Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …

Past Tense: Irregular Verbs

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Last week, we learned a few basic rules to change regular verbs into the past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we will tackle irregular verbs. There’s no easy way to learn them. You may need to memorize them one by one! However, in this article, we will try to group them into categories and in the process …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

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Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

Importance of Reading in English

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Reading is one of the four language skills . In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at the important role it plays in helping you improve your understanding of the English language and building your vocabulary. How does reading contribute to my overall English skill? Reading is an input (receptive) skill. When you read something in English, you …

Practice Listening Skills with VOA and BBC English Learning Resources

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In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s explore ways to practice English listening with online news radio resources! Listening to or watching the news is a good way to improve your English listening skills VOA (Voice of America) Learning English Choose the audio materials that best suit your English level: beginning, intermediate and advanced Choose the news based on your areas …

Improve Your English with Movies & TV

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Can you improve your English by watching movies and TV shows? Yes, you can! In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at how to use English movies and TV shows to boost your listening skills and start to sound more like a native speaker. Movies and TV can help English learners improve various skills, including listening comprehension, vocabulary …

Ways to Expand Your English Vocabulary

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Learn about word roots, prefixes, suffixes of words and memorize words in groups! The root of a word carries the most significant content of the word’s meaning. Different words are formed by adding prefixes or suffixes to the root; Root: for example, “cred” means “believe” and from there we get “credible”, “credit”, “credence”, etc.; Prefix: for example, “cent(i)” means “hundred”. …

Understand the Four English Language Skills

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We are starting a new article series called “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”. In today’s article, let’s first take a look at the basic language skills. What are the basic English skills? Listening Speaking Reading Writing How do we group these four skills? Based on the direction of communication: Input (receptive) skills: Listening & Reading Output (productive) skills: Speaking & …