Evolution of English

Your native language has changed throughout history with different vocabulary and grammar rules and more. Same with English, which has evolvedĀ 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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Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

As English learners, you’re on your way to being bilingual, or even multilingual! Of course, with each additional language, you’ll have more ways to communicate. But have you thought how else being bilingual benefits you? For the curious, watch the TED-Ed video below, in which “Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.” Click on CC to watch with subtitles (it’ll be helpful for the more scientific parts). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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The History of English

Ever wonder where English came from? How has the language formed and changed over time? Practice your listening and learn some interesting history with this TED-Ed video on the origins of English (click on CC if you’d like to read subtitles too). The next time you have a conversation, share these interesting history trivia that you’ve learned! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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That Missing Comma!

Commas often go missing in many learners’ writing because grammar rules are confusing! It’s hard to remember all the rules, and commas can be especially confusing–they’re so small, but they have a major impact on the flow and meaning of a sentence. Here’s a great video that focuses on one specific topic–commas for compound sentences. Watch the video (it’s great for listening practice with a native speaker too). The next time you write compound sentences, you’ll know where that comma should go! Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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What are they saying?

Here’s some food for thought (or, here’s something for you to think about): ever wonder why you can’t understand some native English speakers? Teacher Gabby discusses why in the interesting video below. She explores the situations where English seems different–sometimes it’s easier for you to understand, but in other situations, it’s very difficult. Gabby also offers tips and suggestions to improve your listening skills. Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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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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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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