you hear someone saying: “Look who’s decided to turn up!”, you can learn the phrasal verb ‘to turn up’ in exactly this context because this phrase is usually used as a friendly joke when someone arrives later than expected.

Tip #6. Don’t start learning all phrasal verbs that are formed using a particular verb at once!

You’ll realize that every simple English verb can form plenty of phrasal verbs like ‘to get ahead’, ‘to get along’, ‘to get at’, ‘to get by’, ‘and to get down to’. If you try to learn them all one after another, you’ll definitely start mixing them up!

Although it may seem as a pretty good idea to learn all related phrasal verbs together, in reality it doesn’t work.

Instead go for phrasal verb selection based on what you hear in real life. And if you choose them from a list, pick random ones that aren’t grouped together by the main verb!

If you follow these tips and learn at least a couple of dozen of the most commonly used English phrasal verbs, you’ll definitely notice a significant increase of your spoken English fluency. That in turn will provide you with additional motivation to add even more of these multi-word verbs to your active English vocabulary!

Guest post from English learning enthusiast Robby Kukurs. Robby writes about improving spoken English on his blog EnglishHarmony.com. He also regularly posts videos about improving English fluency on his YouTube channel.
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Thanks

There are many ways to thank someone in English.

Thank you.
Thanks.
Thanks a lot.
Thank you very much.
Thanks a million.

It was very kind of you.

I appreciate your help.
You have been very helpful.

When someone says ‘thank you’, you may say:-

You’re welcome.
That’s OK/alright.
No problem.
Not at all.
Don’t mention it.
It was nothing.
It’s my pleasure.
Any time.

If someone tries to help but isn't successful, we can say:-

Thank you for trying.
Thanks anyway.
Never mind. Thanks
It doesn’t matter. Thank you.
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VocaTube - Vocabulary related to the Office and Work

VocaTube

Videos from YouTube help us to be up to date or have a good time; we believe they can also be a powerful educational tool. At Learn English Online blog we’d like to use some of the millions of videos available on YouTube to improve your English vocabulary.

Videos for this entry are about the topic of the office and its related vocabulary, you’ll learn vocabulary and sentences useful not only at the office but also at any job.

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and listening through repetition. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more hours you listen, the better your understanding.

Essential English Office Vocabulary – elementary English



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Another video with basic Vocabulary – elementary English



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Video that shows the vocabulary at the office along with examples of use and descriptive images – intermediate English



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Good video with vocabulary and sentences to understand the use in context – intermediate English



Link to the video on YouTube

Excellent subtitled video from Mr Duncan where he explains the most important office English vocabulary – intermediate English



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Very good video that explains the most common phrases and expressions for making phone calls in English – intermediate English



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Learn to talk about what you did at work in the past in English (past continuous) – intermediate English



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Let’s finish this VocaTube with a bit of humour from a funny video related to the office – advanced English



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Paraphrasing in spoken language

Paraphrasing in spoken language is when you repeat things in a different way.

It is used when you want to make sure you have understood what someone has said.

Let me get this clear/straight....
What you mean is....
What you are saying is....
So you mean....

or when you want to make sure that your meaning is clear to someone else.

In other words....
What I mean is....
What I'm trying to say is....
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Ways of cooking




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Write a Guest Post for Great Exposure

Guest Post

Did you know that writing a guest post is one of the best ways to get your name out there and increase your visibility on the Internet? If you are an English teacher, a student, a company or simply a blogger that would like to get some links to his/her blog, you should seriously consider writing a guest post.

At Learn English Online we have always encouraged and given the opportunity to anyone interested in writing a guest post for the blog. Moreover, your article will normally be translated to Spanish and also published in our blog Aprender Inglés Online.

