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How To Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Reading Test

For some candidates, the IELTS Reading Test is the most difficult part of the exams. It is also the one that requires the most practice and training. There are some ways to be better prepared to pass the exam with confidence and practised efficiency. Easy mistakes are easy to make, but when you have prepared and practised, and follow these eight tips, you’ll be ready to do your best.

Tips to prepare for the IELTS Reading Test
1- Learn to read with a purpose

Many people enjoy reading, and that is fine. It is a leisure activity that helps expand your mind and your language skills. But in an exam environment, it is only a tool to pass. In the case of the IELTS exam, you must be able to read quickly and comprehend the most important points of what you have read. This is a mindset that takes time and practice to develop. One way you could do this is by learning a specific way to study. For example, begin a chapter by understanding the general topic and the purpose of the chapter, write down one to three questions that you intend to answer by reading the chapter in full. Set a time limit, read it, and answer the questions.

2 – Know the difference between singular and plural

This is something many students of English struggle with at first. But you must learn and understand the difference between singular and plural versions of words. There is an example right there, word vs word. One word vs many words. One way you can practice this is by looking at random objects or ideas, and saying to yourself both the singular and plural version of that word. Look at the chair, and then remember that the plural is chairs. You will get into the habit of this and very quickly it will come easily to you.

3 – Practice skimming and scanning

Like the first tip, but where that tip focuses on comprehension and the “purpose” behind what you are reading, this tip is about how to achieve that within a time limit. The IELTS Reading Test is timed, and this means that you need to read and answer the questions within the time limit. Practice reading a page as fast as possible while still understanding the main ideas. This is not to say that you need to skip much, but you don’t need to fully read every single word on a page to understand what is being said.

4 – Develop your speed reading abilities

By practising tip three, you will begin to read faster. But this is more than skimming and scanning written information, it is about mentally processing each line or sentence very quickly. Ideally, you should be able to read one line in one to two seconds. This will obviously allow you to read something very quickly. But the downside is that this skill does reduce your comprehension and recall memory. So only use it in the test when you are running out of time.

Tips to pass the IELTS Reading Test on the Test day.

5 – Read the question and be sure you understand what it is asking

Sounds simple. But, in reality, it is a very hard concept to remember to use. There are many times during the test where you will feel rushed, you might skim, scan or speed read the question and believe that you have understood exactly what it is asking. That is good, but you might also have misunderstood what it is truly asking. It would be advisable to read the question once, understand what is being asked, read it a second time just to be sure. Then answer the question and once you have finished writing your answer, re-read the question a third time to be sure that what you have written does answer the question originally asked. You might find that by working through the actual answer, that you have a deeper understanding of what was being asked that was different to what you originally thought.

6 – Pay attention to timing

The IELTS Reading Test is a timed exam. That means you need to be very mindful of the time. If you think that you have estimated you are ahead of time and will have a lot of time to answer the remaining questions, then you do not need to feel too much pressure. However, if you can see that you have many questions still left to answer but only a short time left, it may be a good idea to start speed reading, scanning or skimming the work. It is better to answer all questions at a good level, then to answer some questions perfectly.

7 – If you don’t know, move on

Honestly, this is hard to do. It feels like you must answer every single question in the exam, to the best of your abilities. But, sometimes a question is simply too hard for you to answer. Maybe it is in an area you have not studied, or for some reason, it is not making sense to you. Maybe you are stuck on a word or a concept. That is fine. It is better to try your best and move on or to simply skip the question than to waste your time answering something you don’t know.

8 – Attempt all questions

Is this a contradiction to the last tip? Kind of. When we are saying that you should skip questions you cannot answer, no matter how hard you try, we are not saying that you should not try at all. There is a difference there. Try your best first. But if you cannot understand or answer the question after trying, then move on. This is important to keep in mind when you are aware of the time limit.

Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to better prepare for and take the IELTS Reading Test. The skills and understanding gained from practising for this test will be a great benefit to you in everything you do afterwards. So, the concepts here are not just required for the IELTS exams, but also for your continued learning and use throughout life. Do your best, try your hardest and you will do well!

