When learning a new language, everyone makes the same mistakes. This is the fun part of learning a language! When you make mistakes you can learn from them—taking your language learning to a whole new level.
Most articles discuss common mistakes made by English learners, but none of them discuss how to actually eliminate those mistakes for good.
Here are the top 5 mistakes Spanish-speakers make in English, why they happen and how to get rid of them forever!
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Have you had a bad day, week, or year? Take advantage of it and expand your English with some colorful idioms! Idioms are fun, creative, and advanced ways to express meaning. Here are five common American English idioms that you can use the next time you find yourself talking about a troublesome situation.
- Face the music
Music is usually enjoyable but not so in this idiom! If it’s time to face the music, it’s time to accept the consequences of a bad decision. No one is exactly sure where this idiom comes from. One theory is that it comes from theater, where actors are facing the musicians in the pit below the front of the stage. Another theory is that this saying comes from military ceremonies, such as a dishonorable soldier being thrown out of the military to the sound of drums. Whatever the origin, this idiom is very useful whenever you must bear the results of your poor decision-making.
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By Mark Wilbur, the founder and academic director of Pagewood English School in Taipei, Taiwan.
What helps you learn a language?
One of the most important parts of learning a language is input. It’s so important that many prominent linguists say that the key to learning a second language is massive comprehensible input. In other words you need to read or listen to the language a lot, and you need to understand it. Reading just three or four pages a week won’t get you far. Neither will listening for just 5 minutes a day. Neither will listening for hours to something you can’t understand at all.
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The TOEFL is a daunting test, but definitely not impossible. The key to studying for the TOEFL is to set yourself up for success by creating a personalized study plan based on your needs and specific situation. If you have a plan in place, you’re more likely to stick to it! (do it)
Here are 5 steps to creating a personalized study plan for the TOEFL. Follow these steps and you will be a few steps closer to TOEFL success!
- Determine your ideal score
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Fully immersing yourself into learning a language takes a sprinkle of dedication, a little more motivation and a lot of help from online resources. When you’re unable to commit time at your desk, podcasts are an easy and portable resource to help you on your way to language fluency.
If English isn’t your native language, and you’re looking to engage yourself through alternate avenues of language learning, check out these great English learning podcasts:
The English We Speak:
Tired of conjugations and the strict definitions of proper English? Try out The English We Speak by BBC. This series is centered on slang words and phrases spoken by real people to get you more accustomed to native jargon. Each lesson is roughly 3-4 minutes, providing a quick snippet of really useful English slang you can walk away with.
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While both versions of the language have the same roots, the last 400-odd years have produced some pretty strong variation in the English language that can seem worlds apart. While we may initially only notice French fries being referred to as chips, and the terms ‘cheeky’, ‘knackered’ and ‘brilliant’ being used just about everywhere, the two dialects actually differ in an abundance of ways.
Depending on the region, American and British English have large differences in spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, and tenses. Here are just a few:
Many differences between American and British English stem from Latin-derived spellings and Greek-derived spellings. Those differences are seen in the unstressed endings to words such as:
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First off, I would like to state that the food in Peru is absolutely spectacular. A variety of seasonings are added to each dish to maximize flavor. Hands of the consumers are often placed on the table after each bite to stabilize oblivious conditions. With that said, no matter how exquisite something new may be, an individual will often long for what they were first accustomed. Some examples for most Americans in general would be peanut butter, bacon, s’mores, and bourbon whiskey.
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Aprovecho la oportunidad para publicar éste interesante artículo del que pueden sacar provecho los estudiantes, y para mayor beneficio he decidido hablar sobre los ocho hechos Hondureños (catrachos) más interesantes; así los que tienen planeado viajar (y los que no) pueden informarse más acerca de éste hermoso e intrigante país.
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As an English teacher who works with English learners from around the world daily, one of the main questions I get asked is, “How long is it going to take me to become fluent in English?”
Of course, when someone asks that question, I respond with a series of my own questions:
- How much time per day do you listen to English?
- How much English do you already know; what’s your current level?
- Why are you learning English?
- Do you like learning English? Is it fun for you?
- How often do you read in English?
- How often do you speak to someone in English?
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As human beings, we have the marvelous biological ability to communicate information with each other simply by making noises with our mouths. Languages give us the ability to do amazing things and it’s incredible to think about we acquire our first language as children. If you’ve never considered learning English or another language, here are a few reasons why you should start learning English or Spanish on Verbling:
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