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 …
We have bad news and good news for you.
The bad news is that there is not one perfect way to learn English.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to make the learning process …
You’re probably reading this online.
Well, you can save these articles as a PDF, so maybe you’re reading offline.
But you’re probably reading on a computer, phone or tablet.
Printed books and articles are wonderful. It’s great to have …
It?s getting cold outside? are you ready for winter?
You might not be prepared for the cold, but your English can be!
Get ready for the winter months by warming up your English with some hot new sayings, phrases and …
What is your sport?
Who is your team?
The answers to these questions can be very important.
They can mean the difference between making a new friend or starting an argument.
What was the first word you learned in English?
I would guess that you learned “good morning,” “my name is…” or “how are you?” first.
Another one of your very first English words was probably “thanks.”
Thanking people for their …
When’s the last time you told your friends and family that you love them?
Have you thought lately about how awesome it is that you have a roof over your head (a place to live) and good food to eat…
The famous Soviet-American comic Yakov Smirnoff once said: ?Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.?
Universal describes something that everyone does and understands. Smirnoff may have been making a joke, but he had …
Did you know that the word “selfie” came from Australia?
You’re welcome, world.
We Australians?I mean, Aussies?love to shorten our words.
Aussies love to have a good yarn (chat). But, we want to make it quick?or maybe we are …
Have you ever thought about living in New York City?
How about Australia?
Maybe you already live in one of these places, and maybe you even already work in a hotel.
Working in the hotel industry can help you …
Hotels are a whole different world!
They?re a place where tourists, families and businesspeople can rest at the end of a long day.
They also offer fantastic job opportunities.
But working in a hotel usually requires one specific …
?It was a dark and stormy night??
Are you ready to get scared?
What’s better than reading an amazing book?
How about reading it a second time and enjoying it even more?
Some books are amazing even when you read them ten times.
Books like this are great for improving your English…
You just found an English word you don?t know.
What do you do?
Well, you carry a big, heavy dictionary with you wherever you go, right?
Oh…you don’t do that?
Well, you could write the word down and look …
Think about your best friend.
Do you both like the same things?
Do you both think the same thoughts?
Do you both wear the same clothes?
And that’s normal, because everyone is different.
We have different interests, thoughts, …
Plane ticket? Check.
You’re all ready for your travels, but there’s something you’re forgetting.
If you want to be confident, prepared and have an awesome trip, you have to bring along your English skills.
“I Ubered to work today.”
A friend said that to me once.
I didn’t understand her at all.
I had spent years outside of the United States, living in Madagascar. I didn’t know about Uber, a smartphone app that …
How would you describe yourself?
If that seems like a difficult question to answer, it’s okay!
Describing yourself is really just telling people what you’re like.…
Confused by English spelling?
If so, that’s understandable!
Plenty of native speakers find it confusing, too.
A lot of the English language is ?borrowed? from other languages.
That’s why we get a lot of weirdly-spelled words in English.…
Immersion is truly one of the best ways to learn a language?many would argue it’s the only way.
Luckily, English is all …
In the summer months, many people are trying to get in shape (lose weight or gain muscle).
Have you ever felt like you just can?t speak?
If you?ve ever had …
Have you ever heard of an empty orchestra?
The word karaoke means ?empty orchestra? in Japanese.
Karaoke lets you sing along to your favorite songs by removing the singer?s voice and leaving only the music. “Empty orchestra” makes sense …
Congratulations on your new job!
Starting a new job is exciting but stressful.
You?re ready to learn and do your best, but you?re also nervous.
How do you talk to your new coworkers? What do you talk about? How can …
It can improve your focus and memory.
It can help you learn new words and teach you things you didn’t know.
People read to relax, to learn or just to have fun.…
You’re learning English. Good for you!
What kind of English are you learning?
If you don’t know the answer to that, you might want to learn more about English dialects.
Dialects are the ways a language is spoken …
Bright colors, tons of action, animation, upbeat music, tons of humor?sounds like you’ve found some English cartoons!
Wait, don?t …
So, have you decided to study in Australia?
Are you planning a vacation in the land down under?
You have read about Australia…the fresh food, the gorgeous beaches, the sunshine and, of course, the KILLER ANIMALS!
Killer animals? Yes, …
Music is a truly universal language.
But if music is so universal, why is it so hard to understand the English you hear in songs? …
Well, great news!
It’s not always a waste of time.
Idiomatic expressions are sayings in English that don’t mean what they appear to mean.
They have a literal meaning and a figurative meaning. The literal meaning is what you understand immediately from the words used. The figurative meaning is something …
Wake up! Turn on your computer.
Now you’re ready to take a college-level English course.
You don’t need to change out of your pajamas. You don’t even need to get out of bed.
Don’t worry, it won’t cost you …
Celebrate a favorite American holiday: The Fourth of July.
That?s when Americans remember that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
You can have your own American celebration on the Fourth of July wherever you live.
Americans often have …
?Why did the chicken cross the road??
?To learn English fluently!”
Okay, maybe that’s not how the joke really goes. The actual response is “To get to the other side!”