There are many benefits to writing a guest post:
  • You’ll make yourself known (as a person, a company, a Web page or a blog), increasing your visibility on the Internet.
  • Your guest post will reach more than 2500 subscribers of the blogs.
  • + 4000 followers on Twitter will see your article and will be able to recommend it to their followers.
  • + 1500 daily visits to the blog will also enjoy reading your guest post.
  • You’ll get two links per article and per blog, making a total of 4 links per guest post (2 links in the article in English plus 2 links in the same article translated to Spanish).
If you kept reading, we assume that you’re interested in the possibility of writing a guest post. You should know that there are also some general rules that every guest post should follow:
  • Our readers love reading good articles so the guest post should be of a reasonable standard, both grammatically and topic-wise.
  • The topic should be about a free online resource to learn English online, a document describing an English lesson (about vocabulary or grammar for instance) or a guide to learn English using a free tool on the Internet.
  • Guest posts should be unique and should have not been published before on any website or blog.
  • Recommended length for the guest post is between 1 and 2 pages (in a text editor as Word). Although some exceptions based on the article would be accepted.
Last but not least, some examples of guest posts that have been written for the blogs are:

Learn English Phrasal Verbs Using 3 Powerful Tips
Aprende los verbos compuestos (Phrasal Verbs) utilizando 3 buenos consejos

Think in English, Change your Facebook Account to English
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Netlingo - The Dictionary of the New Technologies
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How to Prepare for the TOEFL
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Expressions used to describe people

A big-mouth = someone who can’t keep a secret
A bookworm = loves reading books
Bossy = likes telling others what to do
A chatterbox = can’t stop talking
Cheap = someone who doesn’t like spending money
Clueless = someone who has no idea what is going on
Down to earth = a practical person
Easygoing = has a relaxed attitude
A high flier = is clever and ambitious and looks for promotion and success
A killjoy = prevents others from enjoying themselves
A know-it-all = someone who thinks they know everything
A lazybones = someone who isn’t active or energetic
A nosey parker = pokes their nose into other people’s business
An odd-ball = someone strange
Pigheaded = stubborn
Pushy = forceful
A scatterbrain = is confused and forgetful
A slowcoach / slowpoke = someone who is slow
A quick study = someone who learns very fast
A workaholic = loves to work
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Expressions with 'look'

Look after somebody/something = take care of e.g. Can you look after our dog this weekend?
Look ahead = think and plan for the future e.g. We have to look ahead if we want to make a profit.
Look at = examine e.g. Look at this proposal and let me know what you think.
Look back = remember something from the past e.g. When I look back, I realize it was a crazy thing to do.
Look down on = think someone is less important than you e.g. They looked down on us because we were waiters.
Look for = to try to find something/someone e.g. I’ve been looking for my keys all morning.
Look forward to = excited about a future event e.g. I’m looking forward to the concert.
Look into = investigate e.g. The police are looking into the bank robbery.
Look out! =take care e.g. Look out! There is a car coming.
Look out for something/somebody = look carefully e.g. Look out for Lucy, her plane has landed.
Look over something = examine quickly e.g. I looked over my notes before the presentation.
Look through something = examine carefully e.g. I looked through the files for the missing document.
Look up = to search for information e.g. We looked up the number in the directory.
Look up = starting to improve e.g. Things are beginning to look up.
Look up to = respect e.g. He has always looked up to his older brother.

From the look of things = judging by appearances e.g. From the look of things, the shop is doing great.
Not much to look at = unattractive e.g. The car is not much to look at but it is reliable.
Look on the bright side = be cheerful in spite of difficulties e.g. Look on the bright side, at least you got tickets to the concert.
Look his/her age = appear as old as he/she really is e.g. She doesn’t look her age at all.
New look = fresh appearance e.g. Her new hairstyle gives her a completely new look.
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Learn English Phrasal Verbs Using 3 Powerful Tips

Phrasal Verbs 2

Quite often foreign English speakers have tendency of creating complicated, unnatural English sentences when speaking. While it’s acceptable and even necessary (to develop English writing skills and learn to express yourself) when writing, in spoken English it can lead to situations when English learners struggle to explain themselves and hesitate when speaking. That’s when phrasal verbs come into action and facilitate spoken English fluency and therefore they’re really beneficial in order to increase foreign English speakers’ confidence!

