Tips for improving your English skills on your own
Are you studying English now or have studied English before and wish to carry on practising at home and keep up with your English on your own for free? If yes, then these tips are for you!
Whether you are currently studying English in an English-speaking country, busy doing your degree in varsity or working in your country, you will need to set aside some time to practise English every day. The good news is: you don’t necessarily have to spend 5 hours a day. Only 30 minutes suffice as long as you keep it up EVERY DAY.
So, here are my tips and favourite websites and apps to help you improve the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
How to sound more polite in English
There always comes a time when you need to make sure that your English is as polite as possible. You could be asking for information or trying to make a suggestion and you don’t want to come off as too direct or rude. In this video we share 3 important tips on how to sound more polite.
Pronunciation of Consonant Sounds
When it comes to pronouncing consonants in English we can divide them into two main categories: Voiced and Unvoiced.
Watch this video to learn about the differences between “voiced” and “unvoiced” sounds, and improve your understanding as we explain how to make consonant sounds in English.
OK: and how to use it
Even if you have just started learning English, I’m pretty sure there is one word you already know – in fact, it’s the most recognised word in the world: “Ok”.
Going back to 1839 we see “Ok” being used for the first time as a playful abbreviation for “all correct”. Since then “Ok” has spread across the globe and found its way into all of our lives. Today “Ok” has become one of the most common expressions in the English language. Here is how you use it.
40 Useful Words and Phrases for everyday English Speaking and Writing
You can improve the quality of your English by making use of certain phrases and words. Here is a list of words and phrases that we think will help you in everyday English – and which can be very helpful if you have to write an academic piece of English. This list is also a valuable tool if you are preparing for an English exam like IELTS for example.
New from English One: Online Private English Lessons
We’re so excited to share with you our newly improved online private English lesson option for those of you who are not able to come to our school.
Get the most out of your lessons with our individualised approach to teaching. All of your lessons are tailored to your unique needs and objectives. Your teacher will go at the best pace for you and will only move on to new areas when you are ready.
Pronunciation Clinic for Arabic Speakers
Getting English pronunciation right is always a challenge for people learning the language. We have seen how certain first languages can influence a student’s attempts at improving their pronunciation. If you speak Arabic you are going to find certain sounds in English difficult to reproduce. But with some guidance and a bit of practice you will soon start sounding much better!
Pronunciation of the Silent /h/
If you struggle with your English pronunciation don’t worry! There are times when pronunciation can be a problem for native speakers too! Just watch Justin Trudeau mispronounce “heir” while being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Canada. Yes, the Prime Minister of Canada making a mistake with English pronunciation!
7 WAYS TO MAKE A CONVERSATION WITH ALMOST ANYONE
Think about this – every person in your life was once a stranger to you, until you had that first conversation with them. Every day we all meet strangers, people we know nothing about: the guy who sold you your coffee, the taxi driver, the receptionist at the company you visited. It’s only when we talk to these people that we make a connection with them, and through them a connection to more and more people.
Five Strategies To Get You Ready For Your Job Interview
Doing a job interview is a stressful experience for everyone, and it is especially hard if you have to do it in English. Being well prepared for your job interview is the best way to make sure that you meet with success. In this post we take a look at five things that you can do to make sure you’re ready to make a great first impression and secure the job you want.
4 Essential Grammar Tips to Improve your Speaking
Think about how you learnt your home language – your parents didn’t start by teaching you grammar rules did they? You learnt your language through speaking and listening. So why would you try to learn English by studying grammar first?
Speaking is the first step for anyone who wants to learn English. We highly recommend working on your speaking and listening skills first, before you start to study English grammar.
Pronunciation Clinic for Portuguese Speakers
Getting English pronunciation right is not easy to do. What makes it more challenging for English students is that your first language influences how you pronounce English words. If you are a speaker of Portuguese, these are probably some of the pronunciation challenges you may be facing. No need to get frustrated. Just gain awareness and take it from there.
Here are 5 Simple ways to improve your English pronunciation
First of all you need to know that there are approximately 340 million English speakers on the planet – and a tiny portion speak like the Queen of England. The rest speak Global English, which means that 1 out of every 10 people you speak English to will probably be non-native speakers – now there is something to think about!