Author: Harry
Category: Editor Picks, English, IELTS, IELTS Lessons, IELTS Reading Test
Date: December 7, 2016

How to Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Writing Test

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test that is recognized internationally by hundreds of countries, and thousands of universities and institutions. It is a test you will be required to write if you (as a non-native English speaker) wish to migrate to a country with English as their native language. The IELTS exam has four parts which are listening, reading, writing and speaking. It has two modules also which are academic module and general training modules.

  • The general training module is for those who want to immigrate for non-academic purposes.
  • The academic module is taken by those who aim to study in higher institutions in English speaking countries.

The speaking and listening parts are the same for all the participants while the Writing and reading parts differ depending on whether you are taking the general training or academic modules. While there is usually no pass or fail in the IELTS exam, and no minimum score required in passing the test, results are issued to the participants with scores from band 1(non-user) to band 9(expert user). Different thresholds are set by each institution. There is a band 0 as well for those who does not attempt the exam. In this article, we will focus on how to prepare for and pass the IELTS Writing Test.

Things to Know about the IELTS Writing Test

The IELTS Writing Test differs for the academic and general module. Here are some things to know about them

Academic Module

The writing test is a 60 minutes test in which the participant is required to complete two tasks of different styles and texts.

Task 1: Here, the participant is required to write 150 words of descriptive report about the pictorial or graphical information provided. The graphical or pictorial information could be a diagram, table or chart. The time allotted for this task is 20 minutes.

Task 2: The participant will be given a topic to write an argument on. The argument needs to be 250 words and must be supported with applicable examples. This task should take around 40 minutes.

General Writing Module

The IELTS Writing Test for this module is different. The participant also has to finish two tasks oh 150 words and 250 words each in one hour. The first task will be letter writing while the second task is essay writing usually based on any allocated topic.

Tips to prepare for and pass the IELTS Writing Test

Here are some tips to follow in order to prepare and pass the exam. We have divided the tips into what you have to do while preparing for the exam and what you should do during the exam. Here are the tips:

Before the exam
  1. It will be great if you know people who have taken the test and passed. Meet with them and ask them for advice on areas to focus on and the topic trends of the exam. You can also get past IELTS Writing Test questions to familiarize yourself with the test. Also, try to get IELTS self-study books or even hire a tutor.
  2. Try to focus more on making what you write understandable. If all your tutor does is to write question marks on your essay, then you need to know that you are not making yourself clear enough. You need to perfect this because if the examiner fails to understand what you wrote, then you have not communicated and that can stop you from getting the high score that you were hoping to get.
  3. You need to learn to use your words and phrases well. You should not be preoccupied with trying to link them. Even though you need to use words and phrases efficaciously to score high, you won’t score high when you use them obscurely or unusually or if you place them wrongly.
  4. Another tip in preparing for the IELTS Writing Test is to try to imagine and develop different kinds of ideas and opinions on all the common topics in former tests. Study your course book, read newspapers, watch videos on YouTube, listen to news and make ideas book.
  5. Although you need to memorize a lot of vocabularies to score high, don’t go on to start memorizing long vocabularies you find in you IELTS book. Find some phrases instead and familiarize yourself with them until you are very familiar with them. You can use them in your writings, what you say etc. Also make sure you are using them rightly. Then keep at it and try more words.
During the exam

On the day of the exam, here are some tips to follow to score high on your IELTS Writing Test.

  1. One golden rule you need to follow is “Do not spend more than 20 minutes on task 1”. You need to have enough time to for task 2 in order to score high. This is because Task 2 carries more mark. This is a very important rule that must stick with you as you sit for you IELTS Writing Test
  2. Sometimes, you might not fully understand the question, if and when this happens, do no panic. Just make sure you read the question again and again. If you really, really, really find it difficult to understand the question, be calm still. Just take the most reasonable guess you feel the means and clarify yourself in the introduction. It will be easier for the reader to grab and he/she will get where you are coming from. If you write a very good piece, you will still get a nice score.
  3. To get a good score, try and scribble your main ideas. Make a very quick plan on how you are going to write the essay. This will make your writing look more organized and you will easily express yourself. There is a lot of mark awarded for neat and organized work. It will be very hard if you try to do it while writing.
  4. When you reach the end of your writing, and you immediately think of a very good idea that you should have put in, say the second paragraph, don’t try and put everything in the conclusion. In order to get the mark for the idea, after writing the conclusion, leave a space and then put down your awesome idea. After putting it down, link the separate idea with a long arrow to where it’s supposed to be in the essay.

