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Category Archives: English as a Second Language

March 10, 2016

Anyone striving to learn English as a second language has a number of challenges before becoming fluent. Some words have similar sounds, but they have very different meanings. It’s common for a novice to have confusion about similar words, but using context clues can make the intended meaning more clear. Here are some common similar-sounding […]

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December 8, 2015

New York City is a hub of culture. With countless museums, neighborhood events, festivals, and more, the city is the perfect place to practice speaking English while soaking in the wealth of language and culture. There are so many great ways to practice that it might be difficult to know where to start—but here are […]

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October 28, 2015

It might surprise you to learn that more people speak English as a second language than as a first one. At last count, there were around 350 million native English speakers, compared to an estimated 1 billion second language learners. Although ESL teachers often assume that learners will face difficulties based on the degree to […]

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October 7, 2015

For learners, figuring out how to improve English writing can be one of the hardest parts of learning the language. The fact is, if you limit your study and practice to the classroom, you won’t begin to understand how to write or speak in the real world. You need to find a way to practice […]

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September 30, 2015

In the beginning, you might struggle with feeling overwhelmed with your studies. As you wonder how to stay motivated when learning a language, you can utilize a few effective strategies that should keep you on task. The benefit of continuing motivation will be your overall success with the new language. Explore What Drives You People […]

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September 29, 2015

Learning a new language by cooking and studying recipes can teach you more than just vocabulary words. Exploring a country’s food gives non-natives a new way to understand and experience the country’s culture. These tips and ideas for finding recipes for ESL students will give non-native speakers a fun way to explore the English language […]

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September 25, 2015

Growing your vocabulary is essential if you want to truly converse well in a new language, but long lists of new words to memorize aren’t much fun. Endless drills may improve retention a bit, but actually applying the new words in a fun way will help students truly master them. These quick, easy, and fun […]

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September 24, 2015

Learning a second language as an adult can sometimes be tricky. We don’t seem to pick up a new tongue as easily as children do. But, that doesn’t mean adult second language students are destined to struggle. Check out these five secrets to picking up a new language no matter how old you are. Tailor […]

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September 23, 2015

When you want to learn a foreign language, you will need to learn both how to speak it and how to understand the spoken words of other people. Bilingual dictionaries can assist you with these learning activities. Several different types of dictionaries are available, so learn about each to decide which one fits your needs. […]

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September 16, 2015

One of the most important aspects of learning a new language is learning basic vocabulary words. While comprehension of grammar and sentence structure is important, your understanding of the spoken and written language will improve as you learn more words. This is true for learning any language, but the following tips particularly apply to non-native […]

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