Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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