These are some tips that will be useful to prepare for and pass your IELTS Writing Test. Take time to study well and rest when necessary. You can take a break once in a week to avoid being depressed. Also absorb English whenever you can, watch videos, TV, and listen to radios; and you will surely get a good score.

Author: Harry
Category: Editor Picks, English, IELTS Lessons
Date: November 28, 2016

20 Common Canadian Slang Words American Should Know

Well, Americans and Canadians speak the same language, right? Not quite; although it’s not easy to locate a Canadian in the US. For most part, they both sound alike and both share a whole lot of values. They also identify with the same references in the aspects of culture. The truth is Canadians actually cherish and pride in their linguistic diversity and cultural heritage, and there are a lot of Canadian slang words that show these heritage. Most of the time, these slangs throw Americans into confusion when used by them. That’s why we have compiled a list of some of these slangs here in this article. They are common Canadian slang words Americans should know.

1 – Eh?

This is actually the most versatile of them all. Canadians actually end most of their words in “eh”. It is similar to the word hey, but sometimes used like right?’ The world has unlimited uses. Here are some of the ways it’s used
1. To end a question
2. To say hello to someone at a distance
3. To affirm something, like saying sure thing
4. To show surprise as in you are joking?

2 – Double-double

This is not a slip of tongue. It is a common phrase said to order a coffee with two creams and two sugars. It is a kind of coffee from Tim Horton, the most popular coffee shop in Canada.
An example is “Could you order a double-double for me?”

3 – Loonies and toonies

To appreciate these two words, a brief history about them is needed. The Canadian $1 bill was replaced with a $1 coin in 1987. An image of a common loon was on stamped the coin. This encouraged our animal-loving neighbors to refer to the coin as Loonie. In 1996, the Canadian $2 was also introduced, and the words “two” and “Loonie” became a single term, Toonie.
Example – All I have on me is a loonie
                  I can get it for a toonie

4 – Toque

It is pronounced toohk’. Speaking of the very cold weather over there in Canada, a toque is actually a winter hat. It’s what others commonly refer to as ski hats or beanies. It is formed from a French word that shares the same meaning, “cap”. Some spell this word tuque’.
Example – It’s too hot outside right now for a toque.

5 – Poutine

This is a kind of meal made with French fries, cheese and gravy. It’s a word adopted from Quebec. It is known for its exquisite taste too.
Example – The poutine was so amazing

6 – Washroom

This is an alternate word for bathroom. It’s the Canadian word for restroom. If you happen to be in Canada, don’t bother looking for a sign that says bathroom’. It’s called washroom.
Example – I am heading to the washroom

7 – Homo milk

This is one of the Canadian slang words that refer to milk with 3.25% fat. It should however not be confused with the Canadian whole milk. Canadians are given that look when they use this slang in the US. Usage of the Homo in the US refers to homosexuality. But in Canada, it’s actually a word that is plastered on milk to refer to a specific kind of milk, all over stores. In America, this milk is known as homogenized milk.
Example – Get me a homo milk at the store

8 – Pencil Crayon

This slang is known as colored pencil in the US. Why do Canadians say Pencil Crayon?’ maybe it is related to the French’s crayon de couleur’. It’s used even in schools in Canada.
Example – I will need two pencil crayons to get it done

9 – Icing Sugar

This is a kind of fine granulated sugar used while baking to make icings. The alternative word for this is powdered sugar.
Example – I prefer cakes without icing sugar

10 – Skookum

Sounds funny right? This word means exceptional or impressive. It’s a word gotten from the British Columbia.
Example – Darling, you look so skookum in that dress

11 – Mickey

Mickey is a word referring to a bottle of liquor that is flask-sized, such as rum or Canadian rye whiskey. It is a 375 ml alcohol bottle that can fit in a lady’s purse perfectly. It is similar to a two-four .
Example – All I need is a Mickey, am keeping it low-key tonight

12 – Timmies

When almost every Canadian you meet say something like I am going to Timmies’ You can’t but wonder who is this Tim guy, must be very popular.’ By Timmies, they are actually referring to Tim Horton’s coffee shop, which is the most popular coffee shop in Canada.
Example – Meet me at Timmies in the morning.

