Riddles and Quizzes

You don’t always have to study with homework and textbooks. It can be interesting to try practicing English with different activities like riddles and quizzes. At English Grammar Online, you can try riddles and quizzes on topics like food, sports, vocabulary, and holidays. Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-300).

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Useful Emailing Phrases

As you learn English, you’re not only communicating in person. You also communicate via email. Oftentimes, English learners don’t focus on expressing themselves fluently via email, or they are not sure if they should be using formal or informal language. English in emails also often has different kinds of phrases compared to when speaking in person or writing for classes. So learning how to communicate fluently via email is great progress to mastering English in all contexts. Check out this article with a list of 100 useful emailing phrases that is “essential language for the beginning, body and ending of formal and informal English emails.” Recommended for intermediate learners and above (Levels 400+).

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Minimal Pairs /l/ and /r/

Do you have trouble pronouncing l and r words, especially if they sound similar? For example, can you pronounce lane and rain clearly? These kinds of words are known as pair words.

English Club has a list of /l/ and /r/ minimal pairs that you can practice repeating out loud. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced vocabulary. It’s quick practice that you can do regularly, and then use the words in real conversation. Check with your friends or teachers to see if your pronunciation is clear or not.

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Small Talk with English Club

Winter quarter is just starting, and many of you are meeting new classmates and teachers. Now is the perfect time for making “small talk.” Small talk is pleasant conversation about general topics and common interests. It’s a good way to begin making friends. English Club has a great page for learning small talk (recommended for Levels 300+). As they explain,

In most English-speaking countries, it is normal and necessary to make “small talk” in certain situations. Small talk is a casual form of conversation that “breaks the ice” or fills an awkward silence between people. Even though you may feel shy using your second language, it is sometimes considered rude to say nothing. Just as there are certain times when small talk is appropriate, there are also certain topics that people often discuss during these moments.

Read through English Club‘s lesson on small talk, do their practice exercises, and take the quiz here:

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