5 Ways NOT to Study English

1. Don’t do everything alone It’s so easy to say, ‘I’m going to find a corner and hide there, and study 10,000 words, and listen to VOA every day’. It’s easy but it won’t get you much closer to being a fluent English speaker. There’s nothing wrong with learning new words, but it’s most important

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What is Star Wars Day?

If you’ve seen the new Star Wars film, but haven’t seen the original films (episodes 4, 5 and 6), stop reading now and come back when you’re finished. Done? Great. I’m glad we’re on the same page. I hope you enjoyed them. Now, to Star Wars Day. To understand why this holiday exists, it’s importan

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Talking About Weather: Hot

Hi folks! Today I’ll be continuing my series on weather with suggestions on how to describe the heat of the day, or how hot a day is. Hot If you step outside and you begin to sweat and feel a bit uncomfortable, it’s probably safe to describe the day as hot. Here are some example sentences. Beijin

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Talking About the Weather: Cold

This is day two of my multi-post series on talking about weather. The temperature (how hot or cold a day is) makes a very large difference in how you describe the weather to someone. Temperature can be understood by degrees celsius or degrees fahrenheit. Today, I’ll be sharing different ways to t

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Talking About Weather: Rain

The weather is one of the most frequently talked about subjects when making small talk or meeting new people. In this blog series, I’m going give you different ways to discuss different kinds of weather. Today’s blog will be on RAIN. Let’s take a look.

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American Retail

Retail is related to buying common things in stores, as a customer. I have worked in a retail store for a little over two years. At least once or twice a week non-native speaking customers become frustrated about being unable to ask the questions they’d like to ask about promotions, pricing, and

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Ways to Say YES

I’d like to share with you different ways to say ‘yes.’ As we already know, it’s better to have several ways to say the same thing. However, knowing which word or phrase to use in what situation can be very difficult. This post will help you know what word or phrase to use and in

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Ways to Say YOU’RE WELCOME

Today I would like to share alternative ways to say you’re welcome in different situations: formal, informal, and slang. Let’s take a look. Informal I want to start with informal situations because they are the most common, and therefore the most useful. Each way to say you’re welcome fits a cert

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5 Popular Apps in America

Today’s post is about the most popular apps in America. An, “app,” which is short for the term  “application software,” is a computer program designed to function within mobile devices such as smartphones (iPhone) and tablets (iPad). Apps are purchased or downloaded from app stores like the Apple

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Dealing with Culture Shock

Shock is ‘the sudden feeling of being confused, upset, or surprised.’ Culture shock, then, happens when someone goes to a place with a culture very different from there own, and feels shocked by it, perhaps unable to adjust right away. An example: ‘My friend went to India and had serious culture

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Inflight English

As I write this article I am sitting on an airplane flying from Beijing, China to Chicago, USA. The food sucks and I’m a bit sleepy, but the adventures ahead give me energy. I’ve been away form America for the past four years, so you might be able to imagine my excitement, and slight nervousness.

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10 Things NOT to Do in America

You may believe that most Americans are extremely easygoing, that they freely say and do whatever they like. It’s a myth. It isn’t true. Surprisingly, many Americans are quite traditional. There are certain things they feel uncomfortable talking about; many things that unaware travele

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