13 – Hang a Larry

If you are driving with a Canadian and he/she says Hang a Larry’, I know you will surely want to know this Larry guy you are supposed to hang. This slang simply means “Take left”. Confusing right? Well Canadians are Canadians. They just confuse you.
Example – Hang a Larry after two blocks.

14 – Hang a Roger

Canadian slang words are just hilarious. This slang means make a right turn. There is no way an American won’t be confused when Canadians use it; as Roger is a name.

15 – Runners

Runners are your casual sport shoes, like the sneakers or tennis shoes. This word can be used when referring to street shoes too.
Example – Grab your runners and follow me

16 – Pop

Pop is a common name for soda. The delicious beverage that mummy rarely allow you to have.
Example – We should get together and have a couple pops

17 – Chocolate Bar

Americans call this Candy bar. In Canada, it is used for all bars that have any amount of chocolate in them. An example is a skor.
Example – Get me a chocolate bar with the homo milk

18 – Parkade

This word is one of the Canadian slang words used when referring to a multi-level parking structure. Americans call it the parking garage or parking deck.
Example – I saw him drive into the parkade.

19 – Kerfuffle

Here is another of the funny Canadian slang words. This word refers to a commotion or fuss caused by disagreement.
Example – It caused quite the kerfuffle when He slapped her.

20 – Click

An alternative for this word is kilometer. Some spell the word as Klick also
Example – The house is about five clicks away

The way Canadians use their slang is pretty skookum eh? These are some of the popular Canadian slang words. So next time you come across a Canadian, you won’t be so confused when they speak. And just before we forget, ensure you learn some of these if you are not a Canadian native as you might just find yourself lost when in the country and cannot get along.

Author: Tony Kroos
Category: Editor Picks, English, Speaking Lessons, Vocabulary
Date: November 24, 2016

How To Prepare for and Pass the IELTS Listening Test

The IELTS Listening Test is an examination of your listening skills. During the test, you will read through the questions and then listen. You will hear a recording only once, so listen carefully. Write your answers to what you are listening to and then at the end of the test you will have a short time to use your notes to answer the questions. These tips will help you prepare for your test, as well as give you the best advice to use during the exam.

Tips To Prepare for the IELTS Listening Test
1) Practice Tour Shorthand

The test only allows you to listen to the verbal answers once, so you will not have time to record everything you are hearing. Thus, it is important to be concise and quick when recording what you are hearing. One of the best ways to achieve this is by writing in shorthand. This is where you write in a short way that will be able to trigger your memory. You can practise this by listening to a TV show, movie or song and writing in shorthand about things relevant to what you are hearing, such as conversations or answers to questions you form.

2) Practice Spelling and Grammar

Since your final answers will be written, you must be able to use the correct spelling and grammar. If you do not, then you will lose marks. English can be very difficult sometimes, for instance, the difference between there, their and they’re may seem impossible. So, practice, practice, practice. Use whatever method of study works best for you, but be sure that you are confident in your ability to use the correct spelling of most words. If you struggle with a word, then try and avoid using it in your answers. Instead, find an alternative word, or a similar word (synonym).

3) Learn To Multitask

You will be required and expected to be able to read, write and listen at the same time. Doing all 03 can be very taxing on your brain, so the best way to prepare for this is to… practice. The ability to do this is not something that comes easily to everyone, even to natural born English speakers. Sometimes you may be better able to focus on one or another. If that is the case, it may be prudent to find a method of coping with this. For example, if you can read and listen well, but not write at the same time, you could try breaking things up into parts. Read and listen, then write down what you need to as an individual activity. The ability to do this may be limited to the exam, but if you can focus on what you know you will need to write down, then you can pace this for yourself.

Tips for the IELTS Listening Test on Test Day
4) Follow Instructions Carefully

Be precise and understand exactly what a question is asking. This can be difficult, due to the ambiguity of the English language, you may not be able to easily decipher what exactly is being asked. For example, if a question asks you to complete the sentence “in the…” and you know the correct answer is “evening,” then the correct answer to the question would be “evening” and not “in the evening.” A small difference, but one that makes you right or wrong. Double check the question, once before answering, and again after answering to ensure your answer is correct.

