Compensation: Competitive, hourly rate
Employment Type: Freelance, part time
Title: English Assistant
Are you passionate about language education?
Do you want to help thousands of users learn English?
Do you have a strong understanding of the …
What do you do when you have a grammar question?
You might check online—but many times you’ll find a few different, conflicting answers, which might just confuse you more.
You might ask a professor or a native English …
Step 1: Get an English reader.
Step 2: Relax and float away with a wonderful story.
English readers (also called graded readers) make it so easy to practice English reading. English readers are books that have been adapted specifically …
When you learn English with songs, suddenly Justin Timberlake is your language tutor.
So is Beyonce. And Sia. And any other English singer or musician that you already love.
Listening to pop music from English-speaking countries is one of the …
You might have heard that reading is a good way to learn English.
After all, you’re here now, reading this!
And you’re definitely on the right track.
Reading is one of the best ways to learn English, and …
Want to learn English with videos about insane science experiments?
Or how about hilarious English comedy videos?
Maybe you want to take the relaxing route with an English nature documentary.
Well, it’s all possible.
There’s an incredible variety of English …
“Hunters please use caution when hunting pedestrians using walk trails.”
Show this sentence to native English speakers, and they’ll laugh.
Why? What’s wrong with it?
It’s missing punctuation marks!
Marks like the period and the comma make language clear…
Are you planning to go to college soon?
Are you already a student, and having some trouble with your college-level English?
It might be time to improve your academic English skills.
Academic English is a bit different from everyday …
The English language is like Legos.
If you want to build a solid structure, you need to put down the first few blocks in the right place.
That’s why learning basic English sentences is so important!
You need to know …
The internet connects people in ways that were never possible before.
It’s a place for communicating, sharing and learning.
It’s also a place where you can find some incredible English writing.
When you think of getting English reading practice…
Want to learn English with TV shows that give you real, authentic language?
Of course you do.
But what is “real, authentic” English, anyways?
The kind of English you’ll find on FluentU!
Authentic language might sound totally different …
Do you know how to swim?
The best way to learn how to swim is to jump into the water.
This is an equally good strategy for many other situations, including learning English.
If you’re trying to learn …
We’re writing this letter to inform you that writing letters is an important life skill.
Do you know how to write a letter in English?
How is it different from writing an essay for school, or sending …
How do you memorize new English vocabulary words?
You might play a game, listen to a song or use any other fun English learning methods to remember new words.
Maybe you practice using new words by writing in your …
Did you know the word “misspell” is often misspelled?
Some word spellings in English just don’t seem to make sense.
But we have a way you can learn how to spell in English without going crazy!
Just find the patterns.…
Can you feel a color?
You actually can, but probably not in the way you’re thinking.
We’ll make it clear with an example:
In English, you can say something is the color “blue,” or you could use a more exact …
They say “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”
Have you heard this saying before in English?
It means that the easiest and fastest way to get from one place to another is to just go straight.…
“My cat had each of these four adorable kittens.”
If you removed all the adjectives from this sentence, what would you be left with?
“Cat had kittens.”
Crazy, isn’t it? We use adjectives all the time, sometimes without even …
“A comic says funny things; a comedian says things funny.” — Ed Wynn
If this quote made you smile, you should be very proud.
Understanding words like “comic” and “comedian” isn’t enough to understand the true meaning of this sentence. …
What’s the difference between the two quotes below?
1) “Hello, how are you today? I hope you’re doing well.”
2) “Hey man, what’s up? Everything good with you?”
The first quote is what you might learn in an English classroom…
Did you know that college freshmen write an average of 92 pages during their first year of school?
By the time they’re seniors, this number nearly doubles to 146 pages.
That’s a lot of writing!
The type of writing …
In the United States, there are over 14 million people working in the restaurant business.
But that doesn’t mean there are 14 million waiters/waitresses!
There are so many other jobs in the restaurant industry—from managing to cooking.
For any of …
There are over 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States.
Worldwide, there are over 35,000 restaurants!
But McDonald’s is just one of many fast food places around the world.
Fast food chains are groups of restaurants (which are also sometimes …
Just when you finally think you understand English grammar and all the different tenses, you discover irregular verbs.