That?s one of the best known jokes in English. It …
Spending a lot of time online?
Then you’ve probably started seeing the same pictures over and over again.
Welcome to the internet! You’ve discovered memes.
Many of these repeated pictures have white writing on them.
Some make sense, …
Here’s some good news: You don’t have to spend hours a day studying English.
Of course, it does help?the more you study and expose yourself to the English language, the better you’ll become.
There are many ways to learn …
It’s time to ask yourself:
How confident are you?
Your answer should be:
And if this is true, you know you can definitely learn English by yourself, right?
That’s great! Because wherever you go, the English language …
When learning English, what you see isn’t always what you hear.
English is one …
After a long winter, we’re all excited for warm weather!
Hello, useful English sayings!
Spring is officially here in the northern parts of the world.
The days are getting warmer and the sun is staying out longer.
The whole world is connected by social media.
That means you’re connected to millions of native English speakers right now.
This makes learning English much easier than it used to be.
Social media also makes modern life a bit more …
Watching English-language television shows can help learners in more than one way.
Think about a recent commercial you saw on TV.
Maybe it was for cereal, cat food or a fancy car.
Can you remember the exact words that the …
Want to find love in a foreign country?
Or do you at least want to flirt with cool new people while traveling?
You can introduce yourself in English confidently.
You can also pronounce things like a native when talking.
Reading is like exercise for your brain.
You use your “mental muscles” when you read books or learn new things, until eventually your body remembers how to do it and it gets easier. When you read articles on Buzzfeed, …
What do pictures of cats, babies and food have in common with learning English?
You can see all these pictures and learn English on Facebook.
Facebook has a huge international community and it can be a perfect place to learn …
People always say that you should “live in the moment.”
That means you should live right now.
But how can you talk about right now?
Imagine that you meet a new person.
After you exchange names, you probably want to …
You know how to speak English.
But how do you improve?
What would you do if you were rich?
What do I mean? It?s a confusing sentence.
That question is asking you to do two things: (1) imagine that you’re rich and (2) imagine what you will do as a rich …
So, you’re all by yourself. Forever alone.
Okay, maybe you’re not forever alone, but right now you need to practice English alone.
How can you practice speaking English without anybody else to help you?
Americans love to shop.
More importantly, we love to talk about shopping.
Yesterday at work a co-worker said to me, ?I love your coat. Where did you get it??
Immediately, we began to talk about our favorite stores and next …
Today’s popular culture can teach you interesting but useless things.
But popular …
Consider this: right now, we?re in the present.
In a minute, we will be in the future.
You read those sentences, and now that is all in the past.
Everything that has not happened yet is part of …
In 1663 in Germany, something incredible happened. The world got its very first magazine!
Since then, magazines have been created to cover every topic you can imagine.
At one point, famous authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of …
Saying ?I eat fish? is not the same as saying ?I am eating fish.?
But what?s the difference?
To understand why the two statements are different, you need to understand English tenses.
Tenses tell you when something happens. Getting the …
Board games aren’t just for fun.
When you think of studying English, what do you imagine?
You probably see yourself sitting at a desk with your nose in a book.
Have you ever started to watch videos online, relaxing in your PJs (pajamas)…
…and then all of a sudden realize two hours have gone by?
Watching videos can become addicting, but you can use that to help you to …
Want to get a great two-for-one deal?
And one of the most entertaining ways to …
?Can you say that again??
Remember your first day of English class?
On that long-ago day when you had your first English lesson, the very first thing you learned was how to introduce yourself.
?My name is Amy,? you would say. ?What?s your name??
Communicating in a new language can be frustrating.
You wanted to tell your friend that you were bored, but told them you were boring instead!
You’re a fun person, not a boring one!
Thankfully, situations like this can be …
Learning English words is important.
But do you know how to put them together into phrases and sentences?
Are you having trouble remembering the vocabulary words on your flashcards?
Do you feel ready to give up?
Well don?t! Maybe you just need something different to help you learn English vocabulary?something colorful and fun!
Every year, people from all …
It’s time for a pop quiz, English learners.
Which of the following phrases do you recognize?
“You are killin’ it!”
“Can I get an amen??
These are called slang words, which are very common in spoken English.
Does your English speaking need some work?
Not quite ready to meet with a native speaker face to face?
And are online speaking lessons not for you?
I have just the solution for you.
You can learn to speak English …
You have been taught some English phrases that you should never use.
No, not the slang phrases you’ve been working on?keep saying those.
Not the phrases you’ve been hearing on sitcoms, either. Those are okay.
And the weird English …
Want to know all the expressions the cool kids are using?
This isn’t your grandma’s English.
Textbooks and novels don’t …
Does going out to a restaurant make you nervous?
Then you need to learn how to place your orders with confidence!
Not just in any restaurant — I’m talking about restaurants where they speak English.
Even after all your conversational …
Reading lets you explore a whole new world.
Have you ever wondered how animals think and feel?
Want to be swept away by a powerful romance?
There’s no other learning material that lets you get so fully immersed in …