5) Concentrate and Anticipate

Concentration is key to focus. Focus allows you to pay attention and digest as much information as possible. When you are focused, your brain turns all its power towards the task. In this case, understanding the information you are hearing and then writing it down. Without concentration, your brain will not give enough attention to the task and you will miss things. Try also to anticipate your examiner, this will put your brain into overdrive and help you focus better.

6) Don’t Stress If You Don’t Know a Word

You are on a time limit for this exam, so it is more important to answer or not answer and move on as soon as you are sure you’ve done your best. The word may not even be important to the answer, so focus only on what matters to be able to answer the question. Some words are more difficult than others, and some you might struggle with. For this words, it is better to skip them or use an alternative you have prepared (mentioned in tip 2).

7) Word Count Counts

Many questions will have a word limit, and you are expected to stick to it exactly. If a question requires 2 words, then you will find an answer that uses 2 words. IF you have a question that requires 4 words, then use 4 words! For example, if the question is asking you a question that you know the answer is “treasure island,” but the question asks for a 4-word answer, then you might say “the mysterious treasure island.” Stretching your answer, or shrinking it, are surprisingly vital tools in an English speaker’s arsenal.

8) Do Your Best & Don’t Stress!

Relax, be confident, and know that you have prepared for this (hopefully!). If you do not know an answer, then skip it and come back later if you can. Do not feel bad for this, it is more important you answer the questions you can answer than to try to answer the questions you cannot answer. See how hard English is sometimes? If you are unsure, take a blind guess, you will not lose marks for an incorrect answer, so you may as well try!


Armed with these 8 tips, it is our hope that you will be able to overcome your IELTS listening test and be ready to move on to the next step or complete the qualification. If you take the time to prepare, practice and study, then you will be in a good place to put the tips from part 2 into practice. Follow these tips but above all, remember to summon your best disposition; be calm, relaxed and confident and you will do fine. Good luck with your IELTS listening test.

Author: Harry
Category: Editor Picks, English, IELTS, IELTS Lessons
Date: November 17, 2016

08 Tips To Help You Ace Your IELTS Speaking Test

The speaking test can be a scary conversation for some people who do not feel prepared. When learning English, it is sometimes considered the final test. Because it is a face-to-face conversation, there is more pressure to perform well. In the first part, examiners will ask questions about normal topics, like home, work or studies. The most important thing is to relax and try to be confident in your abilities. If you feel the pressure, then your speech will not seem natural. This list of IELTS Speaking Tips will help you pass your test.

08 Tips To Help You Ace Your IELTS Speaking Test
1) Try To Talk A Lot

By talking a lot, you have more opportunity to prove how well you know the language. Also, it gives you more chances to correct your speech and mistakes, the kind that wouldn’t otherwise come clear even when expressed in writing. The longer you talk, the more you activate the speech centres of your brain. This will, in turn, cause you to remember more of what you have learned as well as process information better. Consider it “getting into the flow” of having a conversation. 

2) Talk Fluently and with Spontaneity

This is easier said than done, but nonetheless, you must try. Speak like a local, learn slang words and how people talk in music, movies or TV shows. This will make you sound more natural. Try and talk spontaneously, do not overthink what you are going to say, or else you will come across as not knowing the language well. The correct words should flow from your mouth without much thought. When you can do this, you are speaking spontaneously, like a natural born speaker.

3) Relax… Be Confident!

Confidence and relaxation are two of the biggest keys to passing the IELTS test. You have spent a long time studying and practising the language, so you should feel more confident. Some people might pretend their examiner is in their underwear, or that they are talking to a friend or family member. By having a relaxed demeanour, you will come across as cool, calm and collected and the examiner will notice this instantly. From this relaxed state comes confidence. Confidence in your ability to speak English will help the words flow better and will allow you to speak more fluently. 

4) Develop Your Answers

One of the most common mistakes people make is if they answer a question and their answer is not clear, they leave it or do not elaborate. When people do this, it shows that they do not know how to explain their answer, or are unable to answer the question. When you give an answer that might not be clear, try and elaborate. Explain your answer more, or talk about it in deeper details. By doing so, it shows you understand the topic and that your answer comes directly from your knowledge and experience. 

