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12 Low-pressure Ways to Improve Spoken English Now

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Um… line!

When an actor forgets their next line while rehearsing, they can yell “line!” and someone will help them out.

Wouldn’t it be nice if English learners had the same thing?

Like when you’re speaking in English but you …

13+ Thoughtful English Christmas Greetings for All Your Holiday Cards and Letters


We all love to party.

There’s nothing better than familiar faces, fun music and good food.

In the English-speaking world, one of our favorite reasons to celebrate is Christmas.

Towards the end of the year, Christmas music plays …

Want to Write More Powerful Essays? 3 English Descriptive Writing Tricks You Need


Fill your words with color.

Use descriptive English to make your writing more powerful and vibrant.

Make the reader say, “I feel like I’m right there!”

But how?

It’s not as hard as you might think. You can tell better …

The 4 Best English Picture Dictionaries (Plus a Personalized Bonus)


Ever been in a maze?

It’s a puzzle where you have to escape, but the route is twisted and blocked at every turn.

Mazes can be fun, or they can be terribly frustrating.

Any English learner knows this!

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The Importance of English Grammar: When It Matters (And Three Rules You Can’t Ignore)


Imagine trying to build a house with wood but no nails, screws or glue.

How would the structure hold together?

It wouldn’t. It would fall to pieces.

That’s what it’s like to speak in English without proper grammar.

Each sentence …

Everything You Need to Learn the English Days of the Week Right Now (So You Can Focus on Other Stuff!)


Sometimes the simplest aspects of English conversation can be the most frustrating.

Do you want to invite a new friend for a coffee, but are worried about mixing the days up?

Do you need to make an appointment on …