Useful communication phrases in English

So far, in these blog posts, we have looked at ways to improve your English listening, reading, and vocabulary. All of these skills are aimed at improving one thing, which I believe is the whole purpose of language learning, and that is having the ability to communicate (in English in this case). You have something which you want to share with another person or you want to understand what the other person is sharing with you. This is the goal of everybody who is learning a language.

Useful communication phrases in English
“Useful communication phrases in English” post  will help you fill in the bubbles with meaningful English phrases when you talk to people.

So, this raises the questions: “What makes successful communication?” and “What are the barriers to successful communication?” Continue reading Useful communication phrases in English

Improve your English essays with linkers

English linkers 1

What do you think is the biggest problem I see with my students’ English essays? Well, if you have read the title of this blog post you will have guessed that it is incorrect use, or lack of use of linking words and phrases.

Using linkers correctly is the biggest single thing that most English learners can do to vastly improve their essay writing, so let’s take a look at some of these linkers and at how we should be using them when writing in English.

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Learn English using a daily study plan

Do you find that your English study is haphazard and lacks any kind of focus or organisation and that as a result, you are not making the progress which you had expected? If so, you should think about making a clearly defined study plan…..and sticking to it.

Everyone has different needs and different amounts of time to devote to study, so it will be impossible to make a plan which will be suitable for everyone, but what I would like to do here is to give you some ideas which you can adapt to your needs and circumstances.

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Learn English through reading

So you want to improve your English but, for one reason or another, you cannot enroll on an English course….what can you do?

Well, first of all you can read our earlier post about improving your listening skills outside the classroom.

But maybe, ‘reading’ is your thing and you want to focus on improving your English through reading. Well fortunately, as with listening, there are many sources of fantastic reading material that is often free to access, and can help with your English, and in this blog post, we are going to take a look at a few of them.

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English course for Russian speaking students

English course for Russian speaking students

When creating www.LanguageBox.co, our goal was to make learning English easy and accessible to people from all over the world. However, we did realize that sometimes it’s rather difficult for learners with little or no knowledge of the target language to be taught English through English. Quite often, in fact, this type of learning seems to be utterly impossible. Continue reading English course for Russian speaking students

Read English Texts Fast

For the English learner, the main reason why you may want to read texts faster is that you have a reading exam to complete. For the purpose of this blog post, we are going to focus on the IELTS exam, but the strategies we will discuss are equally applicable for Cambridge Exams – Cambridge First, Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency, and the TOEFL Test.

I meet many students who complain to me that they just “don’t have enough time to read the whole text and answer the questions”. So, how can you improve the speed of your reading and give yourself the best chance of answering all the questions and obtaining the grade that you need?

Let’s look at some useful strategies.

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3 ways to practice listening in English out of the classroom

We have all probably experienced learning something that we have been told to learn and have no interest in, and learning something that we enjoy. For the former, time seems to drag and there seems to be no way to get the information to stick in your head whilst for the latter, time flies and you don’t even feel like you are learning….you are having fun.

This latter is how all learning should be and for all you English learners out there, it is how it could be.

Improve your English while listening to music
Listening to songs in English not only gets a smile out of you but it helps you improve your English skills.

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Use synonymous to make your spoken or written English better

Synonymous make your English colourful

Use synonymous to make your spoken or written English better

Do you prefer to watch a movie in colour or in black and white? Most of us would prefer a movie in colour I think, because colours make the pictures more interesting, lively and lifelike…and also possibly, more beautiful.
So, when you speak or write in English, do you do it in black and white or in colour?

Many people get into a groove of only speaking in black and white. Compare for example:

We had a nice day.
and
We had an absolutely amazing day! Continue reading Use synonymous to make your spoken or written English better

9 English idioms for everyday use

Having taught English for more than 5 years, I often have to explain idioms and fixed expressions to my students. With the time I have come to realize that some of them will never be used outside the classroom or during an exam.

Others seem to be really useful and can make even not such a confident speaker of English sound more fluent. So here are some idioms and phrases that will definitely make a difference when speaking English in informal situations.

A Piece of Cake
A Piece of Cake. English idioms for everyday use.

Instead of saying that something is easy and simple to do you may want to say: “it’s a piece of cake”. It’s a pretty common phrase and everybody appears to be using it these days so you should also give it a try.

When telling a particularly long story because you are getting tired or your friends are getting bored and you want to get to the end and spare a few details you may say: “To cut a long story short” and then finish with what actually happened. Use this next time you are telling a story in English.

When you want to say that something is exactly the opposite of something else say “It’s the other way round”. For example, somebody says “The Sun goes around the Earth” and somebody else corrects them by saying “No, it’s the other way round”. Continue reading 9 English idioms for everyday use

Online English teaching based on best offline practices

English Video Lesson Upper Intermediate Level

Following our 15-year spell in teaching English locked within the borders of the city the idea was born to widen our horizons and “Go Online”. Since we had a very good methodology team and a number of Native Brits and Americans to develop the content it wasn’t a bad idea at all. That is how LanguageBox.co was born. However, the arithmetic is always easier than making the numbers so we also had to go through several turning points.

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