Over 180 English verbs are called irregular verbs, and they break all the rules.
Most words in the English language …
Wtht vwls w wld hv n lngg.
That’s what happens when you remove all the vowels from a sentence. What we meant to say is…
Without vowels, we would have no language.
The most common letter in …
When you look in an English dictionary, you probably only look at the word and its definition.
But did you know that dictionaries also give you a guide on how to pronounce the words?
Next to a word in …
Did you read anything in English this past week?
How much of it did you understand?
“Reading comprehension” refers to how much you understand of what you read. Even if you read an English book every week, it doesn’t help …
Why is English grammar important?
Just take a look at the cover of this magazine about celebrity Rachael Ray. The text says:
“Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog”
Of course, what the sentence is supposed …
Two people just walked by you, speaking in a foreign language.
You didn’t understand a word, but you still somehow know what language they were speaking.
How can that be?
All languages have their own distinct melody, or music. To …
“Huh? What? Can you say that again?”
Does that sound familiar?
We’ve all heard those words before, and we’ve all said them.
No matter where we are or what language we speak, sometimes we have trouble communicating.
Communication is a …
Do you have an important decision to make?
Don’t think about it in your native language—think about it in English!
Studies have shown that thinking about things in a foreign language makes your decisions better and more rational.
Better decision-making …
There are over 129 million books in the world.
Every year, English-speaking countries publish about half a million new books.
Online, the numbers are even more impressive: It’s estimated that over two million new blog posts are published per day, …
Are you looking for an English tutor?
There’s great news: Somewhere out there, there’s an English tutor looking for you, too.
Thanks to the internet, you no longer need to find a tutor who lives close so you can …
Imagine if an American came up to you and said, “Hey there, how’s it going?”
How do you respond to that?
You can think back to what you learned about English vocabulary and grammar, and respond “I am …
What do a candle-lit dinner and an evening walk on the beach have in common?
They’re both romantic!
The Oxford dictionary defines “romance” as “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.” Every culture and language has its …
In 2013, there were about 152 million blogs on the Internet.
And guess what? You can have one too!
Yes, you really can. And it will seriously improve your written English.
Let me explain: Blog posts are somewhat like …
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
—Inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride”
Many words have clear meanings which are difficult to confuse.
You’ll never use the word “cat” to refer to …
“How now, brown cow?”
Do you notice anything interesting about that silly question?
That’s right—all the words have the same “ow” sound.
Practicing that sentence is just one of many ways to learn English vowel sounds!
English vowels can …
“English is like, totally fun to learn, you know?”
If you take out the words “like,” “totally” and “you know” from that sentence, you’re left with a perfectly understandable sentence: English is fun to learn.
So what’s the point …
“The book was better.”
That’s probably what you’ll hear if you ask anyone about a movie based on a book.
Sure, some book-to-movie adaptations are absolutely terrible. But many others are excellent, managing to either recreate the book well, or …
You want to talk just like a native English speaker, right?
Well, that actually might not be a good idea!
Believe it or not, there are many phrases that even native speakers say incorrectly.
So while you …
You text others all the time.
Sometimes you even call them (amazing!).
But every now and then you have to sit down and write an email.
Emails are different from letters, texts and phone calls. Even more, emails to your …
Whether you love it or hate it, Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” is one of the most popular films of all time.
Millions of people fell in love with the story, sang along to the songs and were stunned by …
It seems like everyone today is running around in a rush, always trying to move faster.
We want to do everything faster—send messages faster, get to places faster, speak faster!
However, sometimes we cannot do things fast. For …
OMG r u ready 4 a blog post that’s totes awesome?
That first sentence might not belong in a blog post, but you’ll often find strange phrases, abbreviations and words like that on the Internet.
Places like …
“Here’s you a dog.”
If you heard someone say that, you might think that person was not a native English speaker.
However, this kind of phrase is pretty common in the U.S. state of Kentucky.
One amazing part …
When the snow starts to melt…
When you can smell the flowers and leaves growing…
…that’s when you know spring is in the air!
Spring is a beautiful season. It brings warmth, growth and of course, new words.
Friends make everything better.
That’s true for learning, too.
