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June 20, 2017

Verb tenses tell us when an action takes place in time. Cultures around the world think and speak about time in different ways, so mastering verb tenses can be a challenge for students learning a new language. Becoming comfortable with verb tenses is an important part of learning English, so it’s a good idea to […]

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June 14, 2017

Learning English comes with its challenges, including how to correctly spell tricky words. For example, how do you know when to use “there” or “their”? These two words sound the same but have different spellings. They even have different definitions, too. Also, how do you distinguish between “peace,” “piece,” and “peas”? Here are a few […]

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June 5, 2017

The human brain is a wonderfully complex thing. One of the most interesting parts of the mind is how language affects it. Learning a new language has been shown to develop different parts of the brain related to memory. Here are just a few ways the science of language can benefit students studying English, no […]

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May 31, 2017

When you first start learning a new language, it can be hard to imagine you will ever be able to speak and read it clearly. However, when you devote yourself to practicing vocabulary and conversation, you will pick up the language faster than you realize. Here are a few signs that you’re becoming fluent in […]

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May 25, 2017

Textbooks can only get you so far. To master a new language, you have to speak it with others. Use these five conversation starters to practice English with new people. 1. The Weather The weather is a universal topic of conversation. Check the forecast or just look outside, then try these suggestions. – The weather […]

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May 16, 2017

English is the language used most commonly in worldwide business. However, learning English also shows employers that you have a variety of workplace skills that can help you be successful in any role. It Shows You Are Driven Learning English will show employers that you have ambition and plan to be successful in the future. […]

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May 8, 2017

Did you miss our past blogs about how technology can help you learn English? Don’t worry! This recap highlights four blog posts full of great tech ideas. Learning English as a Second Language: There’s an App for That! Apps are a great way to learn English. You can take them anywhere for convenient language learning […]

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April 26, 2017

There’s no denying that learning English is difficult, but learning a second language can help enrich your life. At ALCC, we’ve helped many international students learn English while seeing and experiencing the culture of New York City. As a result, we’ve heard many myths about learning a new language. Here are some of the most […]

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April 19, 2017

We understand how challenging it is to learn a new language. Often, it is the most difficult aspect of trying to fit into a new country or culture. In addition to speaking a new language, there will be formal settings that require a mastery of writing in English. It may be that you have to […]

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April 13, 2017

As you’re learning English as a second language, we want to help you expand your understanding of American culture. Knowing these unusual facts can make interactions with Americans more fun. Americans are Friendly Smiling at strangers is something Americans tend to do, so don’t let it unnerve you. When waiting in lines or traveling by […]

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