New English Words in 2017

Merriam-Webster has added more than 250 words to its dictionary in 2017. Thanks to social media in politics, a new definition of “troll” has been added, as has the inclusion of “alt-right.” Meanwhile, the Oxford English Dictionary has added the term “fatberg,” a body of cooking fat that has hardened after being poured down a …

How Watching Movies Can Help You Learn a Language

Today, the world is more diverse, multicultural, and multilingual than ever before. Thanks in large part to technology and the ease of international travel, the barriers that once divided countries and cultures are rapidly eroding. In this new world, the ability to speak multiple languages is an increasingly valuable skill, both professionally and personally. If …

Asking for Directions in New York City

New York, New York! New York City (NYC) is America’s largest city and one of the world’s great cultural capitals. It can also be a challenging place to get around for people who don’t speak English. While it is a big, busy city, there’s no need to be nervous when navigating NYC to find its …

Idiom Test: Can You Guess the Meanings of Common Idioms?

Learning a new language is always a challenge, and for those practicing English, idioms can be particularly challenging. Idioms are phrases or expressions that mean something different than the literal sense of the words. Idioms are used in all languages and can be very confusing for non-native speakers. For those practicing English, learning idioms is …

Ready to Master English? These 10 Children’s Books Can Help

Are you ready to learn English? Each of these great children’s books can help you focus on important grammatical and verbal elements of the English language, and they’re also fun and easy to understand. 1. Dr. Seuss Books Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, is the author of fun, easy-to-read, and impossible-to-put-down books such …