Round Up: Idioms in the English Language

The English language is full of idioms and slang expressions—about 25,000 of them. It can be difficult for English learners to understand and use them correctly. However, once you get the hang of them, you’ll sound a lot more like a native speaker! Here’s a roundup of three past blog posts explaining popular English idioms. …

Foreign Words Used in English Conversation

The English language is extremely versatile. Its versatility can be attributed to an evolutionary process that spans over one thousand years and includes many foreign words that have become part of the common vernacular. For example, you might encounter a bon vivant while dining out with a friend, have carte blanche in choosing where you’ll …

First Comes Culture, Then Comes Language: Learning English

The grand process for students who wish to learn English as a Second Language in a consolidated crash course can be difficult. By enveloping themselves in the culture, students will be able to pick up the language more efficiently.   Use Your Context Clues It has been acknowledged that students will never fully master the …

Five Ways to Learn English With Pop Culture

If you’re looking for ways to supplement what you’re learning in your ESL courses, try music, movies, and Internet memes. Pop culture may seem silly and superficial, not to mention a time-waster for many Internet users. But as you know, people are addicted to pop culture because it is fun and entertaining, so why not …

Guide to English Accents and Language Quirks in the U.S.

English is the most widely spoken language in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean that all Americans speak the same dialect. In fact, traveling through the country can showcase vastly different phrases that may sound foreign and incomprehensible to people from different regions of the U.S. The continental U.S. may have as many as 24 …