5) Talk More Than Your Tester

Very honestly, most testers are not there to speak. They are there to ask questions and to grade your replies to those questions. Whilst the nature of the IELTS exam is a face-to-face conversation that mirrors real-life situations, it is still a test. Talking more than your tester allows you to develop your answers and better get into the flow of your conversation. In some ways, this is like leading the conversation and will show your confidence in your abilities. But, you must also be careful to not talk too much, otherwise, you may seem nervous or anxious. Find the balance and what is right for you.

6) If You Don’t Understand, Please Ask

Nervous and shy people will not ask for clarification when they are given a question they don’t fully understand. This is a bad idea, because they may then try and answer the question without knowing what is being asked. When you do this, it is more likely that you will give a wrong answer. Therefore, do not be afraid to ask if you do not understand what the examiner has said. They will appreciate it, and it is normal to do so in a conversation. So, it shows your desire to better learn and understand the language which is very positive.

7) Do not Memorise Answers

This may seem like a bad idea. When you prepare for an exam, you memorise answers so that you can get the right answers. That makes sense in most tests, but the IELTS exam is not like that. You do not have multiple choice answers or math problems. Memorising answers to questions will develop your brain to remember those answers and only them. This will slow down your ability to listen to, process and respond to questions asked. You want the answers you give to come from a more spontaneous place as if it was a natural conversation. Only fake people would memorise answers they use in a normal conversation.

8) Practice, Practice, Practice

Above all other tips, you must practice. Practice your learning by talking with people on the internet, phone or the street. Ask for directions from a stranger, or join a webcam conversation website. Read and write often, watch movies, TV shows or listen to music. Just be sure to turn off the subtitles so you are not making it too easy for yourself. By practising your abilities in many different situations, you will develop your brain to understand, process and respond to each different conversation. This will help you develop to be a more natural and confident speaker.

The Speaking Test can be nerve-wracking for some people. But it is important to remember that you have practised (hopefully) for this exam. You have spent time and effort learning the language and practising it in many different situations. So, remember to relax, be confident and try to be spontaneous. Talk often and ask for clarification if you do not understand. Don’t memorise your answers and try your hardest to be natural and speak fluently. You will do very well if you can follow these 8 IELTS Speaking Tips. Some may be harder than others, but try your best and you will pass the test. Good luck and do your best!

Author: Harry
Category: Editor Picks, English, IELTS, IELTS Lessons, Speaking Lessons
Date: November 15, 2016

How to Learn English Through Songs and Movie

While there are many great tools which can help you teach English easier as well as increase the retention of the lessons, the best and most proven techniques by far is Learning English through Songs, games and even movies. Movies are a fun way of teaching English to a student and can really get them involved with the entire concept.

How Movie and Songs can Teach English

Let’s face it, there are so many movies out there that only come in English and are also very enjoyable to watch. They are really easy to come by as well as being available in a wide variety of possible formats depending on your region. Furthermore, you know how long the movie is so you are able to pick ones that the students will be able to watch the entire thing during one class.

The students will learn English a lot easier when you use movies as a teaching tool. Anyone can remember back when they were in school, those days when the English or grammar teacher would be in a good mood and upon arrival in the classroom that big television or even projector was sitting in the classroom already which only meant one thing; movie time.

Back then when you saw this movie in class, all you saw was something fun to do that was not a class based activity. On be known to you, your teacher had an ulterior motive behind the movie and you may not have realized it then, but it did work. Just like your teacher used this technique on you, you too can now utilize it to teach your students the English language.

Nothing beats movies like White Fang, Old Yeller and many of the other greats that were also works of literary art before they were turned into movies. The compelling story lines and the action one watches in these movies compels you to stay in your seat and pay attention. When it is all said and done, you are in fact teaching the students English without having to actually teach it. Just make sure that you pick a good enough movie that will entrance your students into wanting to see more and more movies.

Then when you combine the movie with a game styled quiz, you can make sure that your students will retain vast amounts of the English language without even knowing that they did.

We all know the impact a song can have on us – we not only start murmuring it, we learn the song by heart after listening a couple of times. Music helps human beings not only remember but retain information for a longer time. You can learn anything easily at a higher speed if you have learned it through music. The same rule applies if you are planning to learn Spanish through music.