But if you’re having and impression that phrasal verbs are used only as slang phrases and educated, intelligent people don’t use them – you’d better think twice! While there’s indeed a great number of very informal phrasal verbs like ‘to stick up for’ which means ‘to defend someone when they’re being criticized’ or ‘fire away!’ meaning ‘start speaking!’, it’s very handy being able to use them as well. If you’re on a night out with English speaking folks, you’ll be able to communicate with ease as informal chat mostly consists of such phrasal verbs.

Have I finally managed to persuade you to start leaning English phrasal verbs? Then let’s get down to the business!

Tip #1. While there are plenty of English textbooks dedicated to phrasal verbs, there’s no real need to get a hold of one. You don’t need to stuff your brain with hundreds of phrasal verbs at once because you’ll simply start mixing them up! Of course, it never hurts to have one for reference, but I’d suggest you go for freely available online resources.

While there are many English learning websites where you can find lists of phrasal verbs, you need to find one where the phrasal verbs come with example sentences. You need to see in what context a phrasal verb is used to get it right!

Here’s a great website with thousands of phrasal verbs with examples. You can use it when picking new phrasal verbs to learn and also to look up meanings of new phrasal verbs you come across when learning English.

Tip #2. When choosing which phrasal verbs to learn, go for the most commonly used first! Here’s a list of the essential English phrasal verbs, and even if you learn only half of them, your spoken English will definitely become more fluent!

Learning English is often not so much about quantity as quality. You see – any person has active and passive vocabularies. Your active English vocabulary contains all the English words you can actually use when speaking, but passive is all the English words you recognize but can’t really use when speaking. So while it’s definitely useful to recognize meanings of plenty of phrasal verbs, you can add only a limited number of phrasal verbs to your active vocabulary in a given period of time.

That’s why it’s crucial to pick out the most commonly used ones and start using them when speaking English!

Tip #3. Pick a few phrasal verbs – one to three every day – and write them in your pocket dictionary. Memorize them by repeating a good number of times until the phrasal verb settles in your mind.

IMPORTANT! Always learn phrasal verbs within context! Don’t memorize a single phrasal verb, instead repeat and memorize a phrase that contains it!

So instead of memorizing only ‘to pass around’ learn the whole phrase ‘to pass test papers around’. By memorizing phrasal verbs this way you’ll make sure you can use them in real English conversations later on. If, on the other hand, you memorize only the exact phrasal verbs, you might struggle using them when speaking. You’ll be forced to constantly kind of look them up from your inner dictionary and it will hamper your English fluency. But if you have them imprinted in your mind as part of natural English phraseology, you’ll be able to use them automatically.

Of course, it’s important that you pick relevant phrases. Don’t learn a phrasal verb phrase ‘to get away with stealing a million’. Are you really going to talk about stealing a million on a regular basis? Use your judgment and learn a phrase that is meaningful and would be used regularly, like ‘to get away with being late’. Just think of similar situations in your daily life and pick expressions that you would use!

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VocaTube - Vocabulary about the Human Body on YouTube

VocaTube

Do you know how to express in English the different parts of your body? Like for instance the most important parts or some more specific like the muscular system? Don’t worry if your answer is negative as we bring you the solution.

In this new post about the VocaTube series, we present several videos with which you’ll learn vocabulary related to the human body. Moreover, videos are sorted according to the level s of difficulty (from the elementary to the advanced level) so you’ll be able to jump and watch only the ones you’re interested in.

Remember that vocabulary can only be improved with practice and listening through repetition. It’s difficult for everyone to understand from the beginning but you’ll notice that the more hours you listen, the better your understanding.

Learn how to pronounce and write several body parts (head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, hand, arm, leg, foot and stomach) with the following video – elementary English



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Funny video with the body parts explained by a pumpkin – elementary English



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Good video where you’ll find an explanation of the body parts explained by a cartoon – elementary English



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How to spell different parts of your body – elementary English



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Fantastic subtitled video where Mr Duncan explores the human body and look at some idioms and what happens when you are sick – intermediate English



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Very good subtitled video about the human body, health and exercise from Mr Duncan – intermediate English



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Respiration 3D Medical Animation – advanced English



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The muscular system – advanced English



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The digestive system – advanced English



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