Author Archive | Yuliya Geikhman

A Guide to English Grammar Reference Books

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 …

Beyond YouTube: 15 Websites to Learn English with Videos

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 …

The 10 Best Academic English Courses You Can Take Online

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 Top 12 Native Websites for English Reading Practice

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…

10 Easy Steps for Getting English Immersion at Home

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 …

47 English Words You’ll Never Misspell Again

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.…

33 English Beach Vocabulary Words for Summer Fun

Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach and catch some rays. But, uh, what do all those words mean? What does it mean to hit the beach? Does it mean that you’re punching the sand on the beach …

20 Must-visit Websites to Learn English Grammar Online

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 …

8 Essential Tips for Clear Communication in English

“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 …

Learning to Read in English: 7 Hacks for Understanding Any Text

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 Saying These 12 Words Wrong, Like Most People?

“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 …

8 Unique Ways to Practice English Vowel Sounds

“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 …

Two for One: 15 Classic English Books You Can Read and Watch!

“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 …

Do You Say These 12 Phrases Wrong, Like Most People?

You want to talk just like a native English speaker, right? Well, that actually might not be a good idea! Why not? Believe it or not, there are many phrases that even native speakers say incorrectly. So while you …

7 Ways You Can Learn English Faster, According to Science

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 …

28 Essential ESL Vocabulary Words for Spring

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. Speaking …

8 Ways to Learn Professional English by Living Your Life

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 …

A World of Books: 9 English Tourism Books You Will Love

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 …

Learn English with 15 Books That Are as Funny as a Barrel of Monkeys

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 …

4 Useful Ways of Describing People in English

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.…

How to Improve Your English Spelling: 9 Easy Techniques

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.…

How Can I Improve My English Speaking Power?

Have you ever felt like you just can’t speak? Even if you practice English at home for hours and know all the words to use, sometimes they just won’t come out of your mouth! If you’ve ever had …

15 Superb Songs with Lyrics to Learn English Through Karaoke

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 …

The 20 Best Sites for Taking Free English Courses Online

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 …

How to Learn Spoken English Through Humor

“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 …

How to Learn Killer English Vocabulary from 21 Popular Memes

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, …

33 Spring and Summer Themed English Sayings

After a long winter, we’re all excited for warm weather!  Goodbye, snow. 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. Soon …

4 Popular Social Media Sites for Practicing English Online

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 …

15 Best Facebook Pages for Learning English

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 …

The Essential Guide to the English Present Tense

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 …

6 English Past Tense Phrases Found in Pop Culture

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 …

6 Surprising Facts About the English Future Tense

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. Crazy, right? Everything that has not happened yet is part of …

10 Great Magazines That’ll Change How You Learn English

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 …

The Quick and Easy Guide to Learning English Grammar Tenses

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 …

Top 7 Board Games to Learn English While Having Fun

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. But …

How to Greatly Improve Your English Pronunciation in 15 Steps

“What?” “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 …