Music is a fun and exciting way for one to teach English as a second language. One of the biggest examples of this concept can be seen in various Asian countries who have such a desire to learn English that the karaoke machine was born. There is not a single street corner you could go to in some countries where you will not hear the sounds of one signing in a karaoke machine.

Music and English teaching can be a great addition to the curriculum next to teaching English through games. The whole concept behind it is that music makes learning English more fun and when the student is having fun, they do not see it as learning which in turn results in some amazingly high retention rates.

There is no point in having to constantly re-teach a student the same lesson over and over again when you use music as a teaching aide. If the student is having fun, it just makes the class more interesting and not only will you have fun as well, but your students will be thanking you for teaching them in this manner.

Just like when you were younger and attending preschool or even kindergarten, the use of music to teach you the English language was an important part. Granted you cannot teach an older student the same nursery rhymes and songs that you would teach a young child, but that does not in any way shape or form limit your abilities.

Teaching them by taking songs from the top hit lists, get the lyrics for the song, and when they first come in for class, pass the lyrics out in the form of a poem. Then you will want to tell them, “Class, today we will learn this entire poem!” Their eyes will get all crossed and the sweat will begin pouring down their foreheads and while they are mumbling the words to themselves and not paying attention, you will be pulling out the radio and playing the song in front of them. They will simply love you for teaching them in this manner and the first moment that they hear the song being played, all of their tensions will ease away into an oblivion.

Before you know it the class will be over and they will be able to sing a vast majority of the song you have given them. So much in fact that they will most likely try to learn the rest of the song over the night which makes for a perfect “recital” quiz at the beginning of the next lesson

English Music and movies Resources

If you decide to learn English through music and movies, you have many options to start with. The internet is sprinkled with tutors ready to teach you English through their music and movie lessons. You can opt for exclusive CD’s containing various English musicals and movies. Alternatively, there are books tied with music CD’s and movies. You can start learning with the CD’s as well as reading the books. These audio and video CD’s contain different types of songs and movies for different levels of learners. Some of the CD’s are available on the net (in the downloadable form) and include the other languages equivalent of the English vocabulary.


You can learn English through Songs and movies. Yes, that’s true. Learning English through the musical and movie route can be great fun and make the learning very fast. As we all know, music and movies can change your mood. They have great effects on the listener and viewer. If it can change your mood, why not then use it to learn a language, especially English? Learning English through this medium can not only be a good idea to start with, but will also make the whole exercise great fun.

Author: Tony Kroos
Category: Editor Picks, English, Speaking Lessons
Date: November 6, 2016

15 Common Mistakes People Make when Using English Prepositions

A preposition connects nouns and pronouns and serves to provide necessary details that tell the reader when, where, or how something occurred. For example, the most common prepositions are: of, in, to, for, with, on. If you make an error when using a preposition, it is very noticeable and can sound like broken English. It’s important to avoid common errors by researching the proper way to use prepositions. Here are 15 examples of the most common mistakes when using English prepositions.

Mistake #1

It is considered poor grammar to end a sentence with a preposition. While this point has been argued at length since it may sound better to end a sentence with a preposition in some cases, it is still considered grammatically incorrect. For example:

Incorrect: Where is my phone at?

Correct: Where is my phone?

Mistake #2

While prepositions help form a sentence, sometimes people go overboard and include too many. This can make the sentence seem redundant and too wordy.

Incorrect: The expression of the teacher was impatient.

Correct: The teacher’s expression was impatient.

Mistake #3

You can never use the preposition “of” rather than “have.” This is one of the most common mistakes people make without even realizing.

Incorrect: I should of gone to the movie.

Correct: I should have gone to the movie.

Mistake #4

Using the phrase “like” liberally will make your writing sound sloppy. Instead you should use pronouns such as “as if” or “as though.”

Incorrect: She looked like she was tired.

Correct: She looked as though she was tired.

Mistake #5

When referring to motion, it is grammatically correct to say “into” rather than “in.”

Incorrect: I jumped in to the river.

Correct: I jumped into the river.

Incorrect: He threw the ball in the basket.

Correct: He threw the ball into the basket.

