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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70 ways to improve your English

Fall Quarter will finish soon, and in the long Winter Break, don’t let your English get rusty. There’s lots of interesting and fun ways for you to continue improving your English. Many of them can be done in your daily routine and hobbies! Take a look at this list of 70 ways to improve your English. You’re probably doing some of them already, but it’s always great to find new things to try. Recommended for all levels.

We’ll be on Winter Break for about a month after next week. Check back on January 10, 2017 for updates.


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English with Lingualeo

Studying with apps are convenient and can help you study anytime and anywhere. Lingualeo is a grammar app that offers a lot of support:

Regardless of their current level of English, users will find useful exercises and materials in the app:

  • over 200 TED lectures with interactive subtitles
  • 7 trainings in game format for expanding vocabulary
  • 23 English grammar courses
  • over 100,000 texts, articles and excerpts
  • over 50 word kits with pictures, transcriptions and sound recordings
  • ability to practice without an internet connection
  • automatically synced with

Try it out for Android or iOS (iPhone/iPad). Recommended for all learners.

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Verbs and Conjugations with LearnBots

Are verbs and conjugations difficult for you? Try out LearnBots’ verb app for iPhone or iPad users. It has a lot of exercises and support features like animation, native speaker audio, pictures, and list organization. Recommended for all learners.


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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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The Road to Better Grammar

Improving your grammar takes some (or a lot of) extra practice. With Road to Grammar, you can take steps to get better at grammar, one activity at a time. The site has many things for you to try, from quizzes and games to worksheets and downloadable resources. Recommended for all levels.

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Get Creative with Books

Are you a young or beginner learner? Do you want to teach kids English? If yes, Book Box is a great resource. It has many short stories to read or watch and listen with subtitles. They’re fun and creative ways to enjoy a “book” online! Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-300).

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News in Levels

English learners may have a hard time following news because it is designed for native speakers. With News in Levels, the focus is on English learners. They can read some news articles in 3 levels. There are also vocabulary highlights and videos. Recommended for all learners.

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Singular and Plural Words

Peach/Peaches. Book/Books. These are spelling examples of one (singular) or many things (plural). Review more words with Singular and Plural Match game app. It makes English bright, colorful, and fun! The game is available on iOS. Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-200).


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