Studying doesn’t have to be something you do alone—especially when you want to improve your English conversation skills.
Grab a partner and you’ll learn more, better and faster!…
Every day you speak up to 20,000 words.
That’s more than 1,000 words for every hour you’re awake!
If you’re learning English, many of these words are probably in English as you work, study, talk to fellow students or …
Today, you will speak hundreds or thousands of words.
How many of these words will be in English?
Is your answer “not many”?
Then you’re forgetting about one of the best ways to learn English: practice.
Practice makes …
On March 17, people all over the world celebrate being Irish.
Why? Because March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by going to church, holding parades and—in some places—lots of drinking. It’s a fun and happy …
Every year, over 1 billion people visit other countries.
These people have a special name: tourists.
Whether you are going to India to eat Indian food, or traveling to New York for the people and the lights, you are a …
Think back to the last few videos you watched online.
How many of them had funny animals?
What about funny babies?
Funny videos are fun to watch, and they become popular quickly because so many people love them.…
If you are planning to work in hospitality, knowing English is essential.
You might already know that you need plenty of specific vocabulary and phrases for hotel work.
Now it is time to see all of that …
When was the last time a person you love actually called you by your real name?
In many families and relationships, if you hear your first name…you are probably in some kind of trouble!
Instead of using names, people often …
Do you wish it were easier to write in English?
You probably know that the more you write, the easier it will get.
But sometimes simply starting is the hardest part.
After all, what should you even write about?…
Learning English at home alone can be lots of fun, but it can also be very difficult.
Some days you need a little extra help.
Don’t give up! There’s a way to get some help while still learning at home …
Sometimes English phrasal verbs make sense…
And sometimes they seem totally random.
Look at the cute kitten at the top of this page, for example. It looks like she’s going to hit those paper birds until they fall down…
Meow! Woof! Chirp!
Do you know which animals make these sounds?
Cats, dogs and birds all speak the same language, but the words used for their sounds vary from language to language.
Some animal sounds and verbs are also used …
English is the fastest growing language in human history.
Today, about 1.75 billion people around the world speak the language.
That’s almost 25% of the world’s population!
English is not just used in everyday situations—it is also used in …
In “The Light Fantastic” by author Terry Pratchett, Twoflower was a tourist who believed “that anyone could understand anything he said [if] he spoke loudly and slowly.”
If you have done any traveling, you might have met someone like …
How do you celebrate the holidays?
All over the world, Christmas is a time to exchange presents, be with family and loved ones, and have fun.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, maybe your friends do. Or maybe your neighborhood …
Let’s start with the bad news: there is no one, single best way to learn English vocabulary.
But don’t freak out.
We have good news, too!
The good news is that there are many effective ways to learn English vocabulary…
It’s getting cold outside… are you ready for winter?
You might not be prepared for the cold, but your English can be!
Get ready for the winter months by warming up your English with some hot new sayings, phrases and …
The famous Soviet-American comic Yakov Smirnoff once said: “Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.”
Universal describes something that everyone does and understands. Smirnoff may have been making a joke, but he had …
Hotels are a whole different world!
They’re a place where tourists, families and businesspeople can rest at the end of a long day.
They also offer fantastic job opportunities.
But working in a hotel usually requires one specific …
What’s better than reading an amazing book?
How about reading it a second time and enjoying it even more?
Some books are amazing even when you read them ten times.
Books like this are great for improving your English…
You just found an English word you don’t know.
What do you do?
Well, you carry a big, heavy dictionary with you wherever you go, right?
Oh…you don’t do that?
Well, you could write the word down and look …
How would you describe yourself?
If that seems like a difficult question to answer, it’s okay!
Even native speakers sometimes find it hard to talk about themselves in English.
Describing yourself is really just telling people what you’re like.…
Confused by English spelling?
If so, that’s understandable!
Plenty of native speakers find it confusing, too.
A lot of the English language is “borrowed” from other languages.
That’s why we get a lot of weirdly-spelled words in English.…
Have you ever heard of an empty orchestra?
The word karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.
Karaoke lets you sing along to your favorite songs by removing the singer’s voice and leaving only the music. “Empty orchestra” makes sense …
Congratulations on your new job!
Starting a new job is exciting but stressful.
