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Category Archives: Learning English

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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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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March 30, 2017

Words are the building blocks of language. When built into sentences, they communicate thoughts. Knowing what each word means may not always help a student understand the sentence. Sometimes, words combine to make something different than the direct translation. English speakers frequently use idioms to express themselves. The idioms used often reflect distinct cultural, historical, […]

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March 21, 2017

Podcasts have become a major new media over the last decade. There are thousands to choose from; some cover very specific topics while others are more generalized. For people trying to learn English, podcasts can be an excellent way to pick up new vocabulary, train the ear to conversational speech, and improve listening comprehension. We […]

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March 16, 2017

Learning a new language requires dedication and effort from the student, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Watching movies and television shows in English can be a great way to absorb the language while staying entertained. It’s also an excellent way to learn specific lessons that textbooks often miss, like slang and popular […]

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January 23, 2017

When students begin to practice English, a lot of excitement can come from learning new words and terms. Expanding your vocabulary can increase communication skills and cultural understanding, and is a fun way to learn. Expanding Vocabulary It is important to keep learning new words as you practice English for many reasons beyond simply memorizing […]

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