Evolution of English

Your native language has changed throughout history with different vocabulary and grammar rules and more. Same with English, which has evolved over time. Check out the interesting TED Ed video on what influenced the English language. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Level 400+)

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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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Connectors and Comparisons

Have you heard of “linking language”? These are words that connect two sentences. It’s important to know how to use linking language because they help you change the flow and rhythm of your writing style. More importantly, they connect two ideas. In other words, linking language helps you explain more complex ideas and express more nuance. If you don’t use linking language, your sentences are possibly short or disconnected in terms of rhythm and ideas. Mastering linking language shows you know how to logically connect ideas.

Below is a chart of linking language, or connectors, you can try. Read the original  article by Kenneth Beare for more explanation about what connectors are and how to use them: Sentence Connectors and Sentences – Showing Comparison. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

TYPE OF CONNECTOR

CONNECTOR(S)

EXAMPLES

Coordinating Conjunction and…too High level positions are stressful, and can be harmful to your health too.

Customers are satisfied with our sales, and they feel our marketing team is friendly too. 

Subordinating conjunction just as Just as high level positions are stressful, they can be harmful to your health.

Just as students need a vacation from studies, employees require some downtime in order to bring their best efforts to work.

Conjunctive adverbs similarly, in comparison High level positions are stressful at times. Similarly, they can be harmful to your health.

Students from Asian countries tend to be excellent at grammar. In comparison, European students often excel in conversational skills. 

 

Prepositions like, similar to Similar to other important professions, high level business positions are stressful at times.

Like the healthy pursuit of free time activities, success in the workplace or at school is essential to a well-rounded individual. 

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The Colon and the Dash

Has the colon and the dash often confused you? When and how should you use them? Here’s a quick writing tip on exactly that, from englishonline.net. So the next time you write something, give these two things a try!

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Thinking Critically in English

As you learn English, you’ll notice that you’re not only learning the language in terms of grammar rules–you’re learning how to analyze the academic content, and the world in general, through a different lens. English and the associated culture interprets the world differently from how your native language and culture does. It’s important to keep an open mind with these differences so we can progress new ideas and build partnerships across borders. In other words, critical thinking is a useful skill to develop across all languages to better understand the world and one another. As an English learner now, try to improve on your critical thinking with 5 tips from the Ted-Ed video below (press CC on the bottom right for subtitles). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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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+).

Hello! Talk English

Get in the extra practice now, and conversations with other English speakers will get easier daily!

Talking with other people is a great way to practice speaking. But sometimes, you are studying and practicing English by yourself. Even then, you can still practice speaking with Hello! Talk English App.

 

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The Language of Graphs and Charts

Throughout the quarter, many of you are doing presentations. You might be using graphs and charts in them too, and it can be difficult to describe them because you don’t often use them in your daily life. In other words, the language used to describe graphs and charts can be unfamiliar. Here’s a useful article “Language of Graphs and Charts”. You can practice using the phrases from the article for your next presentation! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400-800/EAP and EIB).


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How Languages Evolve

Ever wonder about how and why languages evolve over time? Learn some interesting trivia about that and practice your listening skills with this TEDed video! You can turn on the subtitles for more support. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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