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Category Archives: Learning English

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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November 8, 2016

When learning a new language, it’s normal to run into roadblocks along the way. Getting past these struggles is an important step in becoming fluent. Here are five ways to avoid feeling discouraged when learning English or another foreign language. 1. Think About Goals When you first started learning a language, you probably set a […]

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October 26, 2016

While a classroom setting is important for learning a new language, there are other ways to build skills and increase familiarity with new words and phrases. While the following activities and games can certainly be used in a class, they are perfect for practice at home with friends or a study group. Charades Acting out […]

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October 10, 2016

Pen pals are writing friends who exchange letters or emails on a regular basis. Although pen pals can live in the same country, they can also be from different cultures and might even speak different languages. At American Language Communication Center, our English classes offer many opportunities for students to improve their English writing skills. […]

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May 20, 2016

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, in part because there are so many seemingly nonsensical rules and techniques. At times, the language can even be difficult for native speakers to grasp! Although the best way to practice the language is through conversation, it helps to understand that English has some commonly […]

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