Do you want to meet people from all over the world?
Are you friendly, outgoing and polite?
Are you also thinking about your future job or profession?
If so, a career in hospitality?the business of welcoming and helping guests?may …
Did you read anything in English this past week?
How much of it did you understand?
Even if you read 15 English books every week, this doesn?t help your learning much unless you actually understand all those books.
Understanding what …
Why is grammar important?
Just take a look at the cover of this magazine about celebrity Rachael Ray. The texts says:
“Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog”
Of course, what the sentence is supposed to …
Two people just walked by you, speaking in a foreign language.
You didn’t understand a word, but you still somehow know what language they were speaking.
How can that be?
All languages have their own distinct melody, or music. To …
“Huh? What? Can you say that again?”
Does that sound familiar?
We’ve all heard those words before, and we’ve all said them.
No matter where we are or what language we speak, sometimes we have trouble communicating.
Communication is a …
Do you have an important decision to make?
Don?t think about it in your native language?think about it in English!
Studies have shown that thinking about things in a foreign language makes your decisions better and more rational.
Better decision-making …
Do you tweet?
Twitter has over 300 million users, and if you?re not one of them, you …
There are over 129 million books in the world.
Every year, English-speaking countries publish about half a million new books.
Online, the numbers are even more impressive: It’s estimated that over two million new blog posts are published per day, …
Are you looking for an English tutor?
There?s great news: Somewhere out there, there?s an English tutor looking for you, too.
Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to find a tutor who lives close so you can …
Imagine if an American came up to you and said, ?Hey there, how?s it going??
You can think back to what you learned about English vocabulary and grammar, and respond ?I am …
What do a candle-lit dinner and an evening walk on the beach have in common?
The Oxford dictionary defines “romance” as “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.” Every culture and language has its …
In 2013, there were about 152 million blogs on the Internet.
And guess what? You can have one too!
Yes, you really can. And it will seriously improve your written English.
Let me explain: Blog posts are somewhat like …
?You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.?
?Inigo Montoya, ?The Princess Bride?
Many words have clear meanings which are difficult to confuse.
You?ll never use the word “cat” to refer to …
Do you love superhero movies?
Are you always checking your phone for news about the latest Batman or Avengers film?
Stories with action and adventure are fun, and there are a lot of ways you can use them to improve …
?How now, brown cow??
Do you notice anything interesting about that silly question?
That?s right?all the words have the same ?ow? sound.
Practicing that sentence is just one of many ways to learn English vowel sounds!
English vowels can …
There are all kinds of slang words used in everyday English conversation.
For example, take the word “chick.”
Literally, this is what you call a baby chicken, but it may also be used as a casual word to refer to …
If you love to do activities and sports, pay attention!
Did you know you can get paid to share your passion?
Are you really good at a certain activity or sport?
Have you been surfing or snowboarding or skateboarding since …
?English is like, totally fun to learn, you know??
If you take out the words ?like,? ?totally? and ?you know? from that sentence, you?re left with a perfectly understandable sentence: English is fun to learn.
So what?s the point …
Everyone studies numbers when they first start learning a new language.
However, talking about time involves more than the numbers on the clock.
What if we told you that there?s a way to learn multiple English words at the same time?
All you have to do is learn one little English word and?poof!?you now know two, three or ten new words. Wow!…
?The book was better.?
That?s probably what you?ll hear if you ask anyone about a movie based on a book.
Sure, some book-to-movie adaptations are absolutely terrible. But many others are excellent, managing to either recreate the book well, or …
Hospitality and tourism are two of the fastest growing industries in the world.
This means that every year they offer more and more jobs.
You want to talk just like a native English speaker, right?
Well, that actually might not be a good idea!
Believe it or not, there are many phrases that even native speakers say incorrectly.
So while you …
You text others all the time.
Sometimes you even call them (amazing!).
But every now and then you have to sit down and write an email.
Emails are different from letters, texts and phone calls. Even more, emails to your …
Which sounds more exciting to you:
(1) The life of a high school science teacher who grades homework at night and likes to play soccer on the weekends.
(2) The life of a high school chemistry teacher who makes an …
Whether you love it or hate it, Disney’s newest animated movie “Frozen” is one of the top 10 most popular films of all time.
It seems like everyone today is running around in a rush, always trying to move faster.
However, sometimes we cannot do things fast. For …
Hello, English learner!
I’m here to help.
Imagine having a cool superpower that can help you out in many different situations, …
“Why do British people talk so funny?”
That’s a common question my students ask me.
But another common question is, “Why do American people talk so funny?”
It’s interesting, because those questions show that we may think something is “funny”…
OMG r u ready 4 a blog post that?s totes awesome?
That first sentence might not belong in a blog post, but you’ll often find strange phrases, abbreviations and words like that on the Internet.
Places like …
“Here’s you a dog.”
However, this kind of phrase is pretty common in the U.S. state of Kentucky.
One amazing part …
As we all know, learning a language is not an easy task.
So, first of all, congratulations on reaching an advanced level in your English language studies!
You should be proud of the level you have reached, but do not …
When the snow starts to melt…
When you can smell the flowers and leaves growing?
…that?s when you know spring is in the air!
Spring is a beautiful season. It brings warmth, growth and of course, new words.
Friends make everything better.
That?s true for learning, too.
Grab a partner and you?ll learn more, better and faster!…
What if I told you that a giant rabbit would bring you chocolate eggs while you sleep?
Would you think I was crazy, or would you just realize I was talking about Easter?
We’ve recently talked about English vocabulary for …
Every day you speak up to 20,000 words.
