Vocabulary Builder

One of the first steps to fluency is learning more vocabulary. Try the Vocabulary Builder app to learn new words. The app has great support: audio pronunciation, definitions, different levels, progress tracking, and more. Recommended for all learners (Levels 100+).

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Free Pearson Resources

Many schools use Pearson books and online resources to teach students English, including us! They have many topics to choose from: seasonal (holidays, events), adults (life skills, conversational topics), early learners, and more. Though the resources are aimed at teachers, the materials are great for students too. Go to Pearson’s Classroom Resources and check them out!

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A very close look at English verbs

Have you noticed that there are different categories or kinds of verbs? What divides them into different kinds though? Here’s an article that explains in-depth about the kinds of verbs we have in the English language: “10 Types of Verbs (and Counting)” 

Check it out and learn how to use verbs and grammar even better! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

Minimal Pairs /ð/ and /z/

In a previous post, we introduced pronunciation practice with minimal pairs l and r. Here’s another quick list of minimal pairs th and z. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced vocabulary you can repeat out loud. Remember, it’s especially useful to try these words in real conversation or with a practice partner so you can check if people understand your pronunciation.


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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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Daily Conversation Starters

Speaking with people in a foreign language can be very difficult for learners, but that’s also one of the best ways to become fluent. A study group or partner in particular is useful for speaking practice. At Daily ESL, there are a lot of conversation starter exercises designed for a study group or class. Choose your topic, then listen to and read the script. Study the vocabulary, follow the discussion topics and exercises with your study group. These interactive conversation starters are great opportunities to practice speaking! Be sure to use the vocabulary, phrases, and conversation starter topics in your own daily life. Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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Noun Games at Turtle Diary

Type, race, fly, find, and click those nouns at Turtle Diary. Young or beginner learners can play many different noun games. They’re a good way to study in a fun and relaxing way. Try them out! Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-200).

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Simple English News

You can stay current on news and learn English with Simple English News. This website has news stories and many support features like videos, audio, vocabulary and definitions, and English learning activities. All together, you can learn many different skills and interesting topics! Recommended for beginner and intermediate learners (Levels 100-300).

 

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News with English Club

With news, you can learn English and a lot of other current topics. English Club has great news podcasts that teaches current events and gives English learning support like vocabulary and exercises related to the podcast. Follow their news regularly and you can try out their monthly quiz. Practice all the different English skills at once–listening, reading, vocabulary, and more! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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