Top 5 Apps to Expand Your Vocabulary: English One Live March 26, 2020
Learning a language is a round the clock mission and finding time to learn isn’t always easy. We are lucky to live in the era of smartphones and WiFi. With them, all things are possible – even learning English. If you have a smartphone, you have the world at the tip of your finger – let us show you how to use your phone to put more words on the tip of your tongue.
Where’s my Vocabulary? How to use what you already know: English One Live March 24, 2020
What do you need to speak a language? Words, of course! In addition to grammar and pronunciation, learning vocabulary is the most essential part of learning any language. If you want to learn a new language, you first need to start by building up a bank of words. After all, the more words you know, the more fluent you are, right? Well yes, but fluency isn’t only about how many words you have or trying to learn a new word every day. It’s more about how flexibly you can use the words you already know.
More tips for improving your English skills on your own
Early January, I shared with you my top tips for improving your language skills at home. This post is focusing on how to work on and memorise vocabulary better and master your English grammar. Finally, at the end of the article, you will find your “English prescription” to help fix your English followed by my top most essential secret ingredients for improving your English dramatically. So, are you ready?
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.
11 Extra Ways to Use Like
As I mentioned before, like is one of the most versatile words in the English language. So far, we have reviewed the 5 most commonly taught and traditional ways of using it. Now, we will explore all the fantastically diverse ways to incorporate like into your conversation.
icon-exclamation-triangle CAUTION: Using like in the following ways will make you sound like a native speaker!
The Unlikely Power of Like
Like. We use the word like in nearly every conversation. More recently, since the advent of Facebook, it has even become a physical action. As we scroll through our friends’ timelines and posts, we make sure to click on that familiar icon just to show our friends that we have acknowledged their photo, their current status or even their tasty looking lunch. And, though we may hate to admit it, our self-esteem may even depend on how many of those likes we can gather on our own status updates and photos. Beyond our own egos, businesses large and small, are incredibly dependent on how many likes they can manage.
But, are all likes equal? Or has the simple, four letter, single syllabled word taken on a power of its own?
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 Ways to Improve your Vocabulary
So you want to improve your English vocabulary. Where do you even begin? A quick look around the internet will find you the usual ideas like: read, keep a dictionary, make lists etc. And these are good ideas, but is it enough? First we’ll review the common ideas and then we’ll take a look at some of the excellent advice from our teachers to see if they have any new ideas.
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.
How To Increase Your Vocabulary – Without Eating Your Dictionary
Eating a dictionary will inevitably lead to indigestion. Learning words in isolation – without context – is simply a waste of your time. There is nothing authentic about it. You will find that one word may have many different uses and the grammar you need for each use changes too.
Commonly Confused Words
Here is some great advice from www.yourdictionary.com on how to make sure you don’t use these commonly confused words incorrectly:
English has a lot of commonly confused words. They either look alike, sound alike or, worst of all, look and sound alike but have completely different meanings. Other words look and sound different but are similar in meaning, and it’s hard to determine which is the correct one in a given context. Hopefully the following list of pairs of commonly confused words will help you keep them straightened out.
Go on, I know you are curious now…
English is a fascinating language. Many words derive from other languages, where they’ve been adopted by the English language and adapted. Think of the word “alcohol” which is derived from Arabic “al-kuhul” . So, we can say that English is connected to many languages.