You’re ready to learn and do your best, but you’re also nervous.
How do you talk to your new coworkers? What do you talk about? How can …
Reading is like exercise for your brain.
It can improve your focus and memory.
It can help you learn new words and teach you things you didn’t know.
People read to relax, to learn or just to have fun.…
You’re learning English. Good for you!
What kind of English are you learning?
If you don’t know the answer to that, you might want to learn more about English dialects.
Dialects are the ways a language is spoken …
Bright colors, tons of action, animation, upbeat music, tons of humor—sounds like you’ve found some English cartoons!
You turned on the TV looking for a good English show for learning English, and a kid’s cartoon is on.
Wait, don’t …
Wake up! Turn on your computer.
Now you’re ready to take a college-level English course, completely online.
You don’t need to change out of your pajamas. You don’t even need to get out of bed.
Better yet, it may …
“Why did the chicken cross the road?”
“To learn English fluently!”
Okay, maybe that’s not how the joke really goes. The actual response is “To get to the other side!”
That’s one of the best known jokes in English. It …
Spending a lot of time online?
Then you’ve probably started seeing the same pictures over and over again.
Welcome to the internet! You’ve discovered memes.
Many of these repeated pictures have white writing on them.
Some make sense, …
Here’s some good news: You don’t have to spend hours a day studying English.
Of course, it does help—the more you study and expose yourself to the English language, the better you’ll become.
There are many ways to learn …
After a long winter, we’re all excited for warm weather!
Hello, useful English sayings!
Spring is officially here in the northern parts of the world.
The days are getting warmer and the sun is staying out longer.
The whole world is connected by social media.
That means you’re connected to millions of native English speakers right now.
This makes learning English much easier than it used to be.
Social media also makes modern life a bit more …
Watching English-language television shows can help learners in more than one way.
Think about a recent commercial you saw on TV.
Maybe it was for cereal, cat food or a fancy car.
Can you remember the exact words that the …
What do pictures of cats, babies and food have in common with learning English?
You can see all these pictures and learn English on Facebook.
Facebook has a huge international community and it can be a perfect place to learn …
People always say that you should “live in the moment.”
That means you should live right now.
But how can you talk about right now?
Imagine that you meet a new person.
After you exchange names, you probably want to …
Can you practice speaking English on your own?
The answer is absolutely!
Here are 26 time-tested tips for improving your spoken English, all by yourself!
1. Think in English
Sometimes, the difficult thing about English speaking isn’t the …
Today’s popular culture can teach you interesting but useless things.
Like the fact that there are cats that look like sheep, that a dance called the “truffle shuffle” exists and how to twerk for a living.
But popular …
Consider this: right now, we’re in the present.
In a minute, we will be in the future.
You read those sentences, and now that is all in the past.
Everything that has not happened yet is part of …
In 1663 in Germany, something incredible happened. The world got its very first magazine!
Since then, magazines have been created to cover every topic you can imagine.
At one point, famous authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of …
Saying “I eat fish” is not the same as saying “I am eating fish.”
But what’s the difference?
To understand why the two statements are different, you need to understand English tenses.
Tenses tell you when something happens. Getting the …
Board games aren’t just for fun.
When you think of studying English, what do you imagine?
You probably see yourself sitting at a desk with your nose in a book.
Reading an English book can be fun sometimes.
“Can you say that again?”
How many times do you hear this when you’re speaking? Even if your vocabulary and English grammar are perfect, it can still be difficult for people to understand you because of your pronunciation.
Learning English words is important.
But do you know how to put them together into phrases and sentences?
To speak English like a native, you need to learn how to use your words correctly. You need to learn …
Are you having trouble remembering the vocabulary words on your flashcards?
Do you feel ready to give up?
Well, don’t! Maybe you just need something different to help you learn English vocabulary—something colorful and fun!
Every year, people from all …
Reading lets you explore a whole new world.
Have you ever wondered how animals think and feel?
Want to be swept away by a powerful romance?
There’s no other learning material that lets you get so fully immersed in …
Is it hard to find time to read books in English?
Or if you do read sometimes, do you ever wish you could hear someone saying the sentences aloud while you read?
It would help your English pronunciation so …