That?s more than 1,000 words for every hour you?re awake!
If you?re learning English, many of these words are probably in English as you work, study, talk to fellow students or …
Today, you will speak hundreds or thousands of words.
How many of these words will be in English?
Is your answer “not many”?
Then you’re forgetting about one of the best ways to learn English: practice.
When you want to read a book in English, it can be hard to know where to start.
There are millions of books for you to choose from!
Which books should you try reading?
Why not start with …
On March 17, people all over the world celebrate being Irish.
Why? Because March 17 is St. Patrick?s Day!
St. Patrick?s Day is celebrated by going to church, holding parades and?in some places?lots of drinking. It?s a fun and happy …
Every day, 8 million people fly on airplanes.
That means more than 3 billion people fly on airplanes every year.
Flight attendants are responsible for keeping all these billions of travelers happy, comfortable and, most importantly, safe.
Every year, over 1 billion people visit other countries.
These people have a special name: tourists.
Whether you are going to India to eat Indian food, or traveling to New York for the people and the lights, you are a …
What do water parks, parties and studying English have in common?
They’re all fun!
Don’t believe me?
Then maybe you need to change up your study routine.
Really, it’s crazy how many entertaining ways there are to learn!…
Think back to the last few videos you watched online.
How many of them had funny animals?
What about funny babies?
Funny videos are fun to watch, and they become popular quickly because so many people love them.…
In any language, teenagers always seem to have their own separate vocabulary.
So when it comes to the fleekin new teen slang in English, you don?t want to get left behind.
For example, in the sentence above, fleekin means awesome…
Psst, I have a secret.
Do you wish you could learn English faster?
Do you wish you could learn English while being entertained?
Oh, and do you also wish that you could do all this without spending any …
You might already know that you need plenty of specific vocabulary and phrases for hotel work.
Now it is time to see all of that …
Want to improve your English quickly?
Then you should let Katy Perry and Beyoncé be your new English teachers.
That sounds crazy, right?
I promise, it makes perfect sense?these famous musicians, along with many other people who sing your favorite …
Do you want to make a stranger happy?
Would you like to receive mail from new friends around the world?
Or what if you could be inspired to change the world?
Amazingly, all three of these situations (and …
Do you like to laugh?
Do you want to travel the world?
And would you love to learn casual English, so you don’t sound like a textbook?
If you said “yes” to those questions, then I have …
Every February 14th, the world goes a little crazy.
February 14th, of course, is Valentine’s Day, a holiday that many people around the world celebrate. It’s a day when people who are in love spend time together, give each …
When was the last time a person you love actually called you by your real name?
In many families and relationships, if you hear your first name?you are probably in some kind of trouble!
Instead of using names, people often …
People love lists.
Books to read this year.
Countries to visit before I turn 35.
Hotel vocab words to learn this month.
People make so many different types of lists. But no matter the type, one thing is clear: Lists …
The tallest hotel in the world is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
It’s 1,165 feet tall and has 77 floors.
The most expensive hotel in the world is in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2014, their most expensive suite cost $83,200 per …
Sentences are everywhere.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but they’re all around you!
They’re in books and on the radio.
You’re reading one right now.
This is a sentence.
Here’s another one!
Without sentences, language doesn’t …
Do you wish it were easier to write in English?
You probably know that the more you write, the easier it will get.
But sometimes simply starting is the hardest part.
After all, what should you even write about?…
Do you have a hard time understanding British people?
Maybe younger British people especially?
If so, you are not alone.
Being British, I learned this the hard way.
When I was 19, I was sharing a living space in Australia…
Every challenge is an opportunity to learn.
If writing an essay sounds a little bit scary, just think of it as a chance to improve your writing skills.
Nobody expects your first essay to be perfect. Nor your …
Learning English at home alone can be lots of fun, but it can also be very difficult.
Some days you need a little extra help.
Don?t give up! There?s a way to get some help while still learning at home …
But if you want to learn conversation through culture and humor, there’s …
See these beautiful paper cranes (birds)?
They’re going to help you double or even triple your English vocabulary!
How? Well, in the English language, one word can have many different meanings.
So by learning just one English word, you …
Meow! Woof! Chirp!
Do you know which animals make these sounds?
Cats, dogs and birds all speak the same language, but the words used for their sounds vary from language to language.
Some animal sounds and verbs are also used …
English is the fastest growing language in human history.
Today, about 1.75 billion people around the world speak the language.
That?s almost 25% of the world?s population!
In ?The Light Fantastic? by author Terry Pratchett, Twoflower was a tourist who believed ?that anyone could understand anything he said [if] he spoke loudly and slowly.?
Language is a living, evolving thing.
Thanks to globalization?the process of the world becoming more connected?the English language is now being spoken all around the world.
That means English is more alive and evolving faster than ever.
New English …
“Help me, I’m bored.”
As an ESL teacher, I have heard too many English students say this.
Unfortunately, the truth is that bored students learn less than enthusiastic, motivated students.
Maybe you are sitting in class, not paying attention, …
When you hear the word “Christmas,” what do you think of?
Do you think of snow, Christmas trees and hot chocolate?
Or do you think of a sunny Christmas Day barbecue at the beach with friends?
How do you celebrate the holidays?
All over the world, Christmas is a time to exchange presents, be with family and loved ones, and have fun.
Even if you don?t celebrate Christmas, maybe your friends do. Or maybe your neighborhood …
Grab a cup of coffee or tea.
Turn on your favorite music (in English).
Find a piece of paper or a notebook.
Choose your favorite pen or pencil, and then get comfortable at a desk or table.
We are …