Mistake #6

If you are comparing nouns by using the word different, you must follow it with the word from. People sometimes say “different than” instead of “different from.” Although it is not technically a grammatical error; it is better grammatical form to use from.

Incorrect: Your family is different than mine.

Correct: Your family is different from mine.

Mistake #7

Infinitives are the basic forms of verbs. Whenever you use an infinitive in a sentence, it must be accompanied by a helping verb.

Incorrect: He wants see the Alps in Switzerland.

Correct: He wants to see the Alps in Switzerland.

Mistake #8

When discussing time, the two prepositions you use are “for” and “since.” When using the word “for” you are measuring time and when using the word “since” you are referring to a specific time.

Incorrect: She had been driving since four hours.

Correct: She had been driving for four hours.

Incorrect: I haven’t seen him for last year.

Correct: I haven’t seen him since last year.

Mistake #9

Quantifying an action calls for the use of the words “about”, “around”, “Up to” has a different meaning—it means “as much as,” not “approximately.”

Incorrect (if you mean “approximately”): I used up to 3 cups of flour to make the cookies.

Correct: I used about/around 3 cups of flour to make the cookies.

Mistake #10

Misusing the word “at” and “to” is another prepositional error that happens frequently. “At” refers to where things are, and “to” describes another location. Mixing these up can result in a very confusing sentence.

Incorrect: They arrived to the school.

Correct: They arrived at the school.

Incorrect: We went at the mall.

Correct: We went to the mall.

Mistake #11

Prepositions most often follow a noun or pronoun to create a cohesive sentence. However, there are exceptions that also require a preposition in order to make sense. For example, “afraid of”, “love of”, “concern for”, “study for” and “worry about.” If you do not follow these with a preposition your sentence will not make sense.

Incorrect: I am afraid sharks.

Correct: I am afraid of sharks.

Incorrect: I made sure to study my exam.

Correct: I made sure to study for my exam.

Mistake #12

When it comes to timing, “in” and “for” can be used for general measurements, while “on” or “at” are required for specific dates.

Incorrect: He showed up for midnight.

Correct: He showed up at midnight.

Incorrect: Sarah made sure to be home at dinner.

Correct: Sarah made sure to be home for dinner.

Mistake #13

If you are discussing a specific place or address you have to use the word “at.” No other preposition can be used in its place.

Incorrect: The school is located in the main intersection.

Correct: The school is located at the main intersection.

Mistake #14

When referring to specific regions, the only preposition you can use is the word “in”. This goes for continents, countries, towns, and any other geographic region.

Incorrect: The most delicious baguettes can be found at France.

Correct: The most delicious baguettes can be found in France.

Mistake #15

One of the less common errors people make when using a preposition is following it with a verb. If you follow a preposition with a verb it must have “-ing” at the end.

Incorrect: I slept before run.

Correct: I slept before running.

Prepositions are what holds a sentence together and make a complete thought. If you forget or misuse a preposition your writing will sound like broken English, making it hard to understand and losing credibility. Make sure you check your work for these common errors to ensure proper sentence structure and content.

Author: Leonardo
Category: Editor Picks, English, grammar lessons
Date: October 29, 2016

Listening English Practice – Intermediate [How Good Is Your Eyesight?]
How Good Is Your Eyesight

Listening English Practice – Intermediate [How Good Is Your Eyesight?]

Author: James
Category: Beginner-Intermediate Listening, Editor Picks, English, Intermediate, Listening
Date: October 4, 2016

Practice Listening English with Music [Jason Mraz – I’m Yours]
English with Music

Enjoy learning English for free playing with the music videos and filling in the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Improve your English listening skills with music videos and listening comprehension exercises.

Listen to the songs and fill in the blanks with the correct lyrics.

Practice Listening English with Music [Jason Mraz – I’m Yours]

Author: James
Category: Editor Picks, English, Learn English with Songs
Date: August 10, 2016

English Listening with Songs [Avicii – Wake Me Up]
learn english with song

English Listening with Songs [Avicii – Wake Me Up]

English listening with song is an easy and fun way to learn and improve your English skills, through the music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs.

You may want to see all the songs for practicing English listening here.

Author: Super Pink
Category: Editor Picks, English, Games to Learn English, Learn English with Songs